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Chai Spiced Apple Crisp

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are spending it with family and friends, fueling up on wholesome and nourishing food and conversation. In case you’re postponing your Thanksgiving celebration or looking for a last minute menu addition, I’ve got you covered today! We’re talking apples, specifically apple crisp- yeeessss.

Every November, without fail, I find myself in the coffee + tea aisle of my local grocery store buying them out of chai tea, herbal tea (Egyptian Licorice and Lavender Lemon are two of my favorites), and white and green teas. Winter time is tea time. There is nothing better than wrapping your cold fingers around a massive mug of spicy chai tea on a cold afternoon. The smell of the spices wafting up and around the kitchen filling the corners of the house with pockets of warmth – it’s just the best.

Recently, while staring at a basket full of apples on my kitchen floor and drinking a cup of chai rooibos, an idea began to percolate: chai spiced apple crisp. CHAI SPICED APPLE CRISP! Like I’ve said, I’m not a huge fan of apple pie but oh man can I crush an apple crisp.

This apple crisp is brimming with spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, star anise and ginger. I filled it with Honeycrisp apples but I think it would be lovely with a mixture of Granny Smith and Jonagold apples as well. It’s versatile enough that you could sub out apples entirely and add in pears – or peaches in the summer! The options are endless, really. It’s refined sugar-free and healthy enough to eat for breakfast the next day (do it). You could top it with coconut whipped cream, a little vanilla ice cream or just eat it straight from the pan as is. There is no wrong way to demolish an apple crisp. It would make a perfect addition to Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas morning brunch. Make a double batch and serve it for both! Go crazy!

P.S. You guys, that candle in the photo above? It is the world’s best smelling candle. It makes your home smell like a magical forest on a snowy day– go snag one and treat yo’self!

Chai Spiced Apple Crisp

A herbal twist on the traditional apple crisp filled with beautiful aromas and hearty flavors

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author thewholemess



  • 7 cups chopped apples I used Honeycrisp
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 scant tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds optional
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp cardamon
  • 1/8 tsp star anise
  • pinch black pepper

For the Oat Topping

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut flake
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 11-inch casserole dish 

  2. Make the filling: place the chopped apples in a large bowl and toss with the arrowroot powder until coated. Stir in the maple syrup, molasses, chia seeds, and spices. Pour the mixture into your prepared pan

  3. Make the topping: In the same bowl, stir together all of the topping ingredients until thoroughly combined. 

  4. Sprinkle oat topping mixture all over the apple filling in an even layer.

  5. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30-45 minutes, until the apples are fork tender. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes more, until the topping is golden brown.

  6. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or even dairy-free yogurt! Store in the fridge and don't be afraid to eat it cold the next morning for breakfast!

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