Pear and Cranberry Breakfast Crumble

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Without a doubt, pears are my favorite fruit. I’ve loved them ever since I was a little kid.

I actually remember one time when I was about 5 or 6 and I was eating one at my grandmother’s house it was sooo juicy and sooo good. I ate the entire thing. And I mean the ENTIRE thing! My mom came in and asked when I did with the core and I was like “what?”

Yeah, I ate that pear core, seeds and all!

Anyway, it’s easy to overlook pears in the Fall because of all of the excitement that surrounds apples and pumpkins. I decided to make a pie in celebration of the season’s “other” fruit.

When thinking about what I wanted my pie to look like, I decided on a crumb top. Then I remembered that Deb over at Smitten Kitchen posted an apple breakfast granola crisp that looked amazing, and my pear crumble as born. With a combination of pears, apple, cranberries and a lightly sweetened granola topping, this crumble is delicious for breakfast, dessert, or anything in between.

pear crumble
baked crumble

I was originally planning to use solely pears and cranberries for this dish, but it didn’t seem like there would be enough bulk.

I had some apples laying around with no plans (I bought them to snack on, but they were baking apples – I hate when bins aren’t labelled with that information!) so I threw those in too. I thought the combination of fruits tasted great, but the predominant flavor was definitely pear.

This crumble was great served either warm or cold: warm topped with a scoop of ice cream makes a wonderful dessert, but I’ve been eating it cod for breakfast with a dollop of yogurt. Yum!

I’m especially liking Brown Cow cream top yogurt these days. It’s a nice switch from my usual Greek yogurt – very creamy and rich with great flavors.

These photos feature the coffee flavor. I’ve also been enjoying the vanilla topped with peanut butter puffins a lot!

pear and cranberry crumble

Pear and Cranberry Breakfast Crumble

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast crumble
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 202kcal


  • 4 pears peeled, cored, and cut into medium chunks
  • 2 apples cored and cut into medium chunks
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 3 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup pecans chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut


  • Mix pears, apples, cranberries, lemon juice, cornstarch, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Spread in a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Melt butter and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, oats, pecans, and coconut. Combine until all of the oats are moist and the mixture becomes crumbly. Spread over the fruit mixture in your baking dish. Top with an additional sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minute. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until fruit is soft and topping crisps.
Nutrition Facts
Pear and Cranberry Breakfast Crumble
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 205mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 98IU2%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
By on November 4th, 2009

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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14 thoughts on “Pear and Cranberry Breakfast Crumble”

  1. Pear crumble sounds perfectly delicious for breakfast, I love the addition of cranberries too!

  2. I love the adaptation. I look forward to trying your Bertolli recipe at the Foodbuzz festival. I will be there as well so it will nice to meet you.


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