Winter Fruit Crisp {Gluten-free}

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I made this fruit crisp so long ago, I had to hunt through piles and piles of notes and butter-stained papers to find it.  Well, I guess Thanksgiving wasn’t that long ago, but right now it feels like a lifetime.

Winter Fruit Crisp {Gluten-free}

Fruit crisps are one of my favorite desserts.  I mean, anything that is served warm with ice cream is always good, but since there is fruit you can pretty much rationalize that it is healthy, too.  This version is a good compromise since it is made with oatmeal and oat flour.  Butter, sugar, what?  Just look at all that fruit!

Winter Fruit Crisp {Gluten-free}

I’ve actually been making a version of this for years but wanted to take out the gluten so that my sister could also enjoy it for the holiday.  Honestly, you don’t miss a thing.  I could not taste a difference and neither could any of our guests.

Winter Fruit Crisp {Gluten-free}

Winter Fruit Crisp {Gluten-Free}

Serves 12-18


4 ounces (~1 cup) oat flour (I pulsed my oatmeal in the food processor until it was the consistency of flour)
3 3/8 ounces (~1 cup) old fashioned oatmeal
5.5 ounces (~2/3 cup, tightly packed) light brown sugar
4 ounces (1/2 cup /  1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into small cubes

6 medium apples (preferably a combination of honey crisp and granny smith)
3 large pears, any type (ripe but still firm)
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
5 5/8 ounces (~3/4 cup) granulated sugar
1 3/8 ounces (~1/3 cup) oat flour (I pulsed my oatmeal in the food processor until it was the consistency of flour)
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (~1/2 lemon)
3 ounces (6 tablespoons / 3/4 stick) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; grease a 9×13 or two 8-inch square baking dishes and set aside
In a medium bowl, prepare topping; mix together oat flour, oatmeal and brown sugar
Add butter and use fingers to combine until mixture is slightly lumpy; set aside
Prepare filling; In a very large bowl, stir together fruit, granulated sugar, oat flour, cinnamon, lemon juice and butter
Spread filling into prepared baking dish(es); sprinkle evenly with topping
Bake for about 1 hour 20 minutes or until filling is bubbling, apples can be poked with a fork and topping is browned; if you see that topping has started to get to brown, lightly cover with tin foil for remainder of baking time

*If serving to someone with a gluten allergy make sure your ingredients are labeled gluten-free
Best served warm with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.
The entire dish can be made ahead of time and kept in refrigerator until ready to bake; may require extra cooking time if cold
Adapted from Bon Appetit


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7 Responses to “Winter Fruit Crisp {Gluten-free}”

  1. Joanne January 8, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    I haven’t had a good fruit crisp in a while and I am LONG overdue! I love all the wintry fruits in this. And that it’s health food. And therefore breakfast-worthy.

  2. Kathryn January 9, 2013 at 4:55 am #

    This is one of my favourite desserts and I love that you can eat it all year round depending on what’s in season. Lovely!

  3. DessertForTwo January 9, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    This is our go-to winter dessert! Especially since our counters are overflowing with apples and citrus, and the freezer has leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving!

  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic January 9, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Happy New Year! I made apple crisp last Thanksgiving too and couldn’t find my recipe afterwards haha. This version with different kinds of winter fruit sounds delicious!

  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite January 11, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Fruit crisps are really one of the best things in life! They never get old. Love this gluten-free version!

  6. Valerie January 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    I’m so behind on your posts! :(
    Fruit crisps are always a great idea, no matter what the season! This looks amazing, I love that happy, buttery crumb topping. (Thanksgiving feels like only last week to me!) :D


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