Apple Cran Crumble

Gluten Free - Dairy Free - Refined Sugar Free 

Apple Cran Crumble

Everybody can throw together a winning apple crumble/crisp, so we thought we'd throw in a little holiday twist with this sweet tart combination. The vibrant color and tartness added from the fresh cranberries makes this version one to keep coming back to for years to come. As with all whole food crumbles, the toppings and flavor profiles are easily adjustable. Feel free to change up the combination of nuts and seeds or swap out the spice combination to match your tastebuds. This is absolutely delicious served warm as is; served with oats for breakfast the next morning; or topped with our sweet cashew cream.

This gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free warming dessert utilizes oats, nuts, gluten free flours, and natural sweeteners to make it a nice alternative to typical crumbles loaded with refined sugars and wheat flour.  This option allows you to still indulge in treats this holiday season without the increased inflammation, insulin spikes, and digestive discomfort that sometimes follows.

Apple Cran Crumble

Apple Crumble

Prep: 15 minutes; Bake time: ~45 minutes; Total: ~1 hour


Filling Ingredients

  • 5 cups chopped apples (mix of choice, include some granny smith)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground clove
  • Pinch of salt


Crumble Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2/3 cup gf rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup pecans, crushed
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter/coconut oil



  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F
  2. Combine the filling ingredients in a bowl and stir to coat. Pour evenly into a glass pie dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, oats, pecans, brown rice flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
  4. Cube butter/coconut oil into small pieces and add to flour mixture with maple syrup.
  5. Mix with pastry knife or fork and knife, until butter/oil is broken into pea sized pieces.
  6. Crumble topping evenly over the fruit mixture.
  7. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes, until apples have softened and top has lightly browned. If the crumble is browning too quickly, cover with foil to avoid burning.

Pro Tips

Sweetness: The cranberries and green apples have a touch of tartness. If you prefer a sweeter taste, increase maple syrup up to 1/4 cup.

Prep: Combine dry topping ingredients ahead of time and store in an airtight container for ease of just adding oil/maple syrup when ready to use.

Dairy free/Vegan: Use coconut oil in the crumb topping.

Nut/Grain Free: Swap for gluten free flours of your choice to make it nut or grain free.

Cranberries and Apples
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