This Apple Cranberry Crisp is the perfect dessert for holidays!! It’s the perfect mix of sweet apples, tangy cranberries and is perfect with ice cream!
Today I was listening to holiday music and it reminded me of just how much I love everything about the holidays. Not that I forgot, of course, since I celebrate Christmas all year round. Literally, I play Christmas music randomly throughout the day. Of course, naturally I also sing along, because what’s Christmas without a sing-along? When the holidays music starts – you begin to picture it all – the decorations, the food, the clothes, the activities – and it gets me 100% in holiday mood! That’s exactly why I love this Cranberry Apple Crisp. It works so perfectly for every single holiday – thanksgiving, Christmas, and any and every time you need a perfect dessert for a crowd.
After making it and it tasting great, I felt like something was missing. I opened my freezer and immediately saw the fresh cranberries I had frozen and bam! I knew that was what was missing. Apparently cranberry apple crisp is a thing and let me tell you – it screams Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The chopped apples and cranberries are mixed with quinoa flour, coconut sugar and maple syrup. What a dream combination. Then they are topped with the delicious crisp topping which stays crisp while baking and is the perfect texture contrast to the fruits.
Speaking of which, thanks to a little bit of gluten free flour mixed with the fruits, when the fruits bake they create a divine jammy juice that gets slightly thick. Just when you think it can’t get better, pour some of that jammy juice over some ice cream. Heaven.
Give this a try and I promise you’ll love it!! Don’t forget that ice cream on top. The warm crisp in contrast to the ice cream is the best ever. Enjoy, friends!
Apple Cranberry Crisp (Vegan)
This Apple Cranberry Crisp is the perfect dessert for holidays!! It takes only 15 minutes of prep time, and you can prep it ahead of time. It’s a delicious mix of sweet apples, tangy cranberries and tastes incredible with ice cream!
3tablespoonssugarcoconut, cane or brown sugar works
¾cupold fashioned oats
¾cupall purpose flouror gluten free flour mix
3tablespoonssugarcoconut, cane or brown sugar works
6tablespoonssalted vegan buttercold, cut into chunks
Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C.
In a bowl, mix the apples and cranberries and lime juice in a bowl to combine. Sprinkle the flour, cinnamon, coconut sugar and the maple syrup over them and mix to combine. Pour into a greased casserole dish (I use a 2 QT. dish) and spread or shake to lay evenly.
In another bowl, mix all the crisp topping ingredients except the vegan butter. Add the vegan butter chunks in and use your fingers (or fork, or masher) to crumble it into the flour oats mixture until everything is moist and the butter is evenly distributed. It should look crumbly. Sprinkle the topping over the fruits.
Bake for 45 minutes on the middle rack until the crisp is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling and smells delicious.
Allow to cool slightly, then scoop out and serve immediately with some ice cream and sauce from the crisp. Enjoy!!
FAQ and Expert Tips to make this the perfect recipe
Can you make this ahead of time?You can use make crisp ahead of time! Make the filling and you can cover it and let it sit for up to 2 days. Before baking, mix together the crisp topping, sprinkle over, then bake and enjoy!
Can you use regular flour?You can use regular all purpose flour if you’re not gluten free, it works the same.
Can I leave out the oats?The oats thicken the topping, so while you can swap it, I don’t recommend swapping it for something that won’t do the same. You can swap it for flour, for crushed nuts (like almond flour, or even finely ground down pecans) – anything that absorbs well and will hold the crisp topping together.
What kind of apples should I use?For the best results, use fresh apples that are juicy, crunchy and bright in colour and flavour. You don’t want to use apples that are going bad. I love using Red Delicious, Gala and Cameo apples here. You can also use any green apple variety, but taste the filling slightly before baking to see if you might want to add a little bit more sugar since it will be two tart fruits.
Should I use fresh or frozen cranberries? You can use either! Just ensure they’re nice and plump, and not dried cranberries, which will not give you desired texture.
Can I get the filling even thicker?While the filing is nice and thick and saucy, you can even stir in some cornstarch slurry to get it even thicker. Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water vigorously until thin and there are no clumps, then stir into the filling before baking.
How do I store this Apple Cranberry Crisp?You can store this in the original casserole dish with a slip on covered in the fridge, or cut it up and store in glass Tupperware containers, or even in foil.
Can I freeze this?Yes you can freeze this crisp! Thaw overnight, then reheat by toasting in your oven at 350F for about 15 minutes to 20 minutes until hot and bubbly again. You can freeze this up to one month.
How do I reheat this? Reheat the same way you would when thawing from freezing; by toasting in your oven at 350F for about 15 minutes to 20 minutes until hot and bubbly again. You can even turn on the “broil” setting on low for about 3 to 5 minutes to get the top crispy again.
How long does this Apple Cranberry Crisp last in the fridge?This will last you in your fridge for at least 4 days!