A, B, C. 1, 2, 3. Easy as gluten-free. Gluten-free apple crisp that is! Truth be told, it’s actually secretly 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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Easy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
Warm scents of cinnamon and apple wafting 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 even 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.
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 hold 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
To make 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 are 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.
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.
Easy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
It’s easy, warm, and so totally delicious. This gluten-free (and secretly 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:
- Spiced Pear Donuts
- Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
- Better Box Mix Brownies
- Salted Caramel Fudge
- Honey Pumpkin Cupcakes
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake by The Rose Wife