Low-sugar and gluten-free, this delicious Cranberry Apple Crumble is perfect for a festive dessert without added sugar.
We’re approaching the time of year when sweets are everywhere you look, and trying to avoid them sometimes seems like a hopeless issue. I guess everyone who’s usually a carb eater indulges in sweets a little more during the holidays. (Please tell me I’m not the only one!)
But what can help reduce cravings for holiday sweets is making sweets that are low in sugar and packed with healthy ingredients, and that’s Cranberry Apple Crumble It has no added sugar, is gluten-free and less sweet and more nutritious than most things you see this time of year.
I made this for the first time as a solo show of Low sugar pumpkin apple apple I like very much, and this version with apple and cranberry was just as good. This could be a fun dessert to serve during the holidays.
What components do you need?
What makes this recipe a healthy dessert?
Of course the apple does contain some natural sugar, but this recipe uses Monkfruit Sweetener, a natural, zero-calorie sweetener. I use coconut oil in place of butter, and although I don’t have a huge amount of dried cranberries, I prefer dried cranberries that are lower in sugar. Instead of the traditional flour in this dessert, my recipe uses almond flour.
Can you use Golden Monkfruit sweetener for this recipe?
Do you prefer fresh cranberries?
There is also a low-sugar recipe on the blog for Cranberry Apple CrispIt is similar to this recipe but this recipe uses fresh cranberries.
How to make low-sugar, gluten-free apple and cranberry crumble:
(This is just a summary of the steps. Scroll down for the full printable recipe with nutritional information.)
- I used a mix of red and green apples for the best flavour.
- Heat the butter or coconut oil over low heat and add the apples while peeling and cutting them into slices.
- When all the apples have been added to the pan, add the Monkfruit sweetener (or sweetener of your choice), cinnamon, and apple pie seasoning (if using) and cook for a few minutes
- Then add the dried cranberries and cook for a few more minutes.
- I originally used butter in this recipe, but this time we melted the coconut oil to use as the topping.
- grinding oatmeal in food processor (referral link), then add the almond flour and sweetener and whisk again.
- Add the melted coconut oil and mix it several times.
- Place the lightly cooked apples and cranberries in a baking dish and spread the compli layer over it.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until mixture is bubbling slightly and starting to brown on top.
- Serve hot, topped with whipped cream or ice cream as desired.
More low-sugar or sugar-free sweets:
8 large apples (any kind of cooking apple I like; I like a mix of red and green apples)
2 tsp. Coconut oil (see notes)
1/3 cup monk fruit sweetener (see notes)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Apple pie seasoning (optional)
1/4 c dried cranberries or low sugar dried cranberries
1 c gluten-free rolled oats (see notes)
1/3 c almond flour
1/3 sea monk fruit local or local of your choice
3 tons of melted coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Spray a glass or earthenware baking dish (about 9 by 13 inches) lightly with coconut oil or non-stick spray.
- Melt 2 tsp. In a large non-stick skillet, turn the coconut oil, butter, or fat-free margarine into a very low heat.
- Peel the apples one at a time, cut into slices and put in a pan.
- When all the apples are in the skillet, add the sweetener, cinnamon, and apple pie seasoning (if using).
- Cook for a few minutes, and when the apples start to soften, add the dried cranberries and cook for a few more minutes.
- While the apple mixture is cooking, put the oatmeal in a food processor or the bowl of an submersible blender and blend for 30 seconds, until the oatmeal begins to grind well.
- Add the almond meal and another 1/3 cup of the sweetener and mix until combined.
- Melt the coconut oil, butter, or ghee, add it to a food processor, and blend for a few seconds until blended.
- Pour the cooked apple mixture into the bottom of a 9″ by 13″ earthenware pot or glass casserole dish. (If you only have a metal pan, I’ll spray it well with nonstick spray.)
- Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the surface of the apples in an even layer.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until mixture is slightly bubbling and lightly browned on top.
- Serve hot.
- This would be great with whipped cream or ice cream on top.
I’ll make this with a Monkfruit Sweetener or a Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, but use any calorie-free sweetener of your choice.
Use butter instead of coconut oil if you prefer.
Grind the oatmeal into a food processor or the attached bowl of an immersion blender; Be sure to use gluten-free oat flakes if necessary. Most stores sell almond flour (Referral link), I’m buying it from Costco!
Nutritional information calculated using the sweetener Monkfruit and dried cranberries are low in sugar.
Recipe adapted from Low sugar pumpkin apple apple.
Amount per service:
Calories: 235Total fat: 9.4 gramsSaturated fat: 5.5 gramsUnsaturated fats: 0 gramsUnsaturated fats: 3.1 gramsCholesterol: 0 mgsodium: 4 mgCarbohydrates: 39 gramsthe basic: 8 gramssugar: 22.5 gramsprotein: 3 grams
Nutrition information is calculated automatically by the Recipe Plug-In I’m using. I am not a dietitian and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, as many variables affect these calculations.
Low Carb Diet / Low Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cranberry Apple Crumble contains natural sugar from apples and dried cranberries, so it can never be completely sugar-free. You can reduce carbs by omitting dried cranberries if you prefer. For the original South Beach Diet, even with a certified sweetener (and using coconut oil or trans-fat-free margarine as South Beach recommends), it’s probably best for Phase 3, or an occasional Phase 2 treat.
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Historical notes for this recipe:
Cranberry Apple Crumble was first published in 2008. It was updated with better pictures and instructions in December 2015, and recently updated with more information in 2022.
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