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Gluten-Free Apple Streusel Squares with Maple Cinnamon Glaze

Gluten Free Apple Streusel Cake


IT’S A …….. BOY!

No not mine, sillies.

Although, I do already have two of them. Well, three, counting my husband. Geez…four, if you count my dog (who incidentally can be more mature at times than all three of the aforementioned boys).

No. This little boy I am talking about is Amy’s, of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. Her little bambino is set to arrive any second. Literally. And today we are throwing her a SURPRISE virtual baby shower since we cannot give her one in person.

Gluten Free Apple Cake

And I am making these Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Apple Streusel Squares with an amazing Maple Cinnamon Glaze in honor of the event.

Gluten Free Apple Cake

These little bite-sized gems are such a treat, with a healthier twist (they lasted all about two seconds in my house). And can so easily be made safe for multiple types of modified diets. Definitely a perfect addition to a baby shower.

Oh. I am not sure if I mentioned this yet. But, this may be a good time to tell you that these treats are totally and completely addicting. Consider yourself warned. If you have no will power, you may not want to make these.

Now. If you just happen to be throwing a baby shower in real life any time soon, we have a rockin’ gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and allergy-friendly menu ready to go for you right here:

Okay. Now for these Apple Streusel Squares. But like I said. If you have no self-control or will power…I will repeat what I said above. Do. Not. Make. These.

Apple Streusel Squares

Gluten-Free Apple Streusel Squares with Maple Cinnamon Glaze

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free; Easily Nut-Free and Egg-Free



  • 2 Small Apples (such as Fuji, Braeburn, or Honeycrisp), peeled, cored, and diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon


  • 2/3 cup Superfine Brown Rice Flour (such as Authentic Foods brand)
  • 1/3 cup Millet Flour OR Almond Flour
  • 1/4 Tbsp Arrowroot Starch
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder, Aluminum Free
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 1/4 tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil, OR Coconut Oil measured in liquid state
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Palm Sugar (or Granulated Sugar)
  • 1 Egg (FOR EGG FREE: Mix together in small bowl: 1 1/2 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce with 3/4 tsp additional Baking Powder with 1 Tbsp Warm Water and with 3/4 tsp Ener G Egg Replacer – use mixture where you would add eggs)
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Apple Cider


  • 2 Tbsp Almond Flour OR Millet Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, measured in liquid state
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Chia Seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon

Optional Maple Cinnamon Glaze:

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar, whizzed in food processor to match consistency of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 inch square pan. Toss together Apples, Coconut Sugar, and Cinnamon. Set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together until airy: Superfine Brown Rice Flour, Millet or Almond Flour, Arrowroot Starch, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Xanthan Gum, and Sea Salt.

3.  In bowl of stand mixer, add: Oil and Coconut Sugar. Beat on medium-high for 1 minute. Add egg (or Egg-replacer) and vanilla. Stop to scrape down sides.

4.  Add half of the flour mixture, then all of the apple cider, then the rest of the flour mixture and mix until just blended.

5.  Mix together all streusel ingredients until mixture is crumbly. This may make more than you need or want to use. Reserve any extra for another use.

6.  Spread half of batter in prepared pan with a spatula. Place prepared  apples evenly on batter. Then top apples with remaining half of batter. Sprinkle Streusel topping over top of batter. Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool. Once totally cooled, you can drizzle with glaze (directions below), or if not using glaze, simply cut into into bars.

For Glaze: Whisk together all Glaze ingredients until smooth and thoroughly combined. Drizzle over cooled bars.

 Allergy Friendly Menu

This post is being shared with Simply Sugar and Gluten’s Free Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

  1. On February 6, 2012 Hallie @ Daily Bites said

    Your bars look entirely luscious, Kim! The perfect treat for any gathering, not just a baby shower. 🙂

  2. On February 6, 2012 Ricki said

    They look fabulous, Kim! I’m sure your boys (all of them!) will enjoy. 😀

    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Ricki. These are definitely a hit around here. I had to take the rest of this batch to the neighbors so I would stop eating them. LOL

  3. On February 6, 2012 Wendy said

    Another yummy recipe and a smile when you talk about the men in your life. The theme this week for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is cinnamon, so your timing is perfect for the virtual baby shower and for my menu.

    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Wendy, I am glad you enjoy hearing about those goofy boys in my life. 🙂 Love the cinnamon theme of your menu swap. I can literally find a way to add cinnamon to anything!

  4. On February 6, 2012 Alta said

    OMG wow. I have no will power, and might have to make these anyway. They look so delish. Amy would love them.

  5. On February 6, 2012 Cara said

    Kim these bars sound fantastic! Amy is going to love them. If we can manage to save her some, that is. She better hurry up!

  6. On February 6, 2012 Miz Helen said

    Hi Kim,
    We are sure going to love your Apple Streusel Squares at the shower today, they look delicious! This is a great recipe that I know Amy will love and so do I. It has been fun cooking with you for Amy’s Baby Shower.
    Miz Helen

  7. On February 6, 2012 Carol said

    What a lovely and perfect shower treat to bring! While I love this whole virtual shower thing, wouldn’t it be so nice to all be in the same room, eating and chatting? I have the exact same number of boys – 2 sons, a hubby and a male dog Jake (sound familiar?) We know about boys don’t we?

  8. On February 6, 2012 Lexie said

    Kim, you are the GF cake QUEEN. Every coffee cake, breakfast cake and plain old cake you make always looks divine! Great looking recipe. xoLexie

  9. On February 6, 2012 Amy Green said

    Kim….wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so grateful and completely overwhelmed with all you’ve done to make the arrival of our little guy so special. I am so very lucky to have you as a friend. Your support has meant so much.

    Much love,

    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Amy, we are so excited for the newest addition to the gluten free family. Just too bad we are not all eating this fabulous menu together!! 🙂

  10. On February 6, 2012 Alisa said

    So many lovely and healthier desserts teasing me today! Off to work on not healthy cupcakes while I dream about these 🙂

  11. On February 6, 2012 Mallory said

    These look great!

    I’m new to GF baking and have two questions. 1) can I replace xanthan gum with something else? 2) can millet flour be used to replace almond flour in other recipes calling for 1 cup of almond flour?


    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Mallory. Sorry I am just getting to this but have been out of town on a family vacation. The xanthan gum can be replaced with a chia slurry for this recipe (mix 1 Tbsp ground chia seeds with 2-3 Tbsp hot water and allow to gel). And the millet flour can definitely be replaced for an equal amount of almond flour in most recipes usually. They are very similar in weight which allows for a decent substitution between the two. Hope this helps!

  12. On February 6, 2012 Emily said


  13. On February 6, 2012 Jeannie Wilson said

    I am so impressed with this virtual shower idea for Amy. How absolutely creative! Yes indeed – you are such a good friend. How creative of you to use your “blue” fancy dishes. By the way, you have the BEST Boys in the world, including Jake. Hugs,

    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Haha. Thanks, Mom. And, of course, by being the grandma to all of those boys, you would not be biased or anything would you?? 🙂

  14. On February 6, 2012 Danielle @ Fresh4fiv said

    Wow! looks so good! I am thinking sunday brunch! TFS!

  15. On February 6, 2012 Tessa@Domestic Diva said

    Oh my Kim…these looks to die for!! pinning for trying! Glad to see a new post!

    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks for the pin, Tessa!! I know I have been a little slow in posting lately. So many things to do, so little time these days! 😉

  16. On February 6, 2012 Maggie said

    I have no willpower but I am making these anyway! I LOVE it when you make me, I mean Amy, I mean your readers, recipes like this. Yum. It’s so fun to read everyone’s posts tonight. We rocked it!

    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Haha, Maggie. I like to tease you. This was such an amazing event! You guys totally rocked it for sure!! Awesome job, girls! 🙂

  17. On February 6, 2012 Shirley @ gfe said

    I’ll repeat what I’ve said before, Kim … if I take away your apple cider, you won’t be able to cook! LOL, but true. Such fabulous flavors! That first photo is my favorite. I want to eat off this dishes when I visit next. 😉

    Oh, and all your boys are wonderful! Anyone would be lucky to have such good boys, but I’m sure more than luck was involved. 🙂


    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Haha! I KNEW YOU WOULD CALL ME OUT, Shirley!! You are right. I think I have some totally weird obsession with apple cider! And I will serve you every meal off of those dishes next time you come. I have a really fun collection of them. They are Villeroy and Boch! I love them! And you are too kind about my silly boys! 🙂 xoxoxoxoxo

  18. On February 6, 2012 Sarena said

    What a perfect treat at a shower or a Sunday brunch! These look incredible!

    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Sarena! These really are a great brunch treat. I have brought them with me to quite a few little brunch gatherings. 🙂

  19. On February 7, 2012 InTolerant Chef said

    Sound so good! Definitely not able to stop at one!

    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      You just may have more will power than I do, IntolerantChef! 🙂 I am not good about stopping at just one for a lot of treats!

  20. On February 8, 2012 Ellen said

    These are jumping off the page and calling out my name!!! Yum!!!

  21. On February 8, 2012 Alyssa said

    What a wonderful recipe and perfect for the occasion. Healthy and delicious…can’t think of anything better! These are all my favorite flavors mixed into one treat – I seriously can’t wait to make them!

    • On February 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Alyssa! These are all of my favorite flavors as well. Hope you enjoy them if you make them! 🙂

  22. On February 9, 2012 Carol said

    These look awesome!!! I want to make some.

  23. On February 14, 2013 Debra Walter said

    Love your site. I am curious about some of the cakes and cinnamon rolls. How long do they keep and should they be kept on the counter, fridge or freezer. Not for long term storage but a few days I sometimes find that gluten free gets moist quicker than non gluten free goodies.

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