Cranberry Apple Crisp Without Oats


Cranberry Apple Crisp without oats? Believe it or not, this is delicious. I also have a recipe for you to use with regular oats if you would like. Not only is this a delicious, mouth-watering treat, but you can serve it warm or cold. It’s also a recipe that has been in my family for generations. This is just one of the things I love about it.

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

This Gluten Free Apple Crisp should definitely be included on your Thanksgiving table this year! What I love about this is the balance of flavor between the sweet juicy apples and the burst of tartness and pop of color from the cranberries. They give a beautiful red hue to dish. The crisp topping is made using almond flour and finely chopped walnuts. There is a dairy-free option as well and absolutely no refined sugar in the whole dessert!

Ingredients Needed

  • Baking Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Lemon
  • Arrowroot Starch
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey or Maple Syrup
  • Almond flour
  • Walnuts
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Coconut oil or Grass-fed Butter

How do you make an apple crisp without oats?

Not only is this Cranberry Apple Crisp gluten-free, it’s also grain free! The crisp topping is made without any oats at all, instead using a combination of walnuts and almond flour. You could also substitute pecans if you prefer. To make the grain-free crisp:

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. Add in the liquid sweetener (you can choose between maple syrup or honey), a splash of vanilla extract and either coconut oil or butter. The fat must be at solid room temperature. It should be soft enough to mix into the dry ingredients easily. Mix it together either using or fork, or crumble it together using your fingers.

Which Apples to Use

Admittedly, not all apples are created equally. While they all taste delicious, different apples perform better for cooking, eating and baking. It’s great to use a mix of apples for this crisp, or you can just pick one variety. For this, you want an apple that has good flavor but will hold it’s shape for the long baking time. We liked a mix of gala and Granny Smith, but any apple that is good for baking will work here.

Best Apples for Gluten Free Apple Crisp:

  • Cortland
  • Gala
  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious

How to Serve Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Serve this Cranberry Apple Crisp slightly warm or at room temperature. If you serve it very hot, the juice will be very thin. As it cools, it thickens.

You can make this dessert up to 1 day ahead of time. Cover and leave at room temperature.


A warm dessert made with seasonal flavors and topped with crunchy brown sugar crumbles. The only thing that can make this dessert even better is a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time45 mins

Total Time1 hr

Servings: 8 servings


  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted, melted
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3 lbs granny smith apples cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 cups whole cranberries fresh or frozen
  • vanilla ice cream (optional, for serving)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking dish (or equivalent capacity) with butter or cooking spray.
  • Mix sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a medium bowl with a spoon or spatula. Add melted butter and combine. Add flour, 1/3 cup at a time until all combined. The mixture will resemble a paste. Don’t worry, we will make it look like crumbs after it chills. Place in refrigerator to chill until you need it.
  • Add flour, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest to a large bowl. Stir or whisk so the mixture is combined. Add apples and cranberries. Toss with a large spoon so that they are evenly coated in the mixture. Place into greased baking dish.
  • Grab chilled crumb mixture from the refrigerator. Scoop a handful of the mixture from the bowl. Using both hands, crumble mixture evenly over the apple-cranberry mixture. Crumbs should be the size of peas but don’t worry if they are some bigger and smaller than that. The topping actually looks better when the size of the crumbs are uneven. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  • Place crumble into a preheated oven and bake for 40-50 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the apples and cranberries are bubbling through the crumbs and the topping is deep, golden brown.
  • Let mixture cool for 10 minutes. Scoop into dessert bowls or small plates and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (if desired). Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to 4 days.


If you love apple crisp,  you’ll love this Cranberry Apple Crisp with tart berries, sweet apples, and a simple crumb topping that is holiday-ready (but perfect all through cranberry season)!



Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time40 minutes

Total Time50 minutes

Servings6 servings




  • ▢3 cups cranberries fresh or frozen
  • ▢2 cups chopped apples i.e. Honeycrisp (about 1 1/2 medium apples)
  • ▢1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • ▢2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ▢1 teaspoon Watkins Organic Original Gourmet Baking Vanilla
  • ▢1/2 teaspoon Watkins Organic Ground Ginger


  • ▢3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ▢1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • ▢1/2 teaspoon Watkins Organic Ground Cinnamon
  • ▢1/4 teaspoon Watkins Organic Ground Nutmeg
  • ▢1/4 teaspoon Watkins Organic Ground Ginger
  • ▢1 pinch Watkins Fine Himalayan Pink Salt or substitute kosher salt
  • ▢8 tablespoons unsalted butter cold, cut into cubes
  • ▢1/2 cup rolled oats regular, old-fashioned oatmeal

For Serving

  • ▢Vanilla ice cream optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack placed in the center of the oven. Lightly butter or grease a shallow baking dish (9″ tart or pie pan or 8×8 brownie pan).
  • In a medium bowl, combine the apples, cranberries, sugar, flour, vanilla, and ginger, and toss to mix. Transfer to your prepared baking dish.
  • Make the topping by combining flour, sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt with a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingers until it looks like coarse crumbs. Add the oats and mix a little more, using your fingers to create chunks with the crumbs. Spread the topping evenly over fruit and pat down gently with your fingertips.
  • Bake until the topping is light brown and crisp, about 35-40 minutes, and the fruit is bubbling underneath. Serve warm with ice cream, cream, whipped cream, or as is.


Make ahead:

You can easily assemble the topping or the whole crisp in advance. Cover tightly and place in the freezer until you are ready to bake. That makes one less thing to worry about when you’re entertaining!

Make it vegan:

Fruit crisps are one of the easiest desserts to make vegan. Simply substitute the butter for your favorite vegan butter. Serve with non-dairy ice cream.

Can I use frozen cranberries?

Yes, absolutely!


Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg

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