Gluten-Free Apple Crisp (GF, DF, V)

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Gluten-Free Apple Crisp! This apple dessert is a fall and holiday dream. It is made up of healthier ingredients like organic, gluten-free oats and flour, coconut sugar and warm spices like freshly ground nutmeg. Plus, it is easy to make, and is super cozy and delicious! And who doesn’t love a recipe like that?

Baked apples topped with an oatmeal mixture, in a cast iron skillet, surrounded by a pinch bowl of vegan caramel sauce, a stack of bowls, a cutting board with green apples and a cloth napkin.

Recipe Features:

  • Tons of crisp-tender, sweet apple slices
  • Buttery, spiced oat topping
  • A toasty, caramel flavor that will make you smile
  • This dessert is also dairy-free and vegan
Gluten-Free Apple Crisp, in a cast iron skillet, topped with three scoops of dairy-free vanilla ice cream, drizzled with vegan caramel sauce and surrounded by a cutting board, knife, green apples, a cloth napkin, a pinch bowl of vegan caramel sauce and a stack of bowls.

Ingredient Notes For This Gluten-Free Apple Crisp:

  • Apples – I use Honeycrisp apples here. You can also use Braeburn, Crispin, or Pink Lady. And to take it even further, you can use red, green or a combination of the two. If using only tart, green apples, though, you may need a bit more sugar to balance it out. Either way, it is going to be good!
  • Spices – When I use nutmeg, I love to freshly grate it. You don’t have to, but I feel like freshly grated just elevates the dessert more.
  • Bob’s Red Mill ® Organic Gluten-Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats This particular product is great. I always buy organic oats, because buying organic ensures that the oats are not sprayed with glyphosate, which is an active ingredient found in Roundup. (Just some food for thought).
  • Oat Flour – I make my own oat flour, because I can’t find organic gluten-free oat flour in stores. It is super simple, too. All I do, is add a couple of cups of my store bought oats to my high powered blender and pulse until it turns into flour. From start to finish, it takes about one minute.
  • Miyoko’s Creamery ®European Style Cultured Vegan Butter – This butter is 100% crafted from plants. It melts, spreads, browns, bakes and tastes like butter. For me, this is a great alternative because it is lactose, gluten and dairy-free.
    • This butter does contain some inflammatory oils. However, all butter (dairy-free or not) have these oils in them. Currently, no butter on the market is perfect. The better options, though, are by Miyoko’s and Kite Hill.
Gluten-Free Apple Crisp in a bowl topped with dairy-free vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce and surrounded by apples, a pinch bowl of ice cream, a pinch bowl of vegan caramel sauce and a second bowl of apple crisp.

Sweetener Options:

Once upon a time, I would use brown sugar for this recipe. However, I have since changed to using only coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is a plant-based, anti-inflammatory sweetener that has a low-glycemic index. So it’s a way better option for me.

For those that have never had coconut sugar, you are in for a treat. When it comes to the flavor, this sugar tastes most like brown sugar. It has a toasty, caramel-like flavor to it, and can be substituted at a 1:1 ratio with sugar. Honestly, I love it more than cane sugar. It is so good!

And, if you want to send this dessert even more over the edge, you can top it with a delicious vanilla ice cream and my homemade 5-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Sauce. Can you say, wow?!?

Baked apples topped with an oatmeal mixture, in a bowl, surrounded by apples, a pinch bowl of dairy-free vanilla ice cream, a pinch bowl of vegan caramel sauce, a second bowl of apple crisp and a cloth napkin.

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Baked apples topped with an oatmeal mixture, in a bowl, surrounded by apples, a pinch bowl of dairy-free vanilla ice cream, a pinch bowl of vegan caramel sauce, a second bowl of apple crisp and a cloth napkin.

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp (GF, DF, V)


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  • Author: Naomi
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x

Description

This Gluten-Free Apple Crisp dessert is made up of healthier ingredients like organic, gluten-free oats and flour, coconut sugar and warm spices like freshly ground nutmeg. It is loaded with apples and the oat topping has a deliciously toasty, caramel flavor that will make you smile. Plus, it’s easy to make, and is super cozy and delicious!


Ingredients

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  • Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil
  • 5 medium Apples, peeled and sliced (equivalent to 4 full cups)
  • 3/41 cup Organic Coconut Sugar
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic GF Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, Whole Grain
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Organic GF Oat Flour, Whole Grain, spooned and leveled (see notes below)
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/4 tsp Redmond Real Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/3 cup Miyoko’s Creamery® European Style Cultured Vegan Unsalted Butter (softened)

Instructions

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 375° degrees F. Lightly oil an 8-by-8-by-2-inch baking dish with avocado oil.
  2. Filling: Add the apple slices to the dish. Set aside.
  3. Topping: To a medium size bowl, mix the other ingredients together. (Personally, once it’s somewhat combined, I like to finish mixing everything together with my fingers).
  4. Put it all together: Sprinkle the oatmeal mixture evenly over the apples.
  5. Bake: Bake for 30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  6. (Optional) ice cream recommendation: Cosmic Bliss Organic Plant-Based Madagascan Vanilla Bean
  7. (Optional) topping recommendation: 5-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Sauce

Notes

  • If possible, use all organic ingredients.
  • Butter: It needs to be soft but not melted.
  • Apples: If using tart, green apples you many need a bit more coconut sugar to balance it out.
  • Sugar: If you want a sweeter dessert, add 1 cup of sugar. If you want it less sweet then only add 3/4 cup.
  • Oats: I always buy organic oats, because buying organic ensures that the oats are not sprayed with glyphosate, which is an active ingredient found in Roundup. (Just some food for thought). Here is the brand I buy. Bob’s Red Mill ® Organic Gluten-Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats
  • Oat Flour: I make my own flour, because I can’t find organic gluten-free oat flour in stores. It is super simple, too. All I do, is add a couple of cups of my store bought oats to my high powered blender and pulse until it turns into flour. From start to finish, it takes about one minute.
  • Note: Don’t use cast iron because it will react with the apples. The cast iron in this post was used just for pictures.
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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