Pear-Walnut Dessert Crumble {Gluten Free}

Pear-walnut dessert crumble is a gluten free, one pan recipe that’ll make your dessert dreams come true!

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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, a brunch treat, or even for Mother’s Day!

Brunch Week 2015 is sponsored by several companies. DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE SPONSORS IS LISTED IN THIS POST. I received free products from the sponsors, which I used to create the delicious recipes that I’m sharing this week. I received no further compensation, and my opinions of the products are my own.


Gluten Free Pear-Walnut Dessert Crumble - Fresh pears, crunchy walnuts, and gluten free oats are seasoned and baked up in a skillet. Perfect Fall dessert or brunch treat!

I’ve admitted more than once 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-walnut crumble fits in the less than 30 minutes category, thanks in part to one of this week’s sponsors, Woot Froot, who sent me pears that had already been cored and sliced. As a result, I spent very little time wielding a knife to dice up the fruit. Those single serving sized pouches of pears were just what this lazy chef needed, and they made great stuffers for Brian’s lunch box, too!

I also used ingredients from a few of our other sponsors. Vanilla extract from Nielsen-Massey, crunchy California Walnuts, brown sugar from Dixie Crystals, and gluten-free oats from Bob’s Red Mill.

FOOD FACT: 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.

Gluten Free Pear-Walnut Dessert Crumble - Fresh pears, crunchy walnuts, and gluten free oats are seasoned and baked up in a skillet. Perfect Fall dessert or brunch treat!

As the crumble is baking, your home will smell like sweet cinnamon vanilla.Click To Tweet, and when it’s served up to your brunch guests as a warm, freshly baked skillet of deliciousness 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-walnut dessert crumble? What are your favorite fruits to use when you make them?
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-walnut dessert crumble recipe.

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Gluten-Free Pear-Walnut Dessert Crumble

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 18 min Yields 6

Fresh pears, crunchy walnuts, gluten-free oats, and warm spices are married together in a pear-walnut crumble dessert that's perfect for brunch, too!


  • 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)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4.4 ounces (1 cup) almond flour (or other gluten-free flour, such as spelt or coconut)
  • 3.75 ounces (1/2 packed cup) gluten-free dark brown sugar
  • 4 ounces (8 Tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) gluten-free rolled oats
  • vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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Gluten Free Pear-Walnut Dessert Crumble - Fresh pears, crunchy walnuts, and gluten free oats are seasoned and baked up in a skillet. Perfect Fall dessert or brunch treat!

Look what today’s #BrunchWeek bloggers have created!

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:
Baked Eggs over Maple Roasted Vegetables from Big Bear’s Wife.
Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Making Miracles.

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:
60 Minute Cinnamon Rolls from Love and Confections.
Chocolate and Walnut Challah from The Little Ferraro Kitchen.
Braided Ham and Cheddar Bread from Sarcastic Cooking.
Pear Oatmeal Crème Brûlée from The Spiffy Cookie.
Tattie Scones with Cheddar and Chives from The Redhead Baker.
Chocolate Chip Flaxseed Waffles from Hip Foodie Mom.
Chile Relleno Quiche from Cooking in Stilettos.
Double Chocolate Sweet Rolls from It Bakes Me Happy.
Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola from Baking a Moment.

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:
Harissa Chorizo Hash from greens & chocolate.
Smoked Salmon Canapes with Whipped Chive Cream Cheese from The Suburban Soapbox.

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Kinpura Gobo from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
Tropical Fruit Salad with Vanilla and Lime from Healthy Delicious.
Beet and Heirloom Carrot Rosti with Creme Fraiche and Caviar from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner.
Carrot Salad from My Catholic Kitchen.

BrunchWeek Desserts:
Nutty Banana Bread from Take A Bite Out Of Boca.
Gluten-Free Pear-Walnut Crumble from It’s Yummi (HEY, that’s ME!)

BrunchWeek Beverages:
Mixed Berry Yogurt Smoothie from Taste Cook Sip.
Tequila Sunrise from A Day in the Life on the Farm.
Sparkling Pineapple Mojitos from girlichef.

Disclaimer: 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 #BrunchWeek. All opinions are my own.

Gluten-Free Pear-Walnut Crumble - Fresh pears, crunchy walnuts, and gluten-free oats are seasoned and baked up in a skillet. Perfect dessert or brunch treat! From @itsyummi for #BrunchWeek 2015


Gluten-Free Pear-Walnut Crumble - Fresh pears, crunchy walnuts, and gluten-free oats are seasoned and baked up in a skillet. Perfect dessert or brunch treat! From @itsyummi for #BrunchWeek 2015

Gluten Free Pear-Walnut Crumble - Fresh pears, crunchy walnuts, and gluten-free oats are seasoned and baked up in a skillet. Perfect dessert or brunch treat! Recipe from @itsyummi

19 Replies to "Pear-Walnut Dessert Crumble {Gluten Free}"

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    Tarin Lindsey May 14, 2015 (10:55 am)

    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!

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      Chef Becca May 14, 2015 (7:20 pm)

      I hope you enjoy the recipe, Tarin. Happy anniversary!

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    lindsay May 10, 2015 (3:30 pm)

    two things i love together are pear and walnut! and the fact that’s its GLUTEN FREE makes my heart and tummy happy! YAY!

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      Chef Becca May 10, 2015 (7:39 pm)

      Thank you, Lindsay! I don’t need to eat gluten-free, but it sure is nice to know that gluten-free goodies can be delicious, too. 🙂

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    Emily May 7, 2015 (10:15 pm)

    ooh Becca I am loving this crumble, I just want to throw a spoonful of Greek yogurt on top and call it breakfast!

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      Chef Becca May 8, 2015 (11:29 am)

      Emily, I am standing back and watching that yogurt action all over the crumble! I will never deny you that much goodness for breakfast!

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    Chris May 7, 2015 (12:43 pm)

    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!

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      Chef Becca May 8, 2015 (11:27 am)

      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! 🙂

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    Brianne May 6, 2015 (9:19 pm)

    Love this crumble topping. I’m definitely going to be using it on blueberries and peaches this summer!

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      Chef Becca May 7, 2015 (11:54 am)

      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! 😉

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    Janette May 6, 2015 (11:05 am)

    I love a great, warm crumble with a big scoop of ice cream and you’ve created the ultimate dessert right here. Delicious.

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      Chef Becca May 6, 2015 (1:43 pm)

      Thanks, Janette! I think the ice cream should be a requirement for this crumble 😉

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    Liz May 6, 2015 (10:50 am)

    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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    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm May 6, 2015 (10:46 am)

    Oh how I love crumbles!!!!

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    Shaina May 6, 2015 (9:04 am)

    Yum!! Crumbles are pretty much my favorite thing ever.

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    Erin May 6, 2015 (9:00 am)

    We had similar thoughts today as I posted a pear walnut oatmeal creme brulee! Great flavor combo 🙂

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      Chef Becca May 6, 2015 (1:44 pm)

      Now that sounds flippin’ fantastic, Erin. Great minds think alike!

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