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2 Apple crisp covered in oat and nut topping in an oval baking dish

Gluten Free Apple Pear Crisp

  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 people 1x


Crisp, sweet apples and pears mixed with brown sugar and cinnamon. Topped with a gluten-free walnut oat crumble that is so good you could eat it all by itself! A super easy recipe that is a sweet treat the whole family will go crazy for!


  • 4 medium size apples
  • 2 medium size ripe pears
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbs light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt

For the walnut oat topping

  • 1 3/4 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp cold butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Peel, core and slice the apples and pears, place them into a large mixing bowl, sprinkle them with the lemon juice and toss. This will prevent the apples from browning.
  3. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and a pinch of salt to the apples and pears and lightly toss them to coat them all. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.
  4. To make the crumble: Add all of the crumble ingredients except the butter to a mixing bowl and toss. Add in the butter, pinching it with your fingers to break it down into small pieces and mix it in with the rest of the crumble ingredients.
  5. Top the apple and pear mixture with the crumble and spread it out evenly to cover all of the apples and pears.
  6. Bake in the oven, uncovered for 40-45 minutes until the top is nice and golden brown and the edges are slightly bubbly.
  7. Once done, remove and let cool for a few minutes. Serve and top with your favorite vanilla ice cream.


  • You want to use a combination of apples that have sweet and tart flavors that will also hold up well during the baking process.  The best combination I have found is Granny Smith mixed with Cortland or Honey Crisp apples.  In this recipe I added pears and used a mix of Anjuos and Bartlet pears. 
  • Choose high quality fruit.  When choosing both apples and pears follow these guidlines:  Choose fruit that is free of blemishes and has a smooth skin without any dents.  Look for the brightest colored fruits since they will have the most flavor and nutrition. For pears, you want them to be slightly soft to the touch and too firm. 
  • Make sure the oats are gluten-free.  Not all oats are created equal when it comes to whether they are gluten-free or not since some are processed in locations that process other products that contain gluten.  Make sure the package notes that they are in fact gluten-free. 
  • Bake the crisp uncovered.  This is very important to allow the topping to get nice and golden brown with slightly bubbly edges while it bakes. 
  • How do you cut apples and pears when making a crisp?  You can cut the fruit into any shape and size you like, just make sure you peel it first. 
  • Can you make this recipe dairy-free?  Yes, you can!  Simply swap the butter with vegan butter or melted coconut oil that is at room temperature. 
  • Can you freeze gluten-free apple pear crisp?  Not really.  This dessert is best if eaten right after it bakes and cools.  You can cover and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days and reheat it in the oven at 300 degrees F or in the microwave. 
  • Can you use other nuts besides walnuts for the crumble topping?  Certainly!  I have used pecans and almonds in place of the walnuts and they both worked great in this recipe. 


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Apple crisp, gluten free desserts, healthy dessert recipes