A generous helping of this delicious treat won’t put you on Santa’s naughty list. Made with wholesome seasonal ingredients like fruit, spices, and oats…with just a touch of sweetness! The inception of this recipe began with a holiday party and a desire NOT to bring another cliché dish. Yes. We’re looking at you pumpkin pie and candy cane fudge! We wanted something new, something exciting…something Mrs. Claus would serve at the North Pole. A little tinkering, and this recipe has become a holiday must (just ask our friends and family!).
Appropriate for a number of venues, the flavor profile is complex to the adult pallet, but sweet enough that kids will love it too. As with all of our recipes, we have allowed for adaptation to suit any alternative diet, without sacrificing flavor, texture, or nutrition!
The recipe detailed below can be vegan or gluten-free, depending on your preferences. We use maple syrup and brown sugar, but any sugar substitute works. We find coconut sugar works as an excellent replacement for the brown sugar. If you enjoy strongly spiced dessert (as we do) then we urge you to double all spice recommendations!
Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or by itself. Our favorite is with a scoop of chilled coconut whip cream. Yum!
- 2 Green Apples
- 2 Pears
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup lemon juice (approx 1 medium-sized lemon)
- ¼ cup of maple syrup (consult our sugar substitutions as needed!)
- ½ tsp of grated fresh ginger
- ¼ tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- ½ cup of softened butter (vegan works well)
- 1 cup oats
- ¾ cup of brown sugar (consult our sugar substitutions as needed!)
- ¼ cup of gluten-free flour (we love Namaste brand!)
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of nutmeg
- ¼ tsp of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Grease a 9X9 baking pan or 8-9″ pie tin.
- Wash and peel (optional!) apples and pears. Slice to 1/3 of an inch and add to bowl with dried cranberries.
- In a separate bowl, mix lemon juice, maple syrup, fresh ginger, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Toss with cranberries and pears until throughly combined.
- Pour into greased baking pan, evenly distributing the fruit.
- In a separate bowl, cream cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar and butter. Mix in flour. Stir in oatmeal until mixture is crumbly and only just combined.
- Spread crumble topping evenly over filling.
- Bake 30-35 minutes, until the top begins to brown slightly and filling bubbles.
- Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Either alone, with whip cream or vanilla ice cream!