I love peaches! Every year as summer gets closer I patiently wait for the peaches to hit the stores. This year, the peaches and nectarines have been exceptionally good. With an abundance of peaches, it’s time to make my oil-free Vegan Peach Crisp.
Don’t get me wrong, I love fresh peaches but baked peaches are out of this world. I don’t make a lot of desserts because most are full of oil and sugar. This easy Peach Crisp is oil-free and uses maple syrup to sweeten it.
It’s not overly sweet. This is not a gooey peach cobbler. I love traditional peach cobbler but this is not a cobbler recipe. You can’t make cobbler crust without oil, butter or lard and I’m not doing that. A whole bunch of foods trigger headaches for me so I’m avoiding anything that could be a trigger and keeping to simple ingredients that make me feel good.
You can’t get much simpler than these ingredients. Other than peaches, the rest are pantry staples.
- Rolled Oats
- Maple Syrup
You can add other ingredients to liven it up. Cinnamon, lemon juice and lemon zest, vanilla, almonds, pecans or even other stone fruit.
The topping on this crisp is similar to my oil-free granola. Since it doesn’t use oil or added fat, it doesn’t get super crispy. You can also add a scoop of your favorite dairy-free vanilla ice cream.
We think this Peach Crisp tastes best after a day or two.
Can I use frozen peaches for Peach Crisp?
I know it’s difficult to get delicious peaches all year long, don’t worry, you can use frozen peaches! Just let them thaw all the way first.
You can use a mix of fruit too. I’ve made this with a mix of peaches and nectarines and it was glorious!
Is Peach Crisp gluten-free?
Yes, if you use gluten-free oats. Most oats are processed on the same equipment with wheat. If you need to eat gluten-free, make sure your oats are certified gluten-free.
What can I substitute for applesauce?
If you don’t have applesauce you can use an apple for a substitute by blending it in your blender. If you don’t have an apple you can mash a banana or puree a peach. See more Applesauce Substitutes here.
Is Peach Crisp a dessert?
Yes and no. This Peach Crisp is so good for you, you could eat it for breakfast. It’s pretty similar to my Baked Oatmeal.
- 3 cups Rolled Oats (divided)
- 3/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- 4 Peaches (pit removed, 3 cups peeled and sliced)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x9 pan with cooking spray. (8x8 works too)
- Put 1 cup of rolled oats into a blender or food processor and blend until the oats are a fine oat flour.
- In a medium mixing bowl, pour applesauce, maple syrup and oat flour together and mix well. Dump in remaining 2 cups of oats and stir well.
- Pour about half of the oat mixture into your prepared pan and mash down to form a crust. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
- Pour peeled and sliced oats on top of the layer of oats in the baking pan.
- Spoon the rest of the oat mixture on top of the peaches. Try to cover the peaches evenly.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
Store Peach Crisp in an air tight container for about 4 days. It can be kept on the counter but will last longer refrigerated.
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