A, B, C. 1, 2, 3. Easy as gluten-free. Gluten-free apple crisp that is! It’s actually vegan too but you wouldn’t even know it because apple crisp is 1000% delicious. There’s something truly comforting about a freshly baked apple crisp. And seeing as the weather is cooling rapidly, I relished every warm bite of this tasty fall treat.

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A close up shot of a large scoop of baked golden brown apple crisp on a bright white plate with a spoon in it.

Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Crisp

Warm scents of cinnamon and apple wafted through the open oven door. The bubbling of caramelized brown sugar around the toasted edges of the golden-brown oat crisp top. Soft juicy apples that burst with autumn delight in every single bite. This is everything apple crisp and more. The best part, it’s easily gluten-free and vegan!

What Is Apple Crisp

According to Canadian Living, apple crisp is a baked fruit dessert topped with a layer of crisp and crunchy ingredients. That sounds about right to me! It’s quick, easy, and totally delicious.

The bottom consists of peeled, sliced, and spiced apples. On top, is a layer of crispy/crunchy oats, brown sugar, and flour baked to utter scrumptious perfection.

A white dish full of golden brown apple crisp sitting on a table with green apples and oats

What Apples Are Best For Apple Crisp

Here’s where things get a bit particular. Each person has their own preference. So, I’ll start by saying my way is not the highway. Just my own personal opinion, k.

I prefer using all tart apples, such as a Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. These varieties are often quite firm which holds up well to baking. I’m all for experimenting though so give it a whirl with what you got.

How To Make Apple Crisp Gluten-Free

Making an apple crisp gluten-free is far easier than you might think. First, swap out the regular flour for a 1:1 gluten-free baking blend. You’ll want to make sure it contains xanthan gum which provides the elasticity that gluten would normally do.

Second, grab certified gluten-free rolled oats. Oats, while naturally gluten-free, are often processed with machinery and in facilities that work with gluten, so making sure the oats are certified gluten-free is a must to be on the safe side.

A close up shot of a large scoop of baked golden brown apple crisp on a bright white plate with a spoon in it.

How To Make Apple Crisp Vegan

This, as easy as making a gluten-free apple crisp, is just as simple. Butter, which is traditionally used in apple crisp, is swapped out for a dairy-free counterpart.

I adore using a plant-based “butter” alternative such as Becel plant-based baking brick. Earth Balance, Melt, and Miyoko are also wonderful dairy-free butter alternatives. If in a pinch, coconut oil will also work but note that the apple crisp will carry a faint coconut taste.

My Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Secret

I have a secret. An easy gluten-free apple crisp secret. And I’m gonna let you in on it. It’s milk. Good old dairy-free milk. After the apples have been prepared and combined with the cinnamon, flour, and sugar and arranged on the bottom of the dish, I gently pour the milk over top.

This secret step is going to keep the apples super juicy and make an apple-esque type gravy sauce in the bottom that practically oozes autumn apple yum.

A top view of a golden brown baked apple crisp is an oval white baking dish sitting on a table next to green apples and oats.

Easy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

It’s easy, warm, and so totally delicious. This gluten-free and vegan apple crisp is everything that I adore about autumn. Slightly tart apples baked to perfection underneath a crisp buttery oat top that caramelizes around the edges as it bakes.

I hope you love this easy gluten-free apple crisp as much as my family and I do. Make sure you let me know below in the comments if you give it a try!

Warm Dessert Ideas Made For Fall

Autumn calls for all the warm and toasty baked goods. Here are a few recipes that I think you’ll enjoy:

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A close-up shot of a golden brown carmalized apple crisp in a white baking dish with flecks of cinnamon in the bottom.

Gluten-Free Apple Crisp (Vegan)

  • Author: Katie Stymiest
  • Total Time: 60 Minutes
  • Yield: 14 Servings 1x


Easy gluten-free vegan apple crisp with a layer of warm tart cinnamon-spiced apples on the bottom and topped with a crunchy caramelized oat topping. This is the perfect dessert for a family gathering or when you need a warm cozy sweet treat.



Apple Filling

  • 7 large apples, peeled, cored, and chopped*
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free flour 1:1 baking blend
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (120ml) vegan milk**

Crisp Topping

  • ½ cup (120g) vegan salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
  • 1 cup (105g) gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup (160g) gluten-free flour 1:1 baking blend
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder


Apple Filling

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare a 13×9 inch pan or 2.5qt baking dish.
  2. Combine the chopped apples, sugar, flour, and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl. Make sure all the apples are evenly coated.
  3. Spread the mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan/dish.
  4. Evenly pour the milk over the apple mixture.

Crisp Topping

  1. Combine all the topping ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine until a coarse sand-like texture is achieved.
  2. Spread the oat topping mixture over the prepared apples and bake for 40-45 minutes. The edges should be bubbling and caramelized and the top a golden brown.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve as is or with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce. Enjoy!
  4. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.


* I prefer a tart firm apple like a Granny Smith or Honeycrisp but feel free to experiment with a combination of apple types. Chop the apples in different sizes to add yummy textures to the crisp.

** I used unsweetened almond milk, but any vegan alternative will work.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 227
  • Sugar: 28 Grams
  • Sodium: 495 Miligrams
  • Fat: 5 Grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1 Gram
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2 Grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 Grams
  • Carbohydrates: 43 Grams
  • Fiber: 2 Grams
  • Protein: 3 Grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 Miligrams

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