Apple Crumble (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This cozy vegan apple crumble is also gluten free and tastes simply incredible. This recipe is big enough for a crowd and pleases all eaters!

Vegan apple crumble

Baking for a vegan and gluten free crowd might sound hard. But hey: apple crumble to the rescue! Fruit crumbles and crisps are easy to make both vegan and gluten free: they don’t need gluten for structure and they don’t need butter for flavor. Basically, they’re the perfect dessert for feeding a crowd of different diets! This is really best apple crumble: cinnamon and fresh ginger make the filling irresistible. And, it makes a big cozy 9 x 13 pan! Alex made up this recipe and it’s become a favorite ever since.

Gluten free apple crumble

How to make gluten free vegan apple crumble

This recipe is our family’s favorite apple crumble! Sometimes we make it with butter and all purpose flour, other times we use this plant based dessert version! Either way, it makes one seriously delicious huge pan of crumble. Our favorite part is the sweet tart apple filling: using fresh ginger makes for a total wow factor.

There are a few simple tricks for making a gluten free and vegan apple crumble:

  • Use coconut oil. Coconut oil is a great vegan substitute for butter because it’s a solid fat: its texture is similar to butter and it works similarly in baked goods! While the flavor of butter is a bit more savory and rich, it’s only a slight difference. You will notice that with a vegan apple crumble using coconut oil, the crumble topping will be softer and less crisp that it would be with butter. But it still tastes amazing!
  • Use almond flour. Now that gluten-free flours are easy to find, almond flour is perfect for gluten free fruit crumbles. Because a crumble doesn’t need the structure that gluten gives, it’s easy to substitute alternate flours. We like to use almond flour to keep it a little more crunchy, but you could also use something like oat flour. (Want more with almond flour? We’ve got 10 easy almond recipes for you to try.)
Apples

Best apples for apple crumble or crisp

What are the best apples to use in a vegan and gluten free apple crumble or apple crisp? Baking apples are crisp apples that hold their shape when baked: Alex and I prefer apples that are on the tart side, so we recommend a crisp sweet tart apple. Here are some of the apple varieties that make for the best apple crumble:

  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Ida Red
  • Honeycrisp
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
Vegan Apple Crumble

How to top vegan apple crumble

Of course, the classic topping for apple crumble is a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream? But what do you do for a vegan, plant based or dairy free diet when it comes to toppings? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Vegan / Dairy-Free Whipped Cream: Did you know you can make whipped cream out of coconut milk? The fat in cold coconut milk solidifies: take that portion and whip it with a little sugar. It whips into a fluffy topping that’s so close to the texture of whipped cream!
  • Vegan Ice Cream: There are lots of great vegan ice cream brands out there these days. Our favorite type of vegan ice cream we’ve tried is made from oat milk, but there are lots of coconut and almond based ice creams too. Or, you could make homemade Cinnamon Vegan Ice Cream.
Fruit crisp recipe

Other gluten free fruit crumbles and crisps

Because we love making vegan desserts and gluten free desserts (see both links for more), we’ve experimented quite a bit with fruit crumbles and crisps. Here are our favorite gluten free fruit crumbles and crisps, which all have vegan options as well.

  • Instant Pot Apple Crisp This gluten free and vegan apple crisp is made with granola and coconut oil: it cooks up in no time in a pressure cooker!
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp This sweet tart berry crumble is a classic: it’s made with oat flour and coconut oil.
  • Easy Blueberry Crisp This one is a winner: the blueberries are barely sweetened and the crunchy crumble is flavored with a little lavender.
  • Peach Crisp with Basil Here basil brings an herbaceous flair to this peach crumble.

This apple crumble recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Gluten free apple crumble

Apple Crumble (Vegan & Gluten Free)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

This cozy vegan apple crumble is also gluten free and tastes simply incredible. This recipe is big enough for a crowd and pleases all eaters!


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Ingredients

For the filling

  • 6 medium to large cooking apples
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the crumble

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons coconut oil (room temperature)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core, peel and thinly slice the apples. Peel the ginger and grate it.
  3. Combine the apple slices and filling ingredients in large bowl and toss with your hands until well coated.
  4. In separate bowl, make the crumble topping: stir together the flour, brown sugar, oats, walnuts and kosher salt. Add the vanilla and stir. Add the coconut oil in small dollops. Use pastry cutter or fork to fully incorporate it to make a crumbly topping.
  5. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with coconut oil. Place the apple filling in the bottom, then evenly distribute the crumble over the top.
  6. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until browned and bubbly. Allow to cool slightly, then serve with Vegan Whipped Cream or vegan ice cream.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan Apple Crumble, Gluten Free Apple Crumble

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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