This is my go-to apple crisp recipe filled with tender caramelized apples under a buttery crunchy oatmeal topping that is 100% gluten-free!
So here is something you may not know about me, there is only one dessert on the face of the planet that I can not say no to. I bet you can guess which dessert that is, it’s animal cookie ice cream. JUST KIDDING, although that’s hard to turn down it’s a slice of apple pie or apple crisp a la mode that I can never say no too. Never.
In college, during my sororities recruitment week, we were supposed to be watching our figures and looking the best possible, (it’s like dating for girls and is just as weird as it sounds.) I got caught face first in a plate full of apple crisp a la mode at claim jumper by some of my sorority sisters, seriously face first. Whoops! What can I say, I’m a sucker for warm caramelized apples under a crunchy topping paired with a scoop of ice cream.
For me, I’d take an apple crisp over an apple pie any day. To me, a pie crust is wasted blandness full of gross ingredients like Crisco and refined flour (even if it’s gluten-free). It does nothing for me so I usually just eat around it because it’s not worth the calories. Plus, don’t even get me started on the likelihood of burning a pie crust, I don’t think I’ve ever not burned one. Seriously, so much hassle for nothing.
Apple crisps, on the other hand, replace the crust with a buttery crunchy sweet topping that tastes good even on its own. In other words, it’s useful to my taste buds and therefore wins over pie crust every time.
For this recipe, I used a similar topping to my sweet potato casserole which is always a huge hit with the family. It was everything I dreamed it could be, and more. Mr. Hungry happily ate this up in August when I was shooting these recipes and gave the rest away to our friends down the street, but I can’t wait to make it for my family when they come visit for Christmas!
Gluten Free Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Topping
For the filling:
- Preheat the oven to 350F (after you've cored and peeled the apples) and grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish with butter or ghee.
- Using a mandolin on the thickest setting, slice apples into thin slices. Immediately toss them with two teaspoons lemon juice.
- Add the apples to your casserole dish.
- Mix the remaining of the filling ingredients in a separate bowl then pour the mixture over the apples and mix until they are coated well.
- Mix all of the topping ingredients in the same bowl you used to mix the filling ingredients before you poured them over the apples. Once the topping ingredients are well combined. Spread the topping over the top of the apples.
- Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes then broil for 1-2 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. DO NOT OVERBOIL OR IT WILL BURN! Watch it like a hawk when it's under the broiler!
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