This Cranberry, Apple, and Pear Crisp is a comforting, heavenly dessert that’s perfect for this time of year. It’s vegan and gluten-free!
I love a good crisp. I have a recipe for Peach Berry Crisp and Healthy Apple Crisp, but I wanted to make a crisp that was great for this time of year. It’s such a feel-good dessert. Top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you’ve got yourself a melt-in-your mouth bowl of heaven.
I use fresh cranberries a lot this time of year, and this Cranberry, Apple, Pear Crisp is one of my new favorite ways to use them! Tart cranberries, juicy apples, and sweet pears is an unbeatable combination. The crisp topping has the perfect crunch you can’t resist.
Not only is this dessert unbelievably delicious, it’s highly nutritious compared to other crisp recipes. It also just happens to be vegan and gluten-free!
What You Need: Ingredients
Oats are a great source of many important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. They can help lower cholesterol levels and improve blood sugar control. Rolled oats (also called old-fashioned oats) are ideal for baking. They are made from steaming, flattening, and flaking the whole grains which causes them to have the most texture. Make sure to get certified gluten-free oats to ensure there’s no cross contamination if you have a gluten allergy.
There are many different kinds of gluten-free flour. I like to use this Cup 4 Cup Gluten-Free Wholesome Flour, but any kind of all-purpose gluten-free flour will work. I prefer to use gluten-free flour because since gluten can be very inflammatory, but regular all-purpose flour will work just fine in this recipe if you’d prefer to use it.
I like using coconut sugar because it’s a plant-based, natural sweetener. It contains vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that are known to help prevent high cholesterol and heart disease. You can substitute white sugar or brown sugar in equal amounts as the coconut sugar if you would like.
Not only does cinnamon add great flavor, but it also has tons of health benefits. Cinnamon has many powerful medicinal properties, and contains lots of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
The tart cranberries are amazing when combined with the other fruit flavors in this Cranberry Apple Pear Crisp. Many people consider cranberries to be a superfood because they have such a high nutrient and antioxidant content. They have so many health benefits. Cranberries are great for urinary health, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, and even enhancing oral health.
Pears are high in vitamin C, vitamin K, and copper. They are en excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber which can help promote gut health. The texture and flavor from the pears is delicious in this recipe.
I like using Honey Crisp apples, but you can use any kind of sweet apples. I don’t think using a tart apple is best in this recipe because the sweetness of the apples (and pears) helps cut the tart cranberries. Apples are highly nutritious containing lots of vitamins A, E, B, and fiber.
Coconut oil is a rich, natural oil that’s great for baking. You can also use softened butter in equal parts if you would like. A vegan butter alternative will also work here.
Orange Zest and Juice
An orange peel brings a bright, citrus flavor to this crisp recipe. Not only that, but it contains lots of vitamins and minerals. The juice adds a sweet, bright taste. It’s rich in many nutrients including vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Orange juice is also high in antioxidants, can improve heart health, and may decrease inflammation.
Ginger is known to contain many medicinal properties. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory food, it can treat many forms of nausea, drastically lower blood sugars, and improve heart disease risk factors.
Cloves have a subtly sweet flavor that combines great with the other spices in this fruit crisp. They are filled many important nutrients. One teaspoon contains 55% of the daily recommended value of manganese!
Allspice is a popular home treatment for aches and pains. It has many anti-inflammatory effects, and can help with blood sugar management. It tastes like a blend of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.
How to make Cranberry Apple Pear Crisp
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees f. Grease a medium baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine your filling ingredients. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish.
- Make the topping: In a large bowl, combine the all of the topping ingredients. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to combine the coconut oil or butter into the ingredients. You can also use a pastry blender if you have one. If you are using butter, make sure you use softened butter, not melted butter.
- Pour the crisp topping over the fruit filling.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, until it is starting to bubble. Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
How should I store this cranberry apple crisp?
You can store it in any air-tight container or cover your pan with aluminum foil. I would recommend refrigerating it which will not only extend it’s shelf-life, but will also prevent bacteria from growing. There’s a high chance of bacteria growth in apples if left in room temperature. It will last about 5 days in the fridge.
What kinds of apples should I use?
Any kind of sweet apples will work. I like using Honey Crisp apples, but Fuji or Gala would also work.
Can I substitute the coconut sugar?
You can substitute the coconut sugar for equal parts of either granulated or brown sugar. If you’d like this to be a no-added-sugar dessert, I recommend using erythritol or monk fruit sweetener. Both will work with a 1:1 substitution.
What is the difference between a crisp, crumble, and cobbler?
Crisps and crumbles are similar, the main difference being crumble toppings usually don’t contain oats while crisp toppings do. A cobbler is a fruit dessert that’s baked with a biscuit style topping. This recipe is considered a crisp since the topping contains oats.
Can I use lemon juice and zest instead of orange?
Yes, just note the flavor will be subtly different. If you do this, only add half the amount of lemon juice as orange juice and half water. So for this recipe you would use 1 tablespoon lemon juice mixed with 1 tablespoon water. You can use the same amount of zest.
How should I reheat this crisp recipe?
The best way to reheat this fruit crisp is in the oven. This will help the crisp topping get crispy again. Bake it at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until it’s warm. You can also reheat it in the microwave if you’d like.
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