Gluten Free Apple Pie Parfait Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on February 22, 2012

Post image for Gluten Free Apple Pie Parfait Recipe There are times when being gluten free can be downright frustrating. For instance, let’s say you all of a sudden have an unquenchable craving for apple pie and yet you live in a town that is sadly remiss in having a gluten free bakery.

Sure you could make gluten free pie crust dough, wait an hour or two for it to chill, roll the dough, cut the apples, flavor them up, assemble it all up and put your pie in the oven for yet another hour and then you can (finally) quell your craving.

While I literally wrote a book on making gluten free desserts, even I don’t want to do that at 6:30PM on a Tuesday night after a long day’s work.  So what’s a girl to do?

Make gluten free apple pie parfaits, that’s what!  Sweet, cinnamony apple chunks layered with maple sweetened non-fat Greek Yogurt (for dairy free you could substitute dairy free sour cream or even dairy free ice cream) and a crunchy, gluten free graham cracker almond crumble.

This simple yet spectacular dessert takes about 20 minutes to prepare, perfect when you want an easy and light dessert that feels and tastes anything but – the perfect thing for when the hankering for apple pie strikes but you haven’t the time or energy to make one.

What really makes this parfait special is the crumble. Seriously, if you want any left to actually layer in your parfait hide it from the kids (and your spouse) until you finish up – otherwise it will all be nibbled away! I took some S’moreables (gluten free graham style crackers from Kinnikinnick) crushed them up coarsely, tossed the crumbs with some sliced almonds, coated with a bit of honey and a touch of oil and baked it for about 15 minutes. I am already thinking of anything and everything I can to top with this awesome mix!!

Gluten Free Recipes - Apple Pie Parfaits

Gluten Free Apple Pie Parfait Recipe


12 S’moreables (gluten free graham style crackers from Kinnikinnick)
1 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon grapeseed (or other neutral flavored) oil
4 large sweet apples (such as Fuji or Honeycrisp)
Gluten-free non-stick cooking spray
1/8 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup Greek yogurt (non-fat, low fat or full fat)
4 teaspoon maple syrup


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place your gluten free graham crackers in a plastic bag and crush them until you have some crumbs and larger (about ¼ inch) pieces. Combine in a mixing bowl with the almonds, honey and oil. Toss until the honey and oil coat the crumbs and almonds. Spread in an even layer on an un-greased baking sheet and bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until the mixture is crisp, fragrant and browned – it will crispy up a little more as it cools and should be a little clumpy. Let cool.

While the crumble is baking prepare the apples; core and cut into 1 inch chunks. Spray a large skillet with a lid with some gluten-free non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the apples, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and vanilla and toss well to coat. Cover the skillet and let cook until the apples are softened, about 8 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove the lid, increase heat to high and cook until the liquid has thicken up to a syrup and coats the apples. Let cool.

Mix the yogurt with the maple syrup. For each parfait place a layer of apples into a goblet or dessert dish, top with some of the yogurt and then add a handful of the crumble. Repeat the layers. I think this is best served while the apples are still warm.


A gluten free recipe that makes 4 large or 6 smaller parfaits.

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  • Kimmy K.

    This looks better than pie!

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Kimmy!

  • Anita

    Thanks for another great recipe Carol! This is going on my “must make” list for this week!

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Anita, enjoy!

  • InTolerant Chef

    Even better than a ‘real’ pie! Yumm!

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thank you!

  • Carolyn Jung

    I like how this really lets the apples shine through — and that’s always my fave part of the pie, anyway. ;)

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Carolyn, mine too!

  • Shirley @ gfe

    Carol, these look so good, and very adaptable to what one has on hand and additional food intolerances, too. :=) Off to share! ;-)


    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Shirley!!!

  • Tamara

    This looks like a great recipe. I can’t wait to try it with my kids.

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Tamara, enjoy!

  • http://simplyglutenfree Lynne H

    Wow!! this sounds and looks great. It won’t take a long time to make, as you said, and the best part of course is the apples. I’m looking forward to making this yummy desert this weekend.

  • Becky

    That first photograph is simple and beautiful. Oh, and the recipe sounds delicious too!

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thank you Becky!

  • Merrell Barefoot

    Nice entry. I think my daughter would like them

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Merrell

  • Apfelkuchen Rezept

    I made these for a party this weekend and they turned out great! Thanks so much!

    • Carol Kicinski

      My pleasure – thanks for letting me know!

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  • Lara S.

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My gluten-free boyfriend and I went apple picking this past weekend, and when we came home I surprised him with this recipe. We’re college students, so it was refreshing to find such a simple dessert recipe we could make together– usually gluten free treats require so much time and effort! It was so great to be able to treat him with something so home-y and delicious. And I loved it too– I may never go back to gluten crumble after this! ;) Love it.

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Lara – so happy you enjoy this. Would love to go apple picking someday, how fun!

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