Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

gluten-free apple crisp

It’s almost not Fall in New England if you don’t make an apple crisp. Every year we’d end up with more apples than any one person could eat and end up making a recipe like this; apples just taste better with cinnamon and oats and brown sugar.

A recipe like this is almost too simple to be as good as it is. I never peel the apples but you certainly could put in the extra effort. You can also eyeball the measurements since it’s very forgiving. If you aren’t concerned about gluten, substitute 1/2 cup of flour in for the oat flour.

The crumble layer isn’t very thick for this crisp which I think keeps the textures balanced. If you want a crumble that completely covers the apples, double the amounts of oat flour, oatmeal, sugar and butter that’s listed.

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients(Makes about 6 servings):

  • 4 sweet apples, cored and diced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons oat flour*
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

*You can make this easily yourself by grinding oats in a food processor.

Gluten-free apple


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the diced apples, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Pour the water into an 8 x 8 baking pan and dump in the apple mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, oat flour, and brown sugar.
  5. Pour the melted butter into the flour mixture and mix them together completely.
  6. Spread the crumble mixture out evenly on top of the layer of apples.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust has hardened and turns golden. Serve hot.

Gluten-Free apple crisp serving

If there are leftovers, always reheat them in the oven and not the microwave to ensure a crispy top coating.

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19 Responses to Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
  1. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie
    November 7, 2012 | 10:51 am

    Wow – This looks amazing. I can’t wait to give this a try. I bet you could even add/sub some other fruits and mix things up (i.e. if I’m too lazy to go the store…)

  2. Melinda
    November 7, 2012 | 1:03 pm

    This sounds great! I just recently started baking with oat flour. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  3. Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa
    November 8, 2012 | 10:16 am

    This looks great! I have the fondest memories of apple crisp – growing up in Vermont surrounded by fabulous apples all fall, it was always a treat to have some warm apple crisp and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

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  5. Sarah
    November 21, 2012 | 10:42 am

    I’ve been looking for an apple crisp recipe without GF flour (I hate the grittiness of most flours). Can’t wait to try! Did you mean 1/4 cup of cooked oatmeal or just plain old-fashion oats? (listed in the ingredients).

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  7. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie
    December 3, 2012 | 7:19 pm

    I LOVED this recipe and included it in my Links You’ll Love round-up this week:

    Keep up the yummy work! :)

  8. Rachel
    December 29, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    And, if you have sugar sensitivities, it is actually really good without the brown sugar, too! And, I am using almond flour for the topping, which is also excellent .. . :) Thanks for this recipe!

  9. Heather
    January 1, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    Careful!!! This is NOT gluten free!!! Oats have gluten and many gluten sensitive folks are still affected when they eat oats!

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 1, 2013 | 12:26 pm

      That is true. Whenever I make this I make sure to use certified gluten-free oats, usually Bob’s Red Mill’s

    • Mel
      July 25, 2013 | 1:57 pm

      Actually, oats do not have gluten in them, but they could be contaminated by other grains – so you have to find gluten free oats to be sure.

  10. Andrea
    February 2, 2013 | 1:57 am

    Made this tonight – it’s tasty, but really, really sweet, so I would cut sugar by 1/3. As well, the salt mixed in with the apples was noticeable, so I’d put in less next time and add it to the butter mixture instead of the apples. That’s my two cents:)

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  12. RosePetals
    May 29, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    Can you use honey instead of sugar?

    • Wannabe Chef
      May 29, 2013 | 1:46 pm

      I haven’t tried it but I bet that it would be great

  13. RosePetals
    May 29, 2013 | 2:27 pm

    Okay. I’m making the crisp right now;)
    I let you know what I think of it!!!

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