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Apple Cranberry Crisp

Apple Cranberry Crisp Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 50 mins Serves: 6


  • Crisp Topping:
  • 1/4 cup - quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 cup - whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup - brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup - rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup - butter or Earth Balance butter alternative, softened
  • Filling:
  • 3 - gala apples
  • 1 - lemon juice
  • 1 - lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup - fresh whole cranberries
  • 3 TBSP - brown sugar
  • 1 TSP - cinnamon
  • 1/4 TSP - nutmeg
  • 1/2 TSP - vanilla


  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. 2 In a bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, oats and quinoa flakes. Once the dry ingredients are fully combined, mix in the softened butter, and combine until you have a thick, crumbly mixture. Work with cold hands to prevent the butter from melting too much.
  3. 3 Peel and chop apples into 1 1/2 inch pieces. In a separate bowl, mix apples and cranberries with lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Line a baking dish with the fruit mixture, then top with crumbly dry mixture.
  4. 4 Bake for 25 minutes, then check to be sure the mixture hasn’t bubbled over the topping. Bake for another 15 to 25 minutes, until the topping is dark brown and crispy and apples are soft.


You may choose to use frozen cranberries. If so, let thaw before mixing with apples. Substitutions: You may choose to leave cranberries out of this recipe. You could also use rice flour for a gluten free version of this dessert.
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