Gluten Free Apple Crisp Without Flour


Gluten free apple crisp without flour is delicious dessert for those who wants to bake something sweet and good but does not want to use so much flour. This gluten free apple crisp is sweet, tasty, crumbly and delicious. An easy Irish Apple Crisp recipe that is made without flour. It is naturally gluten-free and vegan! Perfect for the fall season!


This Healthy Apple Crisp recipe features tender, juicy apples under a crunchy, flourless coconut sugar and oat topping. Bursting with sweet apple and cinnamon-scented flavor, it is the perfect fuss-free fall dessert. Learn how to make healthy apple crisp with oats from scratch with this simple recipe.

Overhead view of Healthy Apple Crisp in a large white serving dish with a wooden spoon taking a spoonful out.


Homemade apple crisp is a perfect fall-time dessert that is a traditional favorite. With a soft, slightly saucy baked apple filling covered with a crispy coconut sugar-oat topping, it is the perfect combination of tender and crunchy.

This good-for-you apple dessert contains no flour, so it is perfect for anyone that is gluten-intolerant. Just be sure to use certified gluten-free oats when making the topping, to ensure that the recipe is completely gluten-free.

As this apple crisp recipe is made using organic coconut sugar as the sweetener, it is also refined sugar-free. It also contains a good dose of healthy fats from the grass-fed butter in the oat topping. It makes an easy, flourless and healthy apple dessert recipe that the whole family will love. Keep reading to learn how to make the best apple crisp ever!

Overhead view of Healthy Apple Crisp in a large white serving dish with a wooden spoon beside of the dish.


Not only is apple crisp delicious, it is one of the easiest desserts to throw together before dinner. All you do is toss some sliced apples with lemon juice and vanilla and spread them in a baking dish. Then sprinkle the apple mixture with a coconut sugar-oat topping and pop the dish in the oven. The apple crisp will bake in the perfect amount of time to serve fresh out of the oven when you are ready for dessert.


Absolutely! Warm apple crisp is the BEST. To reheat apple crisp, put a slice on a plate and place it in the microwave. Warm it up in 30-second increments, until it is warmed up to your liking.

Tip: Be careful when reheating it, as the sauce can get quite hot and may cause burns if you heat it up too much.

Close-up overhead view of Healthy Apple Crisp in a large white serving dish with a wooden spoon taking a spoonful out.


Apple crisp is an especially popular dessert in autumn, when apple season is at its peak.  This recipe will work with just about any apple variety, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand. Although Granny Smith apples are generally thought of as the go-to baking apple, I personally prefer to use sweeter, less tart varieties such as Gala and Golden Delicious for the best flavor.

Tip: Be sure to check the apples for freshness, they should be nice and hard. If the apples are squishy, bruised, or discolored, you should discard them.

The Best Gluten Free Apple Crisp (Lightened Up!)

This gluten-free apple crisp tastes like a warm, delicious hug. With a crunchy topping and a spiced apple filling, it’s a must-make once the weather starts to cool. The healthy crisp is a cinch to make and is the perfect finale to any meal (p.s. it also makes for a darn fine breakfast!).

Gluten Free Apple Crisp with Ice Cream

Gluten free apple crisp recipe for any occasion

I love a good crisp. It’s a humble dessert—all brown and bumpy and crunchy—but it’s as uplifting as a soft sheep’s-wool sweater, especially with a dollop of ice cream on top. This lightened-up gluten-free apple crisp is my go-to recipe. It’s as welcome on a Tuesday as it is at a weekend dinner with friends.

Process shot showing how to assemble the individual apple crisps.

Gluten free crisp topping

Instead of using white flour in the crisp topping, this recipe uses whole rolled oats. Half of the oats are ground in a food processor into a flour, and half are kept whole for texture (instead of grinding the oats you could use ½ cup of store-bought oat flour). The oats are mixed with chopped nuts for crunch, warming spices and maple sugar. I love the flavor of maple sugar (which is made by boiling down maple syrup until it crystalizes), but you could use brown sugar or coconut sugar in its place. Melted butter binds the topping together (see below for a vegan variation!)

Process shot showing rolled oats ground in a food processor.

Healthy apple crisp

The crisp topping uses about half the amount of butter and sugar found in most apple crisps, but you won’t miss them!

Apple crisp filling

I prefer to use Granny Smith apples in the filling for their flavor and texture, but any crisp-tart variety will work. The apples are flavored with cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla paste (or you could use extract), which provide a delicious aroma (warning: your house will smell AMAZING!).

Unbaked apple crisps assembled in individual baking dishes.

Vegan apple crisp

This crisp can easily be made dairy free by swapping out the butter for melted coconut oil. Serve the crisps with dairy-free coconut ice cream or coconut whipped cream.

Baked gluten free apple crisps lined on a baking sheet.

Easy gluten free apple crisp

You can either make individual gluten free apple crisps, as shown here, or one 8×8-inch crisp. Either way, this is one dessert that is always a crowd pleaser. With the holidays on the horizon, this is the perfect (not-too-rich treat) to finish off a celebratory meal OR to cap off a regular old Tuesday.

Gluten free apple crisp topped with ice cream.

Gluten free apple crisp tips:

  • Instead of using white flour in the crisp topping, this recipe has you grind whole oats in a mini food processor (a Vitamix also works!) to make oat four. You could use ½ cup of store-bought oat flour instead of grinding the oats, if you wish.
  • You can use brown sugar, coconut sugar or maple sugar in this recipe. Maple sugar is made by boiling down maple syrup until it crystalizes, and has a wonderful maple flavor. I buy it online and use it as a natural sweetener in cookies, pancakes and as a sweetener for tea and coffee.
  • This crisp can easily be made vegan! Simply swap out the butter for virgin coconut oil, and serve the crisp with dairy-free coconut ice cream.
  • My two secret ingredients in this crisp are cardamom and vanilla paste, which lend sweet, aromatic warmth. If you haven’t tried vanilla paste before, it’s much more flavorful than extract, but it’s a lot cheaper than vanilla beans (but feel free to use the scraped beans from half of a vanilla pod instead!).
  • Feel free to swap out the pecans for other nuts, such as walnuts, hazelnuts or slivered almonds.
  • You can cook this crisp in an 8×8-inch baking dish, but you can also use single serving baking dishes. I can’t wait to try it in these mini cast iron skillets.
  • Covering the dish with parchment before aluminum foil prevents the crisp topping from sticking. (p.s. these pre-cut parchment sheets are the best!)
  • Try the crisp with this Cardamom Whipped Cream (swoon). 
  • Don’t miss my strawberry crisp and peach crisp recipes!

The Best Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe with Oats (No Flour!)

This Healthy Apple Crisp recipe features tender baked apples with a crunchy oat topping. An easy, flourless and healthy apple dessert recipe.

PREP TIME10 mins

COOK TIME45 mins




SERVINGS6 servings

CALORIES201 calories

INGREDIENTS US CustomaryMetric

  • 4 apples, cored and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter, softened to room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine apples, lemon juice and vanilla. Spread apple mixture evenly in a medium baking dish.
  • Combine oats, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut the butter into the mixture with your fingers until it forms a crumbly consistency.
  • Sprinkle oat mixture evenly over apples.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.

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