Apple Cranberry Crisp

BY : PUBLISHED : September 27th, 2022

This is hands down the best apple cranberry crisp recipe you’ll try! It is a great twist on the classic apple crisp dessert and the perfect homestyle comfort food that’s good for the soul, especially on a cold fall day. 

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completed Apple Cranberry Crisp with a piece plated on a small white pplate against a white background

When I think of all the cozy things the fall and winter season brings, this Apple Cranberry Crisp always pops up. A bubbly, sweet, and delicious apple crisp is such a comforting dessert and always a crowd-pleaser. 

It’s the simplest and most delicious vegan apple dessert you can make with very few ingredients. If you love apples, you're definitely going to want to try making homemade apple chips, baked stuffed apples, or a vegan apple pie!

Don’t be afraid to make this recipe year round! Want to know one thing that doesn’t care what the outside temperature is? .. this cranberry apple crisp recipe! It’s a delicious dessert that’s served great with coconut whipped cream or a scoop of homemade vegan ice cream.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Your go-to favorite fall (or any time of year) dessert recipe. Plus it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.
  • Perfect for those who don’t like their desserts super sweet. The tartness of the cranberries compliments the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • An easy apple recipe that's perfect for any level cook.
  • A great dessert for larger groups or potlucks!

What You Need For This Recipe

All you need are a handful of simple, easy-to-find ingredients to make the best apple cranberry crisp with rolled oats! Let's take a look at the most important ones. For the full list and quantities, check the recipe card.

ingredients for Apple Cranberry Crisp measured out against a white surface
  • Flour: I use all-purpose but you can substitute almond flour or your favorite flour.
  • Sugars: This recipe uses both brown (either light or dark) and white sugar. 
  • Vegan Butter: Contributes to the rich, buttery flavor of the crisp topping but without any dairy. 
  • Rolled Oats: Use regular old-fashioned oats (not the quick kind) for more texture. 
  • Lemon Juice: For this recipe, it’s ok to use fresh squeezed or concentrate.
  • Cinnamon: Adds a hint of warm sweet spice to the healthy apple cranberry crisp.
  • Dried Cranberries: Using dried cranberries makes this dish easier to make year around. 
  • Apples: Choose your favorite baking apple, but I enjoy cooking with Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Cortland.

How To Make Cranberry Apple Crisp 

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete recipe instructions!

  • 1) Start making this delicious dessert by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • 2) Next, in a large bowl, use a pastry cutter or knife to cut the flour, brown sugar, salt, and two tablespoons of sugar into the vegan margarine, until it becomes coarse. 
  • 3) Then add the oats and mix together by hand until it's in pebble-sized pieces. Put the bowl in the freezer so it can harden up a bit.
oats and flour in a bowl
  • 4) While the mixture is in the freezer, mix the lemon juice, cinnamon, dried cranberries, and remaining sugar in a separate bowl with the chopped apples.
  • 5) After mixing, transfer the apple mixture to a baking dish and sprinkle the frozen topping thoroughly across the top. Finally, place in the oven and bake for 55-65 minutes. 
  • 6) Once the top is golden brown and the apples are tender remove it from the oven. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips 

  • When chopping your apples, make sure to slice them thinly so they become fully tender. No one wants a crunchy apple in their apple cranberry crisp.
  • This dish is best served freshly baked and warm. It will be okay for a couple of days, but the topping can start to soften up if left in the fridge for too long.
  • Any apple will do for this recipe, but a popular choice would be granny smith apples to prevent an overly sweet dessert. 

FAQs

What is the best type of apple to use when baking?

There are many great apples to choose from, but Granny Smith, Cortland, and Honeycrisp are a few to try. You can even do a mixture of apples!

Does it matter what size I chop the apples?

It is best to cut the apples into small, consistent pieces so that they cook evenly and have a similar texture once cooked. Aim for one-quarter-inch slices when cutting the apples.

Can I make this dessert ahead of time?

This crisp freezes well for up to 3 months. Prepare as directed and freeze in an oven-safe pan. Thaw the night before and bake as directed.

Should I peel the apples when making a crisp?

When it comes to peeling apples or not peeling apples for this recipe, follow your heart. It’s a personal preference so if the skins don’t bother you, keep them on to save yourself time and added nutrition.

completed Apple Cranberry Crisp with a piece plated on a small white pplate against a white background

Variations

Even though this recipe calls for apples and cranberries, you can do it with many different fruits. 

  • Not in the mood for apples? Use peaches, nectarines, or apricots instead. 
  • Don’t like cranberries? Try this healthy vegan dessert with other berries. If it is summertime, go to your local berry farm and pick some fresh blueberries or blackberries to substitute or add to this recipe!
  • Don’t have any cinnamon? You can also make this with pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon.
  • Want to make individual crisps? Make your apple cranberry crisps in individual ramekins instead!
  • Like nuts? Add some toasted walnuts or pecans to the topping!

How to Serve

The best way to serve this is with a generous dollop of coconut whipped cream. For an added bonus, make some homemade caramel sauce and drizzle it on top!

Prefer Ice Cream? Make some homemade or serve it up with a scoop of your favorite vegan ice cream brand or banana ice cream.

For the best flavor, serve up this cranberry apple crisp with rolled oats hot or warm!

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

completed Apple Cranberry Crisp with a piece plated on a small white pplate against a white background

Apple Cranberry Crisp

Jake
This is hands down the best apple cranberry crisp recipe you’ll try! It is a great twist on the class apple crisp dessert. This recipe will easily become your go-to favorite dessert recipe (and definitely a crowd pleaser).
5 from 58 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 444 kcal
METHOD Oven
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup of packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons + ½ cup of granulated sugar divided
  • ½ cup of cold vegan butter cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 6 apples peeled and chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, use a pastry cutter or knife to cut the flour, brown sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar into the vegan margarine, until it becomes coarse. Add the oats and mix together by hand into pebble sized pieces. Put the bowl in the freezer.
  • Mix the lemon juice, cinnamon, dried cranberries, and remaining sugar in a bowl with the chopped apples.
  • Pour the apple mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle the frozen topping thoroughly across the top. Place in the oven and bake for 55-65 minutes.

Notes

  • When chopping your apples, make sure to slice them thinly so they become fully tender. No one wants a crunchy apple in their apple cranberry crisp.
  • This dish is best served freshly baked and warm. It will be okay for a couple of days, but the topping can start to soften up if left in the fridge for too long.
  • Any apple will do for this recipe, but a popular choice would be granny smith apples to prevent an overly sweet dessert. 

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 3gSodium: 316mgPotassium: 293mgFiber: 7gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Beatriz says

    This recipe is so simple yet so tasty and comforting!

    • Andrea White says

      Gotta love the simple tasty desserts!

  2. Janaye says

    5 stars
    Delicious!!!

    • Andrea White says

      This crisp is definitely a tasty one!

  3. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    Cranberries and apples are the best combination! I love the mixture of sweet and tart in this recipe. Delish!

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! It's the most epic combo for fall!

  4. Rachel says

    5 stars
    Love this combo of apples and cranberries! It's so good!

    • Andrea White says

      The best fall combo!

  5. Teodora says

    5 stars
    Super delicious!

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! This crisp is such a yummy fall dessert!

  6. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    such a delicious apple crisp!

  7. nancy says

    5 stars
    delicious apple crisp for this new fall season - just got a bag of new picked apples too

    • Andrea White says

      Perfect timing! Hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  8. Natalie says

    5 stars
    Beautiful dessert! I love to make it every once in a while, thanks!

    • Andrea White says

      Right?! Such a yummy apple recipe to whip up!

  9. Katie says

    5 stars
    Love this recipe so much! Perfect for the holiday's if you need an easy dessert that everyone will love!

    • Andrea White says

      Forever a favorite!

  10. nancy says

    5 stars
    this is best apple cranberry crisp recipe i've ever made!

    • Andrea White says

      Right?! So simple and so delicious!

  11. Emily says

    5 stars
    I made this with granny smith apples as suggested and it was so good! Probably making this again for thanksgiving!

    • Andrea White says

      I'll be doing the same! It's such a delicious dessert!

  12. Gina Abernathy says

    5 stars
    I love apples and cranberries together especially in a dessert.

    • Andrea White says

      Right?! Such a yummy fall combo!

  13. Jess says

    5 stars
    So tasty and perfect for fall!

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! Such a tasty fall recipes 🙂

  14. Shelby says

    5 stars
    This is such a yummy comfort food and the best way to use up apples from picking!

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! Such a fun and delicious fall dessert recipe!

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