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Gluten-Free Apple Crisp with Ice Cream

This delectable dessert is so delicious, you’d be surprised at absolutely how easy it is to make! Quick And Easy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp is warm and gooey in the center, with a crispy, perfectly textured top.


When it’s apple season, this great recipe makes for an excellent addition to your fall dinners and is perfect for your Thanksgiving menu. It can be served with a cold scoop of ice cream. This is the best fruit crisp you’ll ever make and my favorite way to enjoy fall. 

What makes it the best? 

The gluten-free apple crisp has everything a perfect dessert should have:

Gooeyness. Somewhere in any dessert, I need to feel that ooey, gooey deliciousness. And this cinnamon-apple center is exactly that.

Some sort of crunch. It’s necessary to balance out the gooeyness of the dessert! The “crisp” comes from a combination of rolled oats, sugar, cinnamon, and coconut.

An aroma that fills your home. Yes, I absolutely love the taste of this dessert. But I equally enjoy the smell that radiates throughout my home when this is cooking.

So what’s the difference between this Apple Crisp and a classic Apple Pie?

No Pie Crust. You can skip the hassle of making your own pie crust with this recipe. This Apple Crisp is made from scratch, minus a pie crust.
More Streusel-Like Topping. This is what I love most about this recipe. Don’t get me wrong, I love pies, but there’s something about this rich, perfect streusel crunchy topping that is just unbeatable. It’s soft, yet crisp. It’s full of flavor from cinnamon, brown sugar, coconut oil, and maple syrup.

If you’re looking for the perfect apple dessert that doesn’t take you down a guilt-induced spiral, this Quick and Easy Apple Crisp is the one!

Key ingredients

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  • Fresh Apples– Apples are rich in fiber and antioxidants.
  • Lemon juice– Help stop the apples from turning brown. They also help to balance the sweetness of the sugar and tart flavor that comes from the Granny Smith apples.
  • Arrowroot powder, dissolved in cup water. It supports the immune system and works wonders for the digestive system. In this recipe, it thickens the juices from the apples and can be used instead of wheat flour or almond flour.
  • Coconut palm sugar, or brown sugar Regular granulated balances out the tartness of the apples.
  • Cinnamon-The warm spicy flavor of cinnamon complements the sweet taste of the apple.
  • Vanilla extract– For a more natural flavor, use vanilla extract not vanilla essence
  • Salt just a pinch.

    Crisp Topping Ingredients
  • Gluten-free oats- are known as rolled oats. They give this recipe a hearty crunch.
  • Coconut palm sugar– or brown sugar.
  • Coconut– finely shredded.
  • Cinnamon– A must-have for the crunchy topping.
  • Maple syrup– Natural sweetener which can be replaced with honey.
  • Coconut oil melted– for less coconut flavor use unsalted butter.
  • 1 pinch salt– Always add a bit of salt for balance in your baking.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make Gluten-free Apple Crisp

This easy recipe is a personal favorite for me and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too. These are the detailed instructions. 

Step 1: Prepare the utensils and oven 

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F. Spray a 9X13 glass baking dish with nonstick spray. 

Step 2: Prepare the apples 

  • Peel and cut the apples into 1-inch pieces and arrange them in the prepared baking dish. 

Step 3: Add the rest of the filling ingredients

  • Toss the apples with lemon juice, arrowroot mixture, coconut palm or brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt then set aside. 

Step 3: Combine the topping ingredients

  • For the crunchy oat topping, combine oats, coconut, coconut sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut oil, and sea salt in a bowl. Set aside.

Step 4: Add the topping 

  • On top of the apples, sprinkle the oat topping in an even layer.

Step 5: Bake the dish 

  • Bake for 45 minutes until the topping is golden brown then remove from oven. Let it cool for 15 minutes before serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can also add a drizzle of caramel sauce if you’d like. 

Expert Tips 

  • The best warm apple crisp is the one that highlights the apples and compliments them with a crunchy, spicy topping.
  • You can enjoy apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or a healthier alternative like Greek yogurt
  • There are so many apple varieties to choose from when it’s apple season. The best type of apples to use are fresh apples because they contain all the nutrients, unlike canned types of apples. Tart apples like Granny Smith apples retain their shape in this recipe but you can also use sweet apples like honey crisp and golden delicious apples for the fruit mixture. 
  • For best results use an apple peeler as it makes peeling the apples so much easier. While the peel has nutritional value and crunch, the oats provide a crunchy topping so we can take the peels out.

Recipe FAQs

How to store the apple crisp?

The leftovers from this delicious recipe and be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.

Do you need to cover apple crisp when baking? 

Ideally, check your apple crisp after about 20-25 minutes. If the top has started getting brown while the apples haven’t softened, you can put foil paper to cover the dish. 


Other apple desserts you are sure to love:

Apple Sharlotka dessert is an easy and tasty family favorite apple dessert. Apple Tart is one I like to take to girls’ brunch as it’s always a hit. No time to bake? Try an Apple Pie Smoothie.

Other Gluten-Free Desserts that you can check out! 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins are for all chocolate lovers. Gluten-Free Plum Cake is soft, moist, and yummy. Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroons are crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside.

More Tasty Apple Ingredient Recipes

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Gluten-Free Quick and Easy Apple Crisp

A warm baked dessert with apples, cinnamon, and a crispy oat-crumble topping, pairing well with ice cream or vanilla yogurt.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast, brunch, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Allergy: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 1 hour
Calories: 534kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov



Mix with Apples

  • 8 cups apples, peeled & sliced (1-inch pieces)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder, dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  • cup coconut palm sugar, or brown sugar
  • ½ – 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt

Mix with Oats

  • 3 cups gluten-free oats
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar, or brown sugar
  • ½ cup coconut, finely shredded
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  • Peel and cut apples into 1-inch pieces.
    8 cups apples,
  • In a 9 x 13 glass baking dish, arrange apples and toss with lemon juice, arrowroot mixture, coconut palm or brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt then set aside.
    2 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder,, ⅓ cup coconut palm sugar,, ½ – 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ¼ tsp salt
  • For the topping, combine oats, coconut, coconut palm sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut oil, and sea salt in a bowl. Set aside.
    3 cups gluten-free oats, ¼ cup coconut palm sugar,, 1 tsp cinnamon, ⅓ cup maple syrup, ½ cup coconut oil, 1 pinch salt, ½ cup coconut,
  • Sprinkle topping over fruit mixture in an even layer.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.


  • Use brown sugar instead of coconut sugar for less coconut flavor.
  • Use unsalted butter instead of coconut oil, for less coconut flavor. 
  • Serve with ice cream or yogurt.


Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    My best friend needs to a eat a gluten free diet and I’m always stumped when it comes to dessert. This sounds perfect. Can’t wait to try it