This baked cinnamon, gluten free apple crisp is an easy and delicious winter recipe! Perfect for a crowd, make this recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just-because.
In colder months, I’m always on the lookout for easy, simple, and delicious dessert recipes.
One taste of this delicious cinnamon apple crisp dessert and you’ve won’t believe it is completely free of both gluten and refined sugar.
The addition of fresh thyme (yum) adds a subtle, yet savory, note to the otherwise sweet flavor profile of this classic dessert recipe.
What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?
Apple crisps and crumbles are similar, but have a key difference.
Like an apple crisp, an apple crumble is a fruit dessert, usually baked in the oven, with a layer of topping.
In an apple crumble, the topping is usually made with flour, sugar and butter. In a crisp, oats and/or nuts are most common for the topping.
What apple is best for apple crisp?
Crisp and firm varieties of apples, such as honeycrisp, fuji and granny smith, are all popular apples to use in apple crisps, crumbles and pies.
Gluten Free Apple Crisp
Full recipe card is below, as well as a printable full-page recipe.
In short, though, you will first gather your ingredients:
6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/3 c. real maple syrup
2 T. 100% apple juice (sugar free)
1 t. ground cinnamon
½ t. ground allspice
1½ t. fresh thyme leaves
¼ t. salt
1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 c. almond flour
1/3 c. almonds, sliced
1/3 c. honey, preferably local
3 T. unsalted butter, melted
Vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream
Then, you will prepare your apples, as well as your topping.
You’ll place your apples in your pan, top with your topping, and then bake.
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream!
Cinnamon Apple Crisp Recipe
- 6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
- 1 T. fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 c. real maple syrup
- 2 T. 100% apple juice (sugar free)
- 1 t. ground cinnamon
- ½ t. ground allspice
- 1½ t. fresh thyme leaves
- ¼ t. salt
- Topping Ingredients:
- 1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 c. almond flour
- 1/3 c. almonds, sliced
- 1/3 c. honey, preferably local
- 3 T. unsalted butter, melted
- To Serve: (Optional)
- Vanilla bean ice cream or freshly whipped cream
1. Place top oven rack in the center position and
pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8” x 8” baking dish and set aside.
2. Place apples in a large non-reactive bowl and toss
with fresh lemon juice. Add maple syrup, apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, thyme
leaves, and salt. Toss to combine and set aside.
3. Combine topping ingredients in a separate bowl and
stir until oats are thoroughly coated and all ingredients are well combined.
4. Pour apple mixture into prepared baking dish and
spread into an even layer. Spread the topping evenly across the top in a
uniform layer, as well.
5. Place into pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the top layer is nicely browned, cover dish loosely with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until the
apple crisp is nice and bubbling. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for
6. Serve warm with some vanilla bean iced cream or
freshly whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!
Choose firm apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady (pictured), for this recipe.
These varieties will hold up well to the heat of baking without turning to
Printable Apple Crisp Recipe
Perfect for your recipe binder, here is a printable version of our gluten free apple crisp recipe.
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