For an easy, one-bowl, and HEALTHY dessert – look no further than this gluten-free apple crisp! Loaded with fresh apples, plenty of cinnamon, and sweetened with maple syrup. The perfect fall sweet treat, this gluten-free apple crisp is also vegan and dairy-free!

gluten-free apple crisp in a pie dish with vanilla ice cream on top and an ice cream scoop on the side.

What You’ll Need to Make Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Apples – I used organic pink lady apples in this gluten-free apple crisp recipe, but really any apple will work. My favorites for baking are honeycrisp, pink lady, or granny smith. Honeycrisp have a nice hint of sweetness, and retain their shape when baked. Same goes for pink lady, they’re just a tad more tart than honeycrisp. And granny smith are great for my ultra-tart lovers! They’re perfectly balanced by the maple syrup in this recipe.

Maple Syrup – I LOVE using refined sugar-free sweeteners, such as maple syrup, in all of my healthy desserts. Maple syrup works especially well in this gluten-free apple crisp because it gives the dish a deeper, almost caramel flavor. It’s simply to-die-for!

Lemon Juice – Adding lemon juice to any fruit tart truly takes it to the next level. It brings out the freshness of the fruit, and rounds out the sweet flavors with a hint of acidity. If you don’t have lemon juice, you can use a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in its place.

Rolled Oats – Avoid steel-cut oats for this fruit crisp. Rolled oats are the perfect size, texture, and will bake up beautifully. Any kind of rolled oat will do – either instant, quick cook, or old fashioned!

Coconut Oil – Most gluten-free apple crisps are made with butter, but to ensure ours is dairy-free and vegan, I use coconut oil instead. It does just as good of a job at holding together the crumb topping, but is more nutritious than butter! However, if you’re not a fan of coconut oil, or simply don’t have any on-hand, feel free to use 1/4 cup of cold butter instead.

A spoon scooping gluten-free apple crisp out of a pie dish.

Tips and Tricks For Making Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

  • This gluten-free apple crisp is best served WARM with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! I used Oatly’s vegan vanilla ice cream, but use whichever you like best.
  • Use a fork to mix together the crisp topping. A fork will better cut through the solid coconut oil, forming a crumbly mixture. Or, if you don’t feel like dirtying another utensil, go ahead and use your hands to break up the coconut oil instead!
close-up image of gluten-free apple crisp in a pie dish with a spoon in it.

Adjust This Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Nut-Free: Replace the nuts with an additional 1/2 cup of oats, and replace the almond flour with 3 tablespoons of coconut flour!

Make it Paleo: For a paleo apple crisp, replace the oats with an additional 1/2 cup of almond flour plus 1/2 cup of chopped nuts. Just as tasty, and totally grain-free!

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

0

minutes

For an easy, one-bowl, and HEALTHY dessert – look no further than this gluten-free apple crisp! Loaded with fresh apples, plenty of cinnamon, and sweetened with maple syrup. The perfect fall sweet treat, this gluten-free apple crisp recipe is also vegan and dairy-free!

Ingredients

  • For the apples:
  • 4-5 apples, peeled and sliced

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • For the crisp:
  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup almond flour

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, solid

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  • Add all apple ingredients to a large bowl, and toss together until evenly coated. Transfer apples to a 9-inch baking dish, and spread into an even layer.
  • Add all crisp ingredients to the same bowl you used for the apples. Use a fork to mix together, until a crumbly mixture forms. Sprinkle crisp topping evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until apples are soft, then let cool slightly before serving.

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