A gluten-free crustless apple pie, or, my version of a gluten-free crumble

Gluten-free apple crumble

My gluten-free crustless apple pie

Little T has been asking for apple pie for weeks. He never asks at the grocery store, when I could make a concerted effort to buy the right ingredients and it’s usually right when I’m cooking dinner – at which point it’s the end of the day, I’m already in wind-down mode, the kids are getting tired and niggly and coming up with a new recipe is not really something that I jump up and down with joy about. Now if he said, “Mama would you like a glass of wine” ten times, I might respond a little more favorably.

One day last week was different. T said “when are you ever going to make apple pie?” and I said “right now”. He said ” can I help?”. I said “sure”. Was I mad? Probably.

I’d just popped a vegetable frittata in the oven and while that was baking, I figured it’d be a marvelous plan to figure out this whole apple pie thing. I didn’t have time to go and do much digging about on the internet. It was going to have to be a botch job. I cast my mind back to when I used to make apple crumble at home with my mum many moons ago and I decided to try the traditional crumble substituted with brown rice and teff fours, organic vegetable shortening and coconut sugar. We used to add oats to our crumble, and so I dug out my jar of gluten free oats too.

Luckily my botch job turned out really good. Yes – really good. The ‘crust’ texture ended up being a little less of a crumble than I’d originally planned, but it was yummy and by the time we’d devoured most of it, it didn’t really matter what it was supposed to be like anymore. When warm, from the oven, the topping melted in the mouth. Once it had cooled, it was nice and crunchy and complemented the baked apples really well. The kids ate it topped with vanilla yogurt. Yum.

I facebooked the fact that I was trying to work out how to make an gluten-free apple pie and a couple of suggestions came my way. By then, my version was already made, but should you want to try an alternative with a more pie-like topping, then check out Shirley’s crustless apple pie over at Gluten Free Easily. I hear it’s phenomenal.

Gluten-free apple crumble in dish

The apple pie didn't last long

My gluten-free crustless apple pie

Filling Ingredients

5 apples

1/4 cup of apple cider

1/2 cup of raisins

1/2 tsp cinamon

Topping Ingredients

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/4 cup teff flour

1/2 cup of gluten-free rolled oats

1 cup of coconut sugar

3/4 cup of vegetable shortening


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Peel and thickly slice the apples. Lay them in a casserole or deep pie dish
  3. Sprinkle over the raisins and then the cinamon
  4. Pour over the apple cider
  5. Mix the brown rice flour, the teff flour , the oats and the coconut sugar together in a bowl. Add the vegetable shortening in smallish amounts.
  6. Work the mixture with your fingers until you get a crumbly texture.
  7. Put the topping on top of the apple filling.
  8. Bake for 40 mins or until golden brown.



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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Looks beautiful and yummy. I am going to make this but convert it to raw–dehydrator to warm it, and I will swap out the shortening with raw coconut butter. Alternative sweetener too, perhaps raw honey. I’ll omit the flours and make some “flour” with raw cashews and almonds. You got my brain a workin!! Thanks.
    Peace & Raw GF Health,

  2. Maggie says:

    Sounds yummy. I love using teff flour, never thought of using it in a crumble though! I am so thankful for gluten-free oats :)

  3. Oh, Nicola, it looks really yummy! I love that you used apple cider, too. (BTW, that’s Kim’s favorite ingredient, so I’m sure she’ll find this post pronto!) I know your little guy was tickled pink when you seized the moment like that (even though there was no wine involved LOL). :-) And, last, many thanks for mentioning my easy apple pie recipe … I need to make that again!


  4. Looking good, Nicola! And, the perfect beginning to a weekend on the slopes!

    • nstockmann says:

      Oh to be on the slopes! I80 closed in two places right now. Sat in Auburn old town. Have just discovered Tsudsa’s – eating gluten-free sandwiches and gluten-free brownies. How cool is that?

  5. We are big fans of apple crisps and crumbles. Never tried teff in them, though. Looks pretty tasty right now.

  6. Nicola, this looks unbelievable. And what an easy list of ingredients (and as Shirley already mentioned, Apple Cider is one of my favorite ingredients). Cannot wait to try this one!!! I love when botched recipes turn it into something great like this!! ;)

  7. Sophie says:

    MMMM,…what a tasty & truly appetizing looking apple pie!! I also love coconut sugar,..it adds a lovely flavour in here! I also love to use a lot teff flour too!

  8. Dawn says:

    Never used teff before so I bought some tonight and will try this with some apples I’ve had sitting around! I can’t seem to find coconut sugar though so I will substitute with organic sugar, hope that turns out all right. I also don’t have any apple cider so I will have to use water. Hope I don’t totally ruin it! :0)

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  10. chris says:

    what is TEFF flour ? never heard of it, I’m new to the glurten free world.

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