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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 pear and apple crumble is a welcome dessert. It’s especially tasty served warm over vanilla nondairy ice cream. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Apple pear crumble recipe

Pear and Apple Crumble

If you'd like an alternative to pumpkin pie for fall celebrations like Thanksgiving, or everyday meals, this vegan pear and apple crumble is a welcome dessert.
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Course: Vegan fruit dessert
Cuisine: Vegan / Healthy
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Author: Veg Kitchen


  • 4 medium ripe pears cored and thinly sliced
  • 3 medium sweet apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 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.
  • 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.


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  • Reply
    January 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Can you offer subs to make thus gluten free?

  • Reply
    January 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    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!

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    Melinda watkins
    November 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I was wondering if I could substitute walnut oil for the safflower oil?

    • Reply
      November 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Sure, that would be great. It would probably make this more fragrant, too.

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    Kathie Brown
    November 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    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!

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    November 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    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!!

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    November 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    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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