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I call this dessert a crumble instead of a pie because it doesn't have a crust so it's a simple, quick, and healthy treat for the holidays. This recipe is loaded with high fiber foods: apples, dried cranberries, and nuts. High fiber foods may help reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. If you're looking for a stress-free and delicious dessert this one is just for you. 

This recipe is adapted from Oldways.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 280 kcal
Author Jerlyn Jones


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (regular or pastry)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large apples, cored & chopped but not peeled (I prefer Jonathan or Honeycrisp apples)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10" pie pan with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, beat egg thoroughly with a whisk, until it forms a ribbon.

  3. Add all the ingredients except apples and nuts, mix thoroughly with a large spoon. 

  4. Add apples and nuts, mix all together with a large spoon. Keep stiring as best as you can for 4-5 minutes. The mixture starts out very lumpy but will come together, just don't stop stiring. 

  5. Put the mixture into the pie plate and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. 

  6. Serve warm or cool. I like it plain but you can add a scoop of ice cream or vanilla yogurt. 

    Fresh Apples

The Lifestyle Dietitian Notes

*You can substitute sorghum flour for a gluten-free version.

*Nutrition per serving: calories 280, total fat 14 g, sodium 190 mg, carbohydrate 41 g, fiber 5 g, protein 4 g