grain-free plum apple crisp


Grain-Free Plum Apple Crisp

It smells like fall in North Idaho- especially this morning.  Autumn is my favorite season and has been since I was a little girl.  One thing I love about it is all the ripe seasonal fruit!  I played around with this recipe to use some of that delicious fruit in a fall classic- apple crisp.  In this grain-free plum apple crisp we included juicy plums for their beautiful color and delicious flavor.  My favorite plum variety has always been the Italian prune plums, since other varieties were too sour for me.  However, large red plums worked beautifully in this recipe, adding depth of flavor and color without compromising on sweet!

We served this grain-free plum apple crisp while still warm with sour cream, it would also be delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Approved by GAPS and non-GAPS eaters in our home, I’ll be making this again!


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grain-free plum apple crisp

Grain-Free Plum Apple Crisp

  • Author: Deanna Wilson, CGC
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A juicy twist on the fall classic, plums are a wonderful addition to this GAPS-legal dessert.




  • 4 large plums, pitted and sliced
  • 6 small apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp unrefined salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp coconut flour
  • 3 Tbs butter (in 3 pats)


  • 1/2 cup crispy almonds
  • 1/2 cup crispy walnuts
  • 1/4 cup shredded dried coconut
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (just vanilla in alcohol for GAPS)
  • 1/8 tsp unrefined salt (less if your crispy nuts are salty)
  • 2 Tbs raw honey


Preheat oven to 375° F.  In a large bowl, mix fruit with flour, cinnamon, lemon juice, honey, and salt.  Place fruit mixture in a 9.5 in pie plate, or baking dish.  Put butter pats on top.  Bake for 35-40 minutes (longer if you like your apples soft).

Meanwhile, in a food processor pulse all ingredients for the topping mixture until the nuts are about the size of rolled oats.

Once fruit is bubbling and apples are to your liking, spread the topping over the fruit and bake for another 12 minutes or until topping is lightly browned.

Enjoy with GAPS sour cream!


If using the smaller Italian prune plums, add 7 plums rather than 4 and reduce the honey in the fruit mixture.  I used small gala apples for this recipe.  If using a tart apple variety, you may want to increase the honey.

Prep time includes time slicing and coring fruit.  The time making the topping is done while the fruit is cooking, so the total cook time is only 70 minutes.

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