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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. Alicia — November 15, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    Crisps are so perfect for this time of year! It’s so great to see desserts that really capture the best of what’s in season!

  2. Jennie — November 15, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

    Lovely recipe Maria, and what a gorgeous photo, as always. I’m linking to this crisp in my GF Thanksgiving post this Wednesday!

    • twopeas replied: — November 16th, 2010 @ 8:28 am

      Thanks Jennie!

  3. Heather — November 15, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    Beautiful Maria! Great photo’s and it’s the perfect time of the year for a crisp especially a crisp with apples and cranberries. Yum!

  4. Cookin' Canuck — November 15, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

    Way to go, Maria. You knocked this challenge out of the park. What a beautiful recipe for Thanksgiving.

  5. rebecca — November 15, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    this looks wonderful and lovely to offer gluten free recipes

  6. Carrie Minns — November 15, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

    Beautifully done Maria. Your photos are gorgeous. Love how you styled them. So thoughtful of you to do this for Shauna.

    • twopeas replied: — November 16th, 2010 @ 8:28 am

      Thanks Carrie!

  7. maggy@threemanycooks — November 16, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    This looks delicious! Great photos, Maria.

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  9. Lauren — November 16, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    Oh Maria! Such a beautiful post. I’m so glad the crisp came out so well – it’s absolutely gorgeous.

  10. jackhonky — November 16, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Mmm. Crisps! I love it! I love the idea of eating a crisp for dessert, because somehow I can trick myself into thinking I’m eating something healthy. After all it has fruit in it. And oats which are totally good for you right?

    But there’s something to satisfying about eating a fall fruit crisp. I can’t wait to create this at home!

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  12. Nadia — November 16, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

    this would be wonderful on Thanksgiving! Your photos are beautiful–bright and cheerful. :)

  13. Lexie | Lexie's Kitchen — November 16, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

    Maria and Josh … so which one of you is the photographer? If that’s a team effort, too, then all I have to say is that you are one talented couple!! You done good gluten-free! Stunning crisp and so easy, too! I am all about easy next week. Have a great thanksgiving. Sure admire your work on this blog!

  14. Tracey — November 16, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

    Your crisp looks wonderful Maria! Apples and cranberries are such a yummy combination.

  15. Soma — November 16, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

    What a beautiful dish! I love to add almond meal to my crisps. Gorgeous heartwarming photographs.

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  17. grace — November 17, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    the colors and flavors pair so well. this is great, maria–everyone should be able to enjoy a crisp!

  18. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — November 18, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    This looks gorgeous!! Great pictures, and it looks like you definitely mastered gluten free. I’ve never baked GF either, but I’m thinking I need to try!

  19. Liz — November 18, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    Yum! A coworker of mine just made a cranberry sauce with apples in it and it was AMAZING! Would love to give this a try.

  20. Chez Us — November 24, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    Oh Maria, love the addition of cranberries – not only pretty but delicious!

  21. Marjorie Quiles — November 30, 2010 @ 7:57 am

    You are a very clever individual!

  22. Jen @ How To: Simplify — December 10, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

    Oh my goodness, Maria. This looks amazing! I would love to have some of this right now! Yum!

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  28. Valerie @ Chateau A la Mode — November 20, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    Oh I am so excited to find this recipe. This is the first thanksgiving we will be celebrating since my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac’s and am happy to have a yummy alternative for her that we will all enjoy for dessert! Thanks.

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  31. Jessica @ Feastie — December 24, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    I’m making this today for our mini Christmas Day feast tomorrow – just a half recipe for myself and my husband. I’m going to have to stop myself from digging into it today! I love making things ahead of time but have a hard time not eating them. 😉

  32. Jessica @ Feastie — December 25, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    I just tasted it – the first thing I thought was, “This tastes like Christmas.” Delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  37. Bubble Girl — October 20, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

    This looks divine! I just love crisps in the fall!

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