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!!

Apple-Pear Cinnamon Crumble (Paleo, gluten-free) | Perchance to Cook

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.

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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. 🙂

Apple-Pear Cinnamon Crumble (Paleo, gluten-free) | Perchance to Cook

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, gluten-free) | Perchance to Cook

Apple-Pear Cinnamon Crumble (Paleo, gluten-free) | Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com

Apple-Pear Cinnamon Crumble (Paleo, GF)

A tasty paleo apple and pear crumble that's a healthier option than the classic.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Gluten-free, Paleo
Servings 6
Calories 363 kcal



  • 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 🙂


Calories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 9gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 168mgFiber: 7gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 25IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 128mgIron: 2mg
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