This apple crisp recipe uses red delicious apples, cinnamon and a delicious crumble topping made from gluten-free oats, gluten-free flour and brown sugar. I also offer a sugar-free version of this recipe below as well as other recipe ingredient substitutions and dietary modifications.
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and elimination diet friendly. It uses simple ingredients that you can get at your local grocery store. All of the ingredients in this recipe are pantry staples!
Recipe ingredient substitutions
Red delicious apple substitutions: I find red delicious apples make the best apple crisp, but there are many different apple varieties that you could use including granny smith apples, honeycrisp apples, gala apples, golden delicious apples, pink lady apples or fuji apples. You could even use crab apples if you don’t mind a more tart flavor.
Gluten-free oats substitutions: I used rolled oats, but you could also use oat groats, steel cut oats, quick oats, instant oats, or even just oat flour. Just make sure that it is labelled gluten-free as oats can be cross contaminated with wheat.
Gluten-free flour substitutions: Instead of using a gluten-free flour blend (I like Robin Hood brand), you can use other gluten-free flours such as almond flour / almond meal, oat flour, rice flour, buckwheat flour, cassava flour etc.
Coconut oil substitutions: Instead of using melted coconut oil, you can swap it out for vegan melted butter (I like soy free earth balance), or if you tolerate dairy regular unsalted butter.
Brown sugar substitutions: Instead of brown sugar, you can also use coconut sugar, granulated white sugar, or a granulated sugar-free alternative such as Swerve. I wouldn’t suggest using liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or honey because it will throw off the wet ingredient to dry ingredient ratio and will affect the consistency of the crumble.
Make an extra thick apple crisp topping: If you are anything like me, the crumble topping is your favorite part! If you want your crumble to be extra thick, use the following measurements instead of the ones in the recipe card below. The oven temperature and cooking time will still be the same.
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Add additional flavours: For some additional flavour, consider adding fresh squeezed lemon juice, vanilla extract or even other types of fruit to your apple filling. This recipe tastes great with added rhubarb or strawberries!
Make this recipe lower oxalate: Make sure your gluten-free flour is white rice based, or swap it out for pure white rice flour. Consider reducing the amount of rolled oats as they are medium oxalate. Reduce the amount of cinnamon as it is high.
Make this recipe lower histamine: Omit or reduce the amount of cinnamon.
Make this recipe paleo/grain free: Instead of using rolled oats, swap it out for tiger nut bits. Instead of gluten-free flour, swap it out for cassava flour. And instead of brown sugar, swap it out for coconut palm sugar.
Make this recipe sugar-free: Instead of using ½ cup brown sugar, swap it out for 1/8 cup of a sugar-free alternative such as swerve. Alternatively, use ¼ teaspoon stevia powder or a few drops of stevia liquid.
Serve this apple crisp with:
- a scoop of vanilla ice cream
- caramel sauce
Store each serving of your apple crisp in small airtight containers in the fridge for up to 1 week. Alternatively, freeze them in airtight containers for much longer.
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- Earl Grey Cupcakes
- Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Maple Glazed Donuts
- Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
- Carrot Cake
- Sugar Cookies
- Zucchini Bread
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Gluten Free Apple Crisp
- 8 red delicious apples
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Wash your fresh apples, remove their cores and dice them up into small cubes. Put your chopped up apples into a large bowl and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of cinnamon onto them.
- Using a fork or spoon, stir up the apple slices and cinnamon until the cinnamon is evenly distributed.
- Grease your 9" x 13" glass baking dish with melted coconut oil and pour your apple mixture into the pan. Using a spoon, spread the cinnamon apples around until they are evenly distributed in the pan.
- In a separate bowl, mix together your gluten-free flour, gluten-free oats, brown sugar, salt and melted coconut oil. Because the coconut oil is melted you do not need a pastry cutter. Simply stir up the crumble topping with a fork.
- Evenly distribute the crumble topping onto your apple mixture.
- Bake your apple crisp for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until your crumble is starting to turn golden brown.
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