Gluten free apple crumble recipe

Over the years I have created my favourite gluten free apple crumble recipe that is safe and tasty for the whole family to enjoy. I believe in the US this type of dessert is known as an apple crisp? Please correct me if I am wrong.

The first time my son tried it he said:

"I'm more than happy to taste your gluten free dessert experiments, Mum! That was so gorgeous!"

Coming from a chef, I was more than pleased with that comment.

Many people struggle with ideas for gluten free desserts, and this is a really simple pudding that anyone can make. A good opportunity to use up all those windfall apples in the autumn or fall, perhaps? Who can resist warming comfort food like this?

Using rice flour in this recipe gives additional crunch to the topping. Normally I steer away from this flour, as for many recipes you don't want that texture to be apparent in your baked goods.


  • 1lb / 450g cooking apples
  • 2 cloves
  • 4oz / 115g granulated sugar
  • 4oz / 115g butter or margarine
  • 4oz / 115g rice flour (or rice ground in a coffee grinder or grain mill)
  • 3oz / 85g desiccated coconut
  • 2oz / 55g ground almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 375oF.
  2. Peel, core and chop the apples (or you could leave the skins on for more fibre), then place in the bottom of a pie dish. Pop in the cloves and sprinkle with a little of the sugar.
  3. Rub the margarine or butter into the ground rice/rice flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then add in the rest of the sugar, coconut and ground almonds. Mix well.
  4. Spread the crumble mixture on top of the apples.
  5. Bake in a fairly hot oven for 30 minutes until the top is turning golden brown.
  6. Serve this crumble hot or cold, with cream, yoghurt, or gluten free custard.

Variations on a crumble theme

Substitute the apples with rhubarb, blackberries, or prunes and reduce the cooking time by 10 minutes.

You could also use a demerara sugar instead of caster to give more texture and a lovely caramelized flavour to your gluten free apple crumble recipe.

Another option is to add some sultanas or raising in with the apples.

You can spice things up a little with ground cinnamon or nutmeg.

More gluten free desserts.


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