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Gluten-free Toffee Pecan Apple Streusel

Allergy Free Thanksgiving Series

PART 6 of my Ultimate Thanksgiving Prep Series– Toffee Pecan Apple Streusel.

I will not lie to you.  This dessert is amazing. I almost prefer it to my Crustless Pumpkin Streusel Pie. Almost.

As written, the recipe is naturally Gluten-free and Egg-free. However, with a couple of quick adaptions you can also make it Dairy-free and Nut-free for an amazing Allergen-Friendly Thanksgiving Dessert.

So, no more teasing. Here you go.

Gluten Free Toffee Pecan Streusel

Toffee Pecan Apple Streusel: Gluten-Free, Egg-Free

(Easily Adaptable to be Dairy-Free and Nut-Free)


  • 4 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup organic palm, or coconut sugar (or white granulated sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/4 cup Toffee bits, such as Heath Toffee Bits (not the milk chocolate covered ones), which are gluten-free but NOT Dairy-free or Nut-free.  **FOR DAIRY-FREE AND NUT-FREE alternative, see note at end of directions.
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (FOR NUT-FREE: replace pecans with Enjoy Life-Perky’s Crunchy Rice or Crunchy Flax Cereal, or Gluten-Free Corn-flakes)
  • 5 Tbsp Gluten-free all purpose flour blend
  • 4 Tbsp chilled butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (FOR DAIRY-FREE: use chilled Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, chilled, OR coconut oil, chilled, OR organic Spectrum Shortening, chilled, cut into 1/2 inch cubes)


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In large bowl, mix together apples, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and lemon juice.

2.  In food processor, pulse together toffee pieces, pecans (or Nut-Free replacement), gluten-free flour blend, and butter.  Use on-off pulsing until the ingredients are all moist and beginning to clump together.

3.  Place Apple mixture into a well-greased tart or pie plate.  Press Toffee mixture evenly over apple mixture. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, or until topping is beginning to crisp and bubble slightly.  Watch to make sure it is not browning too much.

4.  Serve with your choice of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream (Dairy or Dairy-Free) or drizzle with your favorite caramel sauce (Dairy or Dairy-Free).

**FOR DAIRY-FREE, NUT-FREE toffee bit alternative: Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.  In HEAVY BOTTOMED saucepan (saucepan is key), over medium-high heat, combine 1 3/4 cups Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine, 2 cups white sugar, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp vanilla.  Bring mixture to a very low boil, stirring constantly. Do not let mixture get over 290 degrees. Cook for 8-9  minutes until amber colored and smooth. Pour onto lined baking sheet and refrigerate.  Once hard, break into pieces. Will make more than you need for this recipe.


PART 1: The Menu and The Plan of The Ultimate Thanksgiving Series

PART 2: Cranberry Citrus Cider Sauce AND Green Bean and Shallot Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette.

PART 3: The Gluten-Free Cornbread Recipe for the stuffing (with the Variation to make the Savory Cornbread Rosemary Muffins to go with the meal) and Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes.

PART 4: The Gluten-free Cornbread and Crusty Bread Stuffing with Apples, Sausage, Pine Nuts, Golden Raisins, and…Pumpkin Puree.

PART 5: Cider Glazed Brined Turkey with Apple Brandy Gravy

PART 6: Toffee Pecan Caramel Apple Streusel (Gluten-free and Egg-free already, with how-to’s to make this Dairy-free and Nut-free as well) and Crustless Pumpkin Streusel Pie.

PART 7: The MASTER Shopping List

  1. On November 18, 2010 Maggie said

    Yay! Here it is and it sounds and looks just as good as I thought it would! Man your guests are lucky. I love the dairy-free option – who knew it was that easy to make your own toffee bits at home! The possibilities are endless! Thanks Kim.

    • On November 18, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      LOL, Maggie! I was going to tweet you to tell you it was up, but you beat me to it! 😉
      And yes. There are so many possibilities for toffee bits. I am thinking of using some in one of my cookie recipes. Making your own makes way more than you need for this recipe so there are a lot leftover to find uses for.

  2. On November 18, 2010 Alisa Cooks said

    This sounds amazing Kim! I just linked to your recent Thanksgiving recipes too! The links will be up tomorrow 🙂

    • On November 18, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Alisa!! Cannot wait to see your post tomorrow! Thanks so much for linking my Thanksgiving posts! 😉

  3. On November 18, 2010 Jane said

    This is my first Thanksgiving eating gluten free. I am excited to find your stuffing recipe! I couldn’t bear to eat the traditional meal without the stuffing! Thanks a bunch!

    • On November 18, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Jane! Here’s is to your first gluten-free Thanksgiving! I know it will be amazing!! And you will NEVER miss it with this stuffing recipe. Half of our extended family still eats gluten and they all swear by this stuffing recipe, so I hope you enjoy it too!!! By the way that cherry crisp on your site looks amazing (left a comment, but may be in spam – always end up there). 😉 Hope you have a wonderful gf Thanksgiving, Jane.

  4. On November 18, 2010 Ellen @ I Am Gluten said

    You are a crackerjack! What a fabulous series – a boon for busy people who need access to T-giving allergy-friendly recipes. Great job Kim!!!!

    • On November 18, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Ooh! Ellen, I love being called a crackerjack! LOL Hopefully, this series will make this Thanksgiving a little easier for at least a few people who are looking for allergy-friendly recipes! Thanks so much! I so appreciate your support! 😉

  5. On November 18, 2010 InTolerantChef said

    Thanks for the toffee recipe.Yumm…

    • On November 19, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Intolerant Chef! Thanks so much! Just read the story about the finger incident! Yikes! Glad he is on the mend!

  6. On November 19, 2010 MommyLES said

    i will try this recipe, it looks great and yummy and i also love apple.


  7. On November 19, 2010 u8mypinkcookies said

    that looks so yummy =)

  8. On November 19, 2010 Mel Cole said

    Another pecan recipe. I love pecans!

    My Food Trip Friday post

  9. On November 19, 2010 Tia said

    OK. I’m going to do what I did with Shirley’s. Condensed version of what I remember.

    Not a big fan of regular pecan pie. But this pie actually looks good to me. Think I might try it for Christmas time, since hubby loves pecan pie. (Too many pies for Thanksgiving, already.)

    And, love the angle picture of apples and pear. So good, they look fake. But in a good way. Have been copying the angle pose, so you will probably see it on my blog soon. Hope it’s ok.

    Tia 😛

    • On November 19, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Yay! I found it Tia!! Though i still cannot find the other one. This recipe is so stinking easy, it amazes me it is so good. LOL
      And thanks for the comment on my bowl of fruit. I cannot wait to see what you come up with in your photos. And of course you know, imitation is the best form of flattery. At least that is what I have been told, especially since i copied that angled idea from my photography friends who I always bombard for tips. hehe

  10. On November 22, 2010 angie said

    I love toffee and apples can’t wait to try them in this streusel

  11. On November 23, 2010 Chaya said

    This sounds like the most delicious dish. Apples, toffee, nuts, gluten free. Yummy.

  12. On August 12, 2011 Glutenfreefoods said

    I’ve just been diagnosed with Celiac Disease does anyone know of any gluten free foods that taste good?

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