Homemade Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

by Suzan Ferreira
Homemade Gluten-Free Apple Crisp image of baked apple crisp in pan on wooden countertop with brown and white striped kitchen towel by the pan

Making a simple, homemade from scratch gluten-free apple crisp is easy, quick to put together, and will have your kitchen smelling heavenly.

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Fresh, organic apples are synonymous with fall living in New England. Or just about anywhere for that matter. There may be nothing better on a cool fall day than whipping up a quick apple crisp. This dessert is second only to my cherry cheese pie from scratch.

Made using wholesome, organic ingredients, this easy to make apple crisp, boasts a slightly sweet, crisp struesel topping, but it’s the apples that shine. Remaining slightly tart & tender, fresh apples are the star ingredient. And did I mention it’s gluten-free to boot?

But what exactly is a crisp? Well, that will depend on who you’re speaking with.

WHAT IS HOMEMADE APPLE CRISP

Apple crisp by definition is a baked dessert containing fresh fruit with a struesel’ish type topping. I just call it delicious 😉

Depending on your zip code, the term “crisp” or “crumble” may be used interchangeably when naming this dessert.

A crisp, especially revered in the US and Canada, typically uses rolled oats in the struesel topping, thus creating a “crisp” top. In locations such as England, “crumbles” are made very similarly, often foregoing the use of oats & instead making a more traditional “struesel” topping using only butter, flour, and sugar.

BEST APPLES TO USE FOR APPLE CRISP

What are the best apple varieties to choose when making this crisp? In my humble opinion, any type of crisp, crumble or pie benefits from using a variety of apples. There may be something about combining sweet & tart together that just lifts the flavors.

My favorites to use? A combination of sweet such as Cortland or Fuji and tart such as MacIntosh. For a further breakdown of apple varieties stop by my applesauce recipe, or better yet, make up a batch of this delicious sauce while your making your crisp 🙂

HOW TO MAKE APPLE CRISP FROM SCRATCH

No matter if you are making this from scratch apple crisp gluten-free or not (you can easily substitute your favorite flour) for a simple family meal or for a large gathering, this is one dessert you will make often.

The following directions are for making a gluten-free apple crisp. I have created a recipe card that you can easily print and save for future reference if you like! You don’t have to use only apples!! Substitutions will be noted and variations suggested after the recipe card.

STEP 1 – Preparing The Apples

Pre-heat the oven to 350 F & begin by peeling (optional), coring, and slicing your apples, enough to fill a 9 x 13 inch pan, and place them into a large bowl.

I am a willy nilly baker at best, & fly by the seat of my pants. My advance apologies for sure. I tend to eyeball the needed ingredients & flavor to taste, crazy right? My Grandmother would be proud tho’.

I believe I used about 8-10 medium sized apples to make what’s pictured. Peeling the apples is optional, I prefer to peel using my favorite apple peeler & corer from Lehmans. However, DON’T throw those organic peels and cores out! You know me, I love to maintain a no waste kitchen! Instead, make an apple scrap vinegar out of them, just sayin’ 😉

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Deciding how thick or thin to slice your apples is up to you. Thicker slices will yield a firmer result, thinner less firm. I tend to go with a thicker cut as we like a bit of bite left in the apple when fully cooked.

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Just be sure that whichever size you go with, you are slicing all the same way to allow for even cooking.

STEP 2 – Adding Sweetener & Spice To The Apples

Sprinkle the prepared apples with 1/2 Cup Sugar & 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (or to taste). I tend to dump, taste, and adjust here 🙂

Homemade Gluten-Free Apple Crisp image of sliced apples with sugar being sprinkled over them

I love to further deepen the flavor of the apples and the topping by giving a good grating of nutmeg as well. I’m not talking about the ground nutmeg, but instead grated from the whole nut itself. If you haven’t used nutmeg by freshly grating it, you are in for a magical taste surprise!

Homemade Gluten-Free Apple Crisp bowl of sliced apples with sugar & cinnamon on top showing a nutmeg being freshly grated over the top

STEP 3 – Prepare The Topping

In a separate bowl, prepare the crisp topping. Combine 1 C Oat Flour (I simply used my Vitamix to grind 1 C of flour from whole gluten-free oats), 1/2 C Rolled Oats (whole/gluten-free), 1/3 C Sugar, 1/3 C Brown Sugar, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, & 1/4 tsp Salt to 1/2 C Melted Butter. Combine until well blended, and the crumbs are evenly moistened.

Homemade Gluten-Free Apple Crisp image showing bowl of dried ingredients being mixed together

NOTE: This topping can easily be increased should you enjoy more sweetness to your crisp. I love it as is, as the sweet/tart flavors of the apples are enjoyed without being overly sweet.

STEP 4 – Prepare The Apple Crisp For Baking

Assemble the apple crisp by placing the “seasoned” sliced apples into a buttered 9 x 13 inch baking dish, I recommend using glass here.

Although not required, I add additional small pads or globs of butter to the top of the apples. This will create a thick apple juice “sauce” that is divine. How much or little to use is up to you. I added about 3-4 Tbl butter in total, breaking it up as you can see by the image below.

Homemade Gluten-Free Apple Crisp image showing sliced apples that have been flavored with sugar & spices being topped off with a few pads of butter

Again, this is an optional step, but one that once you try, I’m sure you will note the difference as much as I do.

STEP 5 – Add The Crisp Topping

Spoon the crumble over the apple filling, and spread evenly over the entire top. The crisp is now ready to bake.

STEP 6 – Bake The Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Bake the gluten-free apple crisp at 350 F until the fruit is tender when tested with a toothpick, the juices from the apples are bubbling, and the crisp topping is golden brown or, well, crisp 😉 Typically about 35 to 40 minutes.

Once fully baked, transfer the crisp to a cooling rack and let it rest or cool about 10 minutes prior to serving.

Homemade Gluten-Free Apple Crisp image of baked apple crisp in pan on wooden countertop with brown and white striped kitchen towel by the pan

Homemade Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

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Serves: 6 to 8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • Evenly sliced apples, enough to fill a 9 x 13 inch baking dish (approx. 8 to 10 medium sized apples)
  • 1/2 C plus 1/3 C Sugar (divided)
  • 1 C Gluten-Free Oat Flour (or GF flour of your choice)
  • 1/2 C Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 C Brown Sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (or to taste)
  • *optional: freshly grated nutmeg to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Melted Butter

Instructions

Prepare The Apples

Peel, core, & slice your apples, enough to fill a 9x13 baking dish Mix 1/2 C sugar & cinnamon to taste with the sliced apples  *optional:  add freshly grated nutmeg as well

Prepare The Crisp Topping

  1. In a bowl, make the crumble topping. Combine 1 C Oat Flour, 1/2 C rolled oats, 1/3 C sugar, 1/3 C brown sugar, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp Salt, 1/2 C Melted Butter and mix well
  2. *optional:  place pads of butter on top of the sliced apples

Prepare The Gluten-Free Apple Crisp For Baking

  1. Spoon the crumble evenly over the apples.
  2. Bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes

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Notes

*Allow the baked gluten-free apple crisp to rest at least 10 minutes prior to serving **Substitute fruit(s) of your choice such as strawberry rhubarb, blueberry & apple, peach & apple

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APPLE CRISP VARIATIONS

Have I mentioned how versatile this recipe is? Don’t wish to make this gluten-free? Substitute your regular flour instead of grinding or using oat flour. Need to use a different gluten-free flour? No problem! Use your favorite brand.

Not particularly a fan of apples? Change up the fruit, substituting at the same quantities as in the original recipe. Think strawberry/rhubarb, add blueberries along with the apples, use dried cranberries or cherries along with apples. There is no limit as to the variations you can explore. Use what’s in season when the fruit is at it’s freshest.

SERVING ALTERNATIVES FOR APPLE CRISP

As versatile as this recipe is to make, so it is to serve. Again, your options are only as many as you can think up!

Serving warm with a scoop of homemade vanilla bean ice cream may be our favorite way to enjoy. What? You don’t make your own? Check out my recipe and I can guarantee it will spoil you for any other kind of ice cream 🙂

Or what about with a little homemade whipped cream or even heavy cream drizzled over the top? And then there is always the option to enjoy it straight up, right out of the baking dish 😉

Love this recipe? Your shares, likes, & follows on social media channels are so much appreciated! Or pin the image below if you love it! I thank you in advance for your support!!

Homemade Gluten-Free Apple Crisp pin made for Pinterest showing image of baked pan of apple crisp on counter

No matter how you plan to serve your homemade gluten-free apple crisp, I can assure you, it will be delish!

Do you love apple crisp as much as we do?

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28 comments

Liz December 21, 2020 - 12:11 pm

I would love to make this with freshly grated nutmeg! That sounds delicious! Gluten free doesn’t hurt either!

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Danielle Ardizzone November 30, 2020 - 2:28 am

This looks delicious! I love apple-based desserts.

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Cindy November 30, 2020 - 1:28 am

This looks really good! And I can easily make it vegan by using plant based butter.

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Marianne November 26, 2020 - 4:12 am

I am allergic to apples, but pears are the perfect substitute! Sounds delicious!

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Barbara November 26, 2020 - 3:53 am

A complete favorite!

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Justine November 25, 2020 - 3:58 am

Yum! I’m gluten free and this sounds delicious! My husband wanted to make something with apples for Thanksgiving so I’ll have to share this with him!

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Sandi November 24, 2020 - 9:08 pm

We love apple crisp – always looking for a good gluten free dish. Thanks for sharing.

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Jill DeMasi November 24, 2020 - 5:28 pm

One of my favorite treats! Love tha it’s a gluten free dessert!

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Suz November 24, 2020 - 4:43 pm

Love apple crisp! And, how detailed your recipes and instructions are. I’m inspired now to make this – it’s the right time of year, and it’s my ease level.
I have to admit that I got lost in the cherry cheese pie recipe too! That sounds and looks off the hook! But, that’s out of my league (unless you deliver – LOL!).

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Suzan Ferreira November 25, 2020 - 12:29 pm

LOL, if only I could! Take it a step at a time and it’s really quite easy, just a few steps. Enjoy!!

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Tiffany Smith November 24, 2020 - 1:29 am

I can’t wait to try this recipe- apple crisp is my favorite!!

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Karie November 23, 2020 - 11:32 pm

Looks delicious and would be a great recipe to add to Thanksgiving breakfast.

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Keirsten November 23, 2020 - 11:00 pm

Sub for vegan butter & this is something I could get behind, haha <3

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Suzan Ferreira November 24, 2020 - 12:29 pm

Yes, it is a versatile recipe! Hope you can give it a try.

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Lisa Manderino November 23, 2020 - 10:58 pm

I love making apple crisp. It really is one of the easiest recipes!

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Elaina November 23, 2020 - 9:32 pm

This is one of my absolute favorites for breakfast, never made it GF. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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Suzan Ferreira November 24, 2020 - 12:29 pm

I hope you can! Be sure to give it a rating and let me know how you enjoy it!

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Sabrina November 23, 2020 - 9:01 pm

Love this recipe. I am pretty sure I can duplicate it with these directions. Thanks for sharing I can taste it already. Hmm.

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Sabrina DeWalt November 23, 2020 - 8:05 pm

I love an apple crisp. This made my mouth water!

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Debbie November 23, 2020 - 6:34 pm

I think my family would love this Apple Crisp as a dessert or at breakfast. Or both. Haha

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Alyssa November 23, 2020 - 4:34 pm

This looks so good!! Yum!

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Holly November 23, 2020 - 3:42 pm

This sounds amazing! I am going to make it for breakfast Thanksgiving morning! Thank you for sharing!

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Suzan Ferreira November 24, 2020 - 12:33 pm

Be sure to let me know how you enjoyed it & if you feel so inclined, give a rating. Thanks for stopping by, Holly, & Happy Thanksgiving.

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Laura November 23, 2020 - 3:34 pm

I have been eating low-carb for the last several months. This recipe sounds worth the cheat! Great fall/holiday dish

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Ayesha Siddiqui November 23, 2020 - 2:02 pm

This looks absolutely delicious and I happen to have all these ingredients at home! I’m adding this to our Thanksgiving desserts. I’ve been gluten free for almost 2 years and love finding gluten free dessert recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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Suzan Ferreira November 24, 2020 - 12:34 pm

I hope you can give it a try! Be sure to stop back and let me know how you enjoyed it. If you feel inclined, give it a rating for me!

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angie November 19, 2020 - 5:28 pm

thank you for sharing this recipe very similar to my personal one but made gluten free this will allow all to enjoy thanks for sharing

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Beth Shields November 19, 2020 - 2:25 pm

Looks delicious and have pinned the recipe. Its like the newest thing for Thanksgiving desserts! Thanks for sharing. I can smell the aroma from its baking.

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