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Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp

Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love spending time with family and friends and celebrating gratitude. It is refreshing to take time out of our busy schedules to recognize all of the blessings in our lives. Sure, the food is tasty and the football games are fun, but I really enjoy the thankfulness part of Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be grateful for. Today I am thankful to be part of a gluten-free Thanksgiving, organized by Shauna, author of Gluten Free Girl and the Chef. I am sharing a recipe for gluten-free apple cranberry crisp.

I was fortunate to hear Shauna speak at Blogher Food in San Francisco and was deeply moved by her story. When she invited me to participate in a blog event to help provide ¬†recipes and ideas for hosting a gluten-free Thanksgiving, I of course said yes. I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous because I have never baked anything gluten-free before, but I was up for the challenge. After doing some research, I decided to make a gluten-free apple cranberry crisp.

Apples and cranberries are abundant this time of year and compliment each other nicely. I used both fruits for the base of my crisp. For the topping, I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats and Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Flour. I found both products at our local grocery market, they were easy to find and worked like a dream in my crisp. The crisp is sweet, tart, and has a nice crunchy topping. Josh gave the gluten-free crisp two thumbs up! This crisp is easy to make and a great dessert for Thanksgiving.

If you are hosting a Thanksgiving meal this year, make sure you provide gluten-free options for your guests. There are numerous gluten-free salads and side dishes you can incorporate into your menu, but go out of your comfort zone and try baking a gluten-free item. I really enjoyed the challenge of baking a gluten-free dessert. I learned a lot and enjoyed trying something new. Plus, this gluten-free apple cranberry crisp is delicious. I can’t wait to try other gluten-free recipes.

For gluten-free baking tips, fabulous gluten-free recipes, beautiful photos, and an amazing story, check out Shauna and Danny’s new cookbook: Gluten-Free Girl and The Chef. If you are interested in seeing what other bloggers made for our Gluten-Free Thanksgiving, visit Shauna’s blog for the complete list. There are some VERY tasty recipes, you don’t want to miss them!

Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp


Fruit base:

4 large Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored, and chopped
1 1/4 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Crisp topping:

1 1/4 cup Gluten-Free Oats
1/4 cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 8 baking dish or ramekins and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix together apples, cranberries, sugar, zest, and lemon juice. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, spices, brown sugar, and honey. Stir. Mix in butter with your hands, until crumbly.

4. Place fruit mixture in prepared baking dish or ramekins, if using. Pour crisp topping over the fruit and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until apples are tender and crisp is bubbling.

5. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

*Note-if you don't need the dessert to be gluten-free you can use regular oats and flour. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

If you like this apple cranberry crisp, you might also like:

Gluten-Free Rhubarb Apple Crisp from Celiac Teen
Apricot and Blueberry Crumble from Gluten-Free Girl
Peach Berry Crisp from The Sensitive Pantry

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84 Responses to “Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp”

  1. Rosa — November 15, 2010 @ 1:28 am

    A scrumptious holiday crisp!



  2. Katrina — November 15, 2010 @ 4:26 am

    I’m a huge fan of “crisps – apple being my favorite. This recipe looks soooo good. Thanks!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet — November 15, 2010 @ 4:30 am

    This is a beautiful recipe. The colors are so vibrant!

  4. Joanne — November 15, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    I always like to have recipes under my belt that are good for different dietary restrictions…you never know who will be coming to dinner! And I love that this is a pleaser whether you are gluten-free or not. The apple cranberry combo is delicious!

  5. Erica — November 15, 2010 @ 5:39 am

    So pretty- a great thanksgiving day dessert idea. I love crisps….they’re probably my favorite dessert (outside frozen yogurt). Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday- I really enjoy all the time I get with my family and friends just talking and laughing. Fabulous

    • twopeas replied: — November 15th, 2010 @ 9:21 am

      I love fro yo too:)

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  7. Courtney — November 15, 2010 @ 6:03 am

    Wow it turned out beautiful, Maria! I so agree on the gluten free options, and also agree on it being a little overwhelming to me.

  8. Amanda — November 15, 2010 @ 6:03 am

    I can almost taste it!! WOW! Great recipe… beautiful pics!

  9. Traci — November 15, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    I am asked to teach GF classes from time to time and found it overwhelming at first. But GF cooking is actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it. my suggestion for those w/celiac that can’t have GF oats? Use quinoa flakes instead. They are a little trickier to use but have a fantastic nutty flavor to them. Here’s a tip or two for those wanting to sub the quinoa:

    • Janelle replied: — November 15th, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

      Thanks for posting this. I was wondering about this, as my sister-in-law has celiac disease, and can’t have these oats either.

  10. the blissful baker — November 15, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    what a pretty dessert! i love the cranberry/apple combo. this looks delicious!

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  12. Estela @ Weekly Bite — November 15, 2010 @ 7:01 am

    I love the flavors of this dessert! Gorgeous photos!

  13. marla {family fresh cooking} — November 15, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    Well done with your gluten free crisp – it looks perfect for the holidays & any time at all :)

  14. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 15, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    I love all things cranberry and apple… And this tart looks fabulous. I love trying new recipes, especially gluten free ones. I have a few GF friends, and I always try to bake for them since most people don’t do any GF baking. Thanks for sharing this one!

  15. Wenderly — November 15, 2010 @ 7:55 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to try this! Looks like it will become a staple at our house!

  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 15, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    Apple crisp is one of my favorite fall desserts, and it’s so simple! I love your variation and would love to try this sometime soon. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 15, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    wow, this sounds amazing! i’m not gluten-free but i would TOTALLY down an entire bowl of this :)

  18. Jenny Flake — November 15, 2010 @ 9:00 am

    So pretty Maria! Love this post.

  19. Jenna — November 15, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    this looks great….we just found out that Adam has a sensitivity to wheat and I’ve NEVER baked anything gluten-free before in my life. I might have to start with this!

    • twopeas replied: — November 15th, 2010 @ 9:20 am

      Jenna-this was my first gluten-free baking experience. The crisp was really easy to make and very tasty! I can’t wait to try other gf baked goods!

  20. Paula - bell'alimento — November 15, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    Apple and Cranberries together are bliss! Can’t wait to try this one out. I’m always looking for great new gf recipes for my little man & this one fits the bill! xoxo

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  22. Ashley — November 15, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    Beautiful! I love the combination of apples and cranberry. So tart and fresh tasting – a great way to end a heavy Thanksgiving feast.

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  25. Eliana — November 15, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    I never thought gluten free could look and sound so delicious. Silly me!


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  29. Tracy — November 15, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    This looks lovely! You won’t even miss the gluten. :-)

  30. Kalyn — November 15, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

    This looks like a great recipe and your photo is fantastic.

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  32. teresa — November 15, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

    oh how lovely, i have a friend who can’t eat gluten that i’m going to send this to!

  33. Jenna — November 15, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    Looks delicious! My cousin is gluten intolerant, so I’ll have to keep this recipe in mind for the next time we’re together.

  34. Pam — November 15, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    I would love a bowl full of this crisp right now!

  35. Mackenzie @ The Caramel Cookie — November 15, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    This looks great! Crisps are one of my favorite desserts to eat.

  36. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — November 15, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    this looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try it!

  37. Deborah — November 15, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

    Gluten free or not – it sounds delicious!!

  38. Feast on the Cheap — November 15, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    So funny, everyone is on the same wavelength – it’s been all about cranberries today! We just whipped up Cranberry Nut Bread. Great minds… Am a huge fan of crisps, and i love the tart Cranny addition!

    • twopeas replied: — November 15th, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

      I can’t get enough cranberry!

  39. Robyn — November 15, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    Maria – this is beautiful! I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’ve bookmarked it for making soon.

  40. Imwaytoobusy — November 15, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    Apples and cranberries! The perfect combo, I dub this a must-try :)

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