Grammy’s Gluten Free Apple Crisp
It’s Apple Season, and that means everything apples – baked up warm, sweet and spicy. One of our favorite apple recipes is Apple Crisp. Thank you, Grammy! Her crisp inspired us to make ours gluten free. Grammy’s recipe underwent a few major changes. First, we lowered the amount of sugar by half, (she was a bit heavy handed with the sugar bowl.) Next, we added a touch of my favorite spice, cardamom. Best of all, we replaced AP flour with our tasty Flour Farm flour. Grammy’s gluten free Apple Crisp tastes so delicious, the only thing we miss is Grammy!
Apple Crisp: Naked or Dressed?
This is an ongoing debate at our table – do we peel the apples or not for the prefect Apple Crisp? Our daughter and I actually prefer dressed apples; we like the texture with the peels on. We purchase local, organically produced apples and I feel that the peels add needed nutrients. Dave votes naked apples. He does not like the peels on for dessert. What is your preference? Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite way to prepare gluten free apple crisp in the section provided below. We love to hear from you!
Teri’s Grammy had a secret ingredient for just about every sweet thing she baked – vanilla. She loved the smell and taste of vanilla. We use quite a bit of it ourselves, as evident in so many recipes we have posted online. Teri’s secret ingredient: cardamom. A small amount of this spice adds loads of complementary flavor. You may wish to keep it out to maintain a more traditional taste. However, we suggest that you give it a try!
If you are a lover of caramel sauce, please check out Sally’s Salted Caramel Sauce at Sally’s Baking Addiction. She has an easy, no-candy-thermometer recipe that tastes truly delicious. Our daughter can’t get enough of it. Spoon warmed caramel sauce over the apple filling before baking instead of sugar and/or spoon it over the top after the crisp comes out of the oven. Either way – your taste buds will thank you!
An important note: this recipe successfully uses Flour Farm Organic Gluten Free Flour Blend. This may be purchased through our website or through our partners: Amazon.com & Azure Standard. If you choose to make this with another flour blend, please note that your results may differ.
Peace & LOVE – Teri
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Photos by DuPree Productions; Recipe Inspiration: Our vegan friends at RÜT Spokane – We love this restaurant. Go Josh! We also thank Sandy & John for the care they take in growing delightful apples at their Sherman Valley Farm. Recipe updated 10.20 for clarity.Print
How to make gluten free Apple Crisp that will make your grandmother proud enough to share it. For instructions on how to add Salted Caramel sauce, see notes below.
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- 2 T Cane Sugar or packed Light Brown Sugar (28g)
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon (2.5g), use more or less to taste
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cardamom (.5g) optional – see note below for spice variations
- 907g (2 lb) Firm Apples, peeled (optional) and cut into 1/2″ – 1″ chunks (after you core/peel the apples, you should have about 1.5 lbs of apples. We use many different varieties in a batch)
- 1 T Lemon Juice (15 ml)
- 105g (3.7 oz) Light Brown Sugar (1/2 C packed)
- 72g (2.5 oz) Old Fashioned Oats (3/4 C)
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon (2.5g)
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (5 ml)
- 84g (3 oz) Flour Farm Organic Gluten Free Flour Blend (3/4 C spoon & level)
- Pinch of Extra Fine Pink Himalayan Salt (omit if using salted butter)
- 113g (4 oz) Cold Butter or Nondairy Butter (1/2 C or 1 stick)
Equipment: Digital Scale (preferred,) 8×8″ Baking Pan, Whisk, Mixing Bowls, Measuring Cups and Spoons, Silicone Spatula, Grater, Knife, Cutting Board, Non-Stick Spray or Goop, Cooling Rack
Before You Dive In – Prep: please read!
- Wash, core and peel (optional) apples
- Cut apples into uniform sized pieces about 1/2″ – 1″ (1.25-2.5 cm)
- Move oven rack to center
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 C)
- Grease 8×8″ pan with non-stick spray, butter or our baking Goop
Step 1: In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and spices.
Step 2: Add chopped apples to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the lemon juice and stir. Sprinkle the sugar and spice blend and stir to combine. Set aside.
Step 3: In a medium bowl, add brown sugar, oats and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Add the vanilla and stir. Add the flour and salt. Stir to combine.
Step 4: Grate the cold butter directly into the bowl and use your hands to combine and knead the butter into the dry blend. The topping will become thick and chunky. Use your hands to evenly drop blobs of topping over the apples. You will have enough to cover the surface.
Step 5: Bake in the center of a preheated 350 F/177 C oven for 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Place pan on a cooling rack and serve warm with ice cream and/or caramel sauce.
Crisp is best eaten warm. Refrigerate covered for up to three days and gently reheat before serving.
The nutrition information provided below is for the recipe as written using unpeeled apples and organic salted butter. Each serving weighs about 100g (3.5 oz).
Variations: Feel free to add a touch of apple pie spice, ginger, nutmeg, ground cloves, allspice, or any spice that you prefer with your apples. Additionally, we have made this crisp with other fruits paired with apples. Our favorite is apple apricot. Have fun!
Caramel Sauce: You may replace the sugar in the filling with 1/4 C Caramel Sauce, (or more), and/or drizzle warm sauce over the crisp just before serving. We like to make our own Salted Caramel Sauce, but you may use what ever sauce you like. For our favorite Salted Caramel recipe, click here.
- Category: dessert
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: american
- Serving Size: 1 scoop
- Calories: 230
- Sugar: 22g
- Sodium: 80mg
- Fat: 11g
- Saturated Fat: 6g
- Unsaturated Fat: 5g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 32g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 1g
- Cholesterol: 25mg
Keywords: Gluten Free Apple Crisp
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