Gluten Free Apple Crisp Recipe

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One of my favorite desserts to make in the fall is my Gluten Free Apple Crisp recipe. My easy recipe uses only simple ingredients like fresh apples, warm spices, rolled oats and a gluten-free flour blend.

Gluten free apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream in a small bowl.

If you have an abundance of apples from apple picking or grocery shopping, try making this easy apple crisp. It has all the flavors of classic apple pie without a crust, so it’s quick and easy to make.

I like to make a big apple crisp so we have enough for dessert and breakfast the next day. However, if you want a smaller fruit crisp, you can halve this recipe and bake it in a standard square baking pan.

Whether it’s for a special occasion during the holiday season or an average weeknight, the whole family will love this simple fruit dessert.

Apple Filling Ingredients

  • 12 cups of apple slices (about 16 apples peeled, cored and sliced)
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of arrowroot starch or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Crisp Topping Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups of gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups of gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup of salted butter

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Apple corer/peeler/slicer
  • Pastry blender
  • Whisk
  • Large baking dish

By the Numbers: How to Make the Best Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to learn how to make a delicious gluten-free apple crisp.

Step 1: Preheat Oven and Prepare Ingredients

Preheat your oven to 350˚ F and gather your ingredients.

Ingredients for a gluten free apple crisp measured out in bowls on a wood table.

Step 2: Make Apple Filling

Add 12 cups of apple slices to a large casserole dish. I like to use an apple peeler/corer/slicer to make perfect slices.

Apple slices in a large baking dish.

In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup of granulated sugar, ¼ cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of arrowroot powder and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

Cinnamon lemon mixture being whisked together in a small bowl.

Pour the liquid mixture over the apple slices, then stir to combine.

Cinnamon coated apples in a large baking dish.

Step 3: Make Apple Crisp Topping

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients for the crisp topping, including 1 ½ cups of gluten free flour, 1 ½ cups of gluten free oats, 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.

Dry ingredients for crisp topping in a glass mixing bowl.

Add 1 cup of cold, cubed butter to the mixing bowl.

Cold, cubed butter added to dry crisp ingredients.

Use a pastry blender to combine well. It should still be loose, not clumpy like when you make a crumble.

Crisp topping with a dough cutter in a glass mixing bowl.

Sprinkle the crunchy topping evenly over the cinnamon apples in the pan.

Crisp topping added to the top of apple slices in a baking dish.
Side view of large apple crisp before being baked.

Step 4: Bake Apple Crisp

Bake the apple crisp for about an hour or until the apple slices are fork tender and the topping is browned and slightly crispy. Once it’s done, remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool. It will sink as it cools.

Baked apple crisp cooling on the table.

Step 5: Serve Apple Crisp

Serve warm topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired. Try adding a drizzle of caramel sauce to take the flavors over the edge! Leftovers taste great cold for breakfast too.

Gluten free apple crisp served with ice cream in a white dessert bowl.

Tips for Making this Gluten Free Apple Crisp Recipe

Answers to all of your questions about making an easy gluten free apple crisp, including tips and substitution ideas.

Dairy free option

The only dairy in this recipe is butter. You can easily use solid coconut oil or vegan butter (like Earth Balance) in place of the butter to make a vegan apple crisp.

Best apples

You can really use any variety of apple you have access to. I personally prefer sweet apples like pink lady and honeycrisp apples. You can also use tart apples like granny smith apples, but you may want to add a bit more sugar to counterbalance the flavors.

Best oats

I only use certified gluten-free rolled oats that are also organic. Nature’s Path is my favorite brand, but you can use any type of rolled oats. I don’t recommend using steel-cut oats.

Storage tips

If you have leftover apple crisp, you can cover the pan with plastic wrap once it’s cooled to room temperature and store it in the fridge. If there’s not a lot left, you can also transfer it to an airtight container in the refrigerator. Eat within 4 days.

More gluten free apple dessert recipes

If you want to continue making tasty apple desserts, try some of these recipes:

Gluten free apple crisp topped with vanilla ice cream in a small bowl.

Gluten Free Apple Crisp Recipe

Learn how to make the best apple crisp using only gluten free ingredients. This fruit crisp is easy to make and tastes amazing warm and cold, on its own or with ice cream.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Recipe Servings: 12

Ingredients

Filling Ingredients

  • 12 cups apple slices - about 16 apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot starch - or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350˚ F and gather your ingredients.
    Ingredients for a gluten free apple crisp measured out in bowls on a wood table.
  • Add apple slices to a large casserole dish.
    Apple slices in a large baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, lemon juice, arrowroot and cinnamon.
    Cinnamon lemon mixture being whisked together in a small bowl.
  • Pour the liquid mixture over the apple slices, then stir to combine.
    Cinnamon coated apples in a large baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine topping ingredients, including gluten free flour, gluten free oats, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
    Dry ingredients for crisp topping in a glass mixing bowl.
  • Add cold butter to the mixing bowl.
    Cold, cubed butter added to dry crisp ingredients.
  • Use a pastry blender to combine well. It should still be loose, not clumpy like when you make a crumble.
    Crisp topping with a dough cutter in a glass mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the topping evenly over the top of the apples in the pan.
    Crisp topping added to the top of apple slices in a baking dish.
  • Bake the apple crisp for about an hour or until the apple slices are fork tender and the topping is browned and slightly crispy. Once it’s done, remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool. It will sink as it cools.
    Baked apple crisp cooling on the table.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream. It also tastes great cold for breakfast!
    Gluten free apple crisp served with ice cream in a white dessert bowl.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 69g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg

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