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Cinnamon Walnut Pear Crisp

Incredible cinnamon walnut pear crisp made with simple ingredients and topped with a delicious oat walnut crumble. This easy pear crisp recipe tastes just like old fashioned pear crisp and can easily be made vegan and gluten free for a wonderful dessert you'll make again and again!

Course Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free pear crisp, healthy pear crisp, healthy pear crisp recipe, pear crisp, pear crisp recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 239 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the topping:
  • 2/3 cup flour (or sub whole wheat flour, gluten free all purpose flour or gluten free oat flour)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar (or sub coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  • 1/3 cup oats (gluten free if desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (or sub vegan butter or coconut oil)
  • For the crisp:
  • 6 medium Barlett pears, cut into 1/4th inch slices
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon arrowroot or tapioca starch


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease an 8x8 baking pan or 9 inch skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. To make the topping: Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts in a large bowl until well-combined. Pour in the melted butter and use your hands to combine until the mixture becomes crumbly and resembles wet sand. You may need to use your hands/fingers to form into nice crumbles. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. To make the filling: place pears, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and arrowroot starch in a large bowl and toss to combine. Take 1/3 cup of the topping mixture and toss with the pear mixture. Place the pear mixture in a prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with the remaining topping.

  4. Bake the crisp on a baking sheet (just in case the filling bubbles over!) for 45 minutes-1 hour, or until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbling. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Serve warm with your favorite vanilla ice cream or yogurt on top. Makes 9 servings.

Recipe Notes

TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE: in the topping, use certified gluten free oats and almond flour or an all purpose gluten free flour or gluten free oat flour.

TO MAKE VEGAN: sub a buttery vegan stick for the butter or use coconut oil.

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Walnut Pear Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 9))
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.9g15%
Saturated Fat 3.6g23%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 4.1g17%
Sugar 24.9g28%
Protein 2.7g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.