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Gluten-Free Cherry Crumble

July 29, 2014

Sweet cherries topped with a toasted oat crumble make this gluten-free cherry crumble the perfect summer dessert! Enjoy this healthy dessert all summer long.

I love when I create recipes that are the perfect mix of healthy and indulgence. This gluten free cherry crumble is that recipe. Traditional cherry crisp recipes are made from cherry pie filling, all-purpose flour, butter (or margarine!) and brown sugar. I am proud to say I successfully upgraded the traditional recipe to a flavorful, gluten-free, vegan option. You can thank me later!

Gluten-Free Cherry Crumble // #glutenfree #vegan

I obviously wanted to keep the overall flavor the same as the traditional version but I wanted to use fresh and whole ingredients when possible. I made three main changes:

  1. In place of cherry pie filling, I used fresh cherries.
  2. In place of all-purpose flour, I used oat flour.
  3. And in place of butter/margarine, I used coconut oil.

The end result is just as delicious (or dare I say better?!) than the traditional. I love how light and refreshing it is while also being extremely satisfying. Pro tip: enjoy a la mode. πŸ˜‰

Ingredients in Healthy Cherry Crisp

  • fresh cherries
  • coconut palm sugar
  • cornstarch
  • gluten-free oat flour
  • gluten-free rolled oats
  • cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • coconut oil

Gluten-Free Cherry Crumble 2

How to Make Gluten Free Cherry Crumble

I love making crumbles and crisps because they are super simple to throw together! Start by mixing the cherries, coconut palm sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together the topping: oat flour, rolled oats, coconut palm sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add in the coconut oil and use your hands to combine everything so the end result is a crumbly consistency. (Official baking term…) Add your cherry mix to a large baking dish and then sprinkle the crumble on top, coating the entire top. Bake at 375ΒΊ for 45 minutes or until the top is slightly browned and crispy.


Gluten-Free Cherry Crumble

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour


  • 5 cups chopped, pitted cherries
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar*
  • 2 T cornstarch

For Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour**
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar*
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup cold coconut oil***


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine cherries, coconut palm sugar and cornstarch.
  3. Add to a large baking dish (I used a 10 inch cast iron skillet)
  4. In a separate bowl combine oat flour, rolled oats, coconut palm sugar, cinnamon and sea salt.
  5. Add in coconut oil and using hands combine to form a crumbly “pea-like” consistency.
  6. Sprinkle crumble on top of cherries, coating the entire top.
  7. Bake for 45 mins or until top has browned slightly.
  8. Serve warm. I highly suggest a la mode πŸ˜‰


*Can use brown sugar in place of coconut palm sugar. **Make oat flour by grinding up rolled oats in a blender or food processor. ***I place mine in fridge for 5 mins to harden.


  • Serving Size: 6

Sweet cherries topped with a toasted oat crumble make this gluten-free cherry crumble the perfect summer dessert! Enjoy this healthy dessert all summer long.
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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    July 29, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Hahahahaha. I can attest to the accuracy of all of this. Thank you Chelsea’s bakery shop thing.

    This cherry crumble is screaming for ice cream- if I bring some will you make this? I balance cupcakes and kale by standing straight and holding my hands side my side.

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    July 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Since I am sweet tooth by nature, I have little issue eating pretty clean meals and then enjoying fudge cake. That’s my idea of balance.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    July 29, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Girl, you don’t even need to explain to me. I’m the same way, as I’m sure you’ve seen from all the pizza and wine that shows up on my “healthy” blog. No shame! I usually try to keep 2/3 of my meals healthy and relax a little more with the third meal. It works 95% of the time!

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    Tina Muir
    July 29, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I actually go through this quite a bit. As a healthy food blogger, and an athlete people often think that I am not ever allowed to even touch a cookie or it will poison my perfect-is-a-temple body (which is definitely not as perfect as people think!!). In reality, I actually enjoy a large amount of sugar each day, because that is my favorite food, and I also do have a giant bacon cheeseburger with fries when I go out to eat. Yes, most the time I eat healthy, but I definitely have those bad things, and I do share them on my instagram, but I wonder if people think I am a faker because of it. I often feel conflicted! I think you do a wonderful job at balancing it though! You are only human!

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    July 29, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Ummmm Davs HLB’s don’t eat cupcakes so…. I think you’re ban from the club.

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    July 29, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Oh Davida, I LOVE you even more for being an unhealthy healthy living blogger. I mean, isn’t that the whole point of being healthy – being intuitive? And order burgers and fries when you feel like it (and wash it down with wine) – and then balance it out with cherries and kale?
    Sometimes people stare at me when I order a Gin Tonic that is bigger as my head and eat a non-glutenfree mozarella empanada with it. ‘Aren’t you a healthy eater? And an athlete?’ Yes, Mam. But most of all, I am human.

    I will make this crumble – if my mind is on set and not too hangovered (it’s Switzerland’s birthday on Friday) it will happen on the weekend. Never heard of cornstarch – any substitutes?

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    July 29, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Sounds like a fabulous food weekend to me. What I’ve learned is that after I have a weekend like you mentioned, I crave healthy food, so it basically all works itself out! YOLO is right. Definitely don’t (and probably never will) tell people I’m a blogger, but then again it’s not what I do for a living, so I have an excuse!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    July 29, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I never know what to say when it gets out there that I’m a blogger. I don’t volunteer the information (unless I need to ask someone if it’s ok that they end up on the blog), and I’m way more comfortable with people I don’t know in person (or people I’ve met through the internet) reading my blog than people I know. After two years, still working on feeling ok with that.
    And YES to the balance thing. I need wine and sugar sometimes and that’s cool.

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    July 29, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Sounds like an awesome weekend! This cherry crumble sounds amazing! I’m a huge cherry fan, so this is right up my alley!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    July 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I don’t eat kale, so does your second question still apply to me? πŸ˜› I think part of being healthy is being flexible, though, and not trying to stick to a 100% clean way of eating. I know I did that for a good long while, and I actually felt unhealthier for it because all the stressing over food and constant deprivation wasn’t doing me any good mentally. Life’s too short to say no to sugar all the time…

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    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables
    July 29, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I think too healthy is unhealthy! You are the perfect HLB! πŸ˜‰ These my friend looks amazing!

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    July 29, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I attempted to make a very similar recipe….but in bars and it FAILEDDDDDDDDD. This looks insane. I love cherries. They remind me of the Pacific Northwest πŸ˜€ Beautiful photos Davici!

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    July 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

    OMG between this crumble and amanda’s blueberry breakfast bake, ive already decided im going to spend my weekend in the kitchen. also “but I’m human and occasionally find myself eating cupcakes for dinner or drinking wine from the bottle #classy.” right on πŸ™‚

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    July 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I tell people that I think may be interested in my blog that I’m a blogger, but I definitely don’t announce it. My husband will tell people that he thinks might like it as well. I love kale and cupcakes and I think there is a lot of healthiness in between. Got to enjoy it all!

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs
    July 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Thanks God nobody asked me why I do for a living on Sunday either, because my weekend (which started on Tuesday because YOLO) involved an all-that-you-can-eat ice-cream buffet, whiskey, wine, sangria, vodka, more wine, cake, nutella, popcorn (LOTS OF IT), more wine and bread pudding with extra ice-cream because there’s no such thing as ice-cream overlad in Consuelo’s world, duh.
    But then I ate an avocado toast for dinner which obviously puts me back into the healthy bloggers club, right???? Right.
    Aaaaanyway, I wish that this crumble had been part of my weekend because, darn, it looks bomb!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    July 29, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Oh, then I’ve already been kicked out of the healthy living blogger club. I’ve had ice cream almost every day for the past two and a half weeks. Sorry I’m not sorry. I eat lots of spinach still!
    Also, ice cream with this crumble sounds like summer lovin’.

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    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    July 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Yessssss. I saw this on your Instagram the other night and was hoping for the recipe!

    I have all the ingredients on hand and I’m making this tonight. My fiance thanks you πŸ™‚

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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    July 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Haha I had a pretty yolo weekend myself. Gluten free makes it automatically healthy right? πŸ˜‰ This looks fabulous, I’m glad you went with the crumble.

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    Shashi @ runninsrilankan
    July 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    So if the cupcake is made with kale does that negate the “cupcakey-ness” of the said cupcake?

    Too funny – but sometimes one needs ice cream followed by cupcakes to balance out the cherry crumbles of life πŸ˜‰
    P.S. this sounds delish – I will make sure I have a side of fro-yo with this!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    July 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    well, since i consider blogging as my hobby, i dont think i qualify as a blogger…unless someone asks me then i say yes. and about eating cookies and cupcakes, its like a roller coaster ride for me, once i am on that train – it goes on and on until i snap out of it. my last couple of weeks have been that way too. and yes, pitting cherries is a great workout, you can probably get a cupcake out of it πŸ˜›

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    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
    July 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I wish I could sleep in until 11. I’m lucky if I can sleep in until 7…lol. This sounds delicious! I don’t think I would have patience to pit cherries though.

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    July 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I don’t always tell people I’m a blogger but many people who know me already know:)
    I make apple crisp (similar, right?) and call it breakfast because it has fruit and oatmeal (never mind the butter and brown sugar!!).

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    July 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    What makes a “healthy living” blogger anyways? To throw in a salad among all the burgers and cookies once in a whirl, then throw in a Garmin pic? I hope so, because that’s what I do.

    I rarely tell my real-life friends about my blog. I’m embarrassed about it for some reason. Probably because the real life me and the blog me are such polar opposites.

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    Sarah Pie
    July 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    You could always try and hide the kale in the cupcakes… I’ve got some extra on hand I’d be willing to lend you πŸ˜‰

    In honesty though I think this post gets it exactly right, there is no shame in LIVING life and that includes enjoying all of the good foods! Though I’m a little upset that I don’t have some of this crumble in my kitchen right now, this post really should come with free samples.

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    Joanna @ Living Mint Green
    July 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I only tell real life friends if we become friends on social media … mostly because I don’t want there to be any surprises if they discover my blog. Hahaha

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    July 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Can I make this for dinner tonight? And then eat the leftover’s for tomorrow’s breakfast after my barre class? #Acceptable

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    July 29, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    What’s healthy is moderation! You’d be LESS healthy if you didn’t allow yourself to have some fun and relax. I see no shame! And this cherry crumble looks ridiculous. Want.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Luckily I’d feel more than okay getting kicked out the club! What’s life if you can’t eat cupcakes for dinner and crumble for breakfast?! πŸ˜‰

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    July 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Hehehe this post made me laugh… I totally have days/long weekends where I’m like AHH GET IT TOGETHER! STOP EATING DESSERT & DRINKING SO MUCH WINE! but what I’ve come to realize is that healthy living is just that, a lifestyle. So what if we have a few days here or there when we’re eating more cupcakes than kale? What matters is the overall picture of things, and I’m pretty damn healthy most of the time πŸ™‚ This looks so yummy and I am all about all things cherry!! MUST MAKE ASAP.

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    July 29, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I tell people I’m a blogger, but err more on lifestyle, especially when I’m in Portland and it seemed necessary to start drinking pinot gris out of a can. At lunch. Clearly I don’t want to go back to Pittsburgh tonight. womp womp.

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    Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen
    July 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Love this. I know the feeling! I had some paleo bloggers over the other night, had too much wine and decided to roast marshmallows #judgementzone. Gotta live sometimes!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      BAHAHAHA Lex this was the best thing I could have read. I expect you to get drunk and roast marshmellows with meeee in a few weeks!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    July 30, 2014 at 1:52 am

    i am SO craving some crumble right now, looks delicious.. i love cherry season!

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    July 30, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Two things: 1) Sometimes shit just happens. It’s ok. 2) Gluten free and vegan do not equal healthy. In fact, I know some pretty unhealthy vegans. Doritos do not make a nutrient dense meal.

    If it makes you feel any better, I had potato chips and dip for lunch on Monday, followed by a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner. Nary a veggie in sight.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    July 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Hahaha I can totally relate! I was recently told by Arman that I don’t deserve to be called a HLB anymore… RUDE! But hey, for people like you and me, life is about more than just being healthy. And I’m more than okay with that!

    This looks awesome by the way. I hope local cherries are still available after my England trip because I totally want to make this!

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    July 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Oh, it looks so delicious! I bet it tastes heavenly. Cherries are one of my favourite fruits but I’ve never made cherry crumble. I definitely need to change that.

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    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    July 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Sometimes weekends just turn out like that and you gotta roll with it!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    August 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Hey, I just finished my second brownie reading this which was the conclusion to 5 days spend eating takeout, pizza and cake. So I can relate to these benders. But hey, life’s about balance, yes?

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    plasterer bristol
    February 22, 2016 at 7:41 am

    This sounds so good. i lkove cherrys, thanks for sharing this recipe.


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