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!

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


  1. 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.

    1. 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.