Bowl of Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Imma let you in on a little secret: the only dessert recipe you need is Gluten Free Apple Crisp.

I said what I said.

Easy, crowd pleasing, made from fridge and pantry staples, and mind-meltingly delicious. Simple really is best when it comes to dessert, and there is nothing better than warm, cinnamon-spiced apples topped with an equal amount of sweet crisp topping. Gluten Free Apple Crisp needs to be bumped to the top of your “must make now” list ASAP!

Scoop of Apple Crisp

The Best Gluten Free Apple Crisp

My recipe for the best Gluten Free Apple Crisp is simple: chopped apples are sweetened and spiced with cinnamon and sugar then buried under an oat-based topping and baked until golden brown. By the way, I was recently made aware that some apple crisp recipes don’t call for oats which, honestly, I’m still recovering from. Apple Crisp without oats is like going out to eat with three small children – a recipe for disaster! (Ask me how dinner on Wednesday night went.)

Gluten Free Apple Crisp Ingredients

  1. Gluten Free Oats. Again, you cannot have gluten free crisp without oats. Apple Crisp without oats is considered an Apple Crumble or Apple Streusel. Both are delicious but not what we’re going for here.
  2. Apples. What is Apple Crisp without apples? Simply peel then chop before tossing into this dessert.
  3. Sugar + Cinnamon. Sugar, spice, and everything nice – that’s what Gluten Free Apple Crisp is made (in part) of!
  4. Gluten Free Flour. I like both Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour and King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour for this crisp, though you can also use almond flour. It’s a very flexible recipe.
  5. Butter. Butter gives the crisp it’s gorgeous, golden brown glow and deep, toasty flavor.

Make it Dairy Free/Vegan

You can easily turn this recipe into vegan apple crisp by swapping the regular butter for vegan butter, or even coconut oil. I like Earth Balance Vegan Butter for this recipe.

Purity Protocol Oats

If you have Celiac Disease or an extreme sensitivity to gluten, it’s important to use Purity Protocol Oats in any oat based dessert or recipe like Gluten Free Apple Crisp. This means the oats have been grown, harvested, transported, and processed with/in dedicated equipment/facilities so there is no risk for cross contamination with gluten containing grains. Oats are notoriously planted near or rotated in fields with gluten containing grains like barley and wheat so purity protocol oats are important to use. I use GF Harvest oats.

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The Best Apples for Apple Crisp

I’m going to let you in on another secret: you can use whatever apples you have on hand to make apple crisp. That said, I prefer to bake with Granny Smith apples because they hold their texture through baking, and have a tart flavor which plays well off the sweet crisp. Honeycrisp apples are also great but, again, get this apple crisp recipe on the table using whatever you’ve got on hand.

Alrighty – let’s bake!

spoonful of apple crisp

How to Make Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Start by peeling then chopping Granny Smith apples then add to a bowl with sugar, gluten free flour, and cinnamon, and then stir to coat.

Pour the apples into a small/medium-sized baking dish that’s been sprayed with nonstick spray then, to the same bowl add brown sugar, gluten free old fashioned oats, butter (or vegan butter), gluten free flour, and a pinch of salt. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to combine the ingredients into a crumbly paste.

Sprinkle the topping over the apples then bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees or until the topping is golden brown (not too dark or it can taste burnt.)

Let the apple crisp cool slightly then scoop into a dish and DEVOUR! I hope you love this classic yet incredibly delicious gluten free apple crisp recipe – enjoy!

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Gluten Free Apple Crisp

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Gluten Free Apple Crisp has just the right ratio of cinnamon-spiced apples to sweet crisp. You will make this easy gluten free dessert recipe over and over again!


serves 3-4

  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored then chopped (~4 cups)
  • heaping Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon gluten free flour blend
  • heaping 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • For the crisp topping:
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
    • 1/4 cup cold butter (or vegan butter), cut into cubes
    • 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend
    • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees then spray a small/medium-sized baking dish (I used a 6x9") with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Add chopped apples to a large bowl then toss with sugar, flour, and cinnamon, and pour into the prepared baking dish. In the same bowl, add topping ingredients then mix and mash with a pastry cutter or with your fingers until it becomes a crumbly paste. Spread evenly over the apples then bake for 30-35 minutes or until the topping is golden brown (not too dark otherwise it will taste burnt.) Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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