Slow Cooker Apple Crisp with Warm Vanilla Sauce

You might have many apple crisp recipes in your collection yet this one for Slow Cooker Apple Crisp with Warm Vanilla Sauce raises the bar to incredible levels!

slow cooker apple crisp with vanilla sauce

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

There’s a lot of apple recipes flying around right now, and I can’t help but to jump in with both whisks. I love the fall season for the fresh fruits and vegetables, purchasing them in bulk and trying new comforting recipes.

As much as I love my No-bake apple pie parfaits recipe and this mouthwatering caramel apple milkshake – there’s something classic and comforting in a good old apple crisp!

This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp with Warm Vanilla Sauce is a recipe I which I recently discovered, and one that I’ll be making time and again for the ease and taste. Apple crisp IS the epitome of fall and this time of year, don’t you agree?

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If you do, you also need to try my Maple Apple Crisp. It’s a Canadian twist on warm apple crisp that needs to be tried! With that delicious apple crisp and this slow cooker version, I have you covered!

These past couple of weeks my slow cooker has found a permanent home on my kitchen counter, I’ve been using it so much. With school and activities in full swing, I’ve found it impossible to make dinner on certain days of the week.

Thus, I’ve designated a few days to always being ‘slow cooker recipes days’. It’s one small appliance that I just couldn’t live without.

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Then on other days, it can be tricky to plan the timing of dinners and desserts which both require the oven, so using the slow cooker for one sure makes it easier. Heaven forbid you have no cooking space when you very much want that dessert, after all!

Or perhaps you aren’t the baking sort and need a guiding hand – both are great reasons why this Slow Cooker Apple Crisp with Warm Vanilla Sauce needs to be made.

It might just be the easiest apple crisp ever along with an easy dessert! If you didn’t know you could make this fantastic dessert in the crockpot, prepare for next level baking. Your winter months will get a lot cooler, and in the good way!

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How to Make Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this crockpot apple crisp recipe. The detailed instructions and printable recipe card is below

  • white sugar
  • all purpose flour
  • ground cinnamon
  • Large Granny Smith Apples
  • gingersnap cookies
  • quick oats
  • pecans
  • non-hydrogenated margarine
  • Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • ground nutmeg
  • milk

To Make: Mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add in the chopped apples and toss to coat. Place the mixture in a slow cooker that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine oats, cookie crumbs, nuts and margarine into a medium bowl. Sprinkle this apple crumble over the apples. Cover with lid and cook on high setting for 2 to 3 hours (or on low setting for 4 to 6 hours).

To Serve: When this easy apple crisp is done cooking, make the vanilla sauce. Using a whisk, beat the pudding mix, nutmeg and milk together in a microwave safe bowl. Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring after each minute.

Spoon over individual servings of cooked dessert. You can also drizzle with caramel sauce at serving as well. Kids also love a scoop of ice cream with this easy dessert recipes.

This recipe only takes 2 hours of slow cooking, so it’s not a crockpot dessert recipe that requires all day to make. During which time may I add, the house fills with the amazing scent of apples and cinnamon. There’s nothing more comforting!

A bowl of food on a plate, with Apple crisp and Sauce

What kind of apples to use for apple crisp?

You’ll want tart apples which is why I suggest the iconic green apples, granny smith fresh apples. Yet the best apples to use will always depend on your own personal preference. So if you love honey crisp for example, go ahead and use your favorite apples for best results.

To throw this recipe over the top, I love the addition of the 3-ingredient warm vanilla sauce over the apple mixture and crisp topping. It really is the perfect topping and compliment to the recipe.

In fact, the sauce is so good I could probably eat just that by the spoonfuls as well. Ok, full disclosure – I had a *few* tastes. So, as a note, don’t skip this part of the fantastic recipe or you’ll be missing out.

While there’s plenty of traditional apple crisp recipes out there, this warm vanilla sauce makes this crock pot apple crisp stand out as something pretty special. You’ll be reminded of that with each and every bite of this delicious recipe too!

What are your favorite apple desserts to make during apple season?

slow cooker apple crisp vanilla sauce

Slow-Cooker Apple Crisp with Warm Vanilla Sauce

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

You might have many apple crisp recipes in your collection yet this one for Slow Cooker Apple Crisp with Warm Vanilla Sauce raises the bar!


  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 8 Granny Smith apples, 2-1/2 lb./1.1 kg, peeled, sliced
  • 12 gingersnaps, finely crushed
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, melted
  • 1 pkg Vanilla Instant Pudding, 4-serving size
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups milk


  1. Mix sugar, flour and cinnamon in large bowl. Add apples; toss to coat. Place in slow cooker.
  2. Combine cookie crumbs, oats, nuts and margarine; sprinkle over apples. Cover with lid. Cook on HIGH 2 to 3 hours (or on LOW 4 to 6 hours).
  3. Beat pudding mix, nutmeg and milk in microwaveable bowl with whisk 2 min. Microwave on HIGH 2 min., stirring after each minute. Spoon over individual servings of dessert.


Add 1/2 cup dried cranberries to the apple mixture before cooking as directed.
When serving adults, stir 1 Tbsp. rum into warmed sauce before spooning over desserts, if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 775Saturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 474mgCarbohydrates: 120gFiber: 12gSugar: 80gProtein: 11g

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  1. This is delicious. I tried the recipe except with a salted caramel sauce instead.

  2. I’ve never made apple crisp in the slow cooker, but your recipe looks and sounds so delicious, I definitely have to try it, thanks!

  3. Wow love this recipe, it has to be the added warm vanilla sauce, yummm!! going to have to try next time I make apple crisp!!

  4. Thank you for the recipe. A great way to use the apples from my little tree this fall!

  5. This looks sinfully delicious and addicting.I am going to try this soon because I have some delicious apples to use up and my family will definitely love this! Thank you.

  6. I have never made apple crisp in the slow cooker but this looks and sounds really good. Love the addition of the gingersnaps. Thanks for sharing, I am definitely going to try it out!

  7. The sound of the warm vanilla sauce, you’ve got me sold, I wish I had some right now on this cold rainy night!!

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