Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Apple Crisp that’s yummy enough to share with everyone!!

Are you looking for an allergy-friendly dessert to bring to your Thanksgiving feast this year that’s tasty for people with and WITHOUT food allergies? Maybe you don’t have allergies, but want to bring something to the table to accommodate someone you love. Maybe you’re newly diagnosed and haven’t gotten the hang of allergy-free baking. Maybe you’re a family with long-time food allergies and always on the lookout for something new to share at the holidays.

Look no further…this is a perfect Thanksgiving dessert to share with anyone – allergies or not.

My family, from the time we were diagnosed with food allergies, has been spectacular about accommodating our allergies. Every single holiday meal…every single family gathering has an ENTIRE MEAL of foods that we can all safely eat. My Mom is the best! When we got diagnosed, she studied and experimented and perfected allergy-free food. I know that everyone doesn’t share this same experience of family understanding and accommodating allergies (or even recognizing that they’re real). My heart breaks for you truly. Since this is Thanksgiving week, I figured I would share my family experience here because it’s something I am truly grateful for.

Even though my family accommodates us with our allergies, that doesn’t mean I want to torture the rest of my family with food that TASTES like it is allergy-free. I know you all know what I mean! We want to serve food that is BOTH clean for us AND tastes good to people without food allergies.

It’s our hearts’ desire to accommodate the whole family. And this is a perfect recipe for that. I hope you enjoy it! And I hope you have the happiest of Thanksgivings. I know I will. Especially this year, the Longenecker family has so much to be thankful for.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free 

Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisp

One taste of this delicious dessert and you’ve won’t believe it is both gluten and dairy free..with an option for refined-sugar free as well!

Tip: Choose firm apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady (pictured), for this recipe. These varieties will hold up well to the heat of baking without turning to mush. But, if you don’t have access to these, this is DFAD, so you know I will say to use what you have!  I always choose Granny Smith because they are consistently good and always well-priced.

Prep time: 20 minutes  I  Cook time: 45-50 minutes  I  Serves: 4-6


  • 6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. 100% apple juice (no-sugar added)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Topping Ingredients:

To Serve: (Optional)

  • Dairy-free vanilla ice cream


  1. Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350° Grease an 8” x 8” baking dish and set aside.
  2. Place apples in a large non-reactive bowl and toss with fresh lemon juice. Add maple syrup, apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Toss to combine and set aside.
  3. Combine topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are thoroughly coated and all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.
  4. Pour apple mixture into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Spread the topping evenly across the top in a uniform layer, as well.
  5. Place into pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes. If the top layer is nicely browned, cover dish loosely with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until the apple crisp is nice and bubbling. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Serve warm with some dairy-free vanilla bean ice cream, if desired.


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