This Vegan Gluten Free Ginger Pear Crisp is packed with flavour but is completely gluten free, lower in sugar and packed with fibre!
Everyone has that special meal or dish that reminds them of their childhood. If I were to only choose one, I would say that for me that dish was apple crisp. My grandma used to make the best apple crisp ever, and I’m pretty sure her secret was just lots and lots of brown sugar. Omg it was really really good.
While I love a good classic apple crisp, I am also all for switching this up and my vegan gluten free ginger pear crisp totally hits the spot. It’s got a little zippy kick from the ginger, and features one of my favourite winter fruits- pear! Pear is packed with fibre and is so sweet and delicious, and really pairs (ha, see what I did there) well with ginger!
first of all, what’s the difference between a crisp, cobbler and crumble?
Great question. They are all really tasty fruit based desserts, and I wouldn’t say no to any of them but crisp has always been my favourite because I love oats. According to science (lol), a crumble has a streusel like topping without oats, a crisp is a streusel like topping with oats, and a cobbler is usually like a biscuit-like topping.
what do i need to make this ginger pear crisp
To make this healthy and easy pear crisp recipe, you will need:
- Gluten free flour or whole wheat flour
- Large flake oats, gluten free if desired
- Brown sugar
- Ground ginger
- Vegan butter or regular butter
- Crystallized ginger
- Firm pears
- Lemon juice
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
how do i make this crisp recipe gluten free and vegan
This healthy dessert recipe is super easy and has mainly ingredients you likely already have at home. I start by making the oat crisp topping with flour (gluten free if needed), oats (gluten free if needed), brown sugar, and spices and then mashing in some cold butter (vegan or regular) until you have little bits of butter mixed in with the sugar and flour.
To make the filling, I toss my pears with sugar, maple syrup, a little cornstarch, lemon, vanilla and spices.
Fill a casserole dish with the filling and top it off with the crisp topping. Then bake it off until bubbling and golden brown.
what kind of pears should i use?
I love anjou pears in this because they’re semi firm, but if you find a firm bartlett those would also work well! I would save any super soft pears for snacking because you don’t want the filling to be mush before the crisp topping browns.
can i substitute pears for apples and make vegan gluten free apple crisp?
You can easily make this into a vegan gluten free apple crisp recipe!
could this vegan pear crisp be made in the slow cooker?
I haven’t tested this gluten free ginger pear crisp in my slow cooker but I have made a berry crisp in the slow cooker and it turned out amazing! The secret is in this post about the berry crisp here.
can i make mini individual portions of this gluten free pear ginger crisp?
I love making individual fruit crisp desserts for dinner parties in little ramekins. I would reduce the cooking time to 20-25 minutes and just check on the pear texture by spearing a little piece out of the corner.
how long will this crisp last in the fridge?
It’s so tasty as a decadent breakfast topping on yogurt for days later, even though it will lose its crunchy crisp topping after being stored. But it will stay good to eat for 4 to 5 days.
Tell me, are you team crisp, crumble, cobbler, pie or something else?
What is your favourite childhood food memory?
Vegan Ginger Pear Crisp
- 1/3 cup gluten free flour or whole wheat flour
- ½ cup large flake oats gluten free if desired
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup finely sliced almonds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- Pinch salt
- 1/3 cup cold vegan butter or regular butter cut into pieces
- 2 tbsp minced crystallized ginger
- 6 cups firm Anjou pears peeled, cored and sliced into ½ inch slices
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp cornstarch or gluten free flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 F and lightly grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan.
- Combine the flour, Quaker old fashion oats, brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Add in pieces of the butter and squeeze them into the flour oat mixture. Stir in the crystallized ginger and set aside.
- Meanwhile, combine the pears, brown sugar, maple syrup, cornstarch, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla. Toss to coat. Put into the baking dish and top with the crisp.
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the pears are tender and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm or cold with ice cream.
Updated on July 21st, 2020
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.