Grain-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp

This healthy Gluten Free Apple Crisp is the perfect healthier dessert for the holidays. It’s made without oats, with a nice pop of color and tartness thanks to added cranberries and is sweetened just right! It’s also vegan, paleo-friendly and with dairy-free options.

Paleo apple crisp recipe in a bowl.
Gluten Free Apple Crisp

This Gluten Free Apple Crisp should definitely be included on your Thanksgiving table this year! What I love about this is the balance of flavor between the sweet juicy apples and the burst of tartness and pop of color from the cranberries. They give a beautiful red hue to dish. The crisp topping is made using almond flour and finely chopped walnuts. There is a dairy-free option as well and absolutely no refined sugar in the whole dessert!

Ingredients Needed

  • Baking Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Lemon
  • Arrowroot Starch
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey or Maple Syrup
  • Almond flour
  • Walnuts
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Coconut oil or Grass-fed Butter

gluten free cranberry apple crispHow do you make an apple crisp without oats?

Not only is this Cranberry Apple Crisp gluten-free, it’s also grain free! The crisp topping is made without any oats at all, instead using a combination of walnuts and almond flour. You could also substitute pecans if you prefer. To make the grain-free crisp:

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. Add in the liquid sweetener (you can choose between maple syrup or honey), a splash of vanilla extract and either coconut oil or butter. The fat must be at solid room temperature. It should be soft enough to mix into the dry ingredients easily. Mix it together either using or fork, or crumble it together using your fingers.

Which Apples to Use

Admittedly, not all apples are created equally. While they all taste delicious, different apples perform better for cooking, eating and baking. It’s great to use a mix of apples for this crisp, or you can just pick one variety. For this, you want an apple that has good flavor but will hold it’s shape for the long baking time. We liked a mix of gala and Granny Smith, but any apple that is good for baking will work here.

Best Apples for Gluten Free Apple Crisp:

  • Cortland
  • Gala
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious

vegan gluten free apple crispHow to Serve Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Serve this Cranberry Apple Crisp slightly warm or at room temperature. If you serve it very hot, the juice will be very thin. As it cools, it thickens.

You can make this dessert up to 1 day ahead of time. Cover and leave at room temperature.

Serve as is, with ice cream or dairy-free coconut whipped cream.

gluten free apple crisp without oats

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Cranberry Apple Crisp
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Filling
  1. 4 apples, peeled, cored, sliced
  2. 1 cup fresh cranberries
  3. 1 teaspoon arrowroot flour
  4. 2 tablespoons raw honey
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. Juice of 1/4 lemon
Topping
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1/3 cup ground walnuts
  3. 2 tbsp pure local honey or maple syrup
  4. 2 tbsp coconut oil or grass-fed butter
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. Pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Using apple corer, peel, core, and slice apples
  3. In a bowl combine sliced apples, cranberries cinnamon, corn starch and honey; mix well
  4. Line a 9x13 glass baking dish (I used two small dishes- whatever you have will work great), or a cast iron skillet with apple & cranberry mixture
  5. Place walnuts in a nut grinder or food processor and grind fine (will be 1/3 cup after ground)
  6. In a bowl combine all topping ingredients and mix with a fork until crumbly
  7. Pour crumble mixture evenly over fruit mix
  8. Bake until top is golden brown and fruit is hot and bubbly, 40-50 minutes
Other creative ways to shop your points
  1. I'll serve mine as dessert or even as breakfast (don't judge) with a nice cup of freshly brewed coffee
  2. Serve your crisp on some simple white dishes and accent with holiday napkins & accessories!
  3. Serve with homemade dairy-free ice cream!
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Gluten Free Apple Cider Donut Holes

Who doesn’t love a good munchkin? These Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts are grain-free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar! The batter is made in one bowl and easily baked up in the oven for the perfect fall treat.

gluten free apple cider donuts in a bowlGluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

‘Tis the season for Apple Cider Donuts! For many it’s a fall right of passage to go apple picking, and what is apple picking without those amazing apple cider donuts? Well, obviously most farms are not frying up gluten-free versions, so we knew this is just the time to whip up a batch of these gluten free Apple Cider Donut Holes! They are SO EASY to make, simply whisk together in one bowl, and then bake up in the oven. You can make them in a mini donut hole pan like we did, or in a regular donut pan. Once they’ve come out of the oven they get a quick dip in butter or coconut oil and a mixture of coconut sugar and cinnamon. They’re free from refined sugars, dairy-free and SO GOOD.

paleo apple cider donut batter going into a panGluten Free Apple Cider Donut Ingredients

  • Fresh apple cider
  • Eggs
  • Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Coconut Sugar

Can These be Made into Regular Baked Donuts?

Yes! This recipe makes 20 donut holes or it can be baked in a regular donut pan to make 6 donuts. 

Don’t Have a Donut Pan?

Make these in a mini muffin pan and turn them into apple cider mini muffins. Line the muffin tin with parchment or silicone liners, and once cooked you can coat the top in the butter and sugar mixture.

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Paleo Apple Cider Donut Holes

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:12 Total Time 00:22 Yields 20 donut holes or 6 donuts

Ingredients

For Donuts

For Sugar Coating

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a donut hole pan (or donut pan).
  2. Make the donut batter: Add cider, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla to a medium bowl and whisk together to combine. To the bowl, add the almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Whisk until the batter is fully combine with no lumps.
  3. Drop a tablespoon of batter into each hole (or if using a donut pan divide the batter to make 6 donuts).
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the donuts from the pan and let them cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack. 
  5. Meanwhile place melted butter (or coconut oil) in a shallow bowl. Place coconut sugar and cinnamon in another shallow bowl and mix well.
  6. Dip donut holes into butter followed by dipping them into the cinnamon sugar.
  7. Serve immediately or keep covered for up to 1 day at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  1. Alternatively, you can bake these in a mini muffin pan and turn them into apple cider mini muffins. Line the muffin tin with parchment or silicone liners, and once cooked you can coat the top in the butter / sugar mixture.
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Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

This skillet Pork Chops with Apples recipe is the quintessential fall meal. The pork chops are perfectly cooked and paired with sweet and savory fall flavors like sage, apple cider and apples.

Baked Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

I love it when recipes have minimal ingredient lists but are full of flavor. This skillet baked Pork Chops with Apples recipe is easy to put together, but so darn delicious. Perfectly cooked pork chops are baked with a quickly made skillet sauce of apple cider, dijon mustard and fresh sage and paired with sweet and savory apples and onions. You can enjoy this meal as it is, or serve it with mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash.

Ingredients for the Baked Pork Chops

  • Boneless Pork Chops
  • Onion
  • Apples
  • Fresh Apple Cider
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Fresh Sage
  • Salt and Pepper

What is the correct temperature for pork?

Over the years, the USDA has changed the recommended cooking temperature for pork. A while back it was recommend that pork be treated like chicken and cooked to 165ºF to kill of any potentially harmful bacteria. But with time it was discovered that the bacteria was actually safely killed at 140º and so the recommend cooking temperature was decreased to 145ºF with a three minute rest period. When lean cuts of pork are overcooked they can be a bit dry, so we recommend following the USDA guidelines and cooking these boneless pork chops to 145º and then letting them rest. We recommend using an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat to test the temperature.

What to Serve with Apple Baked Pork Chops

This dish is hearty enough served as is, but it’s also delicious with a side to help soak up that delicious sauce. Some options to serve alongside are:

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Skillet Baked Pork Chops with Apples

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:25 Total Time 00:30 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops, about 6 ounces each, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced ¼ thick
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced into 8 pieces each
  • ½ cup fresh apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat. When hot, sear pork chops, until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Add in onions and apples and saute until beginning to soften and brown, about 5 minutes.
  5. Carefully add in the apple cider, mustard, sage and salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes until the cider is reduced by half making sure to scrape up any browned bits.
  6. Return the pork chops to the pan and place in the oven and cook for 6-8 minutes until an internal temperature reaches 145º or until cooked to desired temperature.
  7. Serve hot with mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice or steamed veggies.
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Caramel Apple Upside Down Honey Cake

This Upside Down Gluten Free Apple Cake is unbelievably simple to make and so delicious. It’s grain-free, nut-free and dairy-free but with no shortage of delicious apple cinnamon flavor. It’s perfect to serve up for Rosh Hashanah or to whip up for a weekend baking project after you’ve gone apple picking.

upside down apple honey cake with caramel on a platterGluten Free Apple Cake

We’re bringing an oldie but a GOODIE out from the archives, updated with new photos! This Gluten-free Upside Down Apple Cake was originally published back in 2015, but we thought it was time to give this simple and delicious cake an updated look. I developed this recipe to be a grain-free and gluten-free alternative for a Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake. Whether you celebrate or not, this is the ultimate Fall cake all season long! This cake is fluffy, moist, flavorful, and loaded with your favorite Fall flavors. It’s also made using a dairy-free honey caramel that is to die for.

apples with paleo caramelHow to Make Upside Down Gluten Free Apple Cake

To make this Gluten Free Apple Cake, you’ll start off by making Paleo Caramel. I promise, it’s easy to make. We wrote a whole post all about how to make it, so if you are looking for more information or to read about the different sugar options you have for making it, be sure to check that out. For this cake, if you want to make it for Rosh Hashanah be sure to make the caramel with honey.

After you make the honey, you’ll want to grease a pan (we used coconut oil) and layer some sliced apples inside of it. Be creative as you want when layering in the apples. Just make sure the apples are sliced thin, and are basically uniform in size so they cook evenly. Next you’ll pour in the caramel and set aside the pan.

Making the cake couldn’t be easier. It’s made all in one bowl, with a handful of simple paleo ingredients. We love that this recipe is both grain free AND nut free, using just two flours: tapioca and coconut. After the cake has been made, you’ll pour the batter on top of the apples and smooth it out before baking.

Once the cake is baked, you’ll let it cool slightly before inverting the cake on to a platter!

Slice of gluten free apple cake on a plateTools Needed for this Gluten Free Upside Down Cake

While this cake definitely looks impressive, you don’t need any fancy kitchen equipment to make it. The caramel is made on the stove top, and the cake is whisked together in a bowl. No thermometer or stand mixer needed! To make this you’ll need:

dairy free cake with caramel and apples

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Caramel Apple Upside Down Honey Cake
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. Pinch fine sea salt
Wet Ingredients
  1. 5 organic eggs
  2. 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  3. 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons raw honey
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Apple Bottom
  1. 2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  2. 1/3 cup homemade caramel
Optional
  1. Additional homemade caramel  for serving/drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease 8 inch round pan
  3. Slice apples and lay them in the bottom of the baking pan
  4. Heat caramel   if it isn't already hot and pour evenly over apples
  5. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients (sift if flour has clumps)
  6. Add in wet ingredients and whisk together
  7. Pour cake batter into cake pan on top of the apple mixture
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
  9. Once cooled completely, carefully flip the cake pan upside down onto a serving dish
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Gluten free apple cake with a slice taken from it

Our Favorite Gluten Free Apple Recipes

When fall is here apples are the queen of the farmer’s market. Aside from eating fresh, apples are great for baking AND cooking. This post has some of our favorite Gluten Free Apple Recipes!

Gluten Free Apple Recipes

There is no better way to get into the spirit of fall than to include apples in as many dishes as possible. Whether you’ve been apple picking and have a few bushels or couldn’t resist picking up a peck or two at the farmer’s market, we’ve got you covered for our best Gluten Free Apple recipes!

Apple Sage Turkey MeatballsSavory Gluten Free Apple Recipes

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions: These boneless Pork Chops with Apples recipe is the quintessential fall meal. The pork chops are perfectly cooked and paired with sweet and savory fall flavors like sage, apple cider and apples.

One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken: This One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon is the perfect fall meal! Packed with vegetables and hearty autumn flavor, this dish will be the hit of any dinner, weekday or weeknight!

Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs: These Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs are the perfect fall dinner. They’re warm and comforting with just enough hint of spice to make you remember the season has changed. But even better is that you can have them on your table in under 30 minutes after coming home from fantastic fall activities! Oh, and they’re paleo, gluten-free and absolutely kid-friendly!

Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner: This Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner has unique flavors and is an easy way to get dinner on the table. Aside from prepping up a few veggies it’s largely hands-off cooking which means more time in your life! It’s Paleo and Whole30 friendly and will be a hit with the whole family.

Apple Dill Chicken Salad: This refreshing salad takes 10 minutes to toss together, all in one-bowl for minimal cleanup, and loaded with delicious Fall flavors.

Paleo Apple Scones RecipeSweet Gluten Free Apple Recipes

Apple Upside Down Cake: This cake is unbelievably simple to make and so delicious. It’s grain-free, nut-free and dairy-free but with no shortage of delicious apple cinnamon flavor. It’s perfect to serve up for Rosh Hashanah or to whip up for a weekend baking project after you’ve gone apple picking.

Apple Cider Donuts: Who doesn’t love a good munchkin? These Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts are grain-free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar! The batter is made in one bowl and easily baked up in the oven for the perfect fall treat.

Apple Butter: This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no added sugar and is my all-time favorite Fall spread. It’s Whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly, and is so delicious! It’s filled with in-season fresh apples and fall spices that will make you’re home smell heavenly.

Apple Hand Pies (Gluten-Free): These Apple Hand Pies are such a great fall treat using my popular gluten-free pie crust recipe made with almond flour, and a classic apple pie filling that is heavy on the apple flavor, and perfect for so many things (hello pancakes & waffle topping)! They’re gluten-free and and the cutest thing to bake up with the bushels of fresh apples undoubtedly piling up in people’s homes this fall!  Plus, they are NOT hard to make!

Gluten Free Apple Galette: This Gluten Free Apple Pie has all the markings of the classic version we all know and love: a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s the perfect pie to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to celebrate the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

Gluten Free Apple Pie: This Gluten Free Apple Pie has all the markings of the classic version we all know and love: a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s the perfect pie to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to mark the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

Apple Cider Sangria: This Apple Cider Sangria is everyone’s favorite Fall cocktail! It’s flavorful, packed with cinnamon, ginger, apple cider, and white wine for the perfect dinner party sangria! Serve it with a caramel rim (or opt out for simplicity), make a large pitcher, and enjoy this easy fall cocktail!

Apple Pie Chia Pudding

Breakfast Apple Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal: This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal recipe is just what you need to make for breakfast! It is as good freshly baked as it is for meal prep. This classic flavor combination smells so good when it is baking, and bonus it’s so easy to put together. This dairy-free and gluten free oatmeal bake doesn’t contain any refined sugars and is a great fiber-rich and filling breakfast or snack.

Apple Pie Chia Pudding: Making chia pudding could not be more simple, just like overnight oats. PLUS, you can get creative and make it to satisfy your favorite tastes and/or your sweet tooth. Now that Fall is in the air (and the farm is stocking up with my favorite Fall produce), I wanted to mix in something warm, like warm apple pie filling infused with just the right amount of cinnamon. You with me on this one? Packed with nutrients, delicious, and filling. Pure heaven, and took a total of 3 minutes to prepare!

Gluten-Free Apple Scones: These Gluten-Free Apple Scones are the perfect fall baking recipe. They are light and crumbly and full of apples and cinnamon. They are such a treat to serve to serve on crisp fall morning! I am so excited that we’ve finally perfected the ultimate gluten-free scones that will be the hit of your weekend brunch, the star of the dessert table, or the perfect snack!

Apple Sage Breakfast Sausage: These Apple Sage Breakfast Sausage are the perfect addition to your morning breakfast! They are simple to prepare and packed with flavor.

Apple Oat Muffins: These Healthy Apple Muffins are made with oat flour and are packed with seasonal apples and raisins. These gluten free apple muffins are easy to make, using just one bowl to put together! They make a great on-the-go breakfast or snack, will be a hit with picky kids and are 100% nut-free!

Guide To ApplesGuide To Eating And Baking With Apples

Admittedly, not all apples are created equally. While they all taste delicious, different apples perform better for cooking, eating and baking. Check out this handy guide that outlines 12 different apple varieties for you!

Best Apples for Eating

  • Gala
  • Fuji
  • Red Delicious
  • Golden Delicious
  • Honey Crisp

Best Apples for Baking

  • Cortland
  • Gala
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious

Best Apples for Apple Sauce

  • Macintosh
  • Cortland
  • Gravenstein
  • Golden Delicious
  • Jonagold

Best Apples for Apple Pie

  • Granny Smith
  • Gala
  • Honey Crisp
  • Cortland

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Baked Apple Pie Chia Pudding

This Apple Chia Seed Pudding is the perfect make-ahead breakfast! It is a delicious egg-free breakfast option that everybody will love, and the topping taste like a healthy apple pie filling! This seasonal breakfast is gluten-free, paleo and vegan.

apple chia seed pudding in a jarApple Chia Seed Pudding Breakfast

If you don’t know what chia seed pudding is, you are definitely going to read this! Chia seed pudding is simply chia seeds that are thickened with a milk of choice until they’ve reached a pudding like consistency. It’s an easy and healthy breakfast option that is simple to make. I love chia seeds because of their nutritional value, and I really enjoy the texture. So it’s a no brainer to use them to make Apple Chia Seed Pudding. And now that Fall is in the air (and the farm is stocking up with my favorite Fall produce), I wanted to mix in something warm, like warm apple pie filling infused with just the right amount of cinnamon. You with me on this one? Packed with nutrients, delicious, and filling.

Apple Chia Seed Pudding Ingredients

  • Chia seeds
  • Almond milk
  • Apples
  • Honey or Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisins

apple filling for chia seed pudding

Are chia seeds paleo and healthy?

Yes! Chia seeds are a Paleo-friendly and nutrient-dense. They’re easy to digest and can even aid in digestion by helping this move along! They are also contain omega-3’s which means they’re not only good for your body but also good for your brain!

Benefits of Chia Seeds:

  • Loaded with iron, calcium, omega 3′s, magnesium, and antioxidants
  • Mineral powerhouse
  • Natural detoxifier
  • Improves health of hair, skin, and nails
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (above serving) contains 11g fiber and 4g protein

How long will this apple chia pudding last?

Chia pudding will last for a few days in the refrigerator, up to about 5. It’s preferable to store the apple filling separate from the chia seed pudding, but it will still hold up alright if you’d like to completely make this ahead of time.

The recipe can easily be halved, double or tripled for an easy grab and go breakfast or healthy snack.

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Baked Apple Pie Chia Pudding
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Pudding
  1. 2 tbsp chia seeds (black ones have more nutritional value)
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  3. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Baked Apple
  1. 1 organic apple, finely chopped
  2. 1 1/2 tsp water
  3. 1/2 tsp raw honey
  4. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  5. 2 tbsp organic golden raisins
Instructions
  1. 1. In a bowl combine chia seeds, almond milk, and cinnamon- place in fridge for 1-2 hours or overnight (even better) until chia seeds have absorbed the milk
  2. 2. Mix chopped apples, water, honey, and cinnamon in a bowl
  3. 3. Microwave for 1-minute increments, stirring in between, until apples are soft (mine took 2 1/2 minutes)
  4. 4. Add in golden raisins, stir, and let sit
  5. 5. Mix 1/2 the apple mixture to the chia seed pudding and place back into the fridge
  6. 6. When ready to eat, top with the remaining warm apple mixture
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