Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

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Ahhhh, fall is in the air here in central New York. The temperatures are dropping, patches of color are appearing on trees, leaves pepper the ground, the clouds are more ominous. Unlike summer, where we generally have lots of sunlight, blue skies, and fluffy white clouds, we get what we call a ‘fall looking sky.’ A sky that while still sunny and bright blue, contains very dark clouds. ๐Ÿ™‚ The first apple totes are already hitting the store shelves, and so it’s time to make some apple recipes! When I am craving something sweet in the fall, one of my first go-tos is my vegan gluten-free apple crisp. It’s like a lazy apple pie, really. It comes together really fast, and there’s not a lot of clean-up, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors before winter comes and it gets really cold! This version also uses my homemade apple pie spice blend because really, does anyone ever have this on hand in their pantry?!? The blend contains only 3 ingredients, all of which you likely have, so you will never run out again. ๐Ÿ™‚

NOTE: The recipe does use quick oats, and I know some people still react to even the gluten-free oats. This recipe is not appropriate for those who experience this.

For those that aren’t vegan or gluten-free, check out the notes section for alternatives.

Which apples are best for apple crisp?

Most recipes will recommend a crisp and tart variety that holds up well in baking, such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Golden Delicious. However, I think it really depends on your taste preferences!

How do you slice apples for apple crisp?

You can either chop them into one-inch chunks, or slice them into 1/4″ slices. Personally, I prefer them sliced. If you are new to slicing apples, here is a great 40 second video that illustrates the technique.

Do I need to peel the apples?

No. If you prefer, you can leave the skins on. Most apple crisps call for peeled apples, and I have found that the skins become tough when left on the apples and baked. My recipe calls for peeled apples, but you can leave them on if you want!

How to Make Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp: Step-by-Step

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter an 8×8 baking pan and set aside. While you are getting things ready, you will need a way to treat the apples to prevent them from browning. Most recipes I am familiar with call for lemon juice, but I usually don’t have any on hand. And I’m definitely not making a special trip out to the store to get some :). Luckily, there is another way to prevent them from browning using ingredients you already have on hand: water and Kosher salt. In a medium-sized bowl, measure out 4 cups of cold water and 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt to make a salt water solution. Mix until dissolved. As you slice your apples, add them to the salt water. Stir them periodically to make sure they are all covered. Let them soak for 10 minutes. While the apples are soaking, mix all of the topping ingredients, except the butter, together in a medium-sized bowl. Next, using two butter knives or a pastry cutter, cut butter into mixture. As you continue to cut in the butter, the oatmeal mixture chunks will decrease in size. To get it down to pea size chunks, you might have to use your hands to lightly crush it up further.

A close up of the oatmeal topping, which includes light brown sugar, gluten-free flour, quick oats, ground cinnamon, and vegan butter.

2. Pour the salt water-apple mixture into a colander, and rinse the apples under cold water. Transfer the apples to a large bowl, add the flour and apple pie spice, and mix until thoroughly combined.

A close-up of apple slices coated with gluten-free flour and apple pie spice.

3. Transfer the apple mixture to the prepared baking pan and evenly sprinkle the topping. Gently pat the topping to even it out.

An overhead view of the vegan gluten-free apple crisp in an 8 by 8 inch baking pan before going into the oven. In the upper right is a white and red checkered tea towel and in the lower left is a red apple. Everything sits on a white marble background.

4. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm topped with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream or coconut whipped cream {vegan, gluten-free} and enjoy!

A close up head on photo of the vegan gluten-free apple crisp right after it comes out of the oven. A few scoops have been removed, to clearly show the two layers: filling and topping.

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Vegan gluten-free apple crisp topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream sprinkled with ground cinnamon sits on a white plate in the center of the photo. In the upper right is a glass pan with apple crisp and in the upper left are two red apples. Sprinkled about are crumbs of the apple crisp topping. To the right of the plate is a white and red checkered tea towel. To the left of the plate is the white marble background.
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Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

This vegan gluten-free apple crisp is the perfect easy, fall dessert when you're itching to satisfy a craving. Top with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream or a dollop of coconut whipped cream!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy-free, fall desserts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 282 kcal

Ingredients

Filling

  • 6 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free flour I used Bob's Red Mill gluten-free 1:1 baking flour

Topping

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free quick oats
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour I used Bob's Red Mill gluten-free 1:1 baking flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold vegan butter I used Earth Balance with Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter an 8x8 baking pan and set aside.

  2. Fill a medium-sized bowl with 4 cups of cold water and 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt. Peel, core, and slice apples. Submerge in saltwater solution for 10 minutes. This prevents the apples from rapidly browning.

  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, mix together all of the topping ingredients except for the cold vegan butter. Using two butter knives or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the oatmeal mixture until pea-sized chunks are reached.

  4. Pour the water-apple mixture into a colander, and rinse the apples under cold water. Transfer the apples to a large bowl, add the flour and apple pie spice, and mix until thoroughly combined.

  5. Transfer the apple mixture to the prepared baking pan and evenly sprinkle the topping. Gently pat the topping to even it out.

  6. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

  7. Serve warm topped with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream or coconut whipped cream, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Non Vegan Option: Substitute real butter 1:1 for the vegan butter.

Non Gluten-Free Option: Substitute regular all-purpose flour 1:1 for the gluten-free flour.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 person)
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 86
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.6g15%
Saturated Fat 2.6g16%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.7g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.7g
Sodium 79.1mg3%
Potassium 176.9mg5%
Carbohydrates 48.4g16%
Fiber 4.4g18%
Sugar 26.5g29%
Protein 1.8g4%
Vitamin A 76.7IU2%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 20.5mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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