a classic apple crisp updated with the warm flavors of chai, this chai spiced apple crisp is loaded with chai flavor! crisp granny smith apples tossed in a chai spice blend of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger & allspice & baked under a generous layer of homemade crisp. the perfect cozy fall dessert to celebrate all things autumn (especially served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream…).
you know what blows my mind?!?!?
(yes, each one of those ?s & !s is necessary because i’m honestly feeling all 😱 about it up in here.)
it blows my mind how the world goes from all things corn & tomatoes & end-of-summery goodness STRAIGHT to pumpkin spice- & butternut squash-a-palooza.
as though there is nothing that should be happening in between!!!
um, like, you know, fresh figs or grapes or apples or chai spice!!!
it’s like BOOM: summer is over & now it’s thanksgiving.
& i, for one, am so not cool with that! 🙅🏻🙅🏻🙅🏻
honestly, though, the other week i went to trader joe’s for some ginger brew, granny smith apples, & apple cider (…more details on that delicious concoction next week 😏) & none were to be found!!! no cider, no ginger brew, & no granny smith apples(!!!!). instead there was a giant sign that said “pumpkin is here!!!” & a pumpkin-mecca endcap stocked full of pumpkin baking mixes & pumpkin pasta.
what the heck?!?!
maybe i’m so impassioned about this phenomenon because i’m so not a pumpkin spice person (gasp! 😱 i know…that neon orange color just kinda scares the crap outta me!) or because i love this time of year so much (i’ve only talked about that fact in every fall post i’ve ever written 😂). but truly, i do not want to wish away this time of year by looking forward to the holidays (& pumpkin spice).
so. today i stand, dramatically & firmly, in protest of premature pumpkin spicing everything with the most autumn recipe i could imagine: chai spiced apple crisp.
& i invite you to stand with me! (it will be the most delicious protest you’ve ever been to, promise.)
ok. dramatic ranting over, but honestly, you gotta try this chai spiced apple crisp.
it’s so, SO good.
it’s one of those desserts i’ve had on my mind for the longest time. apple crisp is my absolute favorite, favorite dessert. it’s the kind of dessert that just reminds me of my parents’ house. my mom, aka the cutest human being in the world, makes a dessert for the week every sunday & my dad totally goes crazy for anything served a la mode. a big pan of apple crisp is always in order this time of year.
& because i’m kind of a freak for anything chai spiced, & because cardamom & apples pair so beautifully together, i have been obsessed with updating a classic apple crisp with chai flavors.
seriously. so, SO good.
a few things to keep in mind about chai spiced apple crisp:
- this chai spiced apple crisp recipe is intentionally SUPER crumbly. the golden, buttery, & slightly crunchy nuggets of crisp are the best parts of apple crisp right?! because i find traditional apple crisp recipes to leave a little bit to be desired when it comes to their apple:crisp ratios, this chai spice apple crisp has about 30% more crisp than most. if you don’t love the crumbly bites of crisp, you’ll just want to adjust the measurements for the crisp ingredients accordingly.
- chai spiced apple crisp is the perfect dessert for fall entertaining. yes! not only is it so easy to throw together compared to an apple pie (no fussy pie dough to deal with, no flour-y counters to clean!), the scent of the chai spice will permeate your home & make your guests think you’re the baddest domestic goddess there ever was. make a pan of chai spiced apple crisp & invite some friends over to enjoy it with you – remember, a gathering with your friends doesn’t have to be a fancy affair, either. a simple quick text that says, “hey, we’ve got some apple crisp, want to come over tonight for dessert?” will always be warmly welcomed. trust me.
- oh, & uh…chai spiced apple crisp is really, really, really freakin’ good served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. 😏 just saying’…
if you like this chai spiced apple crisp, here are some more treats you’ll love!
- mini chai scones with maple chai glaze
- pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust
- chai cocktails with golden raisin rum
- all pwwb desserts & treats
so tell me! is there an apple dessert you always have this time of year that you look forward to all year long? what’s your favorite classic recipe updated with a modern twist? will you be giving this chai spiced apple crisp a try this fall? (you should! 😉) let me know in the comments below…i’d LOVE to chat!
afraid you’ll miss a recipe or entertaining idea? be sure to follow along with plays well with butter on bloglovin. for daily foodie musings & tips, follow along with @playswellwithbutter on instagram & facebook! & for tons of pin-worthy ideas to be the hostess with the mostest, follow plays well with butter on pinterest!
- 8-10 granny smith apples, peeled & sliced
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons lightly packed brown sugar, divided
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons chai spice, divided (ratios in the recipe notes below!)
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cold, unsalted butter, diced
- optional, for serving: 1 quart vanilla ice cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray & set aside.
- Make the apple layer! In a large bowl, toss together the sliced apple, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, & 2 teaspoons of chai spice. Evenly coat the apples in the brown sugar & chai spice. Transfer apples to the prepared 9x13 baking pan, spreading them out evenly.
- Make the crisp layer! In a medium bowl, combine the old fashioned oats, whole-wheat flour, & the remaining 2/3 cup brown sugar & 2 tablespoons chai spice. Whisk to combine. Add in the cold, cubed butter & use your hands to press the butter into the oat mixture. This will take a few minutes, but continue to press the butter into the oat mixture. The oat mixture will still be a little crumbly, but will begin to stick together when you grab a handful & squeeze it gently. Transfer the crumble to the 9x13 pan, firmly pressing it on top of the apples.
- Bake! Place the 9x13 pan on a baking sheet & bake for 45 minutes, or until the crisp is golden & the apples are bubbling & fork-tender.
- Cool for 10 minutes before serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
- 2 parts ground cinnamon
- 1 part ground ginger
- 1 part ground cardamom
- 1/2 part ground cloves
- 1/2 part ground nutmeg
- 1/2 part allspice