Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble (Video)
This Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble is really good and it’s perfect if you’re looking for a delicious and festive holiday dessert that’s healthier than traditional sweet treats. This recipe is also dairy-free and South Beach Diet friendly for an occasional treat. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
Watch the video to see if you’d like to make Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble!
It’s 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 not so damaging is making sweet treats that are lower in sugar and full of healthy ingredients, and this Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble is definitely less sweet and more nutritious than most of the things you see this time of year. I first made this back in 2008 as a spin-off from the Low Sugar Pumpkin Apple Crumble I liked so much, and this version with apples and cranberries was just as good.
This cranberry apple crumble is a perfect addition to my collection of Thanksgiving Recipes and this would also be great for a Christmas Recipe, but this is a perfect fall or winter dessert for any occasion. There’s also a recipe on the blog for Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp, which is similar to this one but that recipe uses fresh cranberries.
(Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble was updated with better photos and instructions, December 2015.)
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 the apples are added to the pan add the sweetener, cinnamon, and apple pie spice and cook a few minutes, then add the 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, then add the almond meal 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 Desserts for Thanksgiving or Christmas:
15 Delicious Low-Sugar or Sugar-Free Cookies ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Reduced Sugar Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low- Sugar And Whole Wheat Pumpkin Banana Bread ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Sugar, Whole Wheat, and Oatmeals Spice Cake with Fuyu Persimmon ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble
This Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble is perfect if you’re looking for a festive holiday dessert that’s healthier than traditional sweet treats.
- 8 large or 10 medium sized apples (any type of cooking apple will work; I like a mix of red and green apples)
- 2 tsp. coconut oil, butter, or trans-fat free margarine
- 1/3 cup Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener (see notes), Splenda, or other sweetener of your choice
- (I like to add 1 tablespoon brown sugar for best flavor with Stevia, optional)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. apple pie spice (optional)
- 1/4 C dried cranberries
Crumble Topping Ingredients:
- 1 C oatmeal, ground in food processor or bowl attachment of immersion blender (use regular or quick cooking rolled oats, but not instant or extra thick oats)
- 1/3 C almond meal (I use Bob’s Red Mill almond meal for this recipe, but almond flour or ground almonds will also work.)
- 1/3 C Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener, Splenda, or sweetener of your choice
(I like to add 1 tablespoon brown sugar for best flavor with Stevia, optional)
- 3 T melted coconut oil, butter, or trans-fat free margarine.
- 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 1/3 cup Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener (or Splenda or other sweetener) plus optional brown sugar if using, cinnamon, and apple pie spice.
- Saute 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 Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener (or Splenda or other sweetener) plus optional brown sugar if using 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.
- If you’re not dieting this would be great with whipped cream or ice cream on top.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free 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 but this can never be a truly low-carb dish. For the 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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