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Ginger Apple Crumble Pie with Salted Caramel

Ginger apple crumble pie with cookie crust, tart apples, oat topping and salted caramel drizzle. Totally divine and gluten free!

Course Dessert
Keyword Apple Pie, Gluten Free Pie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8


For Ginger Crust

  • cups crushed ginger snap cookies gluten-free
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup salted butter, melted

For Apple Filling

  • 6 granny smith apples medium-sized
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick

For Oat Crumble

  • cup salted butter, cubed
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup whole oat flour gluten-free
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup rolled oats gluten-free

For Salted Caramel (optional)

  • ¾ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


For Ginger Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. To a mixing bowl, add crushed cookies, almond flour and granulated sugar. Combine well, breaking up any lumps. (I prefer pulsing the cookies in my food processor to crush them. You can also use a sealed plastic bag and rolling pin.)

  2. Drizzle melted butter over crumb mixture and stir until even. Transfer to pie dish (about 9") and press into place using back of spoon and/or hands. Bake for 7-8 minutes, then set aside to cool.

For Apple Filling

  1. Peel, core and slice each apple into 10-12 wedges. Add to skillet over medium-low heat along with lemon juice, honey, ginger and cinnamon stick.

  2. Simmer until apples become tender (about 12 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool (while making the oat crumble).

  3. Turn oven up to 375°F. Remove ginger and cinnamon stick, then spread apples evenly over crust.

For Oat Crumble

  1. Add cubed butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, oat flour and brown rice flour to a mixing bowl. Use a pasty cutter, fork or your hands to mix together until pea-sized lumps form. Add rolled oats, then mix until small lumps form. 

  2. Spoon crumble mixture evenly over apples. Place pie on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Cool on rack.

For Salted Caramel (optional)

  1. Pour brown sugar into a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat and stir with a whisk until it starts to break down into very fine granules.

  2. Add butter and stir until completely melted and bubbly (about 2 minutes).

  3. Slowly pour in cream until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add salt.

  4. Serve warm over slice of pie (and scoop of ice cream).

Recipe Notes

  • Depending on the brand of ginger snaps you use, it may be necessary to adjust the butter. The crust mixture should be thick, sandy and coarse (not wet), and will come together when pressed between your fingers.
  • Gluten-free oat flour and rolled oats are labelled as such. I used Bob's Red Mill brand. 
  • If gluten isn't a concern, feel free to substitute with regular.