Apple Cinnamon Pecan Crisp-Gluten Free

This might just be better than chocolate.

I’ve had apple crisp desserts before and the amount of sugar loaded into them is outrageous. Apples are a beautiful, naturally sweet fruit…why add excessive amounts of sugar? I don’t understand it or see the need when fruit is involved. I want to taste the actual fruit, not just sugar. A little bit to enhance it is plenty.

This turned out so delicious and full of flavor, you’d think you would feel guilty eating it.

Served alongside my homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream…..mmmmm.

Recipe:  Serves 6  Prep time: 10 mins  Cook time: 30 mins

Gluten free (Make sure all ingredients are labeled to be in a gluten free facility if you’re gluten sensitive, in case of cross contamination)

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Filling ingredients:

  • 1 very large or 2 small honey crisp apples
  • 1 small granny smith apple

Note: You will need about 4 1/2 cups total combined of apples

  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon (I love a strong cinnamon flavor, but feel free to use less if you don’t)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar (the thick golden crystals)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (you can leave out if you want, but I love the crunch and flavor they add)
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 3/4 cup gluten free old fashioned oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut spread, room temperature, plus extra for greasing the dish
  • Extra raw sugar for sprinkling on top, optional


Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and grease the bottom of a 9 inch pie dish with coconut spread.

Peel and slice the apples into wedges, about 1/4 inch thick. I used one very large honey crisp apple and one small granny smith apple. I chose to use mainly honey crisp apples in this dish (as opposed to all tart apples) because of their natural sweetness, making the need for sugar very minimal. You could also use all honey crisp apples if you like, but I liked adding a small amount of tart from the granny smith to it for more depth.

In a bowl, add all the sliced apples with all the “filling” ingredients and stir well. In a small cup, mix the “topping” ingredients very well. Pour the apple filling into the greased dish and spread out evenly. Pour the topping mix over the apples and spread out evenly. Sprinkle additional raw sugar on top, if desired. I sprinkled some to give it some more crunch and a nice sheen. Bake for 30 minutes or until the apples are tender, when pierced with a fork. Once they are tender to your preference, turn the oven to broil for about a minute to make the top golden brown. Best served straight out of the oven!

Try not to eat it all at one sitting!



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Categories: Fun With Fruit, Gluten Free, Party Platters, Sweet Treats, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN


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26 Comments on “Apple Cinnamon Pecan Crisp-Gluten Free”

  1. November 9, 2012 at 6:37 PM #

    Oh I love fruit crisps or crumbles. This looks great and can’t wait to see the recipe for the cinnamon ice cream.

  2. November 9, 2012 at 6:45 PM #

    This and a homemade cinnamon ice cream recipe? I can’t wait!!!

  3. November 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM #

    What a delicious crisp my friend got everything I love 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Healthy Glow Nutrition
    November 9, 2012 at 7:57 PM #

    Looks heavenly! Yum!!!! 🙂 By the way, thank you for mentioning gluten free options 😉

    • November 9, 2012 at 8:03 PM #

      Absolutely my dear!! I’m trying to have as many as I can and accommodate the requests for them. It’s important to me! Thank you so much! 🙂

      • Healthy Glow Nutrition
        November 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM #

        Thank you so much 🙂 It seems that more and more people are having issues with gluten. Have a great weekend and thanks again for all your wonderful recipes 😉

  5. petit4chocolatier
    November 10, 2012 at 2:36 AM #

    I really enjoy crumbs and crisps; especially as the weather gets cooler. They are such a great comfort food. Your honey apple pecan crisp looks and sounds so delectable! I like the strong cinnamon too, and the raw sugar. Your topping ingredients are all perfect!

  6. November 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM #

    Better than chocolate?!?! You have peaked my interest!! YUMM!!!

    • November 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM #

      Haha! Might be, might. I pretty much ate the whole thing in one day. My friend made it and her and her husband ate the whole thing after dinner…so I guess I’m not the only one, lol! 🙂

  7. November 11, 2012 at 1:45 AM #

    Looks so good! I know what you mean about sugar-loaded desserts, I never want it to overpower my baking. Oh and I’m looking forward to your cinnamon ice cream too!

    • November 11, 2012 at 6:58 AM #

      Thank you!! I agree…it’s done way too often. I like sweets, but I also want to taste the other ingredients! 🙂

  8. November 11, 2012 at 10:39 AM #

    I am not a dessert person but your photos made my mouth water.

    • November 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM #

      Aww that was so sweet…you made my day, truly!! Thank you for the compliment! 🙂

  9. November 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM #

    I can’t wait for that cinnamon icecream recipe
    I too love a strong cinnamon flavor 🙂 and I agree with you on the fact that sometimes the amount of sugar added to fruit desserts is scary

    • November 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM #

      I know right…I can’t get enough cinnamon :). I need to make some more of the ice cream for a post….my husband ate it all before I could take enough photos, haha!

  10. November 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM #

    YUM I so agree–apples are naturally so sweet, why do normal apple crisp/pie recipes have to add so much sugar and fat? This looks like the perfect recipe to highlight their natural sweetness…pinning to make later 🙂

    Also, is there anything I can sub for the arrowroot powder if I don’t have it?

    • November 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM #

      Thank you so much Erika!! I hope you love it as much as my friends and I have! Absolutely, cornstarch should work just fine too. 🙂 Let me know how it turns out. Seriously, honey crisp apples are amazing..adding buckets of sugar just ruins it and I even have seen people pour sugar on apple chips….another thing I don’t understand?? lol. I like sugar too, but its just not necessary in many instances. 🙂

  11. November 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM #

    That’s so true about the sugar in most recipes! I made a simple applesauce recently (British style, no spices) and I didn’t use ANY sugar! Greek apples are sweet, so no need for extra sweetness! I even used juice of half a lemon and it was still sweet enough 🙂
    This looks gorgeous! Will be trying it!

    • November 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM #

      Thank you so much! This is a favorite if mine and one of my friend’s too, it’s sooo delicious and healthy! The honey crisp apples are just to die for 🙂 Let me know if you try it! I really appreciate your comment.


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