Tomorrow is my birthday. I will be 22 (woot woot!). Some years, birthdays seem like a really big deal, and other years, they just don’t. This year, I have so many other crazy and exciting things happening that my birthday just turned into another excuse to hang out with my best friends for a night and bake! (No complaints here, obviously.)
One thing I love to do for my birthday and when I am on vacation with my family, is bake a new and fun dessert. When I lived at home my sweet mother would always bake me a cake. Now that I am older, I have found that I am no longer nearly as attached to the cake as I am the excuse to bake something new! Last year I made some absolutely scrumptious Vegan Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting! This year, I am introducing you to this absolutely delicious Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp. YUM!
I hope you have lots of exciting things in your life, but if you do not, I hope you chase the things that bring you joy, use your gifts, surround yourself with meaningful relationships, and celebrate all of our many blessings. That’s my hope for year 22- that and this cranberry apple crisp!
- 4 large Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1 ¼ cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 ¼ cup Gluten-Free Oats
- ¼ cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon all spice
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 6 Tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
- Rinse, peel, core, and chop the granny apples. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350˚ F and butter an 8 x 8 inch baking dish (I used a quiche pan!).
- Add the cranberries, sugar, zest, and lemon juice to the apple mixture, and stir well.
- In a separate medium bowl, stir together the oats, flour, spices, brown sugar and honey. At some point, stop stirring with a spoon and use your hands to help form a crumbly mixture.
- Spread the fruit mixture evenly into the buttered dish and top with the crisp mixture.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the apples are fork tender and the crisp is bubbling.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!
Notes and Tips!:
- Source: Two peas & their pod
- If you are not gluten-free, feel free to use regular oats and flour as you please!
- To make vegan, I suggest using agave or maple syrup in place of the honey, and using a vegan butter form. Enjoy!
- If you like this delicious dish, try these other gluten free options from ‘A Rented Kitchen!’: