To me and all of my friends, fall in the Pacific Northwest means something very specific…
It means stormy trips to the corn maze in muck boots and rain jackets, leaf-raking parties, and Bible trivia games — lit by flickering candlelight because the power went out in the middle of youth group.
And let’s not forget steaming mugs of apple cider around a bonfire!
I’m experiencing a very different fall now that I’ve moved across the country. And as a result, I have not had my fill of apple cider yet this season!
This apple cranberry crisp highlights all the flavors of a mulled apple cider — with a holiday twist of cranberries, and a lovely crispy crunchy topping.
I found this deep oven-safe souffle dish in which to make my crisp. It has a 1.5-quart capacity so it fits perfectly in my 6-quart Instant Pot.
Finally, this recipe is also grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, with a nut-free option.
Allergy-Friendly Apple Cranberry Crisp In The Instant Pot
For the filling:
- 3 apples medium, cored and cubed
- 2 pears firm, cored and cubed
- 1 1/2 cups cranberries I used frozen
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar or sucanat or rapadura, feel free to increase if you prefer sweeter
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
For the topping:
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, soak and dehydrate your own! (optional -- omit for nut-free variation)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar or sucanat or rapadura
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter, softened but not melted
To make the filling:
Combine cored and cubed apples and pears in the bottom of an 8-inch, 2-quart oven-safe dish, such as this one.
Then add cranberries, lemon juice, sweetener, arrowroot powder, and spices.
Mix until evenly distributed.
To make the topping:
In a separate small mixing bowl, combine coconut flour, chia seeds, coconut, nuts if desired, sweetener, spices, and salt.
Add coconut oil in small chunks.
Then mix gently with a fork until evenly distributed.
To make the apple cranberry crisp:
Layer topping over filling ingredients.
Then make a foil sling to go under the baking dish (see how to make a foil sling here!). And make sure to reinforce your sling with extra pieces of aluminum foil, as this dish becomes too heavy for a single piece of aluminum folded lengthwise.
Add 2 cups of water and a trivet to pressure cooker.
Then, using the foil sling to transport, gently lower baking dish inside cooker.
Put on the lid of your cooker, checking that the seals and all components are in good shape, including being in the sealing position.
If using an electric cooker, set to high for 20 minutes.
If using a stove-top cooker, bring to high pressure and maintain pressure for a cook time of 20 minutes.
Once cycle is complete, if using an electric cooker, hit the Cancel button to turn off the heat.
With a stove-top cooker, remove from heat.
Then place a towel over the pressure release knob and allow pot to do a quick pressure release.
When pressure is released, open lid.
Carefully remove crisp from cooker using foil sling.
For a crisper, crunchier top, place under the broiler in the oven for a few minutes until browned.
Then serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!
- This apple cranberry crisp highlights all the flavors of a mulled apple cider — with a holiday twist of cranberries, and a lovely crispy crunchy topping.
What do you love most about fall? Will you make this Allergy-Friendly Apple Cranberry Crisp in the Instant Pot?
This post was featured in 22 Real Food Instant Pot Desserts.
And check out our other delicious fall dessert recipes on the blog…
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- Pumpkin Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Frosting
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- Instant Pot Chai Spiced Apple Cake
- Soaked Apple Cinnamon Muffins
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Linda Vanderbaan says
Thanks so much for this recipe! It will even fit our newly adopted low lectin Matrix diet by Dr. Gundry. I might try making this for a Christmas event.
Miriel Dorsey says
Is it possible to make this for the trim healthy mama plan, what would I use for the sweetener?
Thank you, love your recipes ?
Haniya Cherry says
Hi Miriel! For THM, you can use erithrytol for sweetener (use in same amounts as listed above), or sweeten with stevia to taste. 🙂
I applaud your efforts to get this into a 2 quart dish! I followed this recipe exactly and a 2 quart dish was not big enough. I had to use a 2.5 quart dish and baked it in the oven. Although I couldn’t bake this in the Instant Pot, it was very tasty.
Haniya Cherry says
Oh, sad! I wonder if my apples and pears were smaller than yours. 🙂 It was a close fit, but it sank after cooking, too. I’m glad you were able to enjoy it anyway!
This looks delicious! Since I don’t have an Instant Pot would I change anything for baking in the oven?
Haniya Cherry says
Hi Laurie! I would just do some research on what oven temp/baking time should work, eliminate all the pressure cooking instructions, and keep an eye on it in the oven! Should turn out just fine 🙂
I adapted this recipe slightly for GAPS diet and oven baking and it turned out well!
I used honey instead of a granulated sweetener (about 3/8th cup for the filling, 1/4 for topping)
and I omitted the arrowroot powder. Then I baked it uncovered for 45 min in a 350 degree oven.
You could use even less honey as I found it still sweet but otherwise I really liked it. It would go well with yogurt or ice cream or something too.
Hope this helps someone!
Hi and thank you for creating such great resources for healthier living! I am still new to Instant Pot cooking and I’m wondering if the baking dish needs to be covered. I watched Wardee’s video about reheating food in the Instant Pot, and it was my understanding that you always need to cover any dishes you put into the Instant Pot. Is this correct? Thanks!
Haniya Cherry says
Hi Brenda! As a general rule, I believe most dishes should be covered. However, this one does just fine uncovered.
I know this sounds crazy, but I can’t eat chia seeds or flax seeds. I know that these are often used instead of eggs. I would normally just sub out the chia/flax for an egg in things like cake, but for this, should I just leave the chia out all together and not substitute it with anything? Is it being added for the superfood component, or does it help the texture? Would arrowroot powder or tapioca flour be helpful to thicken it, if that is part of the purpose? Thanks for your time and assistance!
Haniya Cherry says
Hi Heidi! You can leave the chia seeds out without substituting for them — they’re there for the crunch factor but the crisp does just fine without. I appreciate your question and thoughtfulness! Hope you enjoy the crisp!
I made this without the chia seeds and the family loved it!! Thanks for a great recipe!