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Gluten Free Apple Crumble

Gluten free apple crumble is a simple dessert recipe that yields beautiful results time after time. Sliced apples mixed with sugar and spices bake under a crumble topping that can be made traditional or gluten free. Don’t let apple season pass you by without trying this easy dessert!

Apple Crumble Single Serving with scoop of ice cream

This gluten-free apple crumble was originally posted on Amanda’s site, Recipes Worth Repeating, and I am sharing it here to offer another option for apple recipes this fall. I just can’t get enough of gluten free apple desserts!

If you are gluten free you’ll enjoy this resource of gluten free baking tips and this collection of gluten free recipes on my site.

What is Apple Crumble?

A crumble is traditionally a baked fruit dessert with a streusel topping. Streusel is a crumb topping that may be made with flour, sugar, and butter.

In order to make a wheat free dessert, we make a few simple substitutes for the all purpose flour. Here the gluten free crumble topping is made with almond flour, rice flour, sugar and butter. (You won’t need a gluten-free flour blend since this recipe uses just almond and rice flours.)

You’ll be glad to know that this version of gluten free apple crumble tastes just like the traditional version so you can serve this to gluten-free and gluten-loving friends alike!

What’s the difference between an Apple Crumble and an Apple Crisp?

You might wonder what the difference is between a crumble and a crisp recipe. Well, this is subjective. Many a cook has debated this question. The answer varies from house to house, state to state.

The two desserts are quite similar but there is a main difference and it comes down to the oats (or lack of oats). I like to think of a crumble as having a topping with a soft crumble streusel whereas a crisp often has an oat-based layer that browns (or crisps) as it bakes.

I’m sharing a gluten free apple crumble without oats. Try my Easy Apple Crisp to see the difference.

What Ingredients do you need for GF Apple Crumble?

Honeycrisp apples for baking apple crumble

You’ll need apples of course! Granny Smith apples or Honeycrisp apples are the best apples for a crumble. If you bake with another variety, let me know your favorite in the comments below. Crumbles are great with so many type of apples.

To make this apple crumble gluten free, you’ll also need the following ingredients:

  • almond flour (or almond meal)
  • brown rice flour
  • granulated sugar
  • salt
  • butter
  • lemon juice
  • brown sugar
  • cornstarch
  • ground cinnamon

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Quick recap of the steps:

  1. Make the GF topping
  2. Combine the sliced apples with sugar and spices. Layer the topping over the fruit.
  3. Bake in an 8 by 8 square pan or in a pie dish.
  4. Cool slightly then serve. Make it a la mode and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

How to make an gluten free crumble topping

Let’s start with the topping where the end goal is to be able to press a small crumb of the mixture together and have it form a large, pea-sized crumb. This almond flour crumble topping is made with almond flour and brown rice. A rice flour crumble yields a pleasant texture. 

Note that we don’t need any gluten-free oats in this crumble recipe. If you like the texture of oats in your apple desserts, try a gluten-free apple crisp recipe instead.

Let’s get started with this simple crumble mixture. Place the almond flour, brown rice four, granulated sugar, salt and butter together in a large mixing bowl.
Dry ingredient of almond flour, brown rice flour and butter for apple crumble

Use your hands or a pastry blender to cut the topping ingredients together in a large bowl. You should end up with a bowl of small pieces of pea-sized crumbs. (If you wanted to use a food processor, that makes quick work of making the gluten free crumble mixture too.)

By the way, either almond flour and almond meal can be used in this gluten-free crumble mixture. Almond flour is usually made with peeled almonds and is fine in texture. Almond meal is made with raw almonds so you’ll see bits of the brown almond skins throughout the meal. Both taste great and work well in baked apple recipes.

gluten free apple crumble topping in a bowl

Put this crumble topping in the freezer while you move on to the apple filling.

How do I make the apple filling for apple crumble?

One of the beauties of making crumbles is that you are basically enjoying an apple pie without the trouble and fuss of making a pie crust.

Let’s make this apple mixture. Slice your apples– no need to bother peeling them– and toss them in lemon juice in a large bowl to prevent browning. Add the brown sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon and toss to combine.

Sliced apples ready to be baked for apple crumble

Assemble the Apple Crumble:

Place the apples in an 8 x 8 glass square baking dish. Take the cold crumble topping and press it gently onto the apples.

gluten free apple crumble before baking

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 55-60 minutes or until golden brown. You’ll have a tender apple filling. Crumbles are best served warm and (in my opinion) topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. A healthier topping option is a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt.

Freshly baked gluten free apple crumble

Follow the recipe to learn how to make gluten free apple crumble.

Yield: 9

Gluten Free Apple Crumble

Freshly baked gluten free apple crumble

Apple crumble is a simple dessert recipe that yields beautiful results time after time. Sliced apples mixed with sugar and spices bake under a streusel topping that can be made traditional or gluten free.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes (1 stick)
  • 4 apples Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or Gala
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (one small lemon)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed tightly
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (gluten free)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with butter.

For the Crumble:

  1. Combine the almond flour, brown rice flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Whisk gently to combine.
  2. Use a pastry blender or your hands to mix the cold butter into the dry ingredients. Set the crumble aside in the freezer while you prepare the apple filling.

For the Apple Filling:

  1. Slice the apples in half, remove the cores. Slice thinly. Toss the apples with the lemon juice in a bowl to prevent browning.
  2. Add the brown sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon to the apples. Gently stir.
  3. Place the apple mixture in the prepared baking pan. Top with the cold crumble; press the crumble down with your fingers.
  4. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  5. Optional: serve with ice cream or whipped cream.


For gluten free: be sure that ALL ingredients are gluten free. This includes the cornstarch and cinnamon.

If you don't require a gluten free diet, substitute 2 cups all purpose flour in place of the almond flour and brown rice flour

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 374Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 6gSugar: 32gProtein: 5g

This data is provided by Nutrionix and is an estimate only.

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Sharon Chen

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Yum! Can't get enough of apples. This might be my new favorite dessert ;)

Holly Baker

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Oh I hope so!

Jacqueline Meldrum

Thursday 25th of October 2018

I love apple crumble with custard, but I have to admit rhubarb custard is my favourite. I am totally drooling here looking at your crumble.

Holly Baker

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Yes, rhubarb sounds divine. My mother in law makes beautiful desserts with rhubarb, she introduced me to rhubarb when we visited once in England.

Lauren Vavala | DeliciousLittleBites

Thursday 25th of October 2018

I have made apple crisps with gluten free all purpose flour, but I love the idea of using almond in this crumble recipe! The flavor has got to be so good!

Holly Baker

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Thanks, Lauren, I love baking with almond flour but also bake with GF all purpose flour often. It makes GF baking easy!


Thursday 25th of October 2018

What a great recipe! I'm always up for an apple crumble and I love that you used brown rice flour and almond flour in this recipe. Gluten free AND delicious! Thanks for sharing with us…Just pinned!

Holly Baker

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Thanks, Traci! I am trying to experiment with GF flours other than the premade baking mixes. This was a success!

Chef Markus Mueller

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Love love love apple crisp! I always make a batch for Thanksgiving and i could eat the whole thing by myself!

Holly Baker

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Yes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert-- I could eat apple crumble all day!

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