A light and crispy cinnamon-spiced gluten free oat crust sprinkled over tender, lightly sweetened apple slices. Get all the warm and cozy fall feelings and flavours of apple pie with a fraction of the effort with these super easy to make Gluten Free Apple Crisp! | Vegan & Oat Free Options available in the recipe notes!
Can you believe it’s already apple season again? My in-laws have an apple tree in their garden and the branches are practically touching the ground because it’s so heavy and full of apples and I for one and pumped about it. Time to get baking!
How to Make a Gluten Free Apple Crisp
When it comes to making an apple crisp gluten free friendly, there’s very little you need to change from a traditional gluten-filled recipe. Overall it’s still an incredibly easy recipe made with simple ingredients. The main difference is that you just need to use gluten-free flour and certified gluten-free oats.
All you need is a few pantry staples and some fresh apples and you’re well on your way to the perfect gluten free, cozy dessert. The overall process is pretty easy and comes down to three main steps:
- Apple prep: Cut your apples into thin slices then toss your apples in a little bit of sugar, spice and lemon juice.
- Crumble Prep: Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl then stir in the melted butter or oil.
- Assemble & Bake: Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apples and bake.
What are the Best baking apples to use?
The best baking apples are ones that will keep its structure while baking. Something like a Red Delicious might be good for general eating, but it will just fall apart in the oven.
As far as different varieties that are idea for best results: Granny Smith apples are always a good go to. They’re crisp, tart and stay tender after baking. In general green apples, or apples with green flecks are great options (think jonagold, braeburn, and golden delicious). Honey crisp and pink lady will also work! You can use even mix together a few different apple varieties. Use what you have and what you like!
to Peel or Not to Peel
This is up to you and your own personal preference. If you hate peel in your baked apples then go for it, otherwise just leave them in and save yourself the extra work!
Can I make this apple crisp oat free?
- Instead of using 1 cup gluten free all purpose flour and 1 cup rolled oats, you can use a total of 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour.
- You can also use 1 cup of shredded or desiccated coconut in place of the oats.
Once you’re crumble is out of the oven just top off a bowl of the crisp with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and you’re all set!
- 2 pounds baking apples, peeled or unpeeled and sliced (granny smith are ideal)
- 2 tablespoons (28 g) light brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1 cup (140 g) gluten free all purpose flour
- 1 cup (90 g) certified gluten free rolled oats
- 1/4 cup (25 g) chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 2/3 cup (147 g) light brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (113 g) melted butter (dairy or non dairy) or coconut oil
- Heat oven to 375°F/190°C. Lightly grease an 8x8 inch square or 9 inch round baking pan. Set aside.
- Place the apples in the baking dish and toss with two tablespoons brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg (if using). Toss until the apples are fully coated in sugar and spices, then spread evenly across the baking dish.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together the flour, oats, nuts (if using), sugar, salt and cinnamon. Stir in the melted butter and mix until a soft, crumbly dough forms.
- Crumble the evenly topping over the apples. Place in the oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the top comes out golden brown and the apples are tender.
- Let cool a few minutes and then enjoy.
- If you’re making this recipe for a friend or family member who has Celiac Disease or follows a gluten free diet – make sure they can have oats or just make it oat free to be safe. Some celiacs still react to oats, even if they are labelled gluten free.
- Make it oat-free: Use another cup of gluten free all purpose flour (for a total of two cups) and omit the oats. You can also use 1 cup shredded or desiccated coconut in place of the oats.
- Peel or no peel? This is up to you and your own personal preference. If you hate peel in your baked apples then go for it, otherwise just leave them in and save yourself the extra work!
- Pecans are walnuts will add a little extra crunch and a nutty flavor, but are completely optional here.