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!

slice cut out of gluten free apple pie
Featured with this Recipe
  1. Pie Season Is Here!
  2. Best Crust For Gluten Free Apple Pie
  3. Ingredients in Gluten Free Apple Pie
  4. Gluten Free Apple Pie Filling
  5. The Best Gluten Free Apple Pie Topping
  6. How to Serve Gluten Free Apple Pie
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. Delicious Apple Desserts
  9. Gluten Free Desserts
  10. How to Make Gluten Free Apple Pie
  11. Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe

Pie Season Is Here!

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 apples baked underneath a thick crumble topping is going to change the way you think about anything GF ever again.

Best Crust For Gluten Free Apple Pie

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.

Ingredients in Gluten Free Apple Pie

Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe

Apple Pie Filling

  • 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

  • brown sugar
  • quick oats
  • butter, softened
  • cinnamon

Gluten Free Apple Pie Filling

Unlike most apple pie fillings, this Apple Pie Filling is thickened with cornstarch instead of flour. 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.

gluten free apple pie with slice cut out

The Best Gluten Free Apple Pie Topping

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

How to Serve Gluten Free Apple Pie

Try a big slice of this pie warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s also delicious right out of the refrigerator for breakfast (ahem). Any way you slice it, this Gluten Free Apple Pie will become a holiday favorite for everyone!

slice of gluten free apple pie with ice cream

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.

How do I store leftovers?

Keep any leftovers in the fridge. Either wrap the pie pan in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or transfer to an airtight container.

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!

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How to Make Gluten Free Apple Pie

slice of gluten free apple pie with ice cream

Gluten Free Apple Pie

5 from 14 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 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
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.
  • Once the apples are all sliced, drain the apples in a colander placed on top of a bowl. Save the apple juice.
  • In a large sauce pan, whisk the dry ingredients together – the sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stir drained apple slices into the glaze.
  • 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.
  • Pour hot apple filling into the graham cracker crust.  Do not overfill the pie crust.  Leave space for the crumb topping.

Crumb Topping

  • Using your fingers, crumble all ingredients together until butter is mixed through the dry ingredients.
  • Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the pie filling.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.


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.