If you love fall desserts, you will want to make a double batch of this gluten free apple crisp recipe. It is full of juicy apples and brown sugar cinnamon. The oat topping adds just the right amount of crispiness.

A bowl full of gluten free apple crisp.

I am so excited for apple season. You can taste the freshness difference when fall apples are ripe. Apple season usually begins mid-to-late August and goes through early November.

If you love apples as much as we do, my kids wanted me to tell you that you also need to make my popular Gluten Free French Apple Cake recipe.

Why This Gluten Free Apple Crisp Is Amazing:

  1. You must try this gluten free apple crisp recipe because it is just that good! I love a lot of the crispy topping, so you will note there is more of the topping than many recipes.
  2. This gf apple crisp is delicious, warm or cold! Top it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, and it will be a huge hit. It tastes incredible any way you eat it!
  3. If you are in a hurry, you can speed the process up by buying pre-sliced apples at your grocery store. This is also a great recipe to use canned apple pie filling!
  4. The crisp topping is thick and full of sweet brown sugar and cinnamon flavors. It makes a nice crunchy topping that accents the apple flavor.

If you love apples as much as we do, check out all of my best gluten free apple recipes!

I tried this recipe for Thanksgiving this year and it was indeed the best apple crisp recipe! I added the melted butter to apple mixture as suggested and also drizzled caramel bits on top of the apple mixture before topping with oats. Gave it a terrific caramel flavor and coloring.
Thanks for all your amazing recipes!

Ann W., blog comment
A big bowl of apple crisp ala mode.

Allergen Information:

This homemade apple crisp is gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free, soy-free, and oat-free. Make it dairy-free by using plant-based butter.

Photos of the gluten free apple crisp ingredients.

Ingredients Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe using King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I have not tested other flours. Note: You do not need to use a blend with xanthan gum in this gluten free apple crisp recipe.
  • Gluten Free Rolled Oats – It is critical to use certified gluten free oats if you are Celiac. Cross-contamination runs high in regular oats. I use regular rolled oats, not quick oats.
  • Brown Sugar – This recipe can use light or dark brown sugar. If you are wondering is brown sugar gluten free, you can read more about this.
  • Sugar – Don’t use coarse sugar. Regular white can sugar is best.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter. I have not tested swapping coconut oil. If you are dairy-free, use vegan butter.
  • Salt – I use sea salt, but kosher salt is also good in this recipe.
  • Apples – It is up to you what variety of apples you use. I recommend using tart apples for this gluten free apple crisp recipe. Granny Smith apples, Gravenstein, and Pink Lady, are my favorites for adding tart flavor.

While you are drooling over this apple crisp recipe, you should also try my easy Gluten Free Apple Pie recipe!

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Making apple crisp photos of steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Slice your apples into either small pieces or thin slices. Put them into a large bowl.

HINT: Leave the peels on for added fiber!

Step 2: Toss the apples with sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Optional: if you like the creamy apple filling, add 2 TBSP melted butter and mix it with the apple mixture.

Making apple crisp photos of steps 2 and 3.

Step 3: Add your apples to a greased 9×13 baking dish. I use gluten-free baking spray to prevent sticking. (NOTE: PAM Baking Spray is NOT gluten free!)

Step 4: In a medium bowl, add the dry ingredients, including oats, gluten free flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk to blend them.

Photos of making apple crisp steps 4 and 5.

Step 5: My favorite way to blend the butter is using a pastry blender to cut the cold butter into the oats mixture.

Step 6: Your butter will resemble crumbs in the oat mixture.

The apple crisp in a 9x13 pan, ready to bake

Step 6: Sprinkle the oat crumb mixture over the apples.

Step 7: Bake at 350º F for 45 minutes until done.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. For more apple recipe ideas, try this easy Gluten Free Apple Cobbler.

Have fun with new flavors and mix-ins!

  • Use a combination of fruit, like adding peaches or blueberries. Blueberries are my favorite mix-in with the apples.
  • Add in dried fruit like raisins.
  • Add chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • Feel free to add a drizzle of caramel sauce!
  • Try my Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp for a fun new flavor combination!
A 9x13 pan full of baked apple crisp.

Frequently Asked questions:

What apples are best for apple crisp?

The best apples for my gluten free apple crisp recipe are tart apples like Granny Smith, Fuji, and Pink Lady.

Can you use canned apples?

You can use canned apples, but it is best not to add additional sugar to the apples if you use them.

How long will this apple crisp keep fresh?

Store this apple crisp in an airtight container. This apple crisp will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Wrap the top of the casserole dish tightly with foil, or move the apple crisp into an airtight container.

Can you make this gluten free apple crisp without oats?

Yes, for best results, substitute the oats by using this gluten free crumb topping instead.

If you love fall baking, give my delicious creamy Gluten Free Pumpkin Cobbler recipe a try, too!

More Gluten Free Apple Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A big bowl of apple crisp ala mode.

The Best Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Sandi Gaertner
This delicious homemade gluten free apple crisp recipe is sure to please! It is ful of sweet brown sugar and yummy tart apples. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 258 kcal

Equipment

  • 9×13 baking dish

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup gluten free flour blend * see note
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats * see note
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon (1 tsp in the crisp topping and 1/2 tsp in the apples.)
  • ½ cup butter *see note
  • 6 cups chopped apples peeled or unpeeled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350º F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the gluten free flour blend, gluten free oats, brown sugar and cinnmon. Whisk to blend.
  • Take your softened butter and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the oat mixture.
  • Spray the baking dish with cooking spray. Add your apples to a bowl and toss with sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Optional, if you like the filling a little creamier, melt 2 TBSP of butter and toss it with the apples.
  • Add the chopped apples to the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the crisp topping over the apples. Spread it out so it evenly coats the apples.
  • Bake 45 minutes until the apples are tender.
  • Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes

  1. I like to use tart apples like Granny Smith, Gravenstein, or Pink Lady for this recipe.
  2. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  3. It is critical to use certified gluten free oats if you are Celiac. Cross-contamination runs high in regular oats. Use whole rolled oats, not quick oats.
  4. Use vegan butter for dairy-free!
  5. This gluten free apple crisp will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Optional Mix-Ins:
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raisins
  • Walnuts or pecans

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 4gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 325IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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Note this post was updated from an older August 2021 post with more detailed directions.

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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe for Thanksgiving this year and it was indeed the best apple crisp recipe! I added the melted butter to apple mixture as suggested and also drizzled caramel bits on top of the apple mixture before topping with oats. Gave it a terrific caramel flavor and coloring. Thanks for all your amazing recipes!

  2. There is a picture of salt as one of the ingredients and it is included in the directions (step 4) but it is not included in the list of ingredients with the amount required.