This incredible gluten free apple cobbler is full of juicy apples, a buttery caramel, and a fluffy biscuit topping. Every bite is full of cinnamon apple flavors! You will love making this simple dessert all year long! This recipe will be a huge hit, and nobody will know it is gluten free!
One of my favorite things about this homemade gluten free apple cobbler is that you can make it all year long. That being said, my heart has a special place for fall apples. They have a fresh crispness you can only get during the fall.
If you are looking for the perfect apple desserts to make, this recipe is a tried and true winner. If you are an apple fanatic, you can check out all of my easy gluten free apple recipes and find some new favorites.
Why This Recipe Is Great:
- This gluten-free apple cobbler recipe is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. You don't need fancy or expensive ingredients to make this recipe.
- You can use the caramel apple filling in any recipe that calls for apple pie filling.
- It tastes incredibly plain, but add some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, and you elevate this dessert to a new level of yumminess.
- You can make this recipe ahead to save time.
- The gluten free cobbler topping has a great soft texture.
- If you are baking for a crowd, this easy recipe is easy to adjust to make a big 9x13 dish full of cobbler.
- Gluten Free Flour Blend - I used Cup4Cup, but other blends should work well. The purpose of the flour in this recipe is to thicken the caramel sauce and make the biscuit topping.
- Apples - My favorite apples to use in this recipe are Granny Smith and Pink Lady. I think tart apples work best with the caramel flavors.
- Brown Sugar - You can use light or dark brown sugar in this recipe. Be sure to check to verify the brown sugar is gluten free.
- Milk - You can use non-dairy milk as I did or regular milk.
- Ground Cinnamon - Sometimes spices can be cross-contaminated with gluten so be sure to use a safe brand. I like Penzey's and McCormick because they are. (McCormick's allergy statement: "All of our single ingredient spices are gluten-free. Our single ingredient spices are 100% pure, with nothing additional added to them.")
- Butter - Please use unsalted butter. If you are dairy-free, use dairy-free butter.
- Baking Powder - I always recommend using aluminum-free baking powder.
- Vanilla Extract - Use pure vanilla extract if you can.
- Lemon Juice - Feel free to use fresh or bottled lemon juice.
Recipe Step By Step Directions:
Step 1: In a saucepan, add the brown sugar, water, vanilla extract, and unsalted butter. The melted butter adds to the creaminess of this cobbler.
Bring the mixture to a boil on medium-high heat, and slowly add ¼ cup of the gluten free flour blend. Whisk quickly to mix it in.
Step 2: Turn down the cooking temperature to low and allow to simmer for 3 more minutes. Whisk to prevent it from burning on the bottom of the pan. Turn off the stove and move the pan off the burner so it cools slightly.
Step 3: Add the flour blend, baking powder, and salt to a large
Step 4: Add the cold butter and use a pastry blender to cut in the cold butter.
Step 4: Add the milk or non-dairy milk and lemon juice, and mix it into a batter. This is the texture of my batter using Cup4Cup flour. Some flour blends are starchier than others, which may affect the batter's softness.
HINT: If your batter is runny, that means you will use a flour blend that doesn't absorb liquid as much...in this case, add more of your flour.
Step 5: Preheat the oven to 350ºF and set the rack to the middle position.
Step 6: Use a sharp knife to slice your apples thinly on a cutting board. Add them to a large bowl. Do you need to peel the apples to make a cobbler? This is totally optional. I leave the peels on for added fiber. The peels soften during baking.
Step 7: Layer the sliced apples on the bottom of an 8x8 prepared baking dish. Pour the caramel sauce on top of the apples. (If you prefer, you can mix the apples into the caramel sauce. It turns out the same either way.)
Step 8: Drop the gluten free biscuit topping over the apples and caramel. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and coarse sugar (optional.)
Step 9: Bake at 350º F for 40-45 minutes. When it is done baking, your apples will be soft. If you notice your biscuit topping is cooking too quickly, you can cover the cobbler with foil as it bakes for the last 10-12 minutes.
Serve this gluten free apple cobbler warm or cold with ice cream or whipped cream. If you are an apple pie fan, check out my easy Gluten-Free Apple Pie recipe.
- Add in some berries like blueberries or blackberries.
- Use this homemade caramel apple pie filling with my best Gluten-Free Pie Crust for a delicious caramel apple pie.
- Add in a gluten free apple crumble topping. You can use the crumb recipe in my Gluten Free Apple Crumb Bars recipe.
Recipe Tips and FAQ:
There are so many apple varieties that taste delicious in a cobbler. Tart apples like Pink Lady and Granny Smith are the best for cobbler and other baked recipes. Fuji and Honeycrisp apples also taste great in this recipe. Tart apples help offset the sweet flavor of the cobbler.
Store your apple cobbler in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
This homemade gluten free apple cobbler will last for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
This cobbler recipe is easy to make dairy-free. Use dairy-free butter or vegan butter and non-dairy milk. So Delicious has a lot of great dairy-free ice cream options.
More Gluten Free Apple Recipes:
- The Best Gluten Free Apple Crisp
- Easy Gluten Free Apple Fritters (Air Fried or Fried in Oil!)
- Fool Proof Gluten Free Apple Cake
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Scones
The Best Gluten Free Apple Cobbler
- 1 cup brown sugar dark or light
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 ¼ cup gluten free flour blend divided
- 2 teaspoons baking powder aluminum-free
- ¾ cup non-dairy milk regular milk is also fine
- 5 cups apples
- In a saucepan, add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of the unsalted butter. The melted butter adds to the creaminess of this cobbler.
- Bring the mixture to a boil on medium-high heat, and slowly add ¼ cup of the gluten free flour blend. Whisk quickly to mix it in.
- Reduce the cooking temperature to low and simmer for three more minutes. Whisk to prevent it from burning on the bottom of the pan. Turn off the stove and move the pan off the burner, so it cools slightly.
- In a large bowl, add the 1 cup of flour blend, baking powder, and salt and whisk to blend.
- Add the milk or non-dairy milk and lemon juice and mix it into a batter. This is the texture of my batter using Cup4Cup flour. Some flour blends are starchier than others, which may affect the batter's softness.
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and set the oven rack to the middle position.
- Slice your apples thinly. Add them to a large bowl. I leave the peels on for added fiber, but you can remove them if you like. The peels soften during baking.
- Layer the sliced apples on the bottom of an 8x8 prepared baking dish. Pour the caramel sauce on top of the apples.
- Drop the gluten free biscuit topping over the apples and caramel. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and coarse sugar (optional.)
- Bake at 350º F for 40-45 minutes. When it is done baking, your apples will be soft. If you notice your biscuit topping is cooking too quickly, you can cover the cobbler with foil as it bakes for the last 10-12 minutes.
- I used Cup4Cup gluten free flour blend to make this cobbler. You can use another brand if you like.
- Xanthan Gum - If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add one teaspoon.
- To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter. Use dairy-free milk.
- This apple cobbler will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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