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Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Perfectly tender Honeycrisp apples are smothered with a sweet and crunchy dairy-free oatmeal topping in this gluten-free apple crisp. It’s such a wonderful fall treat, spiced with fragrant cinnamon and nutmeg. Top it off with a scoop of your favorite dairy-free vanilla ice cream and vegan caramel sauce

My mouth is watering just thinking about this luscious dessert! I’ve made this vegan gluten-free apple crisp at least 3 times in the past 10 days, just trying to get the pictures and video I needed for this blog post. Crazy, right? I’ve eaten it so much I’m starting to miss NOT having some on hand. Hahaha. Although, for the benefit of my waistline, it’s better I don’t have anymore around. 

There are so many wonderful fall desserts, I’m honestly having a hard time figuring out what I like more: this vegan apple crisp, gluten-free apple pie, or my gluten-free zucchini bread?!

What would you pick? Do you have a favorite fall dessert? 

Are Honeycrisp good for baking?

I love using Honeycrisp apples for baking. They are tart, but still have a little bit of sweetness that shines through when they are cooked. They are big juicy apples, and tend to hold their shape while baking instead of becoming mushy.  

Other apple varieties to use in your gluten-free apple dessert:

  • Granny Smith – the classic tart baking apple
  • Pink Lady – tart and crunchy apples, with a sweet finish
  • Sweetango – these apples remind me a lot of Honeycrisps in taste and texture

How do you slice apples for apple crisp?

This really comes down to personal preference. You either prefer your cooked apples soft, or you prefer them with some crunch left. 

If you prefer your cooked apples soft:

Slice your apples 1/8″ thin 

If you prefer your cooked apples slightly crunchy:

Slice your apples 1/4″ thin

The thinner apples will become soft, while the thicker apples will retain a slight crunch after cooking. 

Do you put vegan apple crisp in the fridge?

While there is no dairy in this vegan gluten-free apple crisp, I still advise refrigerating it, just to be cautious. However, I’ve left our gluten-free dairy-free apple crisp out for several hours, and it’s done just fine. 

Is gluten-free apple crisp the same as gluten-free apple crumble?

A crumble is similar to a crisp, as it is baked fruit with a layer of topping. The topping in a crumble, however, doesn’t normally include oats or nuts – so it’s not crunchy. A crumble topping is more streusel-like, it is most often made with flour, sugar, and butter. 

How to Make Gluten-Free Apple Crisp:

  1. Place all of your topping ingredients into a large mixing bowl
  2. Cut in the vegan butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
  3. Add your sliced apples to a large mixing bowl
  4. Mix your dry filling ingredients together
  5. Pour the dry filling ingredients on top of the apples
  6. Toss the apples to coat

7. Pour the apples into a 9×13″ baking dish

8. Sprinkle on the topping

9. Bake in a preheated 350° (F) oven for 45 minutes. 

If you’re interested in other gluten-free oatmeal recipes, you might try these mixed berry oat crumble bars. 

I hope you and your family enjoy this gf apple crisp! 
xoxo, 
Mēgan

Other gluten-free apple desserts you might enjoy:
Tender Gluten-Free Apple Cake from Gluten-Free On a Shoestring
Gluten-Free French Toast Casserole from Allergy Free Alaska
Easy Gluten-Free Apple Scones from Recipes to Nourish

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Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Recipe:

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Yield: about 10 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Perfectly tender Honeycrisp apples are smothered with a sweet and crunchy dairy-free oatmeal topping in this gluten-free apple crisp.

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 10-12 cups peeled, cored, and sliced Honeycrisp apples (about 6 apples)
  • 3 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sorghum flour
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup cool water

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 3/4 cup organic brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° (F) and lightly grease a 9x13" baking dish.

For the filling:

  1. Place the apples in a large mixing bowl, and add the organic cane sugar, sorghum flour, arrowroot starch, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and cool water.
  2. Toss to coat the apples.

For the topping:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten-free rolled oats, sorghum flour, arrowroot starch, organic brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Cut in the vegan butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Assemble and bake:

  1. Pour the apples into the prepared baking dish, and distribute them out evenly across the bottom of the pan (I find giving the baking dish a good shake also helps the apples settle a bit).
  2. Sprinkle on the topping, and spread it out evenly across the top of the apples.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, and the mixture is bubbling along the edges of the pan.
  4. Serve warm, or at room temperature, with or without dairy-free vanilla ice cream.

Notes

How do you slice apples for apple crisp?
This really comes down to personal preference. You either prefer your cooked apples soft, or you prefer them with some crunch left. 

If you prefer your cooked apples soft:
Slice your apples 1/8" thin 

If you prefer your cooked apples slightly crunchy:
Slice your apples 1/4" thin

The thinner apples will become soft, while the thicker apples will retain a slight crunch after cooking. 

Do you put apple crisp in the fridge?
While there is no dairy in this gluten-free apple crisp, I still advise refrigerating it, just to be cautious. However, I've left ours out for several hours, and it's done just fine. 

What’s your favorite fall dessert? 

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Lori Moody

Thursday 5th of December 2019

I get rashes from coconut and oatmeal, so I think I may try this with quinoa flakes or toasted sliced almonds.