Gluten Free Apple Crisp

gluten free apple crisp
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Why this Gluten Free Apple Crisp is my go to

I love Apple Crisp like no other. I’m actually shocked it took me so long to share this recipe, considering I’ve been making it since my days in Lahore. I don’t know what it was about that city, but I experimented so much in the kitchen. Maybe it was the lack of responsibility (running your own business and being a full time college student is a breeze compared to running a household with one baby and one home school kid) but I was creating, not just cooking. This gluten free apple crisp reminds me to create, not just cook. It also tastes like apple pie, but takes half the amount of effort. So that’s another win.

How to make gluten free apple crisp

This recipe is so easy and the prep time is minimal. I thinly slice the apples so they cook faster, and the corn starch converts all the delicious juices into a flavorful caramel sauce. It’s a one bowl process. Toss the apples in the sugar and spices, then place in your baking dish. In the same bowl, mix together the streusel topping and press it onto the apples. Then all you have to do is sit back and wait for the crisp to bake, letting its delicious aroma fill the kitchen while it’s bubbling. I love using almond flour in this, which makes this gluten free, but that’s not the only reason. The almond flour gives the crumble such a nice texture when it combines with the nuts and oatmeal.

The ingredients

This gluten free apple crisp is very adaptable. I usually use gala or honey crisp apples in this, but you can whichever ones you have at home. Add any type of nuts to the streusel topping. If butter doesn’t work for you, coconut oil will do the trick. The orange zest and nutmeg can be skipped, although I highly recommend adding them. Don’t have almond flour? Add plain flour or any gluten free flour instead. All these variations and substitutions still give a great apple crisp, and I hope you enjoy my version as much as I do!

gluten free apple crisp

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

This gluten free apple crisp has all the flavors of apple pie but none of the fuss. It has minimal prep time and bakes beautifully. Enjoy it with a scoop of ice cream, a dollop of cream or on it's own with a cup of coffee.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Gluten Free
Servings 3


  • Oven


For the apples

  • 2 apples peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/6 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp corn starch

For the streusel topping

  • 4 tbsp cold butter diced
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch salt


  • Preheat your oven to 380 F.
  • In a medium bowl mix all the ingredients under apples. Mix until combined, then place in a medium, lightly greased baking dish.
  • Add the ingredients for the topping in the same bowl you used for the apples, and break the pieces of butter into the dry ingredients, until the mixture resembles large crumbs. If the butter is too soft freeze for a couple minutes to harden it.
  • Press the topping onto the apples. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the crisp is golden brown and the edges are bubbling. Serve warm. Refridgerate leftovers.


If you don’t want to use almond flour you can simply replace it with flour or any flour substitute.
If you don’t have walnuts or pecans, almonds work great in this.
Make it dairy free by replacing the butter with coconut oil. Start with 3 tablespoons and see if you need more.  
You can add other fruit like berries to the apples. Raspberries work great in this. 
If you don’t like orange flavor you can skip it in this. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice instead of the orange juice to the apples. 
Keyword Apple, Apple Crumble, Gluten Free

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