Apple-Pear Cinnamon Crumble (Paleo, GF)
When I was in Sweden, I had some of the best fruit, cinnamon, and oatmeal “crumbles”. Prior to going, I did some research and read about how there is something like a tea-time or coffee break there. I thus went out searching for places where I could take part in this coffee break and found myself staring in awe at beautiful cakes and desserts. I ordered many a crumble there because I love them so much.
I had not tried to eat a crumble since I started eating Paleo three months ago because I thought that the dish required oatmeal. I was itching for that cinnamony, crumbly, fruity dish, so I decided to attempt an oatmeal-free version. It turned out great; no oatmeal necessary! This Apple-Pear Cinnamon Crumble was so delicious, that I could not stop eating it!!
I’m serious! It satisfied my crumble craving and reminded me of some of the crumble-like desserts that I had in Stockholm.
In the end, the main difference for me between this and non-paleo crumbles was not the oatmeal, it was the butter.
This recipe has the richness and comfort-food feeling of a crumble without the butter.
Butter tends to make me feel sick, so it was a real treat being able to eat a satisfying cinnamony nutmegy crumble without butter.
This Apple-Pear Cinnamon Crumble is super easy to make, which is great considering how fast it can be eaten!
I had some extra Paleo whipped cream laying around and could not resist putting a spoonful, or two, on top. 🙂
I think I ate my share in 30 seconds…
My favorite part of this recipe is how the crust is firm on top and yet soft in the middle, like a soft cinnamon cookie. So delicious! It was even delicious the next day re-heated it in the microwave.
So many fruit combinations are possible here. You can make this with only apples or only pears…. or even with blueberries or mixed berries.
I can’t wait to try this with so many other fruits! I’ll let you know which ones turn out the best as I make them. 🙂
Apple-Pear Cinnamon Crumble (Paleo, GF)
- 1 pear, diced
- 1 apple, diced
- 4 Tbs ground flax seeds
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 Tbs melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Grease an 8x8 inch square pan.
- Place the diced pears and apples on the bottom of the pan and mix them around with a spoon so that the fruit is evenly mixed.
- In a separate bowl, mix the almond flour, flax seeds, cinnamon, and nutmeg together with a fork and set aside.
- In another separate bowl, mix the melted coconut oil and maple syrup together with a fork until well mixed.
- Pour the coconut oil/maple syrup mixture on top of the almond flour mixture and mix with a fork until clumps form and there are no real "dry" areas of the mixture left.
- Put the mixture on top of the fruit in the pan and evenly pat it down with a spatula so that the crust is even all the way around.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is crisp and the edges are lightly golden.
- Eat warm or cold.
- Enjoy 🙂
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23 Comments on “Apple-Pear Cinnamon Crumble (Paleo, GF)”
It was very yummy! Thank you so much!
I added walnuts and used canned pears. (Everytime I buy fresh pears they spoil. )
I also added a dash of ginger to the topping.
Thank you again! 🌞
Yummmm. Good to know canned pears work just as well 🙂
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Looks amazing. I don’t have any coconut butter…what can I substitute?
The recipe should say coconut oil ( I just changed it), hopefully that’s a good substitute. 🙂 When I first started blogging I got confused between the words coconut oil and coconut butter, so I’m glad you commented so that I was able to catch that mistake. Thank you!
This was easy and absolurely delicious! We all loved it! i actually didnt have enough maple syrup s o i added coconut nectar and it was awesome! Thank you for sharing;-)
So glad you all enjoyed it! Good to know coconut nectar works great, I can’t wait to try that!
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I just made this in a 2qt pan (didn’t have an 8×8) but used 4 small apples, 1/2c raspberries and 2c fresh blueberries. I doubled the crumble and used almond meal from TJ’s instead of almond flour… SO GOOD.
Thank you thank you thank you!!
That sounds delicious!! You’re making me want to make this with raspberries and blueberries… good idea to double to top too! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂
Your cinnamon apple/pear crumble looks wonderful and easy, but one ingredient that is not on my auto immune protocol is nuts or nut flours. Could almond flour be substituted by coconut flour or water chestnut flour? What proportions do you imagine?
You could substitute it with sunflower seed flour at a 1:1 ratio. Coconut flour is more difficult to figure out, you would need to use much less of it, like 1/2 cup and then add some eggs to balance out the texture. I’ve never used water chestnut flour, I’m going to do some research into it to see if it is possible. I’ve had several people ask about what flour to use besides almond flour, which has inspired me to try to come up with an almond-flour free version. I’ll let you know when I do!
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Thank you for your posting this recipe. May I ask as to the quantity of both the apple and pears? I only see it listed as “1” for each. Is this meant to be 1 pound or Kilogram?
Looking forward to testing this out.
Good luck with all.
Hi, I just meant one apple and one pear. It doesn’t matter the size of them, mine were average. Let me know how it comes out!
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This recipe looks awesome, but where do the flax seeds come in?
I forgot to mention that the flax seeds get mixed in with the other dry ingredients! I just fixed it, thanks for letting me know Cynthia!
This looks so yummy – I look forward to making this 🙂
Thanks! You’ll have to let me know how you like it 🙂