Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

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This vegan gluten-free apple crisp is one of my all-time favorites!

I’ve never been a fan of apple pie. That could be due to the store-bought crusts I tried as a kid, but something about them just seemed boring. On the other hand, after trying apple crisp at young age, I was spoiled for life. It’s more flavorful than pie, with the butter and spices coming through in the topping, and in my opinion, it also has a much more satisfying texture. It’s also appropriate for all skill levels, even absolute beginners.

At this point, I’ve been making this recipe since I was a child, and it has evolved quite a bit over the years. The proportions have change, and so has the spice blend.

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Why Honeycrisps?

I’ve tried a wide variety of apples, and honeycrisps have been my absolute favorite! In my opinion, the flavor, level of sweetness and slightly firm texture when they are baked make honeycrisps a perfect apple for baking. If you want to use a different type of apple, feel free, but keep in mind that some apples bake differently, and might become incredibly mushy almost like apple sauce, so do your research. It’s also worth noting that while Granny Smiths bake well in general, I don’t use them in this particular recipe, because the tartness throws off the balance of flavors, and the topping ends up needing more sugar to compensate.

This is a super easy recipe to make, and honeycrisp apples stay fresh in the fridge for months, so it’s easy to keep the ingredients on hand for when you get a craving. If you want to explore other baking apple options, checkout these recommendations by Chris Morocco of Bon Appétit.

Baking Spices

Using a different baking spice blend than the one I recommend in the recipe is totally fine, but I would strongly recommend using plenty of cinnamon and grating the nutmeg fresh. (Freshly grated nutmeg is incredibly flavorful!)

Making Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

The steps for our vegan gluten-free apple crisp recipe are listed below. Again, it’s incredibly easy to make, takes less than 20 minutes to prep and doesn’t require any special skills or equipment: just a mixing bowl, wooden spoon, potato peeler and baking dish. (We’re using an 8”x8” glass baking dish, but you can also just use a pie pan.)

Topping ingredients for vegan gluten-free apple crisp
Topping ingredients for vegan gluten-free apple crisp

We’ll start by mixing the dry ingredients together, including the gluten-free flour blend, oats, brown sugar, salt and spices.

Once the dry ingredients are mixed, pour the melted butter over the top.

Topping mixture for vegan gluten free apple crisp
Topping for Vegan Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Stir to distribute the melted butter. The mixture should be even with no dry patches.

Apples cut into halves, then quarters, then cored and cut into eighths for vegan gluten free apple crisp
Honeycrisp apples, cored and cut into eighths

Cut the apples into eighths, removing the seed and hard core. I do this step after the topping is mixed, so the apples are fresh, but it doesn’t matter too much since you’re baking them anyways.

Vegan gluten-free apple crisp Without topping (just uncooked apples)Vegan gluten-free apple crisp baked with topping
Vegan gluten-free apple crisp, before adding topping and after it’s fully baked

Layer the apple slices as evenly as possible in the pan, then cover with the topping mixture. Bake at 375° Fahrenheit until apples are softened and topping is golden brown, about 35-40. The image on the right shows what the apple crisp looks like once it’s fully baked. Timing isn’t as crucial with crisps and cobblers as it is with other baked desserts, such as cookies or cakes, so don’t over think it. If it looks done-ish, you’re probably fine, but leaving it in for an extra 5 minutes shouldn’t hurt either.

Equipment & Ingredients

This recipe doesn’t require any special equipment, just a standard 8×8 baking dish, mixing bowls, and a basic wooden spoon. If you’re grating nutmeg fresh, a nutmeg grater will also come in handy.

As for the ingredients, you can find whole nutmeg online, if it’s not at your local store. If you need recommendations on gluten-free options, try King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour and Anthony’s Rolled Oats. As for vegan sugar, the store brands at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are both vegan. If you don’t live near a either store, Woodstock is a good alternative.

Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. If you make this vegan gluten-free apple crisp, or if you have any questions, please share in the comments! Enjoy!

Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is cheap and easy to make with only 15-20 minutes of prep time. It will quickly become a favorite!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apples, Cinnamon, Easy, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 4 Servings

Equipment

  • 8×8 Baking Dish

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ lbs Honeycrisp apples (3-4 apples, depending on size)  
  • ¾ cup Packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup GF flour blend  
  • ¾ cup GF Quick-cooking oats 
  • ½ cup Plant-based butter, melted 
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp Nutmeg (fresh if possible!)
  • ¼ tsp Ginger 
  • ¼ tsp Allspice
  • tsp Cardamom
  • ¼ tsp Salt (omit if your butter is salted)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375° fahrenheit. 
  • Peel and core your apples. Cut into wedges, about 8 pieces per apple. Arrange apple wedges evenly in an 8”x8” glass pan. (No need to oil the pan.)
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon, mixing together everything except your plant butter. If your butter is unsalted, add the 1/4 teaspoon of salt as well.
  • Once the dry ingredients are combined, add the melted plant butter and stir until you end up with a nice crumble. Spread the mixture evenly over the top of the apple slices.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve alone or with ice cream. Enjoy!

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