Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp

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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!

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Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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!

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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 Peach Cobbler

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As I wrote in my last post (Healthy Peach Cobbler Oatmeal), my family just picked peaches. Knowing me, and knowing that we just picked peaches, you had to know this cobbler was coming! I tried to be healthy by starting out with the cobbler oatmeal, but let’s be honest, the true cobbler was where my heart really was!

I have never made a cobbler, so this was a new experience for me! I took some time researching a variety of recipes.  I found dozens of delicious-looking cobbler recipes, but what I was missing time after time, was that delicious streusel topping you often get on top of a good apple crisp (or my all-time favorite sweet potato casserole!). Thus, I added a streusel topping, and let me tell you what, it made all the difference.

The soft warm peaches, the perfect golden brown crust, a little sweet and crunchy streusel topping- mmmmm mmmm MMM! Tastes like vacation already.

In the one-week my family vacationed in New York we went through not one, but two of these cobblers. That had a little something to do with the fact that my father is always trying to cover something warm with a little ice cream (Man of my own heart), as well as the pressing reality that we had an entire bushel of peaches to finish in 5 days.

Thus, I present you with a scrumptious, vacation inspired, New York summer, fresh, streusel-topped cobbler. I hope you’re able to share it with your family, and maybe a little vanilla ice cream too 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-6 cups fresh peach slices, rinsed and cut into small chunks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F.  While the oven preheats, place one stick of butter in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish, and melt in the preheating oven.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt, mix well.
  3. Add the milk and vanilla to the dry mix, stirring just until the wet ingredients are moist. Set aside.
  4. Combine the brown sugar, peach slices (with peach juice), lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks in a large saucepot, and bring to a boil over high heat.  Allow to boil for 5 minutes (this allows the cinnamon flavor to blend into the peaches), stirring regularly.
  5. Pour the batter over the melted butter (do not stir).  Remove the cinnamon sticks from the peach mixture, and then spoon the peaches and their liquid over the batter.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.  In the meantime, whisk the oats, brown sugar, and nutmeg together in a small bowl.
  7. Remove the cobbler form the oven and sprinkle the oat streusel topping over the peaches.  Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until cooked all the way through and light brown on top.
  8. Serve warm or cold (optional: with vanilla ice cream!). Enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Adapted form: Southern Living Magazine, June 1997
  • If you like this recipe, check out these other delicious summer treats from ‘A Rented Kitchen!’ Click on the links below for the recipe!:

Healthy Peach Cobbler Oatmeal

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I decided to take summer classes this summer, three to be exact. For those of you curious, that’s time and a half…. Ugh.

My courses finally ended last week, which means that right now, I am on Va-ca-tion! (Praise God from whom all blessings flow!)

My parents have always done a great job of taking my younger brother and I somewhere new for a week of vacation more summers than not.  Neither my brother nor I had ever spent any time in the north east, so we are currently vacationing in the cute and sleepy town of Germantown, New York.  It’s awesome.

We’ve rented a little house right on the Hudson river and are spending our days reading, walking, cooking, and laughing together.  I realize, it doesn’t get better than that, and I am so grateful.

On one of our family excursions we passed a sign that read “Pick Your Own Peaches,” so yesterday afternoon we loaded in the car and found ourselves in the largest orchard I have ever set foot on.

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My brother, Nathan, and I at the peach orchard!

When I think of peaches I usually think of South Carolina and Georgia, definitely not New York. However, this orchard proved me wrong.  We all had a blast trying fresh peaches off the tree, filling our bags with the sweet fruit, and daydreaming about the recipes we would make in the upcoming week.

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I tell you all this, because this is probably only the first peach post you will see in the upcoming weeks. I mean, when you have an orchard in your back yard, you’ve got to take advantage of it,  right?!

Thus, if you love peaches, or just summer time in general, check back soon. I’ll have more recipes for you 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Ripe peach
  • ½ cup dry oatmeal (I used the instant variety)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon Agave nectar

Directions:

  1. Prepare your oatmeal either in the microwave or on the stovetop depending on the type of oats.
  2. Rinse and slice a ripe peach into multiple small pieces. Top the oatmeal with the sliced peaches.
  3. Sprinkle the cinnamon, cardamom, and agave nectar on top of the peaches, and carefully stir together.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Additional possible toppings: Toasted coconut, walnuts, vanilla extract, vanilla soy milk
  • Gluten Free? Use gluten free oats!
  • Source: A Rented Kitchen
  • If you like this recipe, try these other delicious breakfast options from ‘A Rented Kitchen’!: (Click the links below)