How to Make the Best Gluten Free Cherry Crumble (with Almonds)

If you are looking for a great gluten free cherry crumble recipe, then you are in the right place! Also called gluten free cherry almond crisp, this dessert is a fast and easy way to enjoy some fresh plumb juicy cherry goodness without having to go all the way with making a cherry pie. You can make this recipe with canned cherries, but fresh cherries from a home garden make a huge difference!

Gluten Free Cherry Crumble

Why You Will Love This Recipe

– Fresh cherries add a deep flavor to the cherry crumble that you won’t get with store bought canned cherries;

– Brown sugar adds to the flavor profile by adding toffee and caramel notes to the cherry dessert;

– This gluten free cherry crumble is super easy to make as it doesn’t require all the fuss with the dough as a cherry pie would!

Ingredients Guide

Fresh cherries – I use sweet cherries but you can use sour cherries as well. Canned cherries will work for your gluten free cherry crumble, too!

Brown sugar – brown sugar adds caramel flavor to the filling and contributes to the crispiness of the crumble topping.

Gluten free flour – you can use any type, I prefer a mix of corn and rice flours with some potato starch.

Butter – feel free to substitute for coconut oil or even lard. Make sure your butter is cold for the best results!

Gluten free oats – oats are naturally gluten free, but they might contain some wheat powder. So, if you are very sensitive to gluten, you need to buy gluten free certified oats.

Lemon juice – adds some sourness to the sweet cherries and makes the gluten free cherry crumble taste so much better. If your cherries are naturally very sour you might not need to add the lemon juice, although it still might be beneficial to the flavor even with the sour cherries.

Chopped almonds – almonds add a crunch to the crumble topping along with some nuttiness!

Corn flour / starch – helps thicken the cherry filling to avoid fruit soup on the bottom of your crumble!

Cinnamon – a touch of cinnamon takes this dessert to a new level. With cinnamon flavor this crumble reminds me of an apple pie and a cinnamon roll at the same time!

Salt – it is important to add some salt to any of your desserts as salt brings out the sweetness even more.


Ingredients for the filling of the gluten free cherry crumble (1)


  • 1200 grams sweet pitted cherries (sour cherries work, too)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn flour
  • juice of ½ lemon
Ingredients for the topping of the gluten free cherry crumble (1)


  • 150 grams gluten free flour
  • 100 grams cold butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 70 grams brown sugar
  • 100 grams gluten free oats
  • 50 grams chopped almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

How to Make a Gluten Free Cherry Crumble

Step 1 – Pit the cherries

If you are using fresh cherries for this recipe, you will need to pit them first. Use a cherry pitter or any other tool that works for you. I used an old vegetable peeler that has a sharp narrow end!

Step 2 – Prepare the Filling

Combine the pitted cherries, the lemon juice, the sugar, and the corn flour in a big pot and let the cherries soak for 20-60 minutes. After that boil the cherry mixture for 10-15 minutes and set aside.

Step 3 – Prepare the topping

Combine the gluten free flour, oats, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cold butter cut into cubes in a medium mixing bowl. Combine the ingredients with your hands breaking up all the butter lumps until everything is nicely incorporated. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Step 4 – Bake the gluten free cherry crumble!

Preheat the oven to 350F/170C. Grease the baking dish and place the cherries on the bottom of it. Then, spread the crumble topping onto the cherries, cover with the chopped almonds, and pop your gluten free cherry crumble into the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top is starting to brown. Serve hot with some ice cream on the side!

Finished Gluten Free Cherry Crumble

Tips for Success

– Use fresh cherries for the best flavor.

– Don’t skip the lemon juice as it does bring the flavor up a notch!

– Serve hot with vanilla ice cream on the side.

– You can add a tsp of vanilla, just don’t use the cheap vanilla flavorings as it will make your dessert taste like lipstick and not vanilla! I rather prefer to skip this step if I don’t have good quality vanilla extract on hands.

– If you are using frozen cherries make sure to defrost them or bake the crumble a bit longer.

Gluten Free Cherry Crumble with a Fork

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Cherries Gluten Free?

Yes, cherries are naturally gluten free.

Can You Make this Crumble with Other Fruit?

Yes, you can make any fruity crumble you like! You can use apples, pears, figs, a mix of different berries, or any other fruit you like.

Can I Use Self Rising Flour Instead of Plain Gluten Free Flour for Crumble?

You can use any flour you like, it is not going to impact your crumble topping.

Do You Put Oats into Crumble?

You can put oats into your gluten free cherry crumble, but you can also leave them out if you prefer! If you do, then substitute with ½ cup of gluten free flour.

Can You Make Crumble Topping with Caster Sugar?

You can use caster sugar in your crumble topping instead of the brown sugar, but keep in mind that brown sugar adds to the crispiness of your crumble. Substitute brown and caster sugars 1:1.

How Thick Should a Crumble Topping Be?

Your crumble topping should be about 2 cm thick.

Why is My Crumble Topping not Crunchy?

You might be using too much butter or your butter was not cold enough. Another reason could be the type of sugar you are using, some claim that Demerara sugar is the way to go, but there are ways to make your topping crumbly without it. Try precooking your crumble topping in a frying pan continuously stirring until it turns golden brown. Add nuts or oats for an additional crunch!

Can You Make Crumble in a Food Mixer?

Absolutely, yes! Just throw your ingredients into a food processor and pulse until incorporated! Add oats and almonds after that.

Can I Freeze Crumble Mix?

Yes, you can. Freeze it in an airtight bag and use whenever ready without defrosting.

Why is My Crumble Topping Like Dough?

The chances are you added too much butter! Or you might have added butter that was not cold.

Why Does My Crumb Topping Melt?

You most likely are using too much butter in the mix.

How Do You Thicken Fruit for Crumble?

Add a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch / flour to the fruit and cook it for 10 minutes before assembling the crumble.

What is the Difference Between a Crisp and a Crumble?

The two are very similar. Some will say that crisp has oats while crumble doesn’t, some will say it is the other way around but other than that they are the same!

What is the Difference Between a Crumble and a Streusel?

Streusel is usually way more cake like than a crumble. Streusel is not meant to be crisp or crumbly, but rather more dense.

Is It Better to Freeze a Fruit Crumble Cooked or Uncooked?

You can freeze your fruit crumble either way. If you freeze it uncooked, then you will need more time for it to bake once you do place it into the oven (unless you defrost it first).

How Long Does Cherry Crumble Last in the Fridge?

Around 5 days.

Can I Cook Crumble from Frozen?

Yes, although you will need more time for it to bake through.

How to Make Cherry Crumble without Oats?

You can leave the oats out by substituting it for ½ cups of flour (for 100 grams of oats).

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What’s Next?

Have you made this gluten free cherry crumble recipe? I would love to see! Share your experience in the comment section below, and if you have pictures, tag me on Instagram @natashashome_ and I would love to share your creations in my stories. If you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comment section!

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