Gluten Free Apple Crisp--Key Recipe to Heartwarming Desserts
Updated September 25, 2018.
Gluten Free Apple Crisp is an apple harvest celebration!
Some folks know this recipe as “Apple Crumble”. My grandmother called it deep dish apple dessert.
Whatever the name, this 5-star dessert recipe is as heartwarming as it is delicious!
Secrets to Scrumptious Gluten Free Apple Crisp
It’s all about the variety of apples you use.
Soft, bland tasting apples, such as Red Delicious, are fine lunch box apples, but make a very poor Gluten Free Apple Crisp because they turn to mush.
Others use Golden Delicious, which is a great apple for pies and crisps, but we find this variety to be on the mild side when it comes to the “apple” flavor we’re looking for.
Choose apple varieties that cook up soft, yet retain their structure, have a reasonable amount of juice and retain a full-bodied apple flavor.
Our favorite apple variety for gluten-free dessert-making is Gravenstein; crisp and tart, it bakes up into flavorful apple concoctions with just the right amount of good old-fashioned juicy apple flavor.
While many cooks suggest Granny Smith as a substitute for Gravenstein, we find this variety really lacks the “apple” flavor we love, yet this apple's structure is outstanding.
We use a combination of both Gravenstein and Granny Smith apples; together they make desserts with perfect apple taste and mouth-feel.
When Gravenstein apples are out of season, we use Braeburn, Gala or Fuji apples for eating out of hand and in our baked desserts. They yield juicy treats packed with yummy apple flavor and tasty texture.
- 3 tart apples and 3 sweet apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin (about 2 pounds or 6 medium apples)
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar (add 1/4 cup more sugar depending on tartness of apples and personal preference)
- 3 tablespoons precooked granulated tapioca
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water (apple juice or apple cider)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, toss apples with sugar, tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until well coated.
3. Sprinkle on the lemon juice and lightly toss apple mixture.
4. Evenly spread apple filling in an ungreased 8 inch square baking dish.
5. Pour water over top of filling.
- 1 cup gluten free whole grain oat flour (whole grain rice flour can be substituted)
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup cold butter
1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar and cinnamon.
2. Add butter and cut in until mixture resembles a texture like corn meal.
3. Sprinkle crisp topping mixture evenly over top of apple filling.
4. Bake for 40 minutes or until top is golden brown and filling is bubbling.
5. Remove from oven and cool for a short while.
6. Serve warm with cream or fresh whipped cream, or serve cold with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.