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Two bowls of Apple Crisp with the baking dish in the background.

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

  • Author: Kari Peters
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Get ready for the best apple crisp of your life, and no it’s really not an exaggeration. This Gluten Free Apple Crisp is the the tastiest and best flavored apple crisp thanks to 1 simple secret, orange juice! That’s right, just a touch of orange juice takes your usual apple crisp right over the top. It’s also naturally gluten free with a dairy free and vegan option as well. It’s perfect for fall and always welcome at holidays.



3 pounds baking apples, like McIntosh or Granny Smith, about 8

1/4 cup maple syrup, or to taste, see notes

1 teaspoon tapioca starch, or cornstarch

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup fresh orange juice, from 1 orange


1 1/2 cups almond flour

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup chopped nuts, I use pecans, see notes

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup melted butter, coconut oil, or vegan butter


Preheat the oven to 350ºF

Use a peeler/corer/slicer to quickly slice up the apples. Or use a peeler to peel them, then cut into quarters and core. From there slice the apple into 1/4″ thick slices. 

Place the sliced apples into a 9″x13″ baking pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, tapioca starch, and cinnamon until dissolved.

Then whisk in the vanilla and orange juice before pouring the mixture over the apple slices. Toss to combine.

For the topping, mix together the almond flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt. Then stir in the nuts and rolled oats before adding the butter. Mix until the mixture clumps together.

Using your hands, break up the crisp topping as you crumble it evenly over the surface of the apples.

Bake the crisp until the apples are tender, the topping is golden brown, and it’s bubbling around the edges, 35-45 minutes.

Let cool slightly before serving. Or cool completely to serve at room temperature.


If I have McIntosh apples, I don’t even use the maple syrup called for because they’re the perfect blend of tart-sweet for our taste. But Granny Smiths definitely benefit from a bit of maple syrup.

If you don’t care for pecans, use whatever nut of choice you enjoy in fruit crisps like cashews or walnuts.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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