Apple Betty – a fast, family favorite in our house, now Gluten free


Apple Betty – a fast, family favorite in our house, now Gluten free

By Rita Davidson

Don’t you love the food we all grew up with? Those familiar smells from the kitchen basking our noses. Our family didn’t have a lot of money when I grew up, but we had FOOD.

I remember my mother always in the kitchen, starting with breakfast it was like one big long cookout for our large family. Spreading from breakfast to lunch and once dishes were done, time for supper. The revolving life of a housewife!

Growing up we don’t think much of that “Kraft dinner” lunch. But the older you get the more special memories of your meals and everything from that time. My dad is gone, and my mother is getting older. Her memory is not as good as it used to be. So when I find a recipe of hers, I’m anxious to make it again and preserve the memory of it for our family.

That is my “Apple Betty”. (My mother’s “Apple Betty”) for those who didn’t agree with my mothers name for it.) My mother used to make this often, especially when apples from our orchards were in abundance. It’s a VERY simple recipe that was popular with vanilla ice cream. OH I can see the melting ice cream now!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we still do, be sure to come back here if you make it. 🙂


  • 5+ Apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar (optional)
  • Cinnamon (to taste)
  • Coconut oil
  • 1 box Gluten Free White Cake Mix
  1. Peel all your apples. Once peeled, core them and chop them into little chunks. Great chore for kids to do while your doing something else. J Set aside.
  2. Coat your pans in coconut oil, (my preference when baking but you can use what you have) so they won’t stick.
  3. Place the chopped apples in the bottom of your coated cake pans. (I’m guessing your making multiple cakes here, as this will be popular!) You can likely fill 3 pans from Large to medium depending on how much you fill or how much cake you want. Fill them up half way.
  4. Sprinkle sugar (optional) and Cinnamon overtop the apples. Stir to coat them all. Set aside.
  5. Mix up your Gluten Free Cake Mix, (or your scratch cake, GF or not). Once that is ready, pour it over top of your apples, just enough to coat them. The more you pour on top the thicker your cake on top. Be sure not to put too much that it will bake over the sides of your pans. Been there, done that. 🙂
  6. Follow your cake directions, cook for the recommended time.
  7. That’s it! Now top with your favorite dairy-free cream or some vanilla ice cream (if you do dairy) and ENJOY HOT!

Hope this makes a nice Easter dessert for you all. I long for the days from my youth, when days were simpler. Time passes oh so quickly doesn’t it?

Our oven door just broke as I was writing this, so it will be slow-cooker for us this year.


What is your favorite Easter meal for your family? Share with me HERE.

With love,

Rita Xo 🙂

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press All Rights Reserved.

IMG_0905 Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a published author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” and speaker, she is a licensed Hairdresser, Professional Make Up artist with a degree in Natural Health. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!



2 responses to “Apple Betty – a fast, family favorite in our house, now Gluten free”

  1. Anne Fyfe Avatar
    Anne Fyfe

    Hope you and all your family have a marvellous Easter. Sorry about your oven door but you can get through everything you are so strong .God bless you and your family.

    1. Rita Davidson Avatar
      Rita Davidson

      Thank you Anne,
      God bless you and hope you have a joyful Easter too!
      Rita 🙂
      Author of the bestselling, “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) saved from the ashes returns in 2015!

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