Warm Connections {Day 28}: Apple Goody Dessert Recipe

This Gluten-Free Apple Goody Dessert Recipe is a delightful way to use up extra falltime baking apples!

Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits. – Henry David Thoreau

Everyone who has, at some point in life, received a knock on the door with a fresh pan of goodies or pie or cake delivered to their home, knows exactly how my neighbors felt last night when I myself did the knocking.

When our friends Roger and Faye delivered the boxes, coolers, bags full of apples, from their fruit trees, I couldn’t help but get a little giddy inside. My parents did not have fruit tress but my Aunt Lillian worked at Harry and David her entire life. So every year at fall we’d be blessed with a huge box of apples. You know, the good kind. Not the mushy or mealy kind. The crisp and almost perfect kind.

For years now Roger and Faye have made their favorite apple dessert, and now they’ve passed it on to me. It’s easy, it’s tart and tasty, and it’s good for neighbors.

Make a pan for yourself or your family, and one or two to take to neighbors HOT out of the oven.

Sharing Tips:
1. Look at your fruit bounty and see if you have enough to bless others with.
2. Do you have extra pans in your cupboard for baking?
3. Keep on hand “throw-away” pans that you don’t need back.
4. Mark your name on the bottom with a Sharpie or tape if you want your pan back.

If you follow my neighbor Ellie’s advice, never return a pan empty (of course this is just a suggestion).

Warm connections come when we practice simple gestures of kindness that really only take a little thought to plan out.

When’s the time you doubled up on your cooking or baking and shared it with others?

Apple Goody Dessert Recipe
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Gluten-Free Apple Goody Dessert Recipe

Serve this apple delight warm with premium vanilla ice cream. Yum!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 4


  • Golden Delicious apples
  • Cinnamon/sugar mixture
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats for normal recipe use Quaker Oats
  • 1/4 cup Gluten Free flour I normal recipe use all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter


  • Slice Golden Delicious apples into pie plate or small baking dish. (I use 6-7 apples for 9″ pie or 4 apples for smaller dish.)
  • Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon/sugar mixture, if desired.
  • Mix together 1 cup oats, 1/4 cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, and spread evenly over apples.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for half an hour covered, and half an hour uncovered.


13 comments on “Warm Connections {Day 28}: Apple Goody Dessert Recipe”

  1. This looks so delicious and the instructions are straightforward.
    I will get some fresh apples from the farmer’s market this weekend and give it a try – thank you for the recipe.

  2. This sounds so good – I love anything apple! What a great idea to make it uncooked.

  3. What a nice thing to do….that certainly is a warm connection! (and the recipe looks amazing!)

  4. Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits! I love that saying. I also love apples, so easy to use sweet or savory, fresh from the tree. This dessert looks so yummy!

  5. Can I be your neighbor?! ;)

  6. Love this idea! And, great tip on keeping throw-away pans on hand. We used to have plate that got passed back and forth between a few of us friends when our children were little. It never got returned without a goody!

  7. Oh Sandy! I love your idea of making a dessert using the apples your friends gave to you. And your suggestion about returning a dish filled rather than empty is such a sweet suggestion. I never thought of that before. I will certainly be doing that from here on in!

    I enjoy doubling up on my cooking from time to time to share with others especially when I know they could really use a home-cooked meal (such as when a new baby is born, etc.). I never used to do this because I was so afraid that the recipient may not like my cooking. Also, I wasn’t sure how common it was to do, as I had never received a meal myself. I had a lot of doubt about the whole process. Then one day, years ago, when my son had a minor operation, a good friend showed up at my door with a lasagna wihtin hours of us arriving home from the hospital. I was so surprised. How sweet of her.

    After that experience, I decided I would give it a try and hope for the best. So far, so good, and everyone I have shared a meal with is always happy to receive it. And I have received lots more meals too! I realized it was just a matter of a leap of faith to get the whole process of neighborly hospitality going and to put all my self doubt to rest.

    Have a great weekend.



  8. Yes indeedy – love bringing neighbours home baking. In fact a friend of mine recently had a tradesperson in her home fixing something. My friend took him some home baking with his morning cup of tea – and he said that was the first time he had home baking since he was a child….long story short my friend ended up sharing her testimony with him!

    And yes – oats is a grey area for those with celiac disease – the big concern is in cross contamination – so celiacs need to only purchase oats from a dedicated gf facility – thanks to Bob’s Red Mill we can!

  9. I LOVE to share baked goods with my neighbors. One of the best things I’ve ever done to aid in sharing is to search out medium-sized pans for making fruit breads. My pans aren’t full-size, but they’re larger than the mini-loaf pans you can buy. A medium-sized loaf makes a really nice gift. And my pumpkin bread recipe makes FOUR of this size loaf–plenty to enjoy and to share! (Luckily, my neighbors are nice and skinny, so they’re always happy to get baked goods!)

  10. Having a husband and daughter with Celiac Disease I appreciate this recipe. I just wanted to point out the Quaker Oats are not gluten free. There is too much cross contamination between the trucks used to haul the oats and the mills that process them. There are some gluten free oat options such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats. Thanks again for the recipe.

  11. Looove that. I remember moving into our house 4 years ago and different neighbors delivering cookies and I got so weepy-eyed!

    Then I opened wine and started unpacking.

    Then maybe cried some more.

  12. I am gluten free, so I’m delighted to see a gluten-free version of dessert! Thanks!

  13. So sweet of your neighbors to bring you apples & for you to share all these treats with them :) xxoo

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