Nothing says “Fall” like the smell of apples and cinnamon drifting from the hot oven as a batch of homemade apple crumble bakes. Apple crumble is one of the very first things I ever learned to bake when I was a kid. Back then I didn’t measure anything and I loved that I could get my hands in there and feel the ingredients combine and transform into something delicious.
Apple crumble is one of the easiest things to make gluten free. I have tried it with a few different gluten free flours and they all turned out great. Nowadays I can buy gluten free Quaker oats from my local grocery store and grind it up in my magic bullet to make my own gluten free oat flour. I remember when finding gluten free oats was almost impossible. We really have come a long way with gluten free options here in Canada. Now I see gluten free options everywhere!!
There is no way that anyone will be able to tell this apart from a crumble that has wheat flour in it. I promise you! That means a lot to me because it means I don’t have to make two separate desserts (one for gluten-eaters and one for gluten-free folks).
The only real work in this whole recipe is peeling the chopping the apples. I was given a really nice peeler/corer/slicer thingy from the mother-in-law-to-be and it saves me a lot of time. You can find them at Walmart or amazon. A good old-fashioned veggie peeler and a paring knife will do the trick. We aren’t peeling that many apples. I used most of a 5 lb bag which was 8 apples. I was able to get everything made and ready to go in the oven right as my oven dinged that it was at temperature and ready to go.
- about 4 lbs of apples (macintosh are my fav)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ cup gluten free oat flour (or any gf flour)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 6 tbsp oats
- 6 tbsp brown sugar
- 6 tbsp flour
- ¼ cup walnuts (optional)
- Peel and slices the apples
- In a bowl combine apples, cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar and oat flour and mix well to combine
- Place mixture into a loaf pan
- In a separate bowl add everything for the crumble mixture and mix together with your hands until you have a good crumb texture. Put this over the apple mixture
- Bake at 350F for 45 minutes
How To Substitute the Oat Flour
If you don’t have oat flour on hand you can easily make some by putting some oats in the blender or food processor. My magic bullet works great for this. I have also have success with rice flour, and cup4cup gluten free flour. I am sure any gluten free flour mix would work for this but I am really NOT a fan of any that are bean-based. I find them bitter and icky. If you have one that you like though go for it!
How to Substitute the Butter
For the fat in this recipe you have a lot of options. I love the butter flavor but have also used Earth Balance, Melt, margarine, and coconut oil (in its solid state). Any solid fat will work.