Is there anything better than gluten-free apple crisp with soft, cinnamon-glazed apples and a buttery cinnamon oatmeal topping? It’s delicious served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce!
Apple Crisp is the perfect dessert any time of year. I especially love it in the fall when apples are in season and I want everything to smell like cinnamon!
Making apple crisp gluten-free is easy – but does require a few tricks. Gluten-free flour can easily get soggy, so I’ve found it’s helpful to add some nuts into the topping. This helps create a crispy, buttery topping that stays on top of the apples.
TIP: Adding some nuts to the gluten-free apple crisp topping helps it bake up golden brown and crispy.
How to Make Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
STEP ONE: PEEL AND CHOP the apples. Grate 2 of the apples on a box grater and chop the rest. Grating just 2 of the apples helps create a nice sauce!
STEP TWO: Mix together the FILLING INGREDIENTS. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, cornstarch and salt to a large bowl and mix to combine.
STEP THREE/FOUR: Pour the apple mixture into a pan and cover with foil. BAKE THE APPLES SEPARATELY.
STEP FIVE: Add part of the oats along with gluten-free flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt and vanilla to the food processor. PULSE to combine.
STEP SIX: Add the BUTTER AND NUTS and pulse a bit more.
STEP SEVEN: Add the remaining oats and almonds and pulse once. SPRINKLE the topping over the apple mixture.
STEP EIGHT: Bake until the crisp is GOLDEN AND BUBBLY. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream!
TIP: To keep the topping crispy, par-bake the apples separately before adding the topping.
What are the best apples to use for apple crisp?
Pick an apple that will hold up while baking. Golden Delicious and Granny Smith Apples both work well in apple crisp.
How to slice the apples
For this apple crisp, I usually cut the apples into 1/2-inch cubes. If you prefer sliced apples, simply decrease the par-baking time by 5 minutes. Just be sure all the apples are cut the same size so the filling bakes up evenly. Either way is delicious!
What flour should I use?
Want more crisp recipes? Try this Gluten-Free Peach Crisp. Or if you’re looking for more fall recipes you can’t beat this Caramel Corn Recipe. Check out my full collection of Gluten-Free Desserts here!
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Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
For the Filling:
- 10 apples (about 4lbs), Golden Delicious or Granny Smith
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
For the Topping:
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oats, divided
- 1/2 cup gluten-free 1:1 baking flour
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, not melted, preferably cold
- 10 tablespoons butter, sliced into 10 pieces
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds, divided, can also use pecans or almonds
- 1 tablespoon water
Make the Filling:
- Preheat the oven to 400F. Peel and chop 8 of the apples into 1/2-inch cubes. Grate 2 of the apples on a box grater. (Grating just 2 of the apples helps create a nice sauce!)
- In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir together the lemon juice and cornstarch and pour over the apples. Mix everything together evenly.
- Pour the apple mixture into a 9/x13 baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 25 minutes, until the apples have started to soften and release their juices.
Make the Topping:
- While the apples bake, add 3/4 cup of the oats along with the gluten-free flour, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt to the bowl of a large food processor. Pulse until combined, about 5 pulses.
- Add the butter and half of the almonds and process until the butter mixture forms crumbly balls, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining oats and almonds and process with 2 quick pulses. Remove the blade and mix the flour mixture with the butter to form more chunks if needed.
- Pour the topping evenly over the par-baked apples. Bake (uncovered) for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden and the edges are bubbly. Let cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
- If you prefer apple slices rather than cubes, decrease the par-baking time by 5 minutes. Just be sure the apples are sliced evenly.
- You can use any nut you like! Pecans or walnuts are delicious too.
- Be sure to use gluten-free oats to keep this recipe 100% gluten-free.
- Use a high-quality gluten-free flour for best results. I like King Arthur Flour Measure-for-Measure Flour.