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Apple Cranberry Crumble

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Apple Cranberry Crumble is delicious and perfect for your Holiday table! Easier and lighter than making a pie, topped with oats, nuts and a touch of brown sugar.

Apple Cranberry Crumble
Apple Cranberry Crumble

This apple cranberry crumble is lighter and healthier than most recipes, made with less sugar and fat. I used pure maple syrup to balance the tartness from the cranberries and apples, and a touch of brown sugar in the topping. If you want to use an alternate sweetener such as monk fruit on top, feel free.  And for more crumbles, crisps and cobblers try this Cinnamon Apple Crisp, Strawberry CrispApple Cobbler and Mixed Berry Pie.

Apple Cranberry Crumble on a plate.

This Apple Cranberry Crumble was a makeover request I was HAPPY to tackle! I was asked to lighten up a Christmas must-have that could be served for dessert or breakfast.

I taste-tested both her original recipe and compared it to this lightened up version and knew she would be pleased with the new results!


  • Double It! To serve a large crowd, simply double the recipe and use a 9 x 12 baking dish. You can easily make this ahead, then reheat when you are ready to serve.
  • Swaps: You can swap the apples for pears or use a combination of both.
  • Less Sugar Option: Omit the brown sugar on top and swap it for your favorite low calorie alternative such as monk fruit.
  • Make it Gluten Free: Use gluten-free oats and flour blend in place of flour and oats.
  • Make it dairy-free: Swap the butter for vegan butter or coconut oil.

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Apple Cranberry Crumble

4.96 from 24 votes
Apple Cranberry Crumble is delicious and perfect for your Holiday table! Easier and lighter than making a pie, topped with oats, nuts and a touch of brown sugar.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Apple Cranberry Crumble
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 15 mins
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 3 /4 scant cup


For the filling:

  • 3 cups about 4 peeled gala apples, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 tbsp flour or cornstarch for gluten-free
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • cooking spray

For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup dry quick-cooking oats check lables for gluten-free
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour mix
  • 3 tbsp melted whipped butter or dairy free butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 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.
    apples and cranberries 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.

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Serving: 3 /4 scant cup, Calories: 211 kcal, Carbohydrates: 44.5 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 5.5 g, Sodium: 186.6 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 35.5 g


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104 comments on “Apple Cranberry Crumble”

  1. This was an easy weeknight dessert. Not too much work to throw together and bake. I served it with a scoop of ice cream. Loved the tartness of the cranberries. Mine were extra big berries, so I cut them in half.

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    Theresa Henson

    I added cloves and nutmeg to the mix and extra oats the second time and also used pears not cranberries and LOve it! Easy to substitute any fruit really.

  3. This is absolutely delicious! The combination of sweet and tart is perfect. And the cherry, er cranberry on top is that it is gluten free so I can serve it to a friend who has celiac disease. SCORE! 

  4. Made this for Thanksgiving. Delicious!!
    I used regular oats (was what I had on hand) and opted for sugar free syrup and Swerve brown sugar substitute to lower the points.  The combination of the apples and cranberries was perfect. 

  5. This is delicious and easy to make! I saw another review that said it was too sweet. I agree. I plan on using less maple syrup next time, and would double the cranberries to 2 cups.

  6. Took this to our life group meal last night and we all agreed to omit the cranberries next time and add an extra apple or two to make up for it. Otherwise, it was a delicious hit and everyone wanted the recipe.

  7. This is my husband’s new favorite dessert!  I have a rotation of desserts I generally go thru, but since the first time I made this, he has wanted it repeated.  Wow!  It goes together so quickly and cooks up so nicely, which is a bonus for me. 

  8. Made this recipe for Christmas dinner (IT’S AMAZING) and want to make it again for my in-laws who are visiting this weekend. Any tips on making/preparing it in advance? Assuming the apples would go brown if it is not baked right away? Can you bake in advance and reheat? Thanks!

  9. I followed the recipe as written but found it overly sweet.  The next time I make it I will reduce the syrup to 13rd cup.  

  10. Like someone else said I substituted two pears for the cranberries. OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. I’m not a baker so this made me feel really proud of myself, so delicious, amazing out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla. A+

  11. This recipe was amazing! Best apple crisp ever. The maple syrup and cranberries sealed the deal.
    A definite keeper. Super easy to make. I used Gala apples. The maple syrup and cranberries made a nice sauce. 
    Thank you!

  12. Made this the first day I saw it posted.  My family loved it!.  Took some to my mother and some friends.  Everyone was crazy about it.  We give it a 10.

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    Phyllis Bergst

    Can I use regular oats, don’t have the quick cooking ones. I;ll try it because I don’t know when I can get to a store.