This quick recipe for homemade gluten-free streusel topping (or crumb or crisp topping) is perfect for gluten-free cakes, crumbles, crisps, and muffins! The recipe’s ingredient ratios have been tested-and-perfected for a gluten-free topping that’s light and buttery. The streusel topping does need to be baked in the oven, so be sure to sprinkle it on your desserts or muffins before baking. Or bake it by itself on a sheet pan for about 12 minutes. Yields 2 cups.
This gf streusel topping is a wonderful addition to your favorite muffin, quick bread or fruit crisp. Here are a few of my gluten-free desserts that already use this topping or could be perfect with this cinnamony topping including my classic gluten-free blueberry crisp, gluten-free strawberry-apple crisp and my gluten-free peach cobbler.
How to Use GF Streusel Topping
Cinnamon goes especially well with berries, bananas and peaches. In fact, my favorite food in the world is peach-blueberry pie with cinnamon crumb. Use as a topping to apple, berry or peach pies. Sprinkle over muffins before baking. Or bake it by itself on a sheet pan for about 12 minutes and sprinkle over ice cream, baked apples or sliced fresh berries.
- Gluten-free flour blend – My preferred gf flour for baking is King Arthur Measure for Measure. It works very well in almost all of my gluten-free baked goods and is the most affordable of the ones I’ve tested. It is also certified gluten-free. Cup4Cup (contains milk powder) and Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 (not certified gluten-free).
- A combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar makes this crumb sweet with a hint of molasses flavor.
- A good dose of cinnamon gives this crumb a spicy kick which is magical with sweet and fruity desserts.
- A little bit of salt is an excellent flavor enhancer and a balance to the sweetness.
- Add 1/4 tsp ground ginger or a pinch of cayenne pepper to give this cinnamon streusel an extra kick of spice.
- And then butter is the moisture and rich flavor component. If needed. use a dairy-free butter sub as described below.
This homemade streusel topping can easily be made dairy-free. Substitute the butter with coconut oil, shortening or butter substitute. I personally am dairy-free, except for butter. But if you need to avoid butter, vegan butter substitutes will work too. When using a butter alternative like Earth Balance which contains salt, omit the salt called for in the recipe and expect the streusel to have a sweet and salty taste which can actually be pretty amazing!
Add 1/4 tsp ground ginger or a pinch of cayenne pepper to give this cinnamon streusel an extra kick of spice.
And then butter is the moisture and rich flavor component. If needed. use a dairy-free butter sub as described below.
Quick Gluten-Free Streusel Topping (Crumb Topping)
- 7 Tbsps melted unsalted butter
- 1¼ c gluten-free flour blend
- ⅓ c sugar
- ½ c brown sugar
- 2 tsps cinnamon
- ½ tsp xanthan gum omit if your blend contains it
- 2 pinches of salt
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a small mixing bowl and be sure to break up any brown sugar chunks.
- Add the vanilla and melted butter.
- Mix until the dry ingredients are moistened.
- Top your favorite pie, muffin or coffee cake and bake.
- Or, spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 12 minutes.