A sweet and delicious oat crumble tops thinly sliced apples to make the very best gluten free vegan apple crisp. You will love this homemade dessert with a scoop of dairy free ice cream or homemade whipped coconut cream.
When I’m in the mood for a classic, cozy dessert, apple crisp is the recipe I turn to again and again.
Is there anything better than cinnamon apples topped with a crispy, sugary topping? And when it’s topped with dairy free ice cream? It’s such a wonderful, classic dessert for fall or winter.
Gluten free apple pie is also so delicious, of course, but I find that pie takes up more time! There’s the rolling, the chilling, the assembling, the longer baking time…it’s just a lot.
If you want to have a homey dessert on the table quickly, this gluten free vegan apple crisp is the way to go.
This recipe is one that I’ve tinkered with over the years, and this is the version that we enjoy the most. Every bite has perfectly baked apples and crispy, crunchy oat crumble.
The secret to making a delicious apple crisp is to slice the apples very thin. I find that they bake quickly and evenly if they are thinly sliced.
This is true for pie, too! If you want the texture of the apple pie filling to be perfect, slice those apples super thin.
What kind of apples are best for apple crisp?
I like Granny Smith apples, because they have such a nice tartness, but Honeycrisp apples are also a good choice.
If you use a sweeter apple, like Fuji, you will want to cut down on the sugar in this recipe.
There isn’t any flour in this topping – is that correct?
Yes, that’s correct! This apple crisp topping is just oats, sugar, and vegan buttery spread. It’s still super delicious. Some recipes use flour in the topping, but if you’re new to gluten free baking, you might not have a gluten free flour blend that you love.
Keeping this recipe simple, and using oats only, makes this the perfect allergy friendly dessert to try when you’re new to baking with food allergies.
Are oats gluten free?
Yes, oats are naturally gluten free. However, if you can’t have gluten, you need to make sure that the oats you buy are Certified Gluten Free oats. Oats can be cross contaminated with wheat, and if you are concerned about that, you definitely need to purchase certified gluten free oats. Try the GF Harvest brand, which can be found on Amazon.
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Gluten Free Vegan Apple Crisp.
Thinly sliced apples and a crisp oat topping make this gluten free vegan dessert extra delicious.
For the apples:
For the oat topping:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples, and place them in a large bowl. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon, and toss together. Place the fruit in a baking dish that is about 8x12 inches.
Combine the oats and sugar in a bowl. Add the buttery spread and cut in with a pastry blender until combined (it will be lumpy with little balls of butter). Spread the crumb topping over the fruit.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.
Serve warm with dairy free ice cream or whipped coconut cream. Or enjoy this dessert plain - it's delicious even without any extra topping.
If you use a sweeter variety of apple, like Fuji or Gala, you may want to reduce the amount of sugar.
This crisp can be stored at room temperature for three days. If you'd like to keep it longer than that, store it in the refrigerator.
This gluten free and vegan apple crisp is:
- just right for a Thanksgiving dessert
- perfect with some whipped coconut cream or ice cream
- a great way to use up those fall apples
This post is part of my series, “31 Days of Gluten, Dairy, and Egg Free Comfort Food.”
This post was written in October 2013. It has been updated.