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Apple Crisp Bread (GF/V)

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This scrumptious Apple Crisp Bread (GF/V) includes some homemade chunky applesauce! The recipe is basically a layer of quick bread, an apple crisp crumble topping with the most perfect tasting sweet drizzle! 

Sliced gluten-free and vegan apple crisp quick bread

This treat is gluten-free, vegan, and allergen-friendly! And if you already have chunky applesauce, the Apple Crisp Bread (GF/V) can ready in less than 1 hour.

A freshly baked loaf of gluten-free vegan Apple Crisp Bread with a perfect drizzle of sugar and spice.

Apple Crisp Bread (GF/V)

Ingredients

I’m using gluten-free oats in this Apple Crisp Bread (GF/V) recipe. I know, I know! Some people on a gluten-free diet can’t consume oats even if they’re certified gluten-free. But please keep in mind that others on a GF diet can! At times, I will share recipes with GF oats.

I will continue to list some alternatives when I can. For this recipe, you will find some in the notes. Please keep in mind that I did not test this recipe with other options yet. I will make it again soon with a storebought GF 1:1 flour mix. Once I do, I will share the outcome.

As for the other ingredients in this bread, I kept it somewhat simple, but the layers definitely make this recipe special.

Using the best ground cinnamon, like Ceylon, helps make this treat tasty. If you have access to pure vanilla bean powder, it’s expensive but wonderful to use in so many types of baked goods! You can replace it with pure vanilla extract if necessary.

And of course, having some homemade chunky applesauce will be key in the success and incredible flavour of this yummy treat!

Two small glass bowls of homemade chunky style applesauce.

The Process

Step 1:
Once you’re ready to make the bread, preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a bread pan with unbleached parchment paper.

Ingredients such as flours, coconut sugar and spices used in gluten-free, vegan apple crisp bread.

Step 2:
To a large mixing bowl, combine the vegan butter, coconut sugar, flaxseed meal, chunky applesauce, plant milk and mix until well combined.

To this same bowl, place a sifter overtop the edge of the bowl and sift through the dry ingredients. Adding the quick-cooking oats last, you don’t need to sift them.

A sifter is placed overtop a large mixing bowl to sift the dry ingredients for an apple crisp bread recipe.

Mix until all the dry ingredients are well incorporated. The final mixture will be thick and that’s ok! Remember that the chunky applesauce will add moisture, so will the crumble topping.

Showing the texture of the apple crisp bread dough mixture after it's been mixed.

Transfer the bread mixture to your parchment-lined bread pan.

The apple crisp bread mixture transferred to parchment-lined bread pan just before the addition of the apple crisp crumble topping.

Step 3:
Prepare the crumble topping by combining and mixing the crumble ingredients. Add the crumble over the top of the bread mixture, gently spread it without packing it. Bake for 40 minutes.*****

A freshly baked gluten-free vegan apple crisp bread cooling on a wire rack.

Step 4:
Remove from oven, cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, drizzle with some quick maple glaze, if you wish. Or decorate before serving. Best enjoyed on the same day! Leftovers are better warmed up.

The finished apple crisp bread with the most perfect drizzle of sugar and spice.

Tools

To make the bread you will need a small and large mixing bowl, some measuring cups and spoons (a kitchen scale), a bread pan (the pan I used was 7.5-in x 3.5-in x 2.5-in high), some unbleached parchment paper, and a few mixing tools such as a spatula and spoons.

For the decorating drizzle you can use a spoon but if you have a small ziplock plastic bag, use it! Squeezing the icing through a small cut corner works really well. You can see me decorating the Apple Crisp Bread (GF/V) in this video.

How-To YouTube Video

Watch this short video to see how easy the applesauce and apple crisp bread are to make!

Process photos of cooked apples in pot to make roughly mashed chunky applesauce

Previously on FiR

The Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce was the last recipe on the blog. If you haven’t made some yet, go check it out, make a double batch because you will need some to make the Apple Crisp Bread!

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Sliced gluten-free and vegan apple crisp quick bread

Apple Crisp Bread (GF/V)

  • Author: Chantal | Fresh is Real
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven-Baked
  • Cuisine: Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, Allergen-Friendly
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

If you love all things apples, this dessert is worth the effort! Fold in some homemade chunky applesauce into the gluten-free, vegan quick bread mixture, top it with an apple crisp crumble and decorate this treat with a drizzle of sweet maple and vanilla goodness!


Ingredients

Scale

Bread Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping cup chunky applesauce (+ 1/4 cup for crumble topping)
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, softened or melted 
  • 1/4 cup golden flaxseed meal (22g)
  • 1/4 cup plant milk****
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder)

Bread Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup GF oat flour (40g)*
  • 1/2 cup light buckwheat flour (65g)*
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour (65g)*
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar** (65-75g)
  • 1 tablespoon GF baking powder*** (12g)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup GF quick-cooking oats (45g)*

Crumble Topping:

  • 1/4 cup chunky applesauce
  • 1/4 cup GF quick-cooking oats (23g)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Quick Maple Drizzle (optional):

  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
    1/2 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder (or ground cinnamon)
  • 1 teaspoon water (only if you need it to thin out your mixture)

The Maple Cream recipe would also make a tasty sweet 1-ingredient drizzle.


Instructions

If you don’t have any homemade chunky style applesauce, take 20 minutes to make some because it will be so worth it!

Before you begin, watch this short video to show you how to make this recipe.

Step 1:
Once you’re ready to make the bread, preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a bread pan with unbleached parchment paper.

Step 2: 
To a large mixing bowl, combine the vegan butter, coconut sugar, flaxseed meal, chunky applesauce, plant milk and mix until well combined. To this same bowl, place a sifter overtop the edge of the bowl and sift through the dry ingredients. Adding the quick-cooking oats last, you don’t need to sift them. Mix until all the dry ingredients are well incorporated. The final mixture will be thick and that’s ok! Transfer the bread mixture to your parchment-lined bread pan. The bread pan I used was 7.5-in x 3.5-in x 2.5-in high.

Step 3:
Prepare the crumble topping by combining and mixing the crumble ingredients. Add the crumble over the top of the bread mixture, gently spread it without packing it. Bake for 40 minutes.*****

Step 4: 
Remove from oven, cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, drizzle with some quick maple glaze, if you wish. Or decorate before serving. Best enjoyed on the same day! Leftovers are better warmed up.


Notes

*Gluten-free flour substitutes. I haven’t tested this recipe with other GF flour alternatives. If you can’t consume oats, consider combining 1-1/2 cups of light/protein flours (at least 2 of the following: brown rice, sorghum, buckwheat, almond meal (if not allergic) with 1/4 cup of starch (one or two of the following: arrowroot, potato or tapioca). These ingredient suggestions would replace both the oats and the flours. I did not test this recipe with a 1:1 GF flour mix. For the crumble topping (to replace the GF oats), consider milled seeds or nuts (if not allergic). Almond meal could work well or even using a little sorghum flour to replace the quick oats.
**If you don’t have coconut palm sugar, maple sugar powder, or organic date sugar could make great substitutes.) 
***Gluten-free, corn-free, aluminum-free baking powder. Ingredients: tapioca starch, cream of tartar, baking soda.
****If you find your mixture a bit too dry, you could add a touch more plant milk in increments. But remember that the chunky applesauce will also add moisture, so will the crumble topping.
*****If you decide to use a round 8-inch cake pan for baking the apple crisp bread, it should work, but the overall baking time might be a bit less as the mixture won’t be as deep. Try 35 minutes to start, then increase by 5 minutes if necessary.

Keywords: Apple Crisp Bread, Gluten-Free Apple Cake, Gluten-Free Recipes, Vegan Apple Bread, Homemade Apple Quick Bread, Gluten-Free Vegan Baking

2 Comments

  1. ‘Looks wonderful! I’ve read & reread (and watched the video), but I can’t seem to find what size of pan to use. (I’m sorry if I’ve overlooked it). Thanks for the gift of your time & energy!

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    • Hi Kristi! Thank you so much for pointing that out! The bread pan I used is 7.5-in x 3.5-in (2.5-in high). Any bread pan should do, but the larger your bread pan, the thinner the final cake will be if that makes sense. I will add the measurements to the recipe post asap.

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ALLERGEN NOTE

Make sure the ingredients you purchase are prepared in a facility free from the top allergens YOU AVOID. Gluten-free products should be certified GF and clearly labelled. Consult your medical professional with your dietary questions.

Even certified gluten-free ingredients such as GF oats, corn, seeds, etc., can create health problems for individuals following a GF diet. Always consult a medical professional if unsure about ingredients for your needs.