Think you can’t find allergy-friendly comfort foods that are easy to make and healthy? Think again! If you are looking for a sweet apple recipe for fall, than look no further: this Gluten-Free Maple Apple Crisp is simple, delicious, gluten-free, and has no cane sugar and no flour. Awesome!
A week or so ago I asked friends on Facebook which fall recipe they would love to see re-made. One of my friends wanted to see a healthier, gluten-free apple crisp recipe that had less sugar. Here it is: my Healthy Gluten Free Maple Apple Crisp! And since I was already making the recipe with pure maple syrup anyway, I decided to enter it as my second recipe submission into the Think Outside the Griddle Recipe contest sponsored by the Pure Canadian Maple Syrup group in Quebec (here’s my first recipe for the contest).
Some traditional apple crisp recipes have 316 calories per serving (of similar size) and have and entire cup of sugar (or more) for a 6 serving recipe. I decided to create with my own recipe that is healthier, gluten-free, and uses pure maple syrup instead of white and brown sugar. My Maple Apple Crisp recipe has only 211 calories and has no cane sugar in it, plus it’s gluten-free and allergy-friendly.
With the first batch I used jazz apples, but in my second batch I used Granny Smith apples and the tart apples made a huge difference in taste! I recommend using tart apples in this recipe (green or not), but if you don’t have tart apples you can toss in 1 or 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice to the apple filling to add some tartness to balance the sweet.
Here’s a creative way to use the apple crisp leftovers (if you have any!): Take a scoop of apple crisp and blend it with some non-dairy ice cream and a bit of non-dairy milk for an apple crisp milk shake (like an apple pie milkshake)…Yummy!
If you are curious about the margarine I use, here it is:
This is my go-to when we need margarine for anything. It is non-hydrogenated, soy-free, natural, non-GMO, and gluten-free making it perfect for us. Plus, it tastes good and bakes well.