Whether you are gluten-free or love ALL of the glutinous items in the world, you need (I repeat, NEED) to make this Gluten-Free Homestyle Apple Crisp. While it has no wheat, eggs, or refined sugar, it tastes like an indulgent apple pie. It’s comfort food at its finest.
This is what I like to call “vintage cooking gone healthy” because it’s loosely based on a recipe from a very old Betty Crocker cookbook that I have. I’m a bit of a history nerd when it comes to eras past (especially the 1920s-40s), so I love the challenge of “health-ifying” old standbys like Apple Crisp.
This Gluten-Free Homestyle Apple Crisp is a crowd-pleaser, so I recommend keeping this recipe around for the next time somebody asks you to bring dessert to a party or when you host a dinner party of your own. It’s incredibly easy to make, great just out of the oven or after refrigerating for a day (and then heating up), and it has flavors that virtually everyone likes (really, who can say no to apple crisp?). Serve it with ice cream, whipped cream, or greek yogurt, and you will have some happy campers.
Unlike most desserts that require incredibly accurate measurements and on-the-spot baking times, Gluten-Free Homestyle Apple Crisp has a lot of wiggle room when you make it. In fact, I’d almost venture to call it “no fail,” but I don’t want to get yelled at if someone forgets to put the apples in or turn the oven on.
There are just a couple tips to remember while you’re making this home-run of a dessert. First, make sure you peel and dice your apples into good-sized cubes. If you decide to chop and refrigerate ahead of time (a great idea if you want to assemble and bake right before you serve it), squeeze a little lemon juice on the apples to prevent oxidation.
Another KEY to this recipe is getting the crumble mixture very well combined before you add the topping to your apples. You may want to stop mixing after it seems crumbly and dry (because hello, it’s apple crisp, not apple bread), but it actually needs to have more of a doughy, sticky texture before you add it on top of your chopped and seasoned apples to bake. I’m a cavewoman who likes to mix the crumble with her hands, but you can certainly mix it with a spoon as well.
And that’s it. This is a super simple, crowd-pleasing dessert that you will want to make again and again. Enjoy.
Gluten-Free Homestyle Apple Crisp
- 4-5 medium-sized apples peeled and diced
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup gluten-free allergen-friendly flour (my go-to is Namaste Foods Perfect Flour Blend; it's the best cup-for-cup GF flour I've used)
- 2 tbsp maple sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup good-quality butter like Kerrygold
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Butter or grease baking dish (mine is 9.75 X 8 X 2)
Peel and chop apples, and then toss them with the cinnamon, salt, and water
Place apples at bottom of greased pan
Mix together flour, sugars, and butter in a bowl until all ingredients are combined and it has a doughy texture
Drop spoonfuls of the mixture over the apples, and spread evenly over top with a wooden spoon or spatula
Bake for 35-40 minutes until top is golden brown
Serve straight from the oven, or refrigerate after cooling (TIP: It tastes best warmed up and served with ice cream or greek yogurt)