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With American Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to think about Fall desserts. Whenever I think about a seasonal Fall dessert recipe, I always go towards warming fruits and aromatic spices: apples and cinnamon of course!

This recipe is a twist on the traditional apple crumble, it includes pears and contains no dairy or gluten, so it won’t leave you feeling uncomfortably full or bloated. It’s also extremely easy to make and is sure to be a hit with your loved ones.

apple pear crumble dessert recipe

I suggest making this recipe the night before your Thanksgiving dinner because it tastes better the next day and frees up space and time in the kitchen.

You can watch the video below too if you like learning through video.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends!


Apple Pear Crumble

apple pear crumble

This dessert can be made the night before your Thanksgiving dinner or family gathering. Simply reheat when needed.

  • Author: Leigh
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


For the topping:

  • 2 cups of gluten-free quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup of a melted, good quality butter alternative ( this is the one I use)
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp pink himalayan sea salt

For the apple filling:

  • 3 cups of honey crisp apples, cut into 1” pieces
  • 2 cups of bartlett pears, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup


For the topping:

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for the melted butter alternative and coconut oil and mix well.

Pour in your butter alternative and coconut oil and mix until well combined. Place the bowl in the fridge for 20 minutes.

For the apple-pear filling:

Preheat your oven to 350

  1. While your topping is setting in the fridge; place your apples and pears in a large bowl and add the lemon juice, maple syrup and cinnamon, mixing well.
  2. In an 8-inch square baking dish, evenly spread out the apples and pears.

  3. Remove the topping from the fridge, give it a quick stir with a fork and place the topping overtop the apples and pears, evenly covering them.

  4. Bake for 45 minutes.

  5. Let the Apple Pear Crumble rest for 20 minutes before serving. Top with vanilla coconut ice cream or coconut whip cream if desired.


This recipe used honey crisp apples but you could also use granny smith, gala or cortland apples.

Bartlett pears are suggested. Avoid using overly ripe pears as this can result in excess liquid in the dish.

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