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Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crumble (Gluten and Grain Free!)

This breakfast crumble doubles as dessert and breakfast! I love it when they overlap.

Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crisp (Grain and Gluten-Free!) --

I like it when breakfast and dessert overlap. Particularly in the form of a breakfast crumble.

Crumble + coconut cream/yogurt = breakfast

Crumble + ice cream = dessert

That’s the kind of math my brain can handle, which makes me glad I’m married to a human calculator. He’s nice to have around when I shop. And he’s just nice to have around period.

Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crisp (Grain and Gluten-Free!) --

We’ve been eating a lot of pomegranates this season. My kids will sit and spoon the arils into their mouths until a giant bowl (that took me 15 minutes to fill) is empty and there are purple spots on the kitchen tile (that took me 15 minutes to mop). We need to work on pacing ourselves, I think.

Do you have a favorite way to open them? Here’s how we cut and de-seed our pomegranates. I’m too chicken to cut them in half and whack them with a spoon. (See comment above about mopping.)

Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crisp (Grain and Gluten-Free!) --

Pomegranate arils remind me of cranberries in flavor, so I figured they’d be good in something like this. I’ve never baked with them before and was surprised to see that they held their shape, letting out just enough juice to tint the saucy part of the crumble ever so slightly.

Remember the Spiced Pear Breakfast Crumble that I posted last year? This is similar, but uses almond meal and coconut to make it completely grain-free!

Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crumble (Grain and Gluten-Free!) --

I added the instructions for the Cinnamon-Vanilla Cream that we ate with this to the recipe. It’s also great as a fruit dip!

If you’re looking for another dessert-for-breakfast option, this Gluten-Free Peach Cobbler from Allergylicious would be amazing for those peach lovers in your life. Just hold back on the sugar a smidge and BOOM, breakfast.

If you make one of my recipes, be sure to post it on social media and tag me at @perrysplate or #perrysplate so I can send you some love!

Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crisp (Grain and Gluten-Free!) --

Grain-Free Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crumble

Yield: Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This little breakfast crumble is perfect for a weekend brunch -- and it's gluten and grain-free! I love the little pomegranate jewels scattered among the tart apple pieces.


For the filling

  • 2 large tart apples (or 3-4 small/medium ones)
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/2 a lemon will do)
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the topping

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (any kind)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Stevia, or another dry sweetener, to taste. (Equivalent to about a Tablespoon of sugar in sweetness.)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place apples and pomegranate arils in a 2 quart baking dish. Drizzle with honey and lemon juice. Sprinkle the arrowroot powder and cinnamon, and give it a stir. Pour 1 Tablespoon of the coconut oil evenly over the top.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut, chopped nuts, ginger, nutmeg, and Stevia. Stir in the remaining 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil and mix well. You should have a thick, crumbly mixture. Spread it evenly over the fruit.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the apples are tender.
  • Optional topping: Cinnamon-Vanilla Cream - Just mix together 1 cup of whipped full-fat coconut cream or whole-milk yogurt with 1-2 Tablespoons of real maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. This is great as a fruit dip as well.
  • Notes

    Nat's Note: 1. Arrowroot powder is a grain-free substitute for flour or cornstarch and works like a thickener. If you don't have or can't find it, either leave it out or substitute an equal amount of cornstarch or double the amount of all-purpose flour.


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    Monday 25th of March 2019

    Where are the ingredients listed? The recipe only shows the instructions.

    Natalie Perry

    Tuesday 26th of March 2019

    So sorry! It's fixed now. :)


    Friday 12th of October 2018

    Do you think this could be prepped the night before??


    Thursday 29th of March 2018

    I can’t find the recipe for the crumble????

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    Monday 21st of March 2016

    I love this recipe!! I am going to recommend this site!

    Donna Knipp

    Monday 14th of March 2016

    The ingredient list doesn't say how to prep the apples, whether they should be "sliced apples" or "chopped apples." But the pics do look as if you chopped them.

    Think it work just as well to slice them in the food processor? Would be easier.


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