This gluten-free apple crumble is a fall essential! It’s full of tart, tender apple filling, warm spices, and a buttery, crisp topping. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the easiest, most comforting fall dessert!

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A serving of gluten-free apple crumble on a plate, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and a spoon next to it

When fall rolls around and apples are in peak season, I instantly feel like it’s time to roll up my sleeves and start baking!

I love making homemade apple compote, gluten-free apple crisp, gluten-free apple cake and gluten-free apple muffins. But this gluten-free apple crumble is right up there in my top gluten free apple desserts!

It’s an easy recipe I come back to again and again, thanks to the simple ingredients and a warm, comforting flavor.

The caramelized, cinnamon apples and amazing streusel topping are incredible on their own. But when you add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream, it really takes it to the next level!

This recipe a great alternative to classic apple pie, thanks to the quick prep time. Take it to Thanksgiving dinner, a dinner party, or whip it up for family game night over the weekend.

No matter the occasion, it’s sure to be a huge hit!

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For more fall desserts, try this gluten-free pumpkin pie, gluten-free pumpkin cake, gluten-free apple pie and gluten-free pecan pie.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Easy to make
  • Made with pantry staples
  • Warm and comforting
  • Great recipe for apple season
  • Classic fall flavors

Ingredients for the Filling

Apple crumble filling ingredients on a counter top
  • Gluten-free flour: For best results with this gluten free apple crisp, use a high-quality 1:1 gluten-free baking flour. Look for a gluten-free flour blend that contains xanthan gum to achieve the desired texture. This is my favorite brand.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice helps to preserve the apples and add a bright flavor. It’s the perfect contrast to the warm fall spices.
  • Apples: I like to use tart, crisp apples for this recipe, such as Granny Smith apples. However, you can also substitute with apple varieties, like Honeycrisp apples or Fuji apples.
  • Sugar: Fine white sugar sweetens the apples and helps to create a delicious caramelized sauce.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch thickens the apple juice as it bakes out of the apples and creates the perfect sauce.
  • Salt: Salt brings out the flavor of the apples and balances out the sweetness of the crumble.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon and apples are a match made in heaven!

Ingredients for Crumble Topping

Gluten-free apple crumble topping ingredients on a counter top
  • Gluten-free flour: Again, it’s best to use a high-quality gluten-free flour blend for this recipe. This is my favorite brand.
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar is the perfect compliment to the fall flavors of baked apples and cinnamon.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch thickens the crumble topping and acts as a binder to the flour and butter.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a warm fall spice that pairs well with the apples, butter, and crumble texture.
  • Salt: Salt enhances the flavor of the whole crumble dish.
  • Butter: I like to use real, unsalted butter for this recipe.

How to Make Gluten-Free Apple Crumble

Make the Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray an 8 or 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
Apple chunks in a bowl with spices poured on top, and a bowl with the apple chunks and spices mixed together
  • In a large bowl, add the fresh apples, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Mix to evenly combine.

Make the Topping

Crumble ingredients in a glass bowl, and crumble ingredients mixed together in a bowl
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the gluten-free 1:1 baking flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until evenly combined.
  • Pour in the melted butter and stir with a fork until crumbly.
Apple chunks in a baking dish, and apple chunks topped with crumble topping in a baking dish
  • Pour apple filling into the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.
  • Sprinkle the crumble mixture in pea-sized pieces evenly over the top of the filling.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, until bubbling and golden brown on top.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Top this baked fruit dessert with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream, if desired, and enjoy!

Storage Instructions

Store this easy gluten free apple crumble in an airtight container, or cover the baking dish with plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for up to five days.

Apple crumble in a baking dish

Recipe FAQs

Does apple crumble contain gluten?

Apple crumble usually contains gluten, since it’s traditionally made with all-purpose wheat flour. However, this apple crumble recipe is made using gluten-free flour, and it’s safe to eat on a gluten-free diet!

Does cornflour have gluten?

No, cornflour is naturally gluten-free, just like cornstarch and many other corn products.

Which flour has no gluten?

There are many types of flour that are naturally gluten-free, including almond flour, oat flour, buckwheat flour, and arrowroot flour. Most gluten-free flour products are a blend of several different types of gluten-free flour. But keep in mind: any flour made from wheat (such as all-purpose flour) is not gluten-free.

Are Honeycrisp apples gluten-free?

Yes, Honeycrisp apples are gluten-free. In fact, all raw, fresh, apples are naturally gluten-free, including Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, etc.

Why is my crumble topping not crunch?

Your crumble topping may not be crunchy if you use the wrong size baking dish. If the dish is too big, the juices from the apples will seep out and make the topping soggy. For this recipe, make sure to use a 8- or 9-inch baking dish.

A dish of apple crumble, with a serving scooped out

Expert Tips & Tricks

  • MAKE IT DAIRY-FREE: Use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks in place of the butter.
  • LESS SUGAR? Reduce the amount of sugar in the filling by 1/2. 
  • APPLES – Feel free to use the season’s best apples for this recipe. I like to use Granny Smith apples, but you can use a variety of apples!
  • MAKE IT MINI! This apple crumble can also be baked in individual ramekins. Reduce the bake time by 10 minutes. 

More Gluten-Free Desserts

I hope you love this gluten free apple dessert as much as we do! If you try this recipe, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

Gluten-free apple crumble on a plate with a spoon next to it and a scoop of ice cream on top
5 from 12 votes

Easy Gluten-Free Apple Crumble

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 8 servings
This gluten-free apple crumble is a fall essential! It’s full of tart, tender apple filling, warm spices, and a buttery, crisp topping. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the easiest, most comforting fall dessert!

Ingredients

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup gluten-free 1:1 baking flour 160 grams
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 160 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter 113 grams, melted

For the Apple Filling:

  • 2 ½ pounds Granny Smith apples peeled cored, and sliced or diced into bite sized pieces (about 6 to 7 cups)
  • cup granulated sugar 65 grams
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray an 8 or 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Make the Crumble Topping:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the gluten-free 1:1 baking flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until evenly combined. Pour in the melted butter and stir with a fork until crumbly.

Make the Apple Filling:

  • In a large bowl, add the apples, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Mix to evenly combine then pour into the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.
  • Sprinkle the crumble mixture in pea-sized pieces evenly over the top of the filling.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, until bubbling and golden brown on top.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Top with ice cream if desired and enjoy!

Notes

MAKE IT DAIRY-FREE: Use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks in place of the butter.
LESS SUGAR? Reduce the amount of sugar in the filling by 1/2. 
APPLES – Feel free to use the season’s best apples for this recipe. I like to use Granny Smith apples, but you can use a variety of apples!
MAKE IT MINI! This apple crumble can also be baked in individual ramekins. Reduce the bake time by 10 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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