Gluten free apple crisp is packed with apples and a simple gluten free crumble topping made out of ground almonds, rice flour, butter and brown sugar.
This is an apple crisp with an incredibly crunchy crumble topping that is made without oats. I know! Can you believe it?
So, it’s officially fall, the trees are changing colours, apples are finally in season and lucky for you, I’ve got this recipe for gluten free apple crisp to share. This simple dessert is pretty much perfect for fall and it’s a recipe that my mom used to make for my family almost every Sunday.
Gluten free apple crisp topping without oats
The topping is simple and made with a combination of ground almonds and rice flour, there is sugar for sweetness and melted butter. When you mix it all together, it will start to clump and form a similar texture to a regular crisp topping.
To say it’s been a packed September would be an understatement. But that’s the way September seems to go, does it not? With school starting up again, it’s just kind of like the beginning of the race up to the holidays. I think in general, September to December is just pure madness. Both in this food blogging world and in the real world. Which, believe it or not, the real world actually does exist outside of this place!
Generally speaking apples take longer than other fruits (think berries) to release their moisture. That’s why we start by cooking the apples in the microwave, this allows them to start cooking and you’ll notice a delicious, cinnamon syrup develops before you even put them into the oven.
This is a trick that I learned from my mom. You’ll also notice that there isn’t any starch to thicken the liquid–I’ve found that you don’t really need it.
What kind of apples should you use for an apple crisp?
I like to use either Granny Smith or Gala apples for baking. The best apples for baking are varieties that will hold their structure and will not break down in the oven. Stay away from McIntosh as these are a soft variety and best for applesauce or eating raw.
This article I wrote for Chatelaine shares insights on seven common apple varieties and how to use them.
And if you’re like me and just love recipe for apple crisp cheesecakeapple crisps, then you may also want to check out my –apple crisp + cheesecake = heaven.
This gluten free apple crisp recipe is a family favourite, we usually make it for our Sunday dinner and for Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for a fall-inspired gluten-free dessert for a potluck or an evening of entertaining, this will be a crowd-pleasing favourite.