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apple crisp with peanut butter salted caramel

Gluten Free Apple Crisp with Peanut Butter Salted Caramel

Andrea Toole
You need to try this perfect fall dessert: Apple Crisp with an amazing Peanut Butter Salted Caramel. A delicious gluten-free dessert that can easily be made vegan with a few simple modifications.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 5


Crisp Topping

  • 1/2 cup oat flour From about 3/4 cup oat blended into a flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes

Apple Filling

  • 5 medium apples, thinly sliced-about 6 cups Honey Crisp or McIntosh apples are great in this recipe!
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • Pinch salt

Peanut Butter Salted Caramel

  • 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • Generous pinch sea salt


Make the Crisp Topping

  • Blend a heaping 1/2 cup rolled oats to get about 1/2 cup of oat flour. In a medium bowl mix together the oat flour, rolled oats, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add the cold cubed butter. Using your hands, incorporate the butter into the other ingredients until you get a mixture with pea-sized crumbs. The mixture will be crumbly and lump together if you squeeze it between your hands.
  • Place the crisp topping in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

Make the Apple Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 12 x 9 (or similar sized) baking dish.
  • Add the apples to the baking dish, sprinkling the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, vanilla extract and maple syrup on top and mix together.
  • Top the apples with the refrigerated crisp topping. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the crisp topping is golden brown.

Make the Peanut Butter Salted Caramel

  • While the crisp cooks, make the peanut butter caramel. To a small microwave-safe bowl, add the ingredients for the peanut butter caramel and mix together.
  • Place the peanut butter salted caramel in the microwave for about 10 seconds to thin the mixture. Top the baked apple crisp with your favourite ice cream and drizzle the "caramel" on top. Enjoy!


Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days (if it'll last that long uneaten!)
Make this recipe vegan easily by substituting vegan butter or coconut oil for the butter used in this recipe, and use dairy-free ice cream to top!
Keyword apple crisp, apple crumble, fruit crisp, salted carmel