Desserts

Gluten Free Cherry Crisp

Summer means it's officially cherry season, and if you are looking for a sweet and easy way to use up those freshly picked or frozen cherries, then look no further- Gluten Free Cherry Crisp comes together in under 30 minutes and is sure to be loved by the whole family!

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mini cherry crisps on a baking sheet topped with vanilla ice cream.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Cherry Crisp is loaded with fresh, juicy cherries and topped with a gluten free sweet and salty crisp.

  • Individual sized fruit cups : I make this vegan and gluten free Cherry Crisp in small ramekins — making them perfectly sized for individual portions.
  • Can use fresh or frozen cherries: In this recipe I used fresh cherries, which I highly recommend grabbing a cherry pitter to make your life easier. But if you wanted to skip the mess altogether, you can easily use frozen, pre-pitted cherries.
  • Minimal ingredients: This recipe comes together with minimal, pantry staple ingredients. All of which I’m sure most of us have in our home right now.
  • A great make ahead dessert: You can make this dessert the day before you are ready to serve, just bake, refrigerate and then bake once more to reheat. Bonus points- serve it warm with vanilla ice cream.
all the ingredients you need to make this cherry crips in individual containers.

Ingredients and Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Gluten Free Cherry Crisp. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

Fresh or Frozen Cherries: For this recipe, I used fresh cherries. Which I highly encourage you to grab a cherry pitter off amazon to make your life easier. However, if you wanted to skip this step you can use a bag of frozen cherries instead.

Coconut sugar: I personally love using coconut sugar in my recipes because it’s a bit more natural than white sugar that has been processed- but you can use any sweetener that you’d like such as honey, agave, date syrup, etc!

Almond Extract: In addition to vanilla extract, I love adding in some almond extract which really elevates this dessert and makes it stand out.

Gluten free flour: To keep this recipe gluten free, I used a 1:1 gluten free flour blend such as King Arthur’s or Bob’s Red Mill. If you are not gluten free, you may use all purpose flour.

Gluten free oats: Oat are generally gluten free by nature, but if you have a gluten intolerant then it’s important to note to ensure the oats you are using are certified gluten free.

Vegan butter: Helps make the crumble and add a ton of buttery taste. I love the vegan butter from Country Crock, it really mimics regular butter pretty identically. If you are not worried about this recipe being vegan, then you can opt for regular butter. I love Kerry Gold.

How to Make Gluten Free Cherry Crisp

Pit the cherries

If you are using fresh cherries, then you will need to remove the stem and the pit. I recommend using a cherry pitter for this!

Sweeten up the cherries

Add the pitted cherries to a bowl and toss with lemon juice and both extracts, and set aside.

pitted cherries in a bowl, tossed with extracts and lemon juice.

Make the crumble

In a medium bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Add in the cubed butter and use your hands to incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients.

Add cherries to ramekins

Divide the tossed cherries into the individual ramekins and evenly top each one with the crumble.

cherries added to ramekins and topped with the crumble

Bake cherry crisps

Add the ramekins to a baking sheet and bake in the oven until the tops are golden brown. Serve with ice cream if desired and enjoy warm.

the baked cherry crisps

Tips and Tricks

  • Use a cherry pitter: I already mentioned this, but it’s so important that it bears repeating! A cherry pitter will save you not only time, but will save you from cleaning up a big mess as well.
  • Adjust the sweetness to your preference: I don’t add any sweetener to the cherries since the topping is plenty sweet. However, if you like your desserts extra sweet, then give the cherries a taste and add in coconut sugar if needed.
  • Use a large baking dish instead: If you wanted to skip the individual portions, then you can use a 8×8 baking dish instead.

How to Serve and Store Gluten Free Cherry Crisp

Serve your Gluten Free Cherry Crisp as soon as they’re ready. Once you pull them out of the oven, allow them to sit for 5 minutes, top with vanilla ice cream and enjoy immediately. The ice cream will melt and cool down the crumble.

Takes great, and even better as leftovers — these crisps come together so easily that it’s really a no brainer for me to make them right away. However, you can easily make this the day before and reheat in the oven when you’re ready to serve. Leftovers will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. Just be sure to wrap them tightly.

a spoon scooping some of the vegan cherry crisp that is topped with vanilla ice cream

Taste and Texture

These Gluten Free Cherry Crisps are sweet, slightly tart and have the best almond flavor from both the almond extract and slivered almonds. Sweet, salty and well balanced.

The texture of the cherries are tender, juicy but still hold a slight crunch. While the toppings is crunchy and crumbly. This dessert is best eaten with a spoon so each bite has a bit of everything on it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute the cherries for any other fruit?

Absolutely! Most fruits will work well here, but it’d stick to a berry for the best results such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb, peaches, pears, etc! Think anything that would taste great in a pie, or check out my other recipes you may like down below!

Do I have to use individual containers?

I like using small ramekins for individual portions and easy entertaining! However, you can easily bake this cherry crisp inside of an 8×8 baking dish.  

Can I use a different sweetener besides coconut sugar?

Yes! If you don’t like coconut sugar or don’t have any at home, you can use maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, or your favorite sweetener. Even white granulated or powdered sugar would work — it all depends on your preferences.

Can I make this recipe nut free?

Yes, absolutely! Just replace the almonds with 1/4 cup of oats.

gluten free mini cherry crisp on the counter, topped with vanilla ice cream

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If you make this Gluten Free Cherry Crisp, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below the recipe card. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on Instagram, Tiktok, or Pinterest!

Gluten Free Cherry Crisp

Summer means it's officially cherry season, and if you are looking for a sweet and easy way to use up those freshly picked or frozen cherries, then look no further- Gluten Free Cherry Crisp comes together in under 30 minutes and is sure to be loved by the whole family!
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PREP TIME:
20 minutes
COOK TIME:
30 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
50 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Cherry Mixture

  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 cups pitted cherries, fresh or frozen

Gluten Free Crumble

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup 1:1 gluten free blend, can sub all-purpose flour

Ice cream or whipped cream, optional for serving

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

6 servings

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Pit cherries using a cherry pitter, or opt for frozen cherries.
  3. Add the pitted cherries to a bowl and toss with lemon juice, both extracts, and set aside.
  4. Make the crumble, In a medium bowl, mix together ground cinnamon, slivered almonds, coconut sugar, gluten free flour, and oats.
  5. Add in the cubed butter and use your hands to incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients.
  6. Divide the tossed cherries into the individual ramekins and evenly top each one with the crumble.
  7. Add the ramekins to a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream if desired.

Notes

  • Use a cherry pitter: I already mentioned this, but it’s so important that it bears repeating! A cherry pitter will save you not only time, but will save you from cleaning up a big mess as well.
  • Adjust the sweetness to your preference: I don't add any sweetener to the cherries since the topping is plenty sweet. However, if you like your desserts extra sweet, then give the cherries a taste and add in coconut sugar if needed.
  • Use a large baking dish instead: If you wanted to skip the individual portions, then you can use a 8x8 baking dish instead.

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