My Gluten Free Apple Crisp is so versatile and this traditional recipe makes a fabulous dessert any time of the year. My recipe is also dairy free so it’s sure to please everyone!
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How to make gluten free apple crisp
- Start by assembling all your ingredients then mix the lemon juice, cornstarch, brown sugar and water together before you peel the apples. Put the sugar mixture into a large bowl and preheat your oven to 375F.
2. You’ll need a baking dish that is approximately one quart like the one shown in the photo above.
3. Peel the apples and put them in the bowl and toss in the lemon juice, starch, and water mixture then layer them in to the baking dish.
4. Next you need to mix the gluten free rolled oats, almond flour, almonds, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla and salt and blend well. (see photo below)
5. Top the apples with the oatmeal and almond flour mixture and spread it out evenly over the top of the apples.
6. Bake in your preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is nice and golden brown.
A Brief Note About Gluten Free Oats
Just a quick note to make sure you know to only use certified gluten free oats, regular oats are not suitable for people on a gluten free diet.
While the oat grain contains no gluten, they can be contaminated with gluten containing grains in the field when they are grown, or where they are processed.
Apple Crisp Tips and FAQs
What can I serve with apple crisp? We love to serve it with Ice Cream, if you are dairy free there are some excellent dairy free ice creams that taste great too!
What’s the best variety of apples to use? I prefer to use Granny Smith because they are firm and a little tart so they taste great with a little sugar added. Honeycrisp are a good alternative although they are a little sweeter, but you can use any apple variety you have on hand.
Can I make it dairy free? This recipe was tested with coconut oil instead of butter so it works very well dairy free and tastes great.
Can I make it ahead of time? Yes you can prepare it a few hours ahead. I would prepare the apples and the topping separately as directed, place into the baking dish and then refrigerate until you are ready to bake. Just be aware that even though you have tossed the peeled apples in a little lemon juice they will brown after a few hours if not cooked. You other option is to bake and reheat it in an oven with a lower heat which will help the top crisp up again.
What’s the difference between Apple Crisp and Apple Crumble?
Sometimes the difference is minimal, and often the names are used interchangeably these days.
Generally speaking though, a crisp has a topping that includes things like nuts, oats, sugar, and spices and is more like granola in texture, and also crispy!
A crumble is usually topped with more of a streusel topping which is softer and made with a mixture of butter, flour, and sugar.
More Gluten Free Desserts
- Gluten Free Banana Bread
- Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten Free Lemon Bars
- Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
- Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- Gluten Free Brownies
- Gluten Free Blueberry Cake
Gluten Free Apple Crisp
An easy Gluten Free Apple Crisp version of the classic dessert.
- 7 small apples , 2lb – 907g
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar , 133g – or brown sugar
- 2 tbps lemon juice
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp tapioca starch , or arrowroot, potato, or cornstarch
Gluten Free Apple Crisp Topping
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/3 cup maple syrup , 80mls
- 1/3 cup coconut oil , 80mls
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
Preheat your oven to 375F, you'll need a baking pan that's approximately one quart (1 litre)
Mix the lemon juice, starch, brown sugar, and water together in a large bowl.
Cut and peel the apples into large chunks and mix into the lemon water mixture in the bowl, and once they are evenly coated place them in your baking dish.
Mix the Apple Crisp topping ingredients together in a bowl including the gluten free rolled oats, almond flour, slivered almonds, maple syrup, coconut oil (melted), vanilla extract and salt.
Evenly spread the topping over the apples.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden on top.
Gluten Free Oats – If you are making this for someone who eats gluten free you must ensure that you use certified gluten free oats, regular oats can have gluten contamination.
Storage and Reheating – you can keep this in an airtight container and eat it hot or cold. I just reheat it per serving on a plate in the microwave, the topping is not quite as crisp but it works in a pinch.
Apples – you can use any variety you have but I prefer to use Granny Smiths because they are firmer when baked and they are not very sweet to lend themselves well to this recipe with sugar added.
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