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Apples are a perfect snack: delicious, packed with vitamins, fibre, and H2O, and they survive much longer than a banana in your briefcase/handbag/rucksack. We’re swinging into apple season so it’s a great time to hit farmer’s markets and get a variety of tasty fresh fruit. Supermarkets don’t offer as many different types and chances are they’ve been on the shelf longer.

If you’re in the mood for a pudding, why not an apple crumble? The question is: cream, custard, ice cream, or a bit of each? This recipe from The Minimalist Baker is gluten-free, vegan and takes just 15 minutes to assemble. Perfect!
Gluten Free Vegan Apple Crisp
Serves: 4-5


8 small-medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped (a variety of both sweet and tart – about 6 cups worth)
dash lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
heaping 1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
heaping 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup gluten free flour blend*
1/2 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt
1/3 cup (little more than 1/2 one stick) non-dairy butter melted, such as Earth Balance


Preheat oven to 190 degrees and lightly grease a 20x20cm baking dish.
Add apples to a large bowl or plastic bag and sprinkle with lemon juice. Toss to coat with granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt.
Transfer to baking dish and set aside.
Rinse and dry bowl and add brown sugar, flour, meal, oats, cinnamon and salt and stir. Add melted butter and mix until it resembles wet sand.
Sprinkle topping over the apples and bake until apples are soft and topping is golden brown (between 45 minutes to 1 hour).
Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving. Is great with vanilla ice cream – caramel sauce is also a lovely addition.


* You can use an all purpose gluten free flour blend, such as Bob’s Red Mill Brand. Or, you can replicate the blend I used, which was made of 3/4 cup brown rice flour, 1/4 cup potato starch, 2 Tbsp tapioca flour, and 2 Tbsp sweet white rice flour.
* There will be some liquid in the bottom of the pan, which you can either drain off or pour over the top of your ice cream.

What’s your favourite apple recipe? Share in the comments!