Gluten-Free Apple Crumble

gluten free apple crumble

My husband and I hosted a potluck dinner with some friends. We were trying to figure out what to make since half of our group is vegetarian. We came up with these mini broccoli pies  (which turned out great, btw), but I had completely forgotten that one of our friends has a gluten-free diet. I felt so embarrassed because I knew about it. In the end, except for the gluten-free mac and cheese she brought, there was nothing else for her to eat. So when she invited us for a dinner party, I was sure to find a warm and sweet, but also gluten free dessert to bring.

I thought of an apple crumble, with granola instead of flour for the crumble. But to my surprise, there aren’t many recipes like that around. You find a lot of oatmeal options, but no warm and gooey caramel apples with a crunchy cinnamon smelling topping. This felt like a good excuse to play with food. So I came up with my own recipe, which turned out much better than anything I was expecting.


Gluten-Free Apple Crumble

Difficulty: easy
Servings: 9
Calories per serving: 469 kcal
Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes


Apple Filling

  • 4 apples roughly chopped ( I used 2 granny smith and 2 pink lady apples for different textures).
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsps corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

Granola Topping

  • 4 cups of your preferred granola
  • 1/2 cup steal cut oats
  • 3/4-1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 4 tbsps unsalted butter (feel free to used salted if you like)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 F/190 C
  2. In a large bowl, mix the apples, sugars, corn starch and spices for the filling. Set it aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, granola, and oats and spices for the topping.
  4. Cut butter in small pieces. Add the butter to the granola mix, and combine it with your hands.
  5. Transfer apple filling to an oven ready serving bowl and cover the apples the granola mix.
  6. Cook in the oven for 30-35′. You’ll start to smell the spices when it’s ready.
  7. Let it cool for 5-10′ before serving. Serve it warm. Add a scoop of ice-cream if you like.

One good thing about this recipe is that you can plan it ahead and cook it later. It can stay in the fridge for up to 10 hours ready and uncooked. You can also store the filling and topping separately and store them in the fridge the day before. On another note, you can use nutmeg and allspice to spice up the apples if you like. Feel free to tweak this recipe and change it to whatever your needs are.


This, rich gooey delightful apple crumble is perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!

Would you pair this dessert with ice-cream or not?

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