Apple season means it's time for all the apple desserts, like gluten-free apple crisp (easily made dairy-free, too!)
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About This Apple Crisp Recipe
After picking 20+ pounds of apples last month, I finally got around to using them all in various apple desserts!
But my absolute favorite apple-themed dessert, and the one I make the most often, is an apple crisp. This is a variation of the gluten-free blueberry crisp recipe already featured on the website. This recipe has a few extra additions, including more cinnamon, chopped walnuts, and of course, apples instead of blueberries.
What is a Crisp?
A crisp, like its sister dessert, the crumble, contains a layer of fruit with a crunchy pastry topping. Crisps are known for having oats in the topping, whereas crumbles do not, only using a streusel topping, like these gluten-free blueberry streusel muffins. Crisps and crumbles are most similar to each other, whereas a cobbler has a biscuit-based topping.
Now you know!
What You'll Need To Make Gluten-Free Apple Crisp:
-Apples (whatever your favorite apples are! I love Jonagolds & Honeycrisp).
-Gluten-Free Flour (see below for options you can use)
-Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (not quick cooking!)
-Whipped cream or ice cream (for serving - totally optional, but encouraged!)
Gluten-Free Flour Blend
As with all of my recipes, a gluten-free flour blend is required for success. Check out my top tips for gluten-free baking here if you're newly diagnosed with celiac or just started your gluten-free journey!
However, I've also had success using King Arthur's Gluten-Free Measure For Measure, and Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour. Both of these blends are dairy-free (Cup4Cup contains milk powder), so just be mindful of that if you are dairy-free as well.
How To Make Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
Apple crisp requires minimal effort but produces a fabulous reward.
1. Peel & chop your apples, then mix with lemon juice, cinnamon, granulated sugar, and cornstarch.
2. Combine the crisp topping with the oats, brown sugar, gluten-free flour, walnuts, and unsalted butter.
3. Pour the apple mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle the crisp topping across the top. Then bake!
Make It Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free
This gluten-free apple crisp can be easily made dairy-free in addition to gluten-free. Make sure to use a gluten and dairy-free flour blend, like Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour or King Arthur Measure For Measure (Both work well). You will also need your favorite vegan butter sticks. I prefer Earth Balance or Country Crock. Note that the dairy-free version will not crisp up and harden as much as the regular butter version, but it will still have a great crunch and flavor.
How To Serve Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
For extra decadence, serve apple crisp warm with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream! For dairy-free alternatives there, I prefer Trader Joe's Coconut Whipped Cream and So Delicious Vanilla Ice Cream. Both are great!
In addition to being a tasty dessert, I'm a firm believer it makes a perfect breakfast as well, especially with some Greek yogurt!
More Fall Gluten-Free Baking Recipes
Feel like an easy quickbread? This banana bread with walnuts is a winner!
Looking for a gluten-free scone recipe? Be basic and enjoy it with these gluten-free pumpkin scones and maple frosting.
Want to practice your pie making skills? Homemade apple pie hits the spot. Gluten-free but no one will know!
Ready to take your baking skills to the next level? Try these delightful, buttery, and flaky gluten-free croissants.
Here's how to make my favorite fall dessert: gluten-free apple crisp!
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Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Recipe
- 4 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced small into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ cup gluten-free flour, like Cup4Cup or Bob's Red Mill 1:1 (dairy-free)
- ½ cup certified gluten-free rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup (8 Tbsp) cold unsalted butter (vegan butter sticks if needed)
- whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a Corningware or glass baking dish (round, square, or rectangular, doesn't matter!) with coconut oil or butter to prevent sticking.
Peel, core, and dice the apples. Add apples and lemon juice to a small bowl, to prevent browning. Then add cornstarch, cinnamon, and granulated sugar and mix together until combined.
In a separate bowl, add the gluten-free oats, gluten-free flour, brown sugar, walnuts, and mix with a fork to combine. Add in the cold diced butter, and using a fork or your fingers, combine until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
Pour the apple mixture into the Corningware and spread evenly in one layer. Then, add the flour/oat/butter mixture and distribute evenly over the top. If you'd like, you can double the amount of topping for more crunch!
Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for a decadent dessert. Enjoy!
To make apple crisp dairy-free, use a dairy-free and gluten-free flour blend, like Bob's Red Mill, and vegan butter, like Earth Balance or Country Crock butter sticks.
Store covered in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave. Apple crisp will keep for 4-5 days.
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 340Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 13mgSodium 26mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 6gSugar 40gProtein 5g
The nutrition information on each recipe card is provided as a courtesy and for your convenience. The data is calculated by Nutritionix. You are encouraged to make your own calculations based on your ingredients and preferred nutritional facts calculator. While I try to make sure they are accurate, I cannot guarantee the accuracy of these calculations.
Do you like crisps?
What's your favorite kind?
Tell me in the comments below!