Cranberry Apple Crumble
This delicious Cranberry Apple Crumble is low in sugar and gluten-free, and it’s perfect for a festive dessert without added sugar.
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We’re approaching the time of year when sweet treats are everywhere you look, and trying to avoid them sometimes feels like a hopeless cause. I’m guessing that everyone who’s normally a carb-conscious eater indulges in sweets a bit more during the holidays. (Please tell me I’m not the only one!)
But what can help make the cravings for holiday sweets less damaging is making sweet treats that are lower in sugar and full of healthy ingredients, and this Cranberry Apple Crumble has no added sugar, and it’s gluten-free and less sweet and more nutritious than most of the things you see this time of year.
I first made this as a spin-off from the Low Sugar Pumpkin Apple Crumble I like so much, and this version with apples and cranberries was just as good. And this might be a fun dessert to serve during the holidays.
What ingredients do you need?
- apples (I like a mix of red and green apples)
- Coconut Oil (affiliate link)
- Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), or other sweetener of your choice
- ground cinnamon (affiliate link)
- apple pie spice (affiliate link), optional
- dried cranberries or Reduced-Sugar Dried Cranberries (affiliate link)
- Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (affiliate link)
- Almond Flour (affiliate link)
What makes this recipe a healthier dessert?
Of course apples have some natural sugar, but this recipe uses Monkfruit Sweetener, which is a natural no-calorie sweetener. I use coconut oil instead of butter, and although there are not a huge amount of dried cranberries, I prefer reduced-sugar dried cranberries. And instead of the flour that’s traditional in this type of dessert, my recipe uses almond flour.
Can you use Golden Monkfruit Sweetener for this recipe?
I’m a fan of both Classic Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), and either can be used for this recipe.
Would you prefer fresh cranberries?
There’s also a low-sugar recipe on the blog for Cranberry Apple Crisp, which is similar to this one but that recipe uses fresh cranberries.
How to make Low-Sugar Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble:
(This is only a summary of the steps. Scroll down to get the complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)
- I used a mix of red and green apples for best flavor.
- Heat butter or coconut oil over low heat and add the apples as you peel and slice them.
- When all apples are added to the pan add the Monkfruit sweetener (or sweetener of your choice), cinnamon, and apple pie spice (if using) and cook a few minutes
- Then add dried cranberries and cook a few minutes more.
- I originally used butter in this recipe, but this time we melted coconut oil to use for the crumble topping.
- Grind the oatmeal in a food processor (affiliate link), then add the almond flour and sweetener and pulse again.
- Add the melted coconut oil and pulse a few more times.
- Put the slightly-cooked apples and cranberries into a baking dish and spread the crumble topping over.
- Bake about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is slightly bubbling and starting to brown on top.
- Serve hot, topped with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
More Low-Sugar or Sugar-Free Desserts:
- Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies
- Sugar-Free Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Almond Flour Brownies
- Low-Carb No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert
- Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
Cranberry Apple Crumble
This low-sugar and gluten-free Cranberry Apple Crumble is a festive dessert that’s healthier than traditional sweet treats.
- 8 large apples (any type of cooking apple will work; I like a mix of red and green apples)
- 2 tsp. coconut oil (see notes)
- 1/3 cup Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. apple pie spice (optional)
- 1/4 C dried cranberries or reduced-sugar dried cranberries
Crumble Topping Ingredients:
- 1 C Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (see notes)
- 1/3 C almond flour
- 1/3 C Monkfruit Sweetener or sweetener of your choice
- 3 T melted coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
- Spray a glass or crockery baking dish (about 9″ x 13″ size) lightly with coconut oil or non-stick spray.
- Melt 2 tsp. coconut oil, butter, or trans-fat free margarine in large non-stick frying pan turned to very low heat.
- Peel apples one at a time, cut into slices and place in frying pan.
- When all apples are in pan, add sweetener, cinnamon, and apple pie spice (if using).
- Cook a few minutes, and when apples are starting to soften add dried cranberries and cook a few minutes more.
- While apple mixture cooks, put oatmeal into food processor or the bowl of an immersion blender and process about 30 seconds, just until oatmeal is starting to be finely ground.
- Add almond meal and other 1/3 cup sweetener and pulse to combine.
- Melt the coconut oil, butter, or margarine, add to the food processor, and pulse a few seconds to combine.
- Pour cooked apple mixture into the bottom of a 9 X 13 inch crockery or glass casserole dish. (If you only have a metal pan, I would spray it very well with non-stick spray.)
- Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top of apples in an even layer.
- Bake 30 minutes, or until the mixture is slightly bubbling and lightly browned on top.
- Serve hot.
- This would be great with whipped cream or ice cream on top.
I'd make this with Monkfruit Sweetener or Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, but use any no-calorie sweetener of your choice.
Use butter instead of coconut oil if you prefer.
Grind the oatmeal in a food processor or bowl attachment of immersion blender; be sure to use Gluten-Free rolled oats if needed. Most stores sell Almond Flour (affiliate link), and I buy it at Costco!
Nutritional information is calculated using Monkfruit sweetener and reduced-sugar dried cranberries.
Recipe adapted from Low Sugar Pumpkin Apple Crumble.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 9.4gSaturated Fat: 5.5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3.1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 8gSugar: 22.5gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cranberry Apple Crumble does have natural sugar from the apples and dried cranberries, so it can never be completely sugar-free. You could make this lower in carbs by omitting the dried cranberries if you prefer. For the original South Beach Diet, even with an approved sweetener (and using coconut oil or trans-fat free margarine as South Beach would recommend) it’s probably best for phase 3, or an occasional treat for phase two.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
Cranberry Apple Crumble was first posted in 2008. It was updated with better photos and instructions in December 2015, and last updated with more information in 2022.
16 Comments on “Cranberry Apple Crumble”
Is the cup of rolled oats before grinding or measure after grinding????? Thx!!
Since the recipe includes instructions for grinding them, it is definitely one cup before grinding!
Your Flourless Apple Cranberry Crumble looks yummy, Kalyn. I want to have a delicious flourless dessert at least once a week, so this is a good one. Thanks!
Hope you enjoy Wanda!
You can never ever have enough warm apple dessert recipes in your arsenal!
Lydia, so true!
We have a few in the family that have a special diet, I'll be making a few of these.
Amy, so glad they are helpful for you!
I use organic canola oil in a similar recipe (sometimes even olive oil), no one ever complained about missing the butter.
Oh yes – this is really perfect. guilt -free is the magic word. thank you so much for joining the MM. I am ecstatic to finally have you over!
Magpie, I was definitely going for relatively guilt-free!
Jesse, hope your dad likes it. I loved it myself.
Cheryl, the immersion blender bowl is so handy. Love it!
MsBlueKatt, I was looking for that type of dried cranberry but never did find any. Hope your mom likes it!
Mimi, I’ve been trying to get myself to be more open-minded about Smart Balance, so now that I know you’ve used it in something like this with good results, I’ll try it! Thanks for sharing that info.
Kalyn, I make this or a version of this at least once a month. I substitute Smart Balance for butter or margarine.
At first my husband would not touch it, now he loves it too!
This sounds wonderful! I’m going to make it for Thanksgiving so my mother (wheat intolerant) will have a festive dessert. I found some dried cranberries that are sweetened with apple juice and no additional sugar and will use those. Thanks for such a great fall dish 🙂
that looks great, Kalyn! I didn’t think of using an immersion blender.
have a great Thanksgiving!
Mmmm, thank you! My dad is diabetic and I can’t wait to see him and make him this recipe. =) Happy Thanksgiving!
This sounds delicious 🙂 And so guilt-free! I’m starring this for sometime soon.