Gluten Free Apple Pie

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Gluten Free Apple Pie is loaded with tasty apples, scrumptious cinnamon and a buttery crumb topping to die for! A favorite for all your friends and family!

Hand holding a slice of Gluten Free Apple Pie over the pie.
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  1. Ingredients in Gluten Free Apple Pie
  2. How to Serve Gluten Free Apple Pie
  3. Pie Storage
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. More Gluten Free Desserts
  6. How to Make Gluten Free Apple Pie
  7. Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe

Three cheers for pie season! No matter the occasion, every guest at your holiday table deserves a slice of pie, regardless of dietary restrictions. And this Gluten-Free Apple Pie recipe is truly the best we’ve ever tasted. Plump, juicy spiced apples baked underneath a thick, buttery crumble topping in a pie pan is going to change the way you think about anything gluten free ever again. No need to give up on apple pies just because you can’t have gluten.

Whole baked Gluten Free Apple Pie.

Ingredients in Gluten Free Apple Pie

In this recipe you won’t find any unusual or hard to find ingredients. Just wholesome, tasty apples and delicious crust ingredients to make the very best gluten free apple pie you’ve ever tasted. Here’s what you need:

Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe

Let’s be real here for a minute: most traditional gluten-free crusts and pastry crusts made with GF flours just aren’t that tasty. Sad but true. There just don’t seem to be any deliciously edible alternatives. So our solution? Use a gluten free graham cracker crust. The flavors of the buttery crust complements the rich apple filling and brown sugar crumb topping so well, and it won’t get as dry as a pastry-type crust. Trust me, you won’t even miss the pastry style crust. Try our Perfect Graham Cracker Crust recipe and just substitute gluten-free graham crackers instead of regular.

Apple Pie Filling

Unlike most apple pie fillings, this Apple Pie Filling is thickened with cornstarch instead of flour and flavored with warm spices. The cornstarch and other glaze ingredients are brought to a boil and the apples are cooked in the glaze until they start to soften before putting the filling into the crust. The filling thickens even more and the apples cook to perfection in the oven.

  • Tart apples (I use a combination of Granny Smith Apples and Honey Crisp)
  • Apple juice
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Ground nutmeg

Crumb Topping

The best part of a Dutch Apple Pie, in my humble opinion, is the crumb topping on top of the pie. This delicious streusel topping is made with brown sugar, oats, butter and cinnamon, and tastes much like the topping of a gluten-free apple crisp. This gorgeous crumble topping really is the star of this apple pie!

  • Brown sugar
  • Quick oats
  • Butter, softened
  • Cinnamon
Ingredients for Gluten Free Apple Pie including graham style gluten free crust, apple juice, apples, spices, butter, corn starch, oatmeal, sugar and brown sugar.

How to Serve Gluten Free Apple Pie

  1. First, make sure the apple pie is fully baked and cooled to room temperature before serving. Usually it takes about an hour of cooling on a wire rack for it to set.
  2. Next, use a sharp knife to slice the pie into even portions in the pie dish. I can usually get six to eight decent sized pieces out of each pie.
  3. Then, place each slice on a clean pie plate. When serving anything gluten free, you want to make sure to use dedicated plates for those options to avoid cross-contamination.
  4. Finally, garnish the pie with all sorts of options: a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon or powdered sugar for extra flavor and decoration.
  5. Serve to your guests while the pie is still warm. The combination of the sweet, slightly spiced apples and the buttery crumb topping is always a crowd pleaser.
Slice of Gluten Free Apple Pie on a plate with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Pie Storage

Each type of pie is stored slightly differently, depending on its shelf life and how long you want to keep it around to serve. For gluten free apple pie leftovers, store your pie in an airtight container or cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It is best to keep it in the fridge for up to a week for optimum freshness. Reheat individual slices in the microwave or place in the oven before serving. You can freeze this whole pie, too. Keep it tightly covered and store in the freezer for up to two months. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator before heating and serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Trader Joe’s make a gluten-free pie crust?

Yes, it is a dough pie crust not a crumb crust but it would definitely work for this pie.

What can I use instead of flour in apple pie?

If flour is being used for a dough you can substitute it for a cup for cup gluten-free flour blend. I like the Namaste flour you can find at Costco. If flour is being used as a thickener you can substitute it for cornstarch, tapioca starch, or rice flour.

How do you thicken a runny pie filling?

You want to add cornstarch to the filling before it cooks. Make sure it is well blended in to a mix or fully blended into a small amount of liquid before adding to the filling mix.

Is this pie dairy-free?

You would need to sub out the butter in this recipe for a dairy free or vegan butter.

Is there a double crust on this pie?

No intricate lattice top of pie dough here. No double crust. We use a homemade pie crust that has been pre cooked in the oven for the bottom crust. The top crust is a crumb crust, similar to a gluten-free Dutch apple pie. This pie is quick and simple but extremely good!

Gluten Free Apple Pie on a plate with a fork cutting into it. Vanilla ice cream on top and melted a little into the pie.

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More Gluten Free Desserts

Don’t be put off by the two words Gluten and Free. There are beautiful dessert options for those needing a little less gluten in their diets. Try some of these:

How to Make Gluten Free Apple Pie

Hand holding a slice of Gluten Free Apple Pie over the pie.

Gluten Free Apple Pie

5 from 15 votes
Gluten Free Apple Pie is loaded with tasty apples, scrumptious cinnamon and a buttery crumb topping to die for! A favorite for all your friends and family!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servinge



Apple Pie Filling

Crumb Topping


Apple Pie Filling

  • Peel, core, and slice apples into thin, uniform slices, about ¼ inch thick. As you are slicing the apples, toss them in a bowl with apple juice (enough to cover the apple slices) to prevent browning.
    Cutting board with sliced and peeled apples next to a bowl of apples in apple juice.
  • Once the apples are all sliced, drain the apples in a colander placed on top of a bowl. Save the apple juice.
    Colander with sliced apples over bowl of apple juice.
  • In a large sauce pan, whisk the dry ingredients together – the sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.  
    Pan with mixed dry ingredients for Apple Pie glaze next to a whisk.
  • Add 1 ½ cups apple juice (use the apple juice used to cover the apple slices) to the dry ingredients. The mixture will be thick, but as the sugars melt, it will thin out.
    Pan of apple juice and dry ingredients combined for Apple Pie filling base. Whisk on the side.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring with a whisk until it reaches the consistency of a thick glaze. Whisk in a little more apple juice if it becomes too thick.
    Whisk drizzling glaze for Apple Pie filling into a pan.
  • Stir drained apple slices into the glaze.
    Pan of sliced apples with glaze. Wooden spoon on the side.
  • Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until the apples just start to soften and become limp. Stir every couple of minutes. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
    Pan of cooked Apple Pie filling. Wooden spoon on the side.
  • Pour hot apple filling into the graham cracker crust.  Do not overfill the pie crust.  Leave space for the crumb topping.
    Graham cracker pie tin filled with Gluten Free Apple Pie filling.

Crumb Topping

  • Using your fingers, crumble all ingredients together until butter is mixed through the dry ingredients.
    Bowl of oatmeal crumble topping.
  • Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the pie filling.
    Crumble topping on unbaked Gluten Free Apple Pie.
  • Bake at 350℉ for 35 minutes.
    Whole baked Gluten Free Apple Pie.


Recipe Tips

  • 6 medium tart apples is equivalent to about 3 pounds of apples.
  • Serve with warm with vanilla ice cream.
  • Try drizzling on a little caramel.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 60IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.8mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love a gooey, apple pie & I am so happy that this is gluten free!! It can be so hard finding recipes I like, but this one is a keeper!

    1. Some oats are not gluten free because they come in contact with other grains while being processed. However, some companies do offer certified gluten free oats.

  2. 5 stars
    The most heavenly, comforting dessert!! So excited for this gluten-free version! We’ll be enjoying this for months!

  3. 5 stars
    I loved being able to serve a GF version of a classic! My family liked it even better than one thickened with flour! It is amazing!

  4. 5 stars
    Easiest recipe
    It didn’t need sugar or corn starch instead I added the GF oats inside and out with topping and used apple pie spices yummy 🤤

  5. 5 stars
    So delicious! I love that it’s gluten-free so my whole family can enjoy it. 🙂 Plus, anything with a crumb topping is always a hit at my house.