National Butterscotch Pudding Day (Apple Crisp Recipe – Gluten-Free)

Did you know that September 19th is National Butterscotch Pudding Day? Yep! How great does that sound?! And in honour of that, I’m sharing my family’s favourite way to enjoy butterscotch pudding: in an apple crisp dessert. It’s a perfect fall recipe and just in time for apple season.

Enjoying the apple orchard.

Every fall, we take our girls to a local farm and go apple picking. It’s the perfect fall activity to do as a family, and it helps to teach our kids where their food comes from, and how it’s grown. Of course, everyone in our family prefers a different type of apple, so we always come home with a good variety and plenty of them.

Needless to say, having that many apples on-hand inspires a little creativity in the kitchen: applesauce, apple pie, apple slices with peanut butter & maple syrup dip, apple cinnamon pancakes, and of course, apple crisp. A number of years ago, I stumbled upon a recipe for apple crisp that used butterscotch pudding in the mix. I made it for my family and they have been asking me to make it ever since.

Now if there’s one thing I hate as the only one in the house that has to follow a gluten-free diet, it’s when everyone else gets to enjoy a recipe and I’m left out. That’s when I took my own gluten-free apple crisp recipe and altered it to incorporate the pudding mix.

As luck would have it, I recently picked up a bottle of salted caramel milk through our weekly farm order and decided to try that on my dish of apple crisp. Wow! If you can find some, try it! The flavours came together for a perfect warm dish of fall comfort food.

Butterscotch Apple Crisp with a Splash of Salted Caramel Milk

Enjoy all the colours of the season, and of course, all those comforting fall foods! And let us know, what’s your favourite?

Gluten-free Butterscotch Apple Crisp

This perfect fall dessert gives the classic apple crisp a little twist you'll love. Serve warm with a splash of cream or with ice cream if desired.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert


  • 5 large apples, peeled & sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour *I used Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pkg butterscotch pudding mix (4 serving size)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put apple slices in a greased 9-inch pie plate. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and toss to coat. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine sugar, oats, flour, remaining 1/2 tsp cinnamon, baking powder, and dry pudding mix. Mix well.
  • Blend butter into oat mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle oat mixture over apples.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes. Serve warm.

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