This is the best quick and easy healthy peach crisp recipe – the sweet, juicy peach filling is topped with a melt-in-your-mouth buttery oat crumble. It’s gluten-free, vegan, naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and the perfect Summer dessert. You can use fresh or frozen peaches.
The best homemade gluten-free peach crisp recipe
Peach crisp is the ultimate Summer dessert. It combines sweet, jammy baked peaches with hints of vanilla and cinnamon with a buttery, crisp oatmeal streusel. If you love peaches too, you need to try these caramelized air fryer peaches or this peach cobbler pound cake.
This mouthwatering healthy peach crisp recipe is #1 ranked on Google and has been on my blog for over two years. I decided to update the pictures and information for you with more home baker tips and tricks. But, don’t worry, the recipe is the same!
The combination of the sweet, juicy peach filling and the crisp, buttery topping perfectly balances textures and tastes. The golden-brown oat crumble is made with ingredients like oats, almond flour, maple syrup, and coconut sugar and becomes irresistibly crispy once baked. The jammy peach filling can be made with fresh or frozen peaches, cornstarch, lemon juice, and a dash of vanilla extract.
This is seriously the best Summer dessert. I’ve made this at least five times each summer since, and there are never any leftovers. Serve it with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream at parties, family dinners, BBQs, and parties.
Why you’ll love this healthy dessert recipe
- Healthy dessert: Peach crisp is the perfect healthy Summer dessert.
- Super flavorful: The peach filling is juicy, sweet, jammy, and warm, while the oatmeal streusel topping is crisp and buttery.
- Gluten-free & vegan: This healthy peach crisp recipe is 100% gluten-free and vegan.
- Quick & easy: Less than 10 minutes to prep before baking.
- No butter: No butter is needed; this recipe is 100% dairy-free.
- No refined sugars: It is sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar.
- Try this delicious blackberry crumble or this blueberry crisp next!
This peach crisp recipe has two parts: (1) the naturally sweet and jammy peach filling and (2) the buttery oat crumble topping. You’ll love how easy it is to make! Here is a list of all the ingredients you will need to make this healthy peach crisp. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom to see the exact measurements.
- Peaches: I used fresh, yellow peaches for the sweetest and most delicious filling. When baked, they soften with all their natural sweet sugars. You’ll need about 10 peaches (or 4 pounds).
- Coconut Sugar: You don’t need to add this extra coconut sugar, but I recommend it if you like a sweeter dessert.
- Lemon Juice: I highly recommend fresh lemon juice for the best flavor. This helps coat the peaches in the starch and coconut sugar.
- Cornstarch, Arrowroot, or Tapioca Starch: Don’t skip out on this ingredient. This starch helps hold together the gooey and juicy peach crumble filling together.
Oat Crumble Topping:
- Rolled Oats: Use rolled oats or quick oats. Measure out 1 cup and remember, if you are gluten-free, use gluten-free certified oats. Do not use steel-cut oats.
- Oat Flour: This is my secret ingredient. It makes this crumble topping better than traditional recipes because almond flour makes the topping crispy and melt in your mouth.
- Nuts: This adds the best crunch to this healthy oat crisp topping. You can use walnuts, almonds, or pecans. If you are nut-free, leave the walnuts off.
- Salt: Add a dash for a sweet and salty combo.
- Ground Cinnamon: I love adding cinnamon to my crumble and crisp recipes.
- Maple Syrup: Instead of refined sugar, we use maple syrup to naturally sweeten this oat crumble topping. It helps bind everything together and makes the oat topping crispy as it bakes.
- Coconut Oil or Butter: Finally, you need 1/3 cup of coconut oil so that this crumble topping is crisp on the outside but melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside. You can also use butter or vegan butter.
Kitchen tools required
You only need a few kitchen utensils to make this gluten-free, healthy peach crisp. Here is a list:
- Mixing Bowls: Use mixing bowls to combine the ingredients for the peach filling and the crumble topping.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons: To accurately measure the ingredients for the peach crisp using measuring cups and spoons.
- Baking Dish: Choose an oven-safe baking dish to bake the healthy peach crisp. A 9×9-inch square baking dish or a 9-inch pie dish works well.
- Mixing Utensils: Use a spoon, spatula, or whisk to mix the ingredients together for the peach filling and the crumble topping.
- Oven: A standard kitchen oven is needed to bake the healthy peach crisp.
How to make healthy peach crisp
Homemade healthy peach crisp is so easy to make. Here are easy step-by-step instructions with pictures so any level baker can make this simple recipe.
First, preheat your oven to 375°F and lightly grease an 8×8-inch baking dish, 9-inch pie dish, or skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Then, set it to the side.
Next, pat the peaches dry if you washed them, and then peel them. For firm peaches, use a peeler. If they are soft and ripe, follow the boiling method explained below so the peaches don’t lose their juice and get mushy. INSTRUCTIONS BELOW in note card.
Cut the peeled peaches into 3/4-inch slices and place them in a large mixing bowl. Then, add the coconut sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and starch to the bowl with the peaches. Toss everything together and spoon the peach mixture into the greased dish.
Combine rolled oats, oat flour, optional walnuts, coconut sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Pour in maple syrup, melted coconut oil (or butter), and vanilla extract. Mix everything well using your hands.
Spread the oat crumble mixture evenly over the peaches in the dish.
Bake for 30-38 minutes until the top turns golden crisp and the peaches are bubbling. Around 35 minutes usually works well for me.
Allow the peach crisp to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. It pairs well with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Why this peach crisp healthy:
This peach crisp is so delicious you would never know it is only made from healthy and gluten-free ingredients. Here are five reasons why this homemade peach crisp is healthy:
- Natural ingredients: The recipe uses natural ingredients, such as fresh peaches, rolled oats, coconut sugar, lemon juice, and pure maple syrup. These ingredients are generally considered healthier alternatives to processed or refined options.
- Lower sugar: This recipe has less sugar than traditional peach crisp recipes. We use a combination of coconut sugar and maple syrup, which are both refined sugar-free sweeteners.
- Whole grains: The rolled oats and oat flour add whole grains to the recipe. Whole grains are higher in fiber and nutrients compared to refined grains.
- Gluten-free and vegan option: use gluten-free certified rolled oats and coconut oil to make this peach crisp both gluten-free and vegan.
- Reduced fat: This healthy peach crisp has half the amount of fat (coconut oil or butter) than traditional recipes.
Expert baking tips
- Double-check oven temperature: This is my #1 tip for this healthy peach crisp. Before placing it in the oven, ensure that the temperature is set to 375°F. Some recipes call for an oven temperature of 350°F. But I found that it’s better to use a higher oven temperature when baking peach crisp so the crumble is crisp and the filling is jammy and not liquidy.
- Use fresh or frozen peaches. One of the best parts about this recipe is that you can use fresh or frozen peaches. If you use frozen peaches, add them directly to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients, and do not let them thaw before baking.
- Do not thaw the frozen peaches. This is my #1 tip if you use frozen peaches for this gluten-free crisp recipe. Just coat them in the lemon juice and starch, then add them directly to the greased pan. Do not heat them. in the microwave or stove because they will get mushy and gross.
- Customize the oat crumble topping. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the topping. You can add chopped nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts for extra crunch. Adding a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, or a pinch of salt can also enhance the flavor profile.
- Make it nut-free. If you have a nut allergy, leave off the walnuts to make this healthy peach crisp nut-free.
- Make it ahead of time. You can make this peach crisp up to one day in advance if you plan on serving it at a party or event. I left instructions below!
- Let the crisp cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Allow the healthy peach crisp to cool so the juicy and jammy peach filling thickens up and the crumble topping firm up.
I bake a lot, so here is a list of the best ingredient substitutions for this peach crisp. I only recommend swapping out one or two so the original recipe does not change too much.
- Walnuts: You can use chopped almonds or pecans. If you have a nut allergy, leave them off.
- Coconut Oil: You can use melted unsalted butter or vegan butter. If you only have salted butter, leave off the additional salt called for in the oat topping.
- Fresh Peaches: You can use frozen peaches. DO NOT THAW THEM!
- Yellow Peaches: You can use white peaches or nectarines too.
- Peaches: Swap them out with strawberries, blackberries, or mixed berries.
- Oat Flour: You can substitute it with almond flour.
- Coconut Sugar: You can substitute the coconut sugar with light brown sugar or dark brown sugar.
- Cornstarch: You can use tapioca flour or arrowroot powder.
You can serve this homemade peach crisp with so many things. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Vanilla ice cream
- Frozen yogurt
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate drizzle
- Drizzle of honey
- Greek yogurt
- Your favorite ice cream
- Non-dairy whipped topping
- Lemon zest
- Custard or vanilla pudding
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use frozen peaches?
You can certainly use frozen peaches for this recipe. However, don’t allow them to thaw before baking. Mix the frozen peach slices with the rest of the filling ingredients, and then add them to the greased baking dish.
Can you use nectarines in a peach crisp?
Yes, you can use nectarines in this peach crisp recipe. Nectarines are closely related to peaches and have similar flavor, sweetness, and texture.
Can I use white peaches?
Yes, you can use white peaches in this healthy peach crisp recipe. White peaches have a slightly sweeter and less acidic taste than yellow peaches.
Can I use homemade oat flour?
Yes! Homemade oat flour is very easy to make. Simply add 3 cups of rolled oats to a high-speed blender and blend until it is a soft, flour-like consistency. After that, measure out how much oat flour is called for in the recipe and save the rest in an airtight container in your pantry for up to 3 months.
Can I use quick oats for the crumble topping?
I recommend using rolled oats since they provide a crunchier crisper topping. However, you can use quick oats if needed. Do not use steel-cut oats.
What’s a good substitute for oat flour?
Almond flour is the best substitute for oat flour in this peach crisp recipe. Do not use coconut flour.
Is this recipe vegan?
This peach crisp recipe is 100% vegan since it uses coconut oil. There is no butter required.
Is it gluten-free?
This healthy peach crisp recipe is 100% gluten-free since there is no refined flour or gluten. We use oat flour instead of all-purpose flour.
Can you make it ahead of time?
You can easily make this peach crisp up to one day in advance. Prepare the crisp as instructed but do not bake it. Instead, cover it tightly and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, remove it from the refrigerator, let it come to room temperature, and bake as the recipe directs.
Can you double the recipe?
Yes, you can double this recipe. Simply bake the peach crisp in a large 9×13″ baking dish.
Can I freeze peach crisp?
You can freeze peach crisp for up to 2-3 months. Let it cool completely after baking, cover it tightly with plastic wrap, and then wrap it with aluminum foil or place it in a freezer-safe container. To reheat, thaw the crisp in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat it in the oven (without the plastic wrap) at a low temperature until warm.
Storing and reheating leftovers:
Storing: I recommend enjoying this healthy peach crisp within 3 – 5 hours of removing it from the oven for the best taste! If you have leftovers, store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in a sealed container or the original baking dish with aluminum foil.
Reheating: For best results, reheat the large pie dish or pan in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes at 350°F. If you are in a rush or want to heat a single serving, reheat it in the microwave for 45 – 60 seconds in 15-second intervals so the berries do not burn.
If you love this recipe, try these next!
- Air Fryer Peaches
- Strawberry Crumble
- Blackberry Cobbler (Gluten-Free)
- Blueberry Peach Sorbet
- Gluten-Free Blueberry Crisp
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Healthy Peach Crisp (Gluten-Free)
- 10 ripe yellow peaches, (about 4 pounds) peeled and cut into 3/4-inch slices
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, or light brown sugar
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cornstarch, arrowroot, or tapioca starch
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free certified
- ⅔ cup oat flour, (homemade* or store-bought) spooned and leveled
- ½ cup walnuts, almonds, or pecans (optional), roughly chopped (so there are still some bigger crunchy pieces)
- ¼ cup coconut sugar, or light brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ – ½ tsp ground cinnamon, based on your prefference
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil, butter or vegan butter
- ¼ cup real maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease a 9×9-inch baking dish, 8×11 baking dish, 9-inch pie dish, or skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Pat the peaches dry if you washed them, and then peel them. For firm peaches, use a peeler. If they are soft and ripe, follow the boiling method explained below so the peaches don’t lose their juice and get mushy. INSTRUCTIONS BELOW in notes section.
- Cut the peeled peaches into 3/4-inch slices and place them in a large mixing bowl.
- Add coconut sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and starch to the bowl with the peaches. Toss everything together and spoon the peach mixture into the greased dish.
- In a separate bowl, combine rolled oats, oat flour, optional walnuts, coconut sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in maple syrup, melted coconut oil (or butter), and vanilla extract. Mix everything well using your hands.
- Spread the oat crumble mixture evenly over the peaches in the dish.
- Bake for 30-38 minutes until the top turns golden crisp and the peaches are bubbling. Around 35 minutes usually works well.
- Allow the crisp to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. It pairs well with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Gently cut an “X” shape on the bottom of each peach, just through the skin.
- Fill a medium-sized mixing bowl with ice water.
- Carefully place the peaches in the boiling water and blanch them for 30 seconds, until the skin near the “X” starts to peel back.
- Remove the peaches from the pot and transfer them to the ice water bath to cool for a few minutes.
- When the peaches are cool enough to touch, peel off the skin using your hands. It should come off easily.
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