Gluten Free Cherry Crumble (Easy!)

If you are looking for a great gluten free cherry crumble recipe, then you are in the right place! Much easier than a cherry pie, this recipe is great for any season. You can use canned, fresh, or frozen cherries.

Gluten-free cherry crisp portion on a plate from above.

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!

– Goes great with a cup of unsweetened tea (or sweetened tea without sugar).

Ingredients

Filling

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

Topping

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

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.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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.

The Filling for the Gluten Free Cherry Crumble

After that boil the cherry mixture for 10-15 minutes and set aside.

Gluten Free Cherry Crumble Filling

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 for the topping of the gluten free cherry crumble

Combine the ingredients with your hands breaking up all the butter lumps until everything is nicely incorporated. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

The topping fo rthe gluten free cherry crumble

Step 4 – Bake

Preheat the oven to 350F/170C. Grease the baking dish and place the cherries on the bottom of it.

assembling the cherry crumble

Then, spread the crumble topping onto the cherries.

assembling the cherry crumble - topping

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.

assembling the gluten free cherry crumble - almonds

Serve hot with some ice cream on the side!

Gluten Free Cherry Crumble with a Fork

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 hand.

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

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.

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 it whenever ready without defrosting. You can freeze it before or after baking.

How Long Does Cherry Crumble Last in the Fridge?

Around 5 days.

Other Gluten Free Desserts You Will Love!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Peanut Butter Frosting

Gluten Free No Bake Chocolate Cookies

Gluten Free Coconut Brownie Cake

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Gluten Free Cherry crumble.

Gluten Free Cherry Almond Crumble

Natasha
Delicious cherry crumble that is filled with juicy cherry flavors and is topped with crunchy almond crumble to complete the ensemble of taste and texture.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 453 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 big pot to boil the cherries
  • 1 medium-sized mixing bowl for the crumb top
  • 1 cherry pitter (if using fresh cherries)

Ingredients
  

Cherry Filling

  • 1200 grams (6 cups) cherries fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • juice of ½ lemon

Crumb Topping

  • 150 grams gluten free flour no cups measurement because they are generally inconsistent with GF flour
  • 100 grams (¼ cup) cold butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 70 grams (5 tbsp) brown sugar
  • 100 grams (1 cup) gluten free oats
  • 50 grams (½ cup) chopped almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Notes

– 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 instead prefer to skip this step if I don’t have good quality vanilla extract on hand.
– If you are using frozen cherries make sure to defrost them or bake the crumble a bit longer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1portionCalories: 453kcalCarbohydrates: 76.1gProtein: 5.6gFat: 14.7gSaturated Fat: 6.9gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 250mgPotassium: 276mgFiber: 5.1gSugar: 9.3gCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cherry Almond Crumble, Gluten Free Cherry Crumble
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