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Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

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This Gluten-Free Apple Crisp is a delicious fresh fruit compote topped with a healthy mixture of oats, nuts, spices and graham cracker crumbles. Served warm, it’s naturally sweet and can easily be made vegan. Perfect for a healthy dessert for the whole family!

Gluten Free Apple Crisp - fresh out of the oven and served on a wire rack in white ramekin dishes. top view.

Apples and pears are two of my favorite things about fall. And I love making apple crumbles during the holidays — between the warm apple compote and the delicious smells that fill my kitchen when it’s baking – I can’t get enough of it! You can serve this apple and pear crisp with ice cream or without – honestly it tastes amazing all on its own. And it’s easily made both gluten free and vegan if you need to accommodate multiple dietary restrictions!

Kitchen Tools and Equipment You’ll Need to Make This Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

ingredients for Gluten Free Apple Crisp: oats, spices, brown sugar, apples, nuts

How To Make this Gluten-Free Apple Crisp – Step By Step

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350° F, and coat 6 small ramekins with cooking spray (if you don’t have these, you can use a large baking dish).

Step 2: Combine all ingredients for the filling in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer.

Ingredients and cooking utensils used for making apple pear crisp

Step 3: Decrease the heat to medium, and continue cooking, stirring often, until the apples and pears are tender and the liquid reduces by half (about 25 minutes).

Step 4: Transfer filling to the ramekins or baking dish. Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle the topping over the apple-pear mixture, then bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the topping has browned and is slightly crispy.

Apple pear crisp ready to go into the oven.

What Makes this Gluten Free Apple Crisp Healthy?

A typical serving of apple crisp will run you anywhere from 250-350 calories, and upwards of 28g sugar! My version has only 130 calories and 3.5g added sugar for a huge portion. Here are some of the healthy swaps I made to lighten up this recipe but keep all of the decadence of the traditional version!

  • Whole Grains: This recipe uses rolled oats for the crumble topping – which are high in fiber, are low-glycemic, and gluten-free
  • Less Sugar: Fruit is already naturally very sweet! So there is no need to add tons of sugar to the filling of this apple and pear crisp — the fruit takes care of the sweetness all on its own.
  • Healthy Fats: Walnuts and pecans in the crumble topping are both rich in antioxidants and healthy omega 3 fats.
  • Pears and Apples: Both of these fruits are high in fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C, and Potassium.

Will Kids Enjoy this Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe?

I haven’t met a kid (yet) who doesn’t like dessert. If your kids are especially finicky about fruit, I’d recommend chopping up the apples and pears in a super fine dice so your kids can’t really tell that they are whole fruits when they’re eating this treat. You can also serve it with a spoonful of ice cream for a bit more decadence!

What to Serve with this Gluten Free Apple Crisp

The obvious choice here is vanilla ice cream! But you can serve this crisp with all sorts of toppings including:

  • Caramel sauce
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Candied nuts sprinkled on top
  • More fresh fruit on the side
  • Powdered sugar sprinkled on top
  • Or you can double the amount of the crumble topping and add even more of the topping to each ramekin before baking!
Gluten Free Apple Crisp - fresh out of the oven and served on a wire rack in white ramekin dishes. top view.

Top Tips For Making this Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

  • Make sure you use Gluten Free Oats and Gluten Free Graham Crackers if you’re making this gluten-free. Otherwise regular rolled oats and regular graham crackers will work just fine!
  • To make this recipe vegan, use 1 tbsp olive oil instead of the butter in the crumble topping
  • Make sure to coat your ramekins with cooking spray.
  • If you do not have ramekins you can use a large baking dish.
  • I used Bartlett pears for this recipe but you can also use Bosc or Anjou pears as a substitute.
  • If you don’t have Fuji Apples, you can use Granny Smith, Gala, Red Delicious or Pink Lady instead.
  • If you like more spices in your crumble topping, you can add all spice, ginger, or even a pinch of cardamom for additional flavor.
  • Make sure you serve this crisp warm! Top it with ice cream for more decadence.
  • This apple and pear crisp will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

This Gluten-Free Apple Crisp is a delicious fresh fruit compote topped with a healthy mixture of oats, nuts, spices and graham cracker crumbles. Served warm, it’s naturally sweet and can easily be made vegan. Perfect for a healthy dessert for the whole family!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 2 cups organic Bartlett pears cut into 1/4 inch cubes (about 4 medium pears)
  • 2 cups organic Fuji apples cut into 1/4 inch cubes (about 2 large apples)
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar unpacked
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 dash salt

For the topping:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F, and coat 6 small ramekins with cooking spray (if you don’t have these, you can use a large baking dish).
  • Combine all ingredients for the filling in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer.
  • Decrease the heat to medium, and continue cooking, stirring often, until the apples and pears are tender and the liquid reduces by half (about 25 minutes).
  • Transfer filling to the ramekins or baking dish.
  • Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the apple-pear mixture, then bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the topping has browned and is slightly crispy.

Notes

Top Tips For Making this Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
  • Make sure you use Gluten Free Oats and Gluten Free Graham Crackers if you’re making this gluten-free. Otherwise regular rolled oats and regular graham crackers will work just fine!
  • To make this recipe vegan, use 1 tbsp olive oil instead of the butter in the crumble topping
  • Make sure to coat your ramekins with cooking spray.
  • If you do not have ramekins you can use a large baking dish.
  • I used Bartlett pears for this recipe but you can also use Bosc or Anjou pears as a substitute.
  • If you don’t have Fuji Apples, you can use Granny Smith, Gala, Red Delicious or Pink Lady instead.
  • If you like more spices in your crumble topping, you can add all spice, ginger, or even a pinch of cardamom for additional flavor.
  • Make sure you serve this crisp warm! Top it with ice cream for more decadence.
  • This apple and pear crisp will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Note: Each serving has only 3.5g added sugar per serving

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.2g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 5.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 5.2mg | Sodium: 56.5mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 13.2g
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Indulge your sweet tooth with some of my lightened-up treats. From gluten-free brownies to fruity crumbles, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to check out holiday favorites like my healthy pumpkin pie!

24 responses to “Gluten-Free Apple Crisp”

  1. I have gone through some serious apple crisp this fall and could definitely use a healthier gluten-free version. This looks and sounds amazing!5 stars

  2. This is the kind of winter dessert I simply cannot resist! Love the combination of pear and apples, and the addition of pecans and walnuts in the topping must bring a delicious crunch to this recipe!5 stars

  3. Another great recipe! First time, I used apples and pears, second time…just apples! Both times used almonds instead of walnuts. Tastes so good warm with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.

    • Woohoo! So glad you liked this recipe Barbara 🙂 And yumm – vanilla frozen yogurt is perfect with this dessert! Love the idea of using almonds instead of walnuts too — I’ll have to try that next time (or I might use almonds and walnuts!) Thanks for letting me know!

  4. Tried your recipe – loved it! I think it’s the lemon that makes it so good, balances the sweetness 🙂 Never quite got used to cooking spray so just used a bit of butter instead. Yummy!

    • Yay!! So glad to hear that Charlotte! And butter instead of cooking spray is totally fine 🙂 Thanks for letting me know how it turned out!

  5. This sounds lovely, but we don’t have Graham Crackers here in the UK – what kind of crackers are they exactly? Like a savoury cream cracker, or a slightly sweet cracker?? I’d love to find an alternative and give this a try.
    Happy New Year!
    P x

    • Hi Porcelina! So graham crackers are definitely a sweet, crumbly cracker (not savory at all) – they more closely resemble a cookie than a cracker. You can substitute any crushed crisp cookie for the graham cracker in making your cheesecake crust (e.g., shortbread, chocolate or vanilla wafers, animal crackers, gingersnaps, biscotti, amaretti cookies, etc.). I think sweeter digestive biscuits sold in the UK might work as a substitute as well. Hope that helps!

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