Fall in Love with Our Mouthwatering Apple Crumble Delight

Dearest readers, I am absolutely delighted to share with you my latest culinary creation – an easy and delicious apple crumble recipe that is completely gluten-free. This delightful dish is a perfect way to incorporate fresh apples into your diet whilst enjoying the sweet and crunchy goodness of a buttery crumble topping.

For those who are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease, finding delicious desserts can be challenging. However, this recipe is perfect for overcoming any such limitations as it is not only healthy but also so easy to make.

As a nutritionist, I have always been fascinated by the nutritional benefits of apples – they are always considered one of the most nutritious fruits available, packed with vitamins and fiber. Therefore, through this recipe article, I aim to demonstrate how simple it can be to enjoy these benefits while satisfying our taste buds at the same time.

Whether you are hosting a dinner party or just looking for a quick and easy dessert option, my gluten-free apple crumble recipe is simply perfect to please everyone’s cravings. So let’s get started and create this amazing dish together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy & Delicious Apple Crumble (Gluten Free)
Easy & Delicious Apple Crumble (Gluten Free)

My dearest food enthusiasts, allow me to get straight to the point – if you’re looking for an easy and delicious dessert that also happens to be gluten-free, then this apple crumble recipe is precisely what you need.

Firstly, it’s perfect for the fall season when apples are in abundance. Two varieties of apples, including Granny Smith and Gala, give this dessert a beautiful balance of sweetness and tartness. The blend of brown sugar and cinnamon adds warmth that complements the fruit filling’s distinct apple flavor.

Furthermore, this recipe is gluten-free, meaning that those with dietary restrictions can also indulge in its inviting aroma and rich taste. The crisp ingredients consist of almond flour, brown rice flour, and gluten-free rolled oats; this combination forms an irresistibly crunchy topping that perfectly complements the warm fruit filling.

Lastly, for those who prefer dairy-free or vegan options, don’t worry – the recipe includes instructions on making it without any animal-derived products. And if you’re feeling bold and want to add your unique twist to it, I’ve got you covered with various substitution options that cater to different tastes and dietary restrictions.

In conclusion, there’s no excuse not to try out this recipe – whether served alone or topped with ice cream or whipped cream; this apple crumble promises a classic comfort taste that will take you back to fond memories of autumns past.

Ingredient List

 Take a bite out of fall with this delicious apple crumble.
Take a bite out of fall with this delicious apple crumble.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to whip up this succulent Apple Crumble with a gluten-free twist. You’re going to love how easy and straightforward it is to put this recipe together. Here’s everything you’ll need:


  • 4 cups of apples peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold cut into cubes (for dairy-free, use vegan butter)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour blend or brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats gluten-free
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

This ingredient list makes for the best “crispy-on-top-and-caramelized-on-bottom” apple crumble without oats. It’s 100% gluten-free, so it’s an excellent choice for people who are specifically looking for such recipes. With minimum ingredients and just a few added steps, this recipe is as simple as they come.

The Recipe How-To

 Warm up your taste buds with this gluten-free treat.
Warm up your taste buds with this gluten-free treat.

Step 1: Preheat oven

Preheat the oven to 375°F or 190°C. Grease an 8-inch square or round baking dish with butter or a non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2: Peel, core and slice the apples

Peel, core and thinly slice 4 cups of apples. You can use any variety of apple you like, but for this recipe, we recommend using Gala or Granny Smith apples.

Step 3: Make the Fruit Filling

In a large mixing bowl, toss the sliced apples with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice until well combined. Add in 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of rice flour, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and mix well.

Step 4: Make crumble topping

In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup of almond flour, 1/2 cup of brown rice flour, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Cut in 8 tablespoons (or 113 grams) of cold unsalted butter or dairy-free alternative such as Earth Balance – until crumbly using a pastry cutter or two knives. This makes the crumble texture so wonderful since there are both big chunks and small crumbles!

Step 5: Assemble the apple crumble

Spread half the crumb mixture in the bottom of your prepared baking dish. Then add your fruit mixture on top along with any juices that may have formed at the bottom of your bowl. Top with the remaining crumbs making sure to distribute it evenly.

Step 6: Bake to Perfection!

Bake for about 35-40 minutes until the top is golden brown and crisp! The house will smell like warm apple cider as it bakes.

Step 7: Let it cool and serve

Let your apple crumble cool for about ten minutes before serving with ice cream or whipped cream.

Substitutions and Variations

 Who says gluten-free can't be delicious?
Who says gluten-free can’t be delicious?

Dearest readers,

If you are looking to add a twist or substitute ingredients in this gluten-free apple crumble recipe, there are plenty of variations to fit your preference. Here are a few of my favorites:

– Substituting Apples: While gala and granny smith apples work beautifully in this recipe, feel free to use any apple variety that you enjoy. Try experimenting with honeycrisp, fuji or pink lady apples that give different textures and flavors to your dessert.

– Dairy-Free: For readers who prefer dairy-free options, you can substitute the butter in the topping for coconut oil or vegan butter, and swap ice-cream with coconut whipped cream.

– Paleo: To make this recipe completely paleo-friendly, substitute the butter in the topping for ghee or coconut oil and swap the gluten-free flour for almond flour or coconut flour.

– Caramel Apple Crumble: An added caramel layer on top of the fruit filling makes this dessert even more indulgent. Simply mix 1/4 cup of caramel sauce into the sliced apples mixture before adding the crumble topping.

– Pie Filling: Oops! If you have already made a pie filling with diced apples and spices on hand, go ahead and use it instead of slicing apples. Scoop it into a baking dish and top with oat crumble using suggested ingredients.

Overall, don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors or play around with ingredients to make this recipe truly your own. Happy baking!

Serving and Pairing

 Say goodbye to the old and hello to the new with this easy-to-make apple crumble.
Say goodbye to the old and hello to the new with this easy-to-make apple crumble.

In my opinion, the best way to serve this delightful gluten-free apple crumble is to pair it with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. It’s important to remember to let the crumble cool slightly before serving, allowing the fruit filling and buttery topping to meld together in a perfect harmony.

For an elevated dessert, I recommend serving this apple crumble with a drizzle of caramel sauce for an added touch of sweetness, which will bring out the naturally sweet flavors of the gala and granny smith apples. Alternatively, you could simply sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top for a refined finish.

This recipe is perfect for any autumn gathering or as a comforting dessert after a hearty meal. I also suggest that this apple crumble would be a delightful addition to any potluck, especially if paired with other classic fall flavors like pumpkin pie, hot cocoa or cinnamon spiced doughnuts.

Overall, this gluten-free apple crumble recipe is incredibly versatile and can be served in various ways depending on your preference. Whether you choose to sink your spoon into it hot or cold, with ice cream or without, it is sure to please any crowd.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Ditch the dairy without sacrificing taste.
Ditch the dairy without sacrificing taste.

My dear readers, as a nutritionist and food blogger, I know that time is of the essence in today’s busy world. That is why I am pleased to inform you that this delicious gluten-free apple crumble can be made ahead of time and stored for later consumption.

To make the most of your time and effort, you can prepare the apple filling and crumble topping separately up to a day in advance, store them both in airtight containers in the refrigerator, and then bake for 20-25 minutes just before serving.

If you happen to have leftovers, don’t fret! This nutritious apple crumble stores remarkably well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Simply cover it with cling film or transfer it to an airtight container before storing it. When ready to eat, remove from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature before reheating it in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes.

Moreover, if you seek a more nostalgic journey with your food, try reheating your leftover gluten-free apple crumble on the stovetop. All you need to do is pop it into a saucepan over medium heat, add 1-2 tablespoons of water or apple juice, and stir occasionally until heated through.

Allowing yourself this certainty will provide you with a warm and comforting dessert that does not take too long. Don’t miss out on this scrumptious dish; prepare it ahead of time and store it according to your schedule!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This apple crumble will have you feeling cozy on a chilly day.
This apple crumble will have you feeling cozy on a chilly day.

To ensure the perfect results while making gluten-free apple crumble, here are some tips that you can follow:

Firstly, use firm apples that are not too ripe. Gala apples and Granny Smith apples work great for this recipe. These apples hold their shape when baked and won’t turn mushy.

Secondly, when preparing the fruit filling, slice the apples evenly so that they bake evenly. It’s also important to remove seeds and the core properly.

Thirdly, make sure your butter is cold and cut into small pieces. This way it will form clumps with the dry ingredients and make a delicious topping.

Fourthly, if using gluten-free flour substitutes like almond flour or rice flour instead of regular wheat flour, add a binding agent like xanthan gum or cornstarch to give the crumble more structure.

Fifthly, be careful not to over mix the topping ingredients as it will make it tough instead of crunchy. The crumble topping should be loosely blended until moist clumps form.

Sixthly, if you prefer a sweeter crumble, increase the amount of brown sugar in the recipe. You can also replace some of the brown sugar with white sugar to create a lighter-colored crumble.

Seventhly, don’t skip the lemon juice in the fruit filling. It adds a fresh tangy flavor that perfectly balances the sweetness of brown sugar and cinnamon.

Finally, preheat your oven before baking so that it reaches the correct temperature to get an even bake. Follow these tips and create a perfect gluten-free apple crumble that will surely impress everyone at your dinner table!


In case you still have questions regarding the recipe, don’t fret! To make your baking experience easier and a lot more convenient, I’ve prepared some answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Let’s get into it!

Why is my apple crumble topping not crunchy?

Getting the perfect butter ratio in your topping can be a tricky task. Use too little and it will end up dry, use too much and it will become greasy and unappetizing. Some recipes may require you to mix cold butter with dry ingredients, resulting in small chunks that are scattered on top of the fruit filling.

What is the difference between easy apple crisp and crumble?

In terms of desserts, have you ever wondered about the difference between a crumble and a crisp? Essentially, a crumble is similar to a crisp, but without oats in its streusel topping. While a crisp features a streusel topping that has oats and perhaps nuts, a crumble’s topping is usually a mixture of butter, flour, and sugar that is more clumpy than that of a crisp.

What does cornstarch do in a crumble?

When making a crumble or crisp, it’s important to include cornstarch in the recipe. Fruits tend to release their juices as they cook, which can result in a saucy and soupy texture. While this can be enjoyable, it may also cause the dessert to resemble a soup rather than a casserole-style dish.

What’s the difference between apple streusel and crumble?

There isn’t much disparity between crumble and streusel. These toppings consist of flour, sugar, and butter that you can sprinkle over pies, cakes, and muffins.

Why can’t you use normal apples for apple crumble?

If you want to make a crumble that truly stands out in terms of flavor, it’s important to avoid using regular eating apples. These apples tend to lose their flavor and become bland when cooked in a crumble, leaving you with a lackluster end result.

Bottom Line

Dear readers, I hope you have enjoyed this easy and delicious Apple Crumble (Gluten Free) recipe. As a nutritionist cum food blogger, I believe in the power of healthy and organic food that not only nourishes your body but also your soul. This recipe is a perfect example of how you can indulge in a sweet treat without compromising on your health goals.

The combination of the crunchy buttery topping, the sweet fruit filling, and the warm cinnamon flavor makes this apple crumble an irresistible dessert that will bring smiles to all faces. Plus, it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and made with natural ingredients that you can feel good about.

Whether you’re entertaining guests or enjoying a family dinner, this apple crumble recipe will undoubtedly impress. You can also play around with the ingredients and create different variations of this recipe, such as adding caramel sauce or using a pie crust instead of the crumble topping.

Overall, this apple crumble recipe is not only delicious but also easy to make and versatile. So why not give it a try today and see for yourself how amazing it tastes? Trust me; your taste buds will thank you later!

Easy & Delicious Apple Crumble (Gluten Free)

Easy & Delicious Apple Crumble (Gluten Free) Recipe

British influence on South African cuisine has brought Apple Crumble to the table. This version is not too sweet so I suggest not cutting much sugar if you make it as I already reduced it from the original recipe found on http://www.shahiya.com.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 1 crumble
Calories 457.6 kcal


  • 4 gala apples, peeled and cored
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice flour, mix (1 cup white rice flour to 1/2 cup tapioca starch)
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond, finely chopped (I really like to add some chopped walnuts as well)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cut each apple into thin wedges.
  • Place the apples wedges in a deep baking dish. Make sure that the dish is not too big so you will have more than one layer of apple wedges in the bottom of the dish.
  • Sprinkle the apple wedges evenly with cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
  • To prepare the crumble crust, combine nuts, flour mix and 4 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl. Add in the butter and knead with your hands until the dough resembles breadcrumbs. Spread the crumble mixture all over the apples.
  • Bake in the oven until the apples are tender and the topping mixture is golden (25 minutes).
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on the side if desired.
  • Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 256gCalories: 457.6kcalCarbohydrates: 65.7gProtein: 5.7gFat: 21.6gSaturated Fat: 8.1gCholesterol: 30.5mgSodium: 112.6mgFiber: 7.3gSugar: 39.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Apple, Breakfast, Dessert, Easy, Egg-free, Free Of..., Fruit, Low Protein, Nuts, Sweet
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