Gluten Free Ambrosia Apple Crumble [Recipe]

This isn’t your Grandma’s Apple Crisp!

Ambrosia apple crumble - glutten freeHave you been inspired by the recipes in our Ambrosia Apple Chef of the Year Contest? If you’ve tried them all (and voted!) then here’s one more yummy dessert option to test out. It’s simple, delicious and reminiscent of Grandma’s favourite recipe (but with a twist – it’s gluten free!).

We love to serve this piping hot right out of the oven with a tiny scoop of vanilla bean ice cream melting on top. Some traditions are worth keeping!

Here’s how to make Gluten Free Ambrosia Apple Crumble.


For Crumble Topping

1 cup Gluten Free Flour blend (we use NextJen – it’s local!)

1 cup Gluten Free Oats

1/2 cup Demerara sugar (or your favourite type of brown sugar)

3/4 cups unsalted butter, cubed

For Filling

3 lbs (about 6 medium) Ambrosia Apples

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup Demerara sugar

3 Tbsp melted, unsalted butter

2 tsp tapioca starch

1/2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350°F

Prepare the crumble first by mixing all of the topping ingredients in a bowl, adding butter one cube at a time. The mixture should look a bit like breadcrumbs.

Place crumble mixture in the fridge as you prepare the filling.

Core, peel and cut Ambrosia apples into 1/8th wedges.

In a large mixing bowl, combine filling ingredients and toss until apples are well coated.

Portion out coated Ambrosia apples into individual ramekins or a 9″ ceramic or glass dish. Make sure it’s not too shallow or the apples might bubble over and make a very big mess!

Sprinkle crumble topping evenly over the apples.

Bake for 40 – 45 minutes until tops are golden brown and crispy. *Tip: covering the baking dish for the first 20 minutes will speed up the baking time but be sure to remove it half way through so your crumble can crisp up.

By the way, if you’re confused by the difference between a crumble and a crisp, it’s all in the oats (as in crisps don’t have them). This traditional dessert also gets mistaken for a cobbler, a buckle, or a brown betty. We found this article that explains how to tell all of these similar desserts apart.

One thing we know for sure, they’d all taste great with Ambrosia apples!

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