Pear and Apple Crumble

Apple pear crumble recipe

If you’d like an alternative to pumpkin pie for fall celebrations like Thanksgiving, or everyday meals, this combination of pears and apples is a welcome dessert. It’s especially tasty served warm over vanilla nondairy ice cream. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Serves: 8

  • 4 medium ripe pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3 medium sweet apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons natural granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ, oatmeal, or quinoa flakes
  • 2 tablespoons natural granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • Nondairy vanilla ice cream, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, combine the fruits with the next 5ingredients and stir together until evenly coated. Pour into a lightly oiled 9- by 13-inch baking pan.

Apple pear crumble recipe

In a small bowl, combine the first 4 topping ingredients and toss to coat. Drizzle in the oil and stir until evenly coated. Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the fruit mixture.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the fruits are soft and the topping is golden. If desired, serve warm in bowls topped with nondairy ice cream.

Apple pear crumble1


7 comments on “Pear and Apple Crumble

  1. Nava Post author

    Hi Shelley — gluten-free subs on this would be pretty straightforward. A gluten-free flour mix (like Bob’s Red Mill or other) for the pastry flour; and use quinoa flakes for the topping option — unless you can find guaranteed GF oats. Hope that helps!

  2. Kathie Brown

    This sounds so yummy. I was wondering if there’s a way to make it oil-free. Would something need to be substituted if the oil was left out? Thank you!

  3. Julie

    I’m wondering about making it oil free also. could you just skip the oil, or would something else need to be replaced? thanks so much. sounds delicious!!

  4. Nava Post author

    Julie and Kathie (and Kathie, sorry for the delayed response) — sure, just stir up the topping without the oil. It may turn out a little less crispy, but it should still be good!

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