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Pear Crumble with Walnuts (Gluten Free)

Pear Crumble with Walnuts is a gluten free cast iron skillet recipe that’ll make your dessert dreams come true! Tender pears, crunchy walnuts, and oats are seasoned and baked so they’re crispy on the outside and sweet inside. It’s the perfect fall dessert, perfect for a brunch treat, or even for Mother’s Day!

gluten free pear crumble with walnuts topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

I am the first to admit that I’m a bit of a lazy chef. It’s a character defect I embrace because it means I enjoy recipes that are 5 ingredients or less, and most of them take less than 30 minutes to make. I love recipe shortcuts, too!

Today’s pear crumble fits in the less than 30 minutes category, thanks in part to Woot Froot, who sent me a package of their ready-to-eat pear slices. As a result, I spent very little time wielding a knife to dice up the fruit. The single serving pouches of pears are just what this lazy chef needs, and they make great stuffers for Brian’s lunch box, too!

This crumble recipe also uses ingredients from a few other Brunch Week sponsors. Vanilla extract from Nielsen-Massey, crunchy California Walnuts, brown sugar from Dixie Crystals, and gluten-free oats from Bob’s Red Mill.

Pear-Walnut Dessert Crumble baked into a cast iron skillet


Oats are naturally free of gluten, but Bob’s Red Mill manufactures products at their facility that aren’t gluten free, so they have an entire line of products that are manufactured in a gluten-free facility. Just one of the many reasons that I adore them. My pantry always has a bag or two of their low carb baking mix in it, too. I use it in almost all of the low carb cookies and muffins that I make.

As the pear crumble is baking, your home will smell like sweet cinnamon and vanilla! When it’s served up to your brunch guests as a warm, freshly baked skillet dessert with a creamy cold scoop of ice cream on top, they just may be begging you for second helpings.

Do you like sweet treats like this pear crumble? What are your favorite fruits to use when you make crumble desserts?

For another dessert option, you should bake up a batch of adorable, mini-sized Creamsicle Bundt cakes, too.

Creamsicle Bundt Cake - This pound cake recipe is inspired from the orange and vanilla flavors of the frozen Creamsicle pops that I loved as a kid. - Get the recipe on @itsyummi

I hope you enjoy this pear crumble recipe. If you make it, will you please come back to this post and leave a rating for the recipe? I would appreciate it so much, and it’s very helpful for other readers to know how the recipe works for others. Thank you!

How to Make Pear Crumble:

gluten free pear crumble with walnuts and a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Pear Crumble with Walnuts (Gluten Free)

Fresh pears, crunchy walnuts, gluten-free oats, and warm spices are married together in this easy pear dessert. Pear crumble is perfect for brunch, too!
4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 489 kcal


  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 medium pears (any variety) cored and diced (skin on or off, your preference)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I use Ceylon cinnamon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Crumble Topping Recipe:

  • 1 cup (4.4 oz) almond flour or other gluten free flour
  • 3/4 cup (3.75 oz) packed gluten-free dark brown sugar
  • 4 ounces (8 Tablespoons) cold unsalted butter diced
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) gluten-free rolled oats


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Melt butter in a 9-inch cast iron skillet on stove top over medium heat. Add diced pears and walnuts in an even layer over the butter and allow to cook for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and add cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon to combine, then spread into an even layer again.

Crumble Topping:

  • Add flour and brown sugar to a medium mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Use a pastry blender or your fingers to cut the chilled butter into the flour, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gently mix in the rolled oats. Sprinkle everything evenly over the pear-walnut mixture.
  • Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, until the crumble is lightly browned and bubbling at the edges. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving in bowls with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


Serving: 1gSodium: 108mgIron: 1.5mgCalcium: 89mgVitamin C: 5.1mgVitamin A: 560IUSugar: 39gFiber: 6gPotassium: 220mgCholesterol: 45mgCalories: 489kcalSaturated Fat: 11gFat: 30gProtein: 6gCarbohydrates: 54g
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pear crumble in a bowl with vanilla ice cream on top


Disclosure: Thank you to BrunchWeek Sponsors: Bob’s Red Mill, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, California Walnuts, Dixie Crystals, Grimmway Farms/Cal-Organic/True Juice, KitchenAid, Le Creuset, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Pacari Chocolate, Stonyfield Organic, Vidalia Onions, and Woot Froot for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for recipe development. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Loved this! Blessed with pears this year. Used half almond meal and half coconut flour. Hubby wants me to add dried cherries or raisins next time, but I kinda hate to change it!

  2. Sounds like a perfect day! This Gluten-Free Pear-Walnut Crumble looks delicious and nutritious. This is perfect for our wedding anniversary. For sure my husband love this too. Can’t wait to try this delicious recipe. Your images also looks cool it attracts me. Just wanted to thank you for your great blog post , it helps a lot. Fabulous!

  3. I’m such a huge fan of pears… I don’t know why I’ve never baked them into a crumble before! And love that this is gluten-free… I have some friends that are allergic and now I have this on my list to make for them the next time I know they are coming over!

    1. Hey Chris! I find it so odd that I love pears, but rarely bake with them. I have absolutely no idea why, but I can assure you that a bite or two of this crumble and you’ll planting a pear tree in your back yard! 🙂

    1. That sounds like a great idea, Brianne. The crumble topping was my favorite part of this dessert.. and heck, I bet it would even make Brussels sprouts taste better! 😉

  4. I adore pear desserts—and I’m all in favor of one I can use to start my day AND finish my day 🙂 Looks terrific!!!

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