There is nothing like homemade apple crumble on those relaxing summer evenings with a big scoop of ice cream. Think of the fourth of July, watching fireworks, and eating a delicious helping of this gluten free apple crumble. Amazing right? Nothing quite says "July 4th" like apple desserts. Well let's make it so you can make this a reality!
Apples for Baking
First things first, you will want to make sure you have a good baking apple for this dessert. Granny Smith are the go to in the baking world for this. I, however, loved using Honey Crisp. This apple keeps a bit of the crunch right in the middle that I love when baking things like apple pie, apple crisp, or this gluten free apple crumble. A few other options for the best baking results are:
- Pink Lady
They each have their own unique qualities, textures, and flavors for baking that may make you prefer one over the other. Pink Lady apples have a good sweet and tart balance and tend to hold their shape better when cooked. Jonagold apples are nice and sweet with a honey like sweetness. They bake super well in desserts. Braeburn apples has a super strong taste and will hold their own when you dump all those warm spices on it. Mutsu apples are great pie apples. They hold their shape and firmness, but are less tart than the others. And finally, Winesap apples hold their shape as well as their strong cider flavor. They are the go to apple if you are cooking or baking with other fruits.
Gluten Free Apple Crumble
This apple dessert is incredibly easy to make and, ta dah, it's gluten free of course. A perfect dessert option whether it's summer time fourth of July, like now, or in the fall after you've gone apple picking. Using all the warm apple spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, combined with a gooey and crisp oats and honey topping, this crumble is yummy!
I used 8 Honey Crisp apples, peeled and sliced in this recipe. Because you may have different sized apples, you may only want to use 7 or you may want more and use 9. You do you, boo. Once your apples are peeled, cored, and sliced, you can dumb them into a bowl with the spices, coconut flour, and oil. The oil here can be replaced with equal amounts of melted butter if you don't have any dairy concerns like we do. The coconut flour is great in a recipe like this, because it absorbs super amounts of liquid. Adding it in here helps you get that sticky gooey finish instead of a watery mess.
Mix all that goodness up and dump it right into a greased skillet. Again, butter or oil to grease the skillet. Up to you. Next up is the crumble part of the apple crumble. In a bowl, mix up your gluten free steel cut oats with a little oil (or equal parts melted butter), honey, and my favorite- chopped walnuts. Now, pecans work just as well here, but I love the taste of toasted walnuts. Spread this yummy mixture right over the top of your apples in the your cast iron skillet and sprinkle with bit of brown sugar. Bake this until it's nice and golden brown baked looking on the top.
Serve it up, Eat it up
We like to serve this up with some Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or our favorite non-dairy option, some Almond Milk Whipped Cream. Honestly though, we're all friends so I'll tell you. The best way to eat this is cold the next morning with a cup of coffee for breakfast. This is my absolute favorite way to eat any apple dessert but especially this skillet gluten free apple crumble. Talk about a good way to start the morning!
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- 8 Honey Crisp Apples , peeled, cored, and sliced
- 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon All Spice
- 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- 3 tablespoon Coconut Flour
- ¼ cup Olive Oil, (or melted butter)
- 2 cups Steel Cut Gluten Free Oats
- ½ cup Olive Oil, (or melted butter)
- ½ cup Honey
- 2 cups Chopped Walnuts, (or Pecans)
- Extra Brown Sugar to sprinkle the top with
- Pre-heat oven to 350.
- Peel, core, and slice your apples and add them to a large bowl.
- Mix in the rest of the filling ingredients and dump into a greased cast iron skillet, spreading it out evenly.
- In a separate bowl, mix the topping ingredients up thoroughly.
- Spread the topping over the apples in the skillet evenly and sprinkle with a bit of extra brown sugar.
- Bake in the oven at 350 for 30-35 minutes until the top is lightly browned. Enjoy!