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 Crisp,  Apple 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

Prep Time: 15mins
Cook Time: 1hr
Total Time: 1hr15mins
Yield: 8servings
COURSE: Dessert
CUISINE: American
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.


For the filling:

  • 3cupsabout 4 peeled gala apples, sliced
  • 1cupfresh cranberries
  • 1tbspflour or cornstarch for gluten-free
  • 1/2tspcinnamon
  • 2/3cuppure maple syrup
  • cooking spray

For the topping:

  • 3/4cupdry quick-cooking oats, check lables for gluten-free
  • 1/4cuppacked light brown sugar
  • 1tbspall-purpose flour, or gluten-free flour mix
  • 3tbspmelted whipped butter, or dairy free butter
  • 1/4cupchopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4tspsalt


  • 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.


Serving: 3/4 scant cup, Calories: 211kcal, Carbohydrates: 44.5g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5.5g, Sodium: 186.6mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 35.5g
Blue Smart Points: 8
Green Smart Points: 8
Purple Smart Points: 8
Points +: 6
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