Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp



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


  1. Rinse, peel, core, and chop the granny apples. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F and butter an 8 x 8 inch baking dish (I used a quiche pan!).
  3. Add the cranberries, sugar, zest, and lemon juice to the apple mixture, and stir well.
  4. 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.
  5. Spread the fruit mixture evenly into the buttered dish and top with the crisp mixture.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the apples are fork tender and the crisp is bubbling.
  7. 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!’:

Homemade Cranberry Apple Pie



There’s something about being home for the holidays that makes me crave delicious smells from the oven, time around the fire, and fresh baked family-favorites.  Being home for the holidays is also one of the only windows of time in my college career that I feel like I have a moment to breath. Thus, following exams I pack my bags, sleep for four days, and then get real old-fashioned with my cooking and baking.

This pretty pie was one that I prepared for my family on thanksgiving. I have never cooked with fresh cranberries (I almost always go for the cop-out Craisin version), so when I saw these pretty red berries in the store I knew a pie was in order!


The leaf design was the result of me having the first large chunk of free time in a while, and my desire to try something knew.  You do not have to draw the leaves, it probably will not make the pie taste any better, but oooo was it fun!


I hope this holiday season that you have time to slow down. I hope you have time to try something new, like cooking with cranberries or making a homemade pie crust. I hope your days are filled with time by the fire, and that you always have enough food on your table and people to share it with.

It’s the little things.

Happy Holidays!




  • 2 pounds Gala Apples (about 5)
  • 8 ounces fresh or frozen (not thawed) cranberries
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pie crust  (store bought or homemade!)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F.
  2. Rinse, peel, core, and thinly slice your apples.
  3. Stir together the apples, cranberries, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  4. Lay your pie crust into your pie pan, and press into the edges. Prick with a fork several times on the sides and bottom.
  5. Pour the apple/cranberry mix into the pie and smooth over with a spatula.
  6. Top the remaining pie crust and bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Cover the pie with aluminum foil and bake at 350˚F for another 20 minutes.*



Notes and Tips!:

  • This scrumptious pie can be made with either a homemade crust or a store-bought crust.  For a homemade crust, use my favorite pie crust recipe here, and double it for a pie topping. If using a store bought crust, thaw the crust in the refrigerator, and once malleable, spread into your pie pan. You will need an entire crust sheet to make the leaf design I made, if you are interested.
  • To make the leaf design, use a small paring knife, draw the leaves into the dough, and then cut out! It’s simple, but slightly time-consuming.
  • Source: Epicurious
  • If you like this recipe, check out these other delicious holiday treats from ‘A Rented Kitchen’ (recipes below)!: