Eating Gluten-Free

8 Delicious Gluten-Free Apple Desserts That Are as Easy as Pie To Make

Emily Laurence

Photo: Snixy Kitchen

In the summer, it’s too hot to even consider turning on the oven, but now that’s it’s fall, I’m definitely here for all the dessert recipes. And when they feature the fruit VIP of fall, the apple,  I can’t wait to set my oven to bake.

However if you’re gluten-free, finding gluten-free apple dessert recipes can be downright frustrating. You see a mouth-watering photo pop up in your IG feed only to click through and see the first ingredient is flour? Worst feeling ever.

Flour, who needs it? Not the eight food bloggers who crafted the below gluten-free apple desserts. From cobbler and cake to, of course, pie, they prove you don’t need it at all. Every single recipe rounded up here is completely gluten-free. How about them apples?

Scroll down for 8 gluten-free apple desserts to make ASAP

gluten-free apple dessert recipes
Photo: Cookie+Kate

1. Apple crisp 

Warm and gooey on the inside and crunchy on the outside, this crisp has the perfect texture balance—and each bite is bursting with fall flavor. The key to keeping it gluten-free is using GF oats and almond flour. Insider tip on not burning the top (which commonly happens with crisps): Bake the apples for 20 minutes before adding the topping. It makes all the difference.

gluten-free apple muffins
Photo: All The Healthy Things

2. Apple cinnamon muffins

Here’s a treat that doubles as breakfast *and* dessert. (It will go perfectly with your PSL.) The trick to ensuring they come out perfectly moist is adding applesauce to the mixture of oat flour, apples, and spices.

gluten-free apple pie
Photo: The Loopy Whisk

3. Apple pie

What would an apple dessert roundup be without a classic apple pie? To keep this one gluten-free, the recipe calls for coconut flour, which also adds a layer of unexpected sweetness, too. The other wildcard ingredient: lemon juice, which lends just a hint of tartness.

gluten-free apple dessert recipes
Photo: Simply Jillicious

4. Apple cake with caramel frosting

Not only is this dessert gluten-free, it’s also Paleo and dairy-free. How does it check so many boxes and still taste amazing? The cake is made with coconut flour, eggs, apples (of course), and all the warming spices you want in a fall dessert. As for the caramel frosting—which truly is key—it’s made with coconut milk, vanilla, honey, and sea salt.

apple cookies
Photo: Nom Nom Paleo

5. Apple cinnamon cookies

These apple cinnamon cookies are made without any flour and without any flour substitutes. Featuring apples, shredded coconut, slivered almonds, cinnamon, vanilla, and eggs (which binds them all together), this dessert recipe shows that sometimes simple truly is best.

gluten-free apple desserts
Photo: Snixy Kitchen

6. German apple cake

In Germany, desserts tend to be made with a lot less sugar than here in the U.S., which allows the delicious, natural sweetness of fruit to really come through. This cake, made with millet flour in place of all-purpose, proves you can bake a light and fluffy dessert without any gluten whatsoever.

coconut apple cake
Photo: Fit Men Cook

7. Coconut apple crisp

Hot tip: Apples and coconut taste great together. In this dessert, shredded coconut, coconut flour, and gluten-free rolled oats are mixed together to form the perfect crunchy crust. The apple filling includes juice from two tangerines, cinnamon, honey, and a touch of coconut sugar. Top with ice cream (or dairy-free ice-cream) for the perfect finishing touch.

apple cobbler recipe
Photo: Salted Plains

8. Apple cobbler 

Warm apples combined with fluffy oat biscuits? Um, yes. In addition to being gluten-free, this recipe is completely dairy-free too. And unlike many other dessert recipes, it doesn’t contain any eggs either—an allergy-free win all the way around.

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