Vegan and gluten-free apple crisp is an easy dessert for any occasion. It’s a classic fall dessert made with a sweet apple base and an oat flour crumb topping.
Gluten-free Apple Crisp
This simple gluten-free apple crisp is my go-to dessert when I’m in a pinch. It takes minimal effort to make and taste so good topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Peeled and sliced apples get tossed in maple syrup, cinnamon and tapioca flour then topped with an easy oat flour based crumble. The crisp gets baked until the crumble is golden brown and the apples are warm and gooey.
The apples become buttery soft and caramelize in the oven, and the oat crumble topping just melts in your mouth. This is one of my favorite desserts for any time of year, but especially during the fall with delicious honey crisp apples.
What you’ll need to make apple crisp
Apples– I love using honey crisp for this recipe, but you can use any apple variety you like
Tapioca flour- to help thicken the apple slices
Maple syrup- for added sweetness
Pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, for extra flavor
Rolled oats + oat flour– oats and oat flour make up the base of the crumb, and add the perfect crisp texture
Coconut sugar– I love sweetening my desserts with coconut sugar for its caramel-like taste, but brown sugar can be subbed if needed
Coconut oil– coconut oil helps bind together the ingredients into the perfect crumb. I prefer using refined coconut oil for its neutral taste
Cinnamon– for a classic apple crisp flavor
Salt– to balance out the sweetness
Baking soda– though not traditionally seen in crisps, I like the added texture it gives the oat topping
This dessert comes together in just a few simple steps:
- Peel and slice your apples, then toss them in maple syrup, tapioca flour and cinnamon in your baking dish
- Prepare the oatmeal crumble, then sprinkle over the apples
- Bake covered for 25 minutes, then uncovered for 15-20 minutes
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
You can prepare this recipe ahead of time and rewarm it when ready to serve. It’s easy to make, packed with flavor, and always a crowd pleaser!