This gluten free apple crisp is a must-make! It’s loaded with a base layer of perfectly soft and juicy apples, topped off with a crispy crumble made from gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats, quick oats, and almond flour. Perfect for a weekend gathering with friends or a cozy night at home! It’s all done in one bowl, and takes about 15 minutes to put together. This recipe is naturally vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Apples – when choosing apples for apple crisp make sure to get a kind that’s firm and crisp. It’s important to choose the right kind to ensure that the apples keep their structure under heat.
- Coconut sugar – this type of sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, so it won’t leave you feeling down and tired afterward. You can substitute for brown sugar.
- Maple syrup – for sweetness and to bind everything together
- Cornstarch – helps bind the apple ingredients together. You can substitute this for arrowroot starch.
- Cinnamon – essential for apple crisp, for flavor
- Vanilla extract – for flavor
- Lemon juice – use fresh lemon for some acidity
- Rolled oats – old fashioned rolled oats provide great texture. To make this gluten free, make sure to use certified gluten free.
- Quick oats – quick oats help the crisp absorb all the flavor. To make this gluten free, make sure to use certified gluten free.
- Almond flour – perfect to give this crisp some added protein, plus the almond flour holds the crisp together. You can substitute for any type of flour you like.
- Salt – to balance the flavor
- Vegan butter – cold and cubed. You can also use regular butter.
How to make gluten free apple crisp
There are two components in this recipe: the apple filling, and the crisp.
Step 1 – apple filling
Start by prepping the apples. Peel, core, and slice them very thinly – about 1/8-inch slices. Toss them into a large bowl.
Add the coconut sugar, maple syrup, cornstarch, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, and use your hands to mix everything up until the apples are evenly coated.
Grease your 8×8 inch baking dish and layer the apples on the bottom of your dish in an even layer.
Step 2 – crisp
In the same bowl you mixed the apples in, prepare the gluten free crisp. Whisk together the oats, almond flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add in the cold cubed butter and use your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients. It may take a couple of minutes for the dry ingredients to absorb the butter.
Then, using your hands or a big spoon, sprinkle the crisp mixture evenly on the apple filling.
Step 3 – bake
Place in the oven and bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes. Your gluten free apple crisp is ready when the apple juices start bubbling on the edges and the crisp is golden.
How to store
Fridge: store any leftover gluten free apple crisp in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days. Can be enjoyed cold, directly from the fridge, or warm. Reheat it in the microwave.
More delicious gluten free desserts to try
- Bakery style banana bread (GF + RSF)
- Lemon zucchini loaf (GF + DF)
- Life-changing chocolate chunk cookies (GF + V)
- Easy chocolate chip banana oatmeal cookies (GF + V)
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