Cranberry Apple Crisp

The holidays are coming up and we are starting to get ready over here! Try this lightened-up Cranberry Apple Crisp for brunch or dessert over the holidays. Then entire family will enjoy this fruit crisp recipe.

My mother always made an awesome apple crisp when I was growing up. I love making fruit crisp because they are basically are an easier version of apple pie. That crumbly topping? Oh that is such a treat for me. Well this season I have been experimenting with recipes with fresh cranberries. The kids and I made this Cranberry Apple Crisp, and let me tell you, it was a winner.

Although the holiday season is super busy, I still try to get the kids in the kitchen for a good family activity. Last week we made some Snowman Fruit Kabobs and we had a lot of fun with that. So if you want the kids to help with this recipe, they can. Let them break up the pecans by hand, stir the ingredients together or sprinkle the topping over the fruit. If they are old enough to handle a knife, let them chop up the apples under supervision.

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Nutrition Tip: Cranberries are not just for the holidays! Sprinkle over salads or mix in with your favorite trail mix for an immune boost thanks to their high antioxidant content.

Key Ingredients for this Cranberry Apple Crisp

Apple crisp with cranberries

Health Benefits of Cranberries

Not many people think about cranberries besides around the holidays. But cranberries are a power food. They are loaded with anti-oxidants, may help prevent liver disease, can help lower blood pressure, and have heart health benefits. Cranberries are great for your digestive health, too. Cranberries are loaded with many other benefits so go ahead and experiment with adding them into your diet. They are tart in flavor, festive in color, and perfect for baking.

How to select cranberries at the store

You want to make sure the cranberries are firm and bright red in color.

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How to make this Cranberry Apple Crisp

First start by combining the cranberries, apples, ½ cup sugar and 2 Tbsp. flour in a large mixing bowl. Then pour into greased 8×8-inch baking dish.

how to make cranberry apple crisp

Next combine the oats, the pecans, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup flour, butter, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in another mixing bowl until all ingredients are blended. The mixture should resemble coarse crumbs. Then sprinkle over apple and cranberry mixture.

The bake in your preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the topping is lightly browned, mixture is bubbly and apples in the middle are tender.

Serve the crisp warm with either some Greek yogurt or low fat ice cream!

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Cranberry Apple Crisp

Amber Gray
This festive version of apple crisp has fresh cranberries baked in for a perfect breakfast or dessert for the holidays.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Breakfast & Brunch, Desserts
Servings 12
Calories 267 kcal


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3 cups chopped apples
  • 1 cup light brown sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. whole wheat flour, divided
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine cranberries, apples, ½ cup sugar and 2 Tbsp. flour in mixing bowl. Pour into greased 8×8-inch baking dish.
  • Combine oats, pecans, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup flour, butter, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in mixing bowl until all ingredients are blended; mixture should resemble coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over fruit.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned, mixture is bubbly and apples in middle are tender.


Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 104mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 4gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 210IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple crisp, apples, cranberries, holiday
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