Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp

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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

3.93 from 13 votes


  • 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.

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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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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:

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

  5. Well done with your gluten free crisp – it looks perfect for the holidays & any time at all ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. wow, this sounds amazing! i’m not gluten-free but i would TOTALLY down an entire bowl of this ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 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!

    1. 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!

  10. 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

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

  24. 5 stars
    Outstanding! We made the gluten free recipe for a gathering of nine people, and served it with vanilla ice cream. The topping was a little difficult to work because of the gluten free flour.
    It was a great hit-with four requests for the recipe!

  25. I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They are very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.