My gluten-free apple crumble is full of juicy, tart apples and warm fall spices. It's just perfect for a cozy fall day. Better yet, bring it to your next holiday gathering. Your family won't be able to resist this amazing gluten-free apple dessert.
Keep reading to find out more.
Apples: I like to use Granny Smith apples. Their tart flavor pairs well with the sweetness of the sugars and warm spices. Pink lady and Honeycrisp apples also work well in this recipe.
Sugars: Combining brown sugar and regular granulated sugar adds to the sweetness and warmth of this recipe.
Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice give warmth and coziness to this recipe.
Lemon Juice: Used in the recipe to prevent the apples from turning brown. It does not alter the taste.
Apple Cider: When combined with the other ingredients the apple cider gives the filling extra juiciness and flavor.
OAT CRUMBLE TOPPING
Butter and Vanilla: Both add flavor and warmth to the topping.
Oats and Oat Flour: Gives the topping its structure. Make sure to use both gluten-free oats and oat flour.
Xanthan Gum: Its purpose is to act as the binding agent when baking without gluten. It helps hold onto some moisture in the recipe and helps provide structure.
Sugars: Gives the topping added sweetness.
Salt: Adds flavor and balances the sweetness.
First, mix up the apple filling. Wash and cut 5-6 granny smith apples into 1/4 in slices, and coat with a mixture of brown sugar, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and apple cider.
Next, mix up the oat crumble topping. Melt the butter and combine it with vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Add the gluten-free oats, gluten-free oat flour, salt, xanthan gum, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and mix well.
Layer the apple filling in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Distribute the gluten-free oat topping evenly over the apple filling. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes until the topping is browned and the apple filling starts to bubble.
- For gluten-free make sure to use gluten-free oats and gluten-free oat flour. Check labels carefully. I like to use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Old-Fashioned Oats and Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Oat Flour.
- For a gluten-free, dairy-free apple crumble, use dairy-free butter. I use Earth Balance or Spectrum brands.
- If you can tolerate nuts, add almonds to the oat topping for extra crunch.
Gluten-Free Apple Crumble
- 9x13 baking pan
- 2 large mixing bowls
- Cutting board
- Paring knife
- Apple slicer, corer
- Small dish for melting butter
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- 6-8 medium Granny Smith apples (or apple of your choice) Cored and cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 1/4 cup Brown sugar
- 1/4 cup. Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. Allspice
- 1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider
Oat Crumble Topping
- 1 cup Gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup Gluten-free oat flour
- 1/4 cup Brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. Xanthan gum
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1/2 cup Dairy-free butter (melted) equivalent to 8 tablespoons or 1 stick
- Cooking spray or shortening for greasing your baking pan
For the Apple Filling
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray or shortening.
- Wash, core, and slice the apples into 1/4 inch slices and add to a large mixing bowl.
- To the bowl add the brown sugar, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and apple cider.
- Mix thoroughly until the apples are coated evenly then set the bowl aside.
For the Oat Crumble Topping
- Melt the butter and add it to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the vanilla to the butter and mix well.
- Add the gluten-free oats, gluten-free oat flour, salt, xanthan gum, sugars, and baking powder to the bowl and mix until the mixture is combined and becomes crumbly.
- Layer the apple filling in the bottom of the prepared 9x13 baking pan.
- Layer the oat crumble topping evenly over the apple filling.
- Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes until the topping is browned and the apple filling starts to bubble.
- Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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Blessings, Laura xo