Dec 14, 2011

Apple Cranberry Crumble



Delicious, comforting and perfect for your Holiday table! Apples and cranberries topped with oats, nuts and a little brown sugar are baked in the oven and served warm. Now this is my kind of comfort food!


This was a makeover request I was HAPPY to tackle. I was asked to lighten up a Christmas must-have for her table, perfect for dessert, but she also serves this for breakfast table.

We taste tested both her original recipe and this lightened up version and we know she will be pleased with the new results!

To serve a large crowd, simply double the recipe and use a larger baking dish. You can easily make this ahead, then reheat when you are ready to serve.




Apple Cranberry Crumble
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 8 • Size: just under 3/4 cup • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories:
211.5 • Fat: 5.4 g • Carb: 44.7 g • Fiber: 2.9 g • Protein: 1.8 g • Sugar: 35.5 g
Sodium: 186.6 mg
 


Ingredients:

For the filling:

  • 3 cups (about 4) peeled gala apples, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 tbsp flour or cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • cooking spray 

For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup dry quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp melted whipped butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Lightly spray a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Combine apples, cranberries along with the rest of the filling ingredients in a bowl. Pour into baking dish and even out with a spoon.



In another bowl, combine the topping ingredients; sprinkle over apple/cranberry mixture.


Bake uncovered, for 55-60 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Serve warm.



*It's hard to keep up with science, one day something is good for you, the next day it's not. When I first wrote this recipe agave was a healthy alternative to sugar, but now scientists are claiming it's actually not because it's processed so I'm sticking with honey, raw sugar or or real maple syrup in my recipes and will be updating them as time permits.

77 comments :

  1. Looks sooo good. I love a good oaty crumble topping.

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  2. Any substitutions for agave?

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  3. This looks wonderful! Question, by "2/3 cup agave," do you mean the nectar?

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  4. Beautiful - I love fruit crumbles/cobblers.

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  5. Looks delicious! Apple crisp was always of a favorite of mine. Love the addition of cranberries!

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  6. The problem is that this makes me want vanilla ice cream to go with it!!!! Looks amazing Gina!

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  7. I love that. My husband could eat apple crisp every day, but I like to spice things up. And lately I've been on a cranberry kick. PERFECT! :)

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  8. A great combination of apples and cranberries with a crispy topping.

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  9. I have about 1 cup of cranberries left from decorating with them (candle holders and vases) and I'd love to give a cranberry recipe a try since I've never actually cooked with them.

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  10. All I can say is ... OMG

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  11. would it make much difference if i leave the nuts out? (allergies) looks great though!!

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  12. This is such a yummy looking holiday treat! Yum!

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  13. Yeah, this is my weakness. I can skip the cake and cookies, but this is right up my alley!!

    You can use sugar in place of agave nectar. You can replace the nuts with oats if you have an allergy to them... but if you don't leave them in (yum!!)

    I had a little fat free whipped cream with this, but why not some fat free yogurt or frozen yogurt!

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  14. Oh my gosh - heaven in a crumble crust!! ~Megan

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  15. I know you said we could make this ahead and simply reheat when ready to it. However, I was wondering if you could your prepare it and keep it in the fridge and bake it when ready to eat - like a day later. Do you think that would work??

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  16. Hi Gina,
    Looks great! If using sugar instead of Agave, would it still be 2/3 cup. How would you suggest reheating, oven or microwave? Thanks.

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  17. without a doubt I know this is delish without even tasting it.

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  18. I just love when your recipes look delicious and when I have everything on hand! Thank you!

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  19. I love this recipe, and is a good Idea for my Christmas party in my work, Thanks Gina!!!!!

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  20. This sounds very yummy. Question Gina... Are you or any others who have 29 points plus a day going down to the new 26, this seems nearly impossible!? Sounds like I'll be cutting even this crisp in half!

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  21. Cranberries go so well in crumbles with apples or even pears! It looks amazing!

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  22. I love fruit crumbles!Looks great,delicious!

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  23. Here in Portugal we only have dried cranberries, and we don't have pecans... and I simply LOVE pecans, but I only get to eat them when I travel to the States.
    Anyway, I think this crumble must be something out of this world... can you send a little for me please ;)
    Big kiss.

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  24. Gina, thanks for remaking this recipe! I can't wait to try it!

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  25. This is my favorite dessert! I just love a crumble, a brown betty and a crisp. I love the flavors of apples and cranberries together! This I will definitely make! Thanks Gina, I LOVE your blog!

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  26. I'll be honest, I haven't paid attention to the changes on WW.

    Yes, serving size is the same with sugar.

    I would make this, then re-heat. Just needs to be warm, the microwave is perfect to warm it up.

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  27. Wow! This looks great! However, my family is not big on cranberries. How do you think it would turn out if I subbed in fresh cherries? Do you think frozen would work?

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  28. Looks delicious! I can't wait to try this! Also, visit me over at The Savvy Kitchen (www.savvykitchen.blogspot.com) to enter my giveaway!

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  29. I just have to make this crumble! No cranberries here in India but might use strawberry instead :)

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  30. I have been making Cranberry Apple Crisp for the holidays for nearly 30 years now. Everybody loves it. My recipe is for a 9 x 12 baking dish. The apples and cranberry mixture can be frozen ahead and finished off with the oat crumble (which can also be frozen separately) before baking. It's one of those dishes that puts me ahead of schedule during hectic kitchen prep. Thanks!

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  31. To the 26 point question. I am just returning to WW and I am STARTING at 26 points. It's not impossible. Plus you have your 49 extra points if you go over a couple.... Even using 29 points per day, you are still only using 21 of your available 49.... You can do it! Just try to plan ahead. That is my issue.... the unexpected.

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  32. Is this a dessert, or a breakfast?? I guess it just sounds so yummy, I want to eat it for all meals!!

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  33. This sounds great. I believe this is what I will be making for desert for Christmas.

    For Thanksgiving, I made the Creamy Grape Desert and it got rave reviews!! Keep up the good work.

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  34. Oh my goodness, these look yummy. I'm with you - I can skip the cookies, but a good food cobbler is hard to resist!

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  35. yum hope i win! lksylvia@gmail.com

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  36. Hmmm, I think I might make this but sub half of the apples for sweet potatoes. I love sweet potatoes with cranberries and apples.

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  37. We can't get fresh cranberries here in Oz especially this time of year. Might try blueberries?

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  38. I just made this for some friends and it got great reviews. It was very yummy! We ate it with vanilla frozen yogurt on top. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Fabulous! Took this to a small potluck this evening!!! Was asked to share the recipe. My husband enjoyed the leftovers. Will definitely be making this again!!!

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  40. For those who want to have ice cream with this....go to Trader Joes and get the vanilla creamy vanilla. All soy and DELICIOUSSSSSS.

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  41. I'm thinking about making this for Christmas, but my mom is GF - how would that work for the topping? I'm guessing cornstarch wouldn't be ok to substitute for the flour, but I wasn't sure...

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  42. Is it OK to make this 2 days ahead and store it in the refrigerator?

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  43. This recipe was delicious. I used pears instead of apples. I found 2/3 cup of agave nectar to be too sweet. Next time I will cut back on it to see the results.

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  44. Gina, your recipes are awesome! Thank you so much :)

    I recently discovered your site and have already made quite a few things.. I plan to make this for my Christmas morning dessert for my family. I'm sure we will enjoy!
    Happy Holidays!

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  45. Frozen cranberries would work!

    Emily, for gluten free I would be a gluten free flour mix, they sell them at Trader Joes, King arthur also makes one.

    This would be fine made 2 days ahead.

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  46. Gina this was great! My husband loved it, and we both were wondering if the mixture would be a good filling for a pie ( obviously it wouldnt be skinny anymore) but we were thinking maybe we can use the filling with a lattice pie and serve it at xmas eve dinner. Think that would work with the same cooking time?

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  47. i dont have agave. how much sugar would you use? (white or brown?)

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  48. I made this today for a Christmas party, and all I brought home was an empty pan! Thanks for a great recipe with *cranberries*! :)

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  49. I just discovered your blog. I can't wait to try your recipes.

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  50. Making this gluten free- corn starch is GF so that's fine, GF flour mix is fine, but the only GF oats I can find are not quick cooking. Will this still work?

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  51. Made this for my family Hanukkah dinner and everyone loved it! I left out the nuts because we've got a couple young ones that can't eat them. The combination of apples and cranberries is genius!! Love your recipes!

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  52. made this tonight and everyone loved it! and I have a family of picky eaters.

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  53. Made this tonight for our Christmas dessert and it was excellent! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  54. My sister was in charge of dessert today. I sent her the link to this and she made it - SOOOO GOOD!!! She now loves your site as well. I've made about 5 of your other recipes and everything is always delicious. Thank you - thank you!!! Merry Christmas!

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  55. I'm happy you all liked it!

    You would use the same amount of sugar in place of agave. And sure, this would make a great pie filling, but not sure about the baking time.

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  56. This was a raving success at the Christmas dinner (and days after with leftovers) Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  57. Gina, I wanted to tell you that I'm just now getting an opportunity to try this as we went out of town for Christmas shortly after you posted it. Thank you sooooooo much for remaking this recipe! My family and I all enjoyed it immensely this evening. I really was wondering if it was going to turn out as good as the original and I can honestly say, yes, it absolutely did! Thanks again so much for taking the time to do this. I hope others are also enjoying it.

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  58. I have made this several times since Christmas and everyone loves it! My question is could you use Craisins when you can't find fresh or frozen cranberries?

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  59. To those who have asked about using craisins (dried cranberries) instead of fresh or frozen... I just made this with craisins and it is INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS. I am about to eat the whole pan. :) Thanks for so many amazing recipes, Gina!!!

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  60. I'm making it for the 3rd time! It also tastes great with greek yogurt. I cut way back on the sweets and it still tastes great. Makes a delicious breakfast.

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  61. LOVE IT! Will be making it again for sure!

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  62. Gina - thank you again for a wonderful recipe! I love everyone I try! I wanted to make a dessert to have after dinner yesterday and searched your website and found the apple cranberry crumble recipe. Was thrilled I had all the ingredients, even cranberries (had them in the freezer). Only ingredient I left out were the nuts, as I can't eat pecans or walnuts. It was so good. My husband and daughter loved it too! Definitely will make it again!

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  63. You can substitute agave with honey, rice, date or any other syrup. But they say the agave is the best - the healthiest. But still all these syrups are better than regular white sugar:)..
    Kate

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  64. "they say avave is the best - the healthiest." to Anonymous above it is not the healthiest it is WORSE than HFCS, it is like toxic sludge. Stay far away from the stuff! Main stream foodies may say it is healthy but once upon a time so was margarine, and we know better now. I have spoken with many very very educated whole foods type people and they said it would be better for you to eat white processed sugar than agave.

    cannot understand why this gal, uses the stuff in her recipes, it is horrible for you!

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    1. Prior to those reports, when they said agave is good for you, I was using it all the time. Of course one day the say something is good for you, the next it's not. Now I am using honey in place of agave.

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  65. Hmmm, that is interesting! Luckily I have never tried agave..but was planning to..yeah about margarine haha (I am mixing extra virgin olive oil, butter and nuts as my main fat sources, then avocado etc..) well it is hard today, you can do lot of research and it does not always seem right or you always find so many pros and cons on the other hand.:(

    Kate

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  66. @Kate. I agree that it is hard to know what to do and what is "right". Sientifically the stuff is not good for you, I had a scientist friend explain agave and the process in which it is made...and he is not even into "good" eating. He said to stay away from it.

    I hear you on the fats, we exclusivly use butter (in very small amounts) olive oil and extra virgin coconut oil (great for beauty and skincare too)

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  67. Yeah I love coconut oil too I am using it for beauty care only - the best natural hair mask ever or I use it for dry spots, eye area, lashes or as a eye make up remover and also for dry lips. This stuff is amazing!!:)

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  68. I made this dessert one night, and the first thing my picky kids said was "when are you making this again?" I would make it year round if I could get fresh cranberries!

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  69. This was fantastic! Cranberries aren't available yet at our neighborhood grocery store so I used all apples instead. I also made it gluten free since I have a wheat allergy. It was super yummy and a hit with our dinner guests - no one even noticed it was gluten free. I even got a request to make this for Thanksgiving dinner!

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  70. Maybe I made some kind of mistake (but I don't think so) or maybe it's better with agave, but the honey completely overpowered this for us. It satisfied the older kids craving for dessert, but my husband and I were disappointed. I have loved every other recipe I have tried from your site!

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  71. What can I use as a substitute for the butter in this recipe? We don't use butter or margarine in our diet. Thanks!

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  72. I doubled the recipe and made it for my family for Christmas. They LOVED it!! We're big lovers for Christmas pudding but they all preferred this.

    My dad is a massive fan of apple crumbles and said it was the best he had ever had. DEFINITELY will keep making this!

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  73. I made this with agave syrup. It was very good -- not to sweet or buttery.

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  74. P.S. I also used frozen cranberries and it turned out fine

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  75. This looks AMAZING! I LOVE cranberries but unfortunately, my boyfriend doesn't (crazy, right!?). Can you give a suggestion for something else to use instead of cranberries? He would love everything else in the recipe. Thanks! I love all of your recipes -- your site is my go-to-site for all things cooking :)

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  76. Oh my word, this was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!! Sooo hard to keep from eating the entire pan! haha!

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