Warm, caramelized peaches pair so perfectly with crumbly, toasted oats and nuts and delicious hints of cinnamon. It's healthier than your typical peach crisp, made with less sugar and less butter. Plus, this Healthy Peach Crisp is gluten free!
Table of Contents
About this Crisp
I love how sweet, soft, and juicy peaches are and I've come to realize they're incredibly versatile! They go great in this Peach and Burrata Salad or this Peach Jalapeño Salsa, but also taste fabulous in something sweeter, too, like this Peach Pound Cake.
I love the sweet nature of this fruit and wanted to create another delicious dessert. But, instead of creating a heavy, super indulgent recipe, this Healthy Peach Crisp came to fruition (pun intended;)) with limited sugar, less butter, and is completely gluten-free!
This Healthy Peach Crisp is a dessert everyone will want to dive into. You can enjoy it right out of the pan or in a bowl with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream and plenty of whipped cream. And if you love crisps, also try my Strawberry Apple Crisp as another delicious variety or this Apple Cranberry Crisp, too!
For the Healthy Peach Crisp filling:
- Peaches: So ripe and juicy in the summertime! Pick them fresh if you can!
- Lemon Juice: A little acidity to balance out our sweetness.
- Arrowroot Powder: You can also use corn starch. This is to thicken up the juices a bit and create a stickier texture.
For the Gluten Free topping:
- Almond Flour: Using almond flour keeps this a Gluten-Free Peach Crisp! You could also substitute regular all-purpose or whole wheat flour if gluten is not a concern.
- Rolled Oats: Make sure you buy certified GF oats if needed for a Gluten Free Peach Crisp. Oats give out topping an extra crisp texture.
- Candied Pecans: So sweet and crunchy. You can really use any candied nut. Or if you've only got plain nuts, just add a tablespoon or so of maple syrup to the mix as well.
- Brown Sugar: This will bake and create a molasses-y taste. So delicious!
- Cinnamon: Such a perfect way to finish off this sweet, peachy dessert. It also darkens the color of the topping, for a perfect golden finish.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
How to Make This Recipe
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Wash and dry your peaches. Slice thinly and place in a mixing bowl. Add lemon juice, cane sugar, arrowroot powder, and salt to the peaches. Gently toss and set aside.
2. Grab another mixing bowl and fold together almond flour, rolled oats, candied nuts, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cut the chilled butter into small cubes, approximately ¼” pieces. Add the cubes to dry ingredients. Then, add vanilla extract.
3. Using a pastry blender (or fork), cut butter into mixture. After 2-3 minutes of cutting, a crumble-like texture will form. (Cutting butter is incorporating the butter into the dry ingredients so clumps remain only in small pieces).
4. Layer the coated peaches into a greased oven-safe baking dish or skillet and evenly spread crumbled topping on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crumble becomes golden brown and peaches are bubbling. Serve with creamy vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!
Store this Healthy Peach Crisp covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
To reheat, microwave for 60-90 seconds or until peaches sizzle. If you want to be sure the topping stays extra crisp, reheat your Healthy Peach Crisp under a broiler or in the toaster oven.
You can also freeze your Healthy Fruit Crisp, baked or unbaked. Just prep in the dish it will be cooked in and cover with plastic wrap. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can reheat the baked fruit crisp in the microwave. Or bake from frozen with an extra 5 to 10 minutes of cook time.
Gently squeeze the peach in your hand and give it a sniff. If it’s slightly soft and smells sweet, it’s ready to eat. You can also tell how ripe a peach is by the color. Look for a soft, golden yellow color in addition to redness. You'll also want to enjoy the peach before the skin gets too wrinkly for the best experience!
If you've got peaches that aren't quite ready to use, don't worry. I've got a little hack for you. Place your peaches in a brown paper bag and let them sit for a day on your kitchen counter. If you use a plastic bag instead, your peach will ripen even quicker (in just a few hours!) because of the moisture.
Sure! Just be sure to remove the peaches from their syrup. You also may need to bake your peach crisp for slightly less time since the peaches will already be quite soft. Use your broiler to get the topping nice and brown.
For this Gluten Free Peach Crisp recipe, you can remove the skin or leave it on—whatever you prefer. If you’d like to remove the skin, I recently saw this trick from Tastes Better From Scratch: Place 2-3 peaches into a pot of boiling water. Leave them in the water for about 30 seconds, and then transfer to an ice-water bath. The ice water bath will shock them and keep the peach flesh from cooking, but the peach skin will be so easy to peel that you won't even need a knife!
More Recipes You'll Love
Love this recipe? Please leave a 5-star 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟rating in the recipe card below & if you really like the recipe consider leaving a comment further down. Thanks for visiting!
Healthy Peach Crisp
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Cutting Board
- Pastry blender or fork
- Small, oven safe dish or skillet
For the filling
- 2 free peaches, sliced and diced
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp cane sugar
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder, or corn starch
- pinch of salt
For the gluten free topping
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup rolled oats, gluten free
- 2 tbsp candied pecans, or almonds
- 2 tbsp butter, chilled
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Wash and dry your peaches. Slice and place in a mixing bowl.
- Add lemon juice, cane sugar, arrowroot powder, and salt. Gently toss and set aside.
- Grab another mixing bowl. Fold together almond flour, rolled oats, candied pecans/almonds, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
- Cut chilled butter into small cubes, approximately ¼” pieces. Add to dry ingredients. Then, add vanilla extract.
- Using a pastry blender (or fork or knife), cut butter into mixture. After 2-3 minutes of cutting, a crumble-like texture will form.
- Layer peaches into a greased oven-safe baking dish or skillet. Spread crumbled topping on top.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the crumble becomes golden brown and peaches are bubbling.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream or enjoy by the spoon!
Looking for this in MyFitnessPal?
If you're using MyFitnessPal, search 'A Paige Of Positivity' and find HEALTHY PEACH CRISP calories and nutrition facts. Disclaimer: for most accurate macronutrients and caloric breakdown, it is recommended that you input each ingredient into your MyFitnessPal food diary.
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. It’s my passion to create dishes that can be shared with others. Tell me something you loved or just say hi!