Easy Apple Crisp Recipe (Gluten-Free)

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Freshly baked apple crisp in a square, white Le Creuset dish

Made with a scrumptious crisp topping layered over a filling similar to apple pie, this easy apple crisp recipe is one of my family’s favorite cool weather desserts. Just like my blueberry crisp recipe, the filling can be mixed up right in your baking dish, which means you’ll be able to skip washing an extra bowl. 

This recipe is plenty sweet so I serve it plain, but I’m sure it would be delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce

Now, you may be wondering . . . 

What are the best apples for apple crisp?

My official answer is that the best apples are the ones you have on hand. My personal favorite to use are granny smith apples, which is not what I expecting when I first started experimenting different varieties. They yield a sweet, firm crisp with a thick syrupy filling that my family adores. 

However, I’ve had good results with other varieties such as fuji, gala, honey crisp, golden delicious,  and pink lady, so whatever you like will probably work. 

What’s the difference between a crisp and a crumble?

A crisp typically has a crunchy topping made with a oats, some kind of sweetener, flour (in this case almond), butter (or coconut oil if you’re dairy-free), and sometimes nuts like pecan, walnut or almond.

A crumble topping doesn’t usually include oats or nuts. It’s more like a streusel.

Freshly baked apple crisp in a square, white Le Creuset dish


Easy Apple Crisp Recipe (Gluten-Free)

This apple crisp has a crunchy topping made with a oats, healthy sweetener, almond flour, butter (or coconut oil if you’re dairy-free), and your choice of pecans, walnuts or almonds.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5 people
Calories 404.24kcal
Author Heather Dessinger


  • vegetable peeler


For Apple Filling:

For Crisp Topping:


  • Preheat your oven to 350° F. 
  • Place the apples in an 8×8 casserole baking dish and sprinkle with arrowroot flour and cinnamon. Stir together lemon juice, maple syrup, and water, then pour over the apples.
  • Stir the apples until they are well-coated with the arrowroot, maple syrup and lemon juice, then set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine all the dry ingredients needed for the crisp – oats, almonds, almond flour, and salt. Stir until well-combined.
  • Add the coconut oil/butter and maple syrup  to the crisp mixture and stir again. 
  • Scoop spoonfuls of the topping over the apple mixture. It's best to leave a little space between the spoonfuls to allow some heat to escape from the apple mixture during baking. 
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. 


Calories: 404.24kcal | Carbohydrates: 43.14g | Protein: 6.59g | Fat: 25.32g | Saturated Fat: 10.75g | Sodium: 120.38mg | Potassium: 253.47mg | Fiber: 6.54g | Sugar: 20.94g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 4.99mg | Calcium: 74.98mg | Iron: 1.64mg

More Yummy Crisp & Cobbler Recipes

Blueberry Crisp – Made with an irresistible crisp topping layered over a juicy, thick blueberry filling, this blueberry crisp recipe is as easy to make as it is delicious.

Peach Cobbler – This easy, Southern-style peach cobbler is one my favorite summer desserts. Cinnamon, vanilla, & heaps of fresh peaches meld beautifully with the buttery, sweet topping. It can be easily thrown together for guests when you’re short on time.

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