Rhubarb and Pear Crumble

by Amie on December 24, 2009

Here is a delicious spin on the classic holiday crisp.  I’m making this unique crumble for our family Christmas celebration and I can’t wait for everyone to taste this gluten-free, dairy-free holiday dessert.

Don’t have enough of any one fruit to create a crisp?  Not to worry, simply peel and slice a combination of fresh pears, plums, apricots, nectarines or peaches.  Any combination will create a deliciously sweet crumble for your holiday guests.


  • 1 1/2 cup sugar or stevia
  • 3/4 cup GF Flour Mix
  • 2 Tbsp. rice flour
  • 1 tsp. dried orange peel
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh rhubarb, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh Rome apples, sliced


  • 3/4 rice flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. ghee or butter substitute
  • 3/4 cup rice bread crumbs or gluten free cereal
  • Optional: Greek plain yogurt
  • Optional: Agave nectar
  • Optional: Fresh mint leaves


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine sugar or stevia, flours, orange peel, cinnamon and lemon juice in a small dish.  Mix this with the rhubarb slices and place into a shallow Pyrex 9 x 9 baking pan.
  • For the topping, combine flour, sugar and salt.  Cut in the ghee or butter substitute.  Slowly add in bread crumbs.
  • Sprinkle this mixture over rhubarb.
  • Bake for 45-60 min or until lightly brown and cooked.
  • Serve warm with a dollop of Greek plain yogurt, a drizzle of agave nectar and mint leaves.
  • Enjoy!

Happy Holidays from The Healthy Apple!

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Kelly December 24, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Delicious. I actually love the combo of fruit better than a single fruit because you get a delicious melange of flavors. I also appreciate you answering my question about stevia. Now I have another one. :-) I’ve noticed before you cook a lot with ghee and saw it again here. Now I am curious about that too. :-) Why ghee? I think of it a lot in Indian cooking but never thought about it for baking.


The Healthy Apple December 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I enjoy using ghee with my cooking and baking. Ghee is simply clarified butter used primarily in Indian cuisine. Many of my clients say it has a bit of a ‘nutty’ flavor to it, however, unlike other butter-based products ghee has a high smoking point and I can store it in my pantry instead of the fridge for a few weeks in an air tight container… Hope this helps; give ghee a try and let me know your thoughts!!!!! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas; hope all is well with you.




Shelley (findinghappinessandhealth) December 25, 2009 at 11:05 pm

this sounds absolutely amazing!!!



crazylittlethingneela December 26, 2009 at 1:18 am

hmm this recipe sounds fantastic!!
merry christmas to you my friend


Simply Life December 26, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Oh wow! this looks soooo good!


runningaroundnormal December 27, 2009 at 1:57 am

That sounds delicious!
Merry Christmas!


Katie December 27, 2009 at 4:25 am

Oh my word, this looks awesome! What a good twist on the original…good work, girl!


julie December 28, 2009 at 1:44 am

what a great dish for the holiday to share with family! i’m sure they’re gonna love it! thanks girl :)


The Healthy Apple December 28, 2009 at 3:27 am

Thanks Julie…glad you like it…I hope you enjoy it…It’s quite delish… Happy Holidays! Best,



Gelareh @ Orange Truffle December 29, 2009 at 1:53 am

Oh wow that sounds delish…. I love Rhubarb and pears…


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