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The allure of a warm, gooey dessert on a chilly evening is undeniable. Today, we embark on a culinary journey to create a gluten-free apple crisp that’s not only delicious but also comforting. This classic dessert dates back to early American settlers and has evolved over the centuries. Now, it’s time to embrace a gluten-free twist on this beloved dish, perfect for those with dietary restrictions or anyone seeking a delightful treat.

Historical Context: Apple crisp, also known as apple crumble, has humble beginnings in early American history. It was a practical and delicious way for settlers to use their abundant apple harvests. As time passed, various regional variations emerged, but the essence remained the same: a buttery, crumbly topping paired with sweet, tender apples. Today, we’re adding a modern twist by making it gluten-free without compromising on taste.


1. Prepare the Apples:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Slice and peel the apples and place them in a large mixing bowl.
  • Drizzle the lemon juice over the apples to prevent browning and toss to coat.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Sprinkle this mixture over the apples and toss again until evenly coated. Transfer the apples into a 9×9 inch baking dish.

2. Make the Gluten-Free Crisp Topping:

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, almond flour, chopped nuts (if using), brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Melt the butter (or coconut oil) and pour it over the dry mixture.
  • Stir until everything is well combined, and the mixture becomes crumbly.

3. Assemble and Bake:

  • Evenly distribute the crisp topping over the prepared apples in the baking dish.
  • Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown, and the apples are tender.
  • Keep an eye on it in the last few minutes to avoid over-browning. If needed, cover it with foil.

4. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Remove the gluten-free apple crisp from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  • Serve it warm, perhaps with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra treat.

This gluten-free apple crisp recipe offers the same warmth and comfort as the traditional version while accommodating those with gluten sensitivities. So whether you’re savoring it by the fireplace or sharing it at a gathering, this dessert is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy the warm and gooey comfort it brings to your table.


prep time
20 minutes
cooking time
45 minutes
total time
1 hour and 5 minutes


  • 9x9 inch baking dish

  • Large mixing bowl

  • Small mixing bowl

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Mixing spoon

  • Oven

  • Foil (optional for covering)


  • 6 cups of sliced and peeled apples (a mix of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp works well)

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

  • For the Topping:

  • 1 cup of gluten-free rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup of almond flour

  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts (optional for added crunch)

  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted (or coconut oil for a dairy-free option)


Prepare the apples.
Make the gluten-free topping.
Assemble and bake.
Serve and enjoy.
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