Healthier Cranberry Pear Crumble

Good morning! I hope everyone is having a lovely week. Mine just got way better….. my blog is finally working correctly and my fingers are crossed that it stays that way. I cannot tell you how frustrating it was to have the blog be up and then the next minute down, with no answers in sight. It was also very time-consuming spending so much time on the phone with the my host server trying to figure out the problem. They suggested deleting some plugins and it wasn’t until we deleted Tweetily that everything started working. If you have that plugin beware! In much more exciting {and tasty} news—–> enter the delightful delectable Cranberry Pear Crumble.

Healthified Gluten-Free Cranberry Pear Crumble | Hungry Healthy Girl

This Cranberry Pear Crumble would make a perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving feast or really any feast. The tart cranberries combined with the slightly sweet pears and the cinnamon oat crumble is beyond scrumptious. Brad and I couldn’t keep our forks out of the pie dish! Not only is it really tasty, but it’s also so pretty. Don’t you think cranberries make everything look more festive?

Healthified Gluten-Free Cranberry Pear Crumble | Hungry Healthy Girl

And you better believe I put a healthy spin on this classic treat. I followed my Peach Blueberry Crisp recipe pretty closely, but adapted it to incorporate splendid seasonal flavors. This recipe contains no butter and very little sugar, most of the sweetness coming from honey. The oat crumble has a lovely almond flavor from almond meal/flour and can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free oats.

Healthier Cranberry Pear Crumble

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: serves 6-8

Healthier Cranberry Pear Crumble

Seasonal flavors come together beautifully, in this delightfully tart and sweet crumble.


    For the Filling:
  • 2 pears, cored and diced (I didn't feel the need to peel mine.)
  • 8 oz. bag fresh or frozen cranberries (a little over two cups)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup pure local honey (maple syrup to make vegan)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • For the Crumble:
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free, if preferred)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour (almonds ground into flour)
  • 1/4 cup coconut or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (other oils or butter will work)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a 9-inch pie plate with a natural cooking spray.
  • Combine all filling ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Combine all crumble ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Pour filling ingredients into pie plate and sprinkle the oat mixture over the top.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes. Allow crumble to cool slightly before spooning out.
  • Serve warm and with vanilla ice cream, Greek yogurt, cool whip or coconut cream, if desired.


Speaking of healthy spins…. while I was running on the treadmill last night, I happened to catch a story on the news about nuts. For all my fellow nut lovers, it was really good news. Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, they were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study. Researchers tracked 119,000 men and women and found that those who ate nuts roughly every day were 20 percent less likely to die during the study period than those who never ate nuts. The benefits were seen from peanuts as well as from pistachios, almonds, walnuts and other tree nuts. The researchers did not look at how the nuts were prepared — oiled or salted, raw or roasted. A bonus: Nut eaters stayed slimmer. Makes me want to go eat a spoonful of nut butter right now!

Something to think about….

Are you a fan of cranberries? How about pears?

What is your favorite fruit in crumbles and crisps? I don’t discriminate; pears, apples, blueberries, cherries….. they’re all welcome in my house.

What do you think about the nut study? Pretty great news for us nut butter lovers, huh?

Yay! Tomorrow’s Friday!


  1. Oh girl — I feel you on the blog problems. My blog was down for at -least- 6 hours yesterday morning, and all my server told me was that they were resolving some issues that shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. Pft. Glad to see you back, though :)

    It’s actually been a while since I’ve made any kind of crumble, but you’re really making me crave one! Pears are delicious, but I’m going to have to go with apples as being my favourite… that might have something to do with the fact that I’ve been craving them like crazy lately though.
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. . thinking out loud #54 .My Profile

    • Apples are my fave too, but I thought pears would be something different and a little more festive. Glad that all of your technology issues got worked out.

  2. Gorgeous recipe!

  3. This looks amazing! I’ll definitely have to make it soon. Thanks for sharing!
    Jenni @ Fitzala Meal Prep and Some Outdoor FunMy Profile

  4. Ohoh no, technology problems are the worst. Glad you are back!!
    Something about baked oats with fruit sounds always so comforting and yummy! I totally love the addition of cranberries too. I really need to try this!!
    Lucie@FitSwissChick Short BreakMy Profile

  5. Unfortunately I am not a fan of is a texture thing for me :(. BUT I do really like cranberries! I’ve actually been adding in some frozen ones to my green smoothies lately.
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Seitan Philly “Cheesesteak” Sandwich (Vegan)My Profile

  6. My week just got better thanks to this recipe!
    Davida @ the healthy maven Intuitive ExerciseMy Profile

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your technology woes. Fingers crossed you’ll stay unscathed from now on!
    While ice cream is hands down my favourite dessert crumbles come in a close second. Not discriminating any fruit, either. Some of the best ones I’ve eaten so far, though, were apple crumble, rhubarb & apricot chocolate chip crumble and bramble & apple crumble.
    Miss Polkadot Talking textures [Roasted Vegetable Casserole]My Profile

    • Rhubarb is one that I still need to try. Ice cream might just be my favorite dessert too! And ice cream and crumbles make a great combo too!

  8. It is funny how the more news that comes out about nuts always seems to be good news. Another study I read about was that those people who snacked on nuts as one of their main snacks usually had a lower weight / body fat than those people who didn’t.

    That crumble looks finger licking good!! Glad you found out what the issue is, I luckily don’t have that plugin.
    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats Friday FavouritesMy Profile

  9. Glad you’re up and running again! Also glad you’re sharing this recipe! Love it! I’m a huge fan of crumbles actually more than pies or cakes. So good!
    Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome Thanksgiving SurveyMy Profile

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