Gluten Free Apple Crisp with Potato Chip Crust

A gluten free and vegan apple crisp, with a sweet and salty twist.

potato chip crusted apple crisp vegan gluten free

Apple season is upon us! Let’s pile the family in the car for a day of apple picking. Let’s pore over cookbooks for apple cider donuts, breads, pies, butters, sauces, granolas.

Let’s take nature’s wholesome gift and layer it with syrups and sugars and butters. And, um, potato chips.

AND LET’S NOT FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT! Okay, I don’t feel guilty. I don’t want to project my feelings onto you.

I made this a small batch on purpose (it’s just a 1-quart pan) with the very foresight that I would want to devour the whole thing. Which I did end up doing. Salty sweet foods are almost invariably addictive. So small batch = no guilt, right? 😬

a-potato chip crusted apple crisp vegan gluten free

One thing I do feel guilty about is not spending enough time lately studying for my upcoming board exam. So I might be absent for the next few weeks while I cram, because I have to take it by October.  I have all these fall recipes I want to share, but UGH, this test comes first.

Okay….back to talking about this crisp.  You have the top layer of crumble, all sweet and salty from the chips, flecked with caramelized brown sugar. Underneath, you have a second layer of crumble, which is not crumbly in the least. It’s more soft and muffiny. That’s right. TWO LAYERS of crumble, neither of which are actually crumble but are delicious nonetheless .

And of course the apple layer, which is just apples and maple syrup and cinnamon. Easy. The ingredient list appears long at first glance, there are repeating ingredients in all layers — so it’s kinda pocket friendly, too.  And the top layer has kettle chips, which are my second-favorite chip behind tortilla chips. I’m not that much of a chip person, but sometimes you just want a big greasy salty handful, ya know?

As I mentioned, this recipe makes a small batch, but I’m it would be easy to adapt to a larger pan to feed a crowd. You might need to increase the baking time about 5 minutes. If you do so, make sure that the potato chip layer (which you add it partway though cooking) still only bakes for 15 minutes, or else it will burn.

enjoy! <3

gluten free vegan potato chip apple crisp
goes wonderful aside coconut-milk based yogurt, or a frosty glass of almond milk.

Potato Chip Crusted Apple Crisp

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 huge servings or 8 smaller servings

I know that many traditional apple desserts call for Granny Smiths, but I used sweet apples in every single test run of this recipe and greatly enjoyed the results. So feel free to use whatever you have on hand...Galas, Mollies....anything!

This recipe calls for a 1-quart casserole pan.


    apple layer
  • 3-4 apples of choice (depending on their size)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • middle cake layer
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, ground to fine flour
  • 1/4 cup quick-cook oats
  • 1/2 cup liquefied banana (1 banana)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • top crust
  • 3/4 cup crushed kettle chips
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, ground to fine flour
  • 1/4 cup quick-cook oats
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt


    apple layer
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Peel the apples. Dice or thinly slice them into a 1 quart casserole dish.
  3. Add the maple syrup and cinnamon over the apples and stir to coat all apple pieces
  4. middle cake layer
  5. Combine all ingredients and stir well. Spread over the apples
  6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
  7. potato chip crust
  8. While the bottom two layers are baking, stir together the potato chips, oat flour, the quick-cook oats, and the coarse sea salt.
  9. Mix in the brown sugar and coconut oil.
  10. After 20 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and gently scrape the top with a fork.
  11. Add the potato chip mix on top and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.
  12. Allow to cool at least a little before eating. I actually think it tastes much better at room temp or cold.
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lightly guided by Shelly’s Perfect Apple Crisp

gluten free vegan apple crisp with potato chip crust





10 thoughts on “Gluten Free Apple Crisp with Potato Chip Crust

    1. I didn’t know it until recently, but apple crisps might be my favorite apple dessert too. Thanks, Cheyanne! 😀

    1. I can’t wait to see your gluten free apple crisp, Karen! I know it will be healthier than mine…..or at least I hope it is. I know I said I don’t feel guilty about eating the potato-chip one, but I would feel naughty if I ate it all the time. I need a healthy alternative! Thanks, Karen!

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