Gluten Free Apple Crisp
Enjoy a warm, sweet, and healthy treat with this gluten free apple crisp recipe. With only 15 minutes of prep time — most of which involves peeling and chopping your apples — and some time in the oven, you can enjoy essential fall flavors and aromas without the hassle of kneading and rolling pie crust.
What makes this crisp healthier than others? For starters, the main ingredient is apples (as it should be!). That lends itself to being naturally sweet, so make sure you pick fresh, crisp apples. Not sure which red apples to choose? Check out our apple guide here to choose the best type of apples for baking.
And rather than relying on cups of refined white sugar, this version gets some extra sweetness from maple syrup. Go ahead and skip the pancake syrup — which is basically liquid sugar flavored with imitation maple extract — and invest in some high-quality, authentic maple syrup. It’s not only healthier, but it also gives this apple crisp a stronger fall flavor. Note: The darker the syrup, the more robust the flavor, so you’ll likely want to choose amber or darker.
But wait, there’s more! Without any butter or flour, this vegan and gluten-free apple crisp recipe can appeal to people with a variety of dietary preferences, making it a perfect dessert for any gathering. (Just make sure your oats are certified gluten free since some oats are processed in the same facility as gluten-containing grains like wheat, barley, and rye.) Bring it to tailgates or share it at Thanksgiving — it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
When you get down into the nitty gritty nutrition facts, this recipe stacks up pretty well: one serving has 5 grams of filling fiber, which can help to fill you up more than many processed sweet snacks. And it’s relatively low in fat for a dessert, with just 8 grams per serving.
Sounds like it’s time to start peeling those apples so you can enjoy this delightful fall treat!
Gluten Free Apple Crisp
- 2 ½ lbs red apples peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- ¾ + 1 tsp. cinnamon divided use
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- 4 + 3 Tbsp. maple syrup divided use
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 ¾ cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup almond flour
Preheat oven to 350°. Set aside a 9”x 9” baking pan.
In a large bowl, combine apples and lemon juice. Then add ¾ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, 4 tablespoons maple syrup and water. Toss to coat evenly. Transfer apples to baking pan.
Gently warm remaining 3 tablespoons maple syrup and coconut oil, just until the coconut oil is melted. Stir with a spoon to mix. Then add remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, rolled oats and almond flour. Stir until the oats are evenly coated. Transfer the oat mixture on top of the apples.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until apples are fork tender and the oats are golden brown. Serve warm.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
1 Fruit & Vegetable
1 ½ Fats
1 Other Carbohydrate
Photography by Anguel Dimov, AB Creative