Honey-Ginger Cranberry Apple Crisp

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on November 20, 2012

This isn’t your average apple crisp.  It’s full of tart fresh cranberries and it has a secret ingredient in the topping that makes it just a touch spicy.  But not in a spicy-like-cayenne-pepper kind of way.   Because that might be kind of gross.  Although in hot chocolate it’s totally amazing, but maybe not a fruit crisp…  No, this is a yummy secret ingredient 🙂

OK, so if you read the title, you already know the secret ingredient.  I’m obviously horrible at keeping secrets.  Ginger!  And not just powdered ginger, I mean fresh, spicy, flavorful ginger.  I feel bad… I kind of ignore ginger and then when I rediscover it I go crazy for it.  In case you’re worried about it there isn’t a crazy amount of ginger in this, just enough for a tiny hint of spiciness occasionally.  Yum!

Anyways, I hope you love fruit crisps as much as I do 🙂  The topping of this crisp is almost like granola.  I just love it.  It also doesn’t involve cutting in butter or anything like that, which I always feel like I suck at.  No one wants to feel like that when they’re baking.  Just being honest here.

I thought since Thanksgiving is coming up for a lot of my readers it would be a good time to post this, since I usually don’t post anything holiday related(sorry!).  My excuse, just for this time, is being Canadian 😀  Our Thanksgiving was last month, but really that doesn’t make any sense as an excuse does it?  Oops!

As always, enjoy!

Honey-Ginger Cranberry Apple Crisp
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
A simple honey sweetened apple crisp with a twist in the form of fresh, tart cranberries and a little spice from fresh ginger.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 -10 servings
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 8 C chopped firm apples
  • 2 C fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tbsp liquid honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 C old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/4 C liquid honey
  • 1/4 C coconut oil melted(or a different flavorless oil)
  • scant 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 pan by lightly greasing and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chopped apples, cranberries, honey, cinnamon and cornstarch. Stir well to combine, then pour into the prepared pan, heaping slightly in the middle.
  3. To prepare the topping, combine the oats, flour and sugar in a bowl. Stir in the honey, oil, salt and ginger. Combine thoroughly, then using your hands, crumble the mixture over the fruit in the prepared pan, making sure there are no especially large clumps.
  4. Place crisp in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until the fruit is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool at least half an hour before serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Recipe Notes

I used a smaller but deeper pan for mine and had to cook it slightly longer. If your fruit needs more time to cook and the topping is already brown, place a piece of foil over the crisp to prevent it from browning too much.
If your honey is solid just warm it slightly till it becomes liquid again.
To make this crisp vegan sub out the honey for your favorite liquid sweetener and serve with your favorite non-dairy ice cream.


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1 Heather November 29, 2012 at 20:17

You had me at honey ginger! I am a big fan of crisps, this would be perfect anytime of year 😉


2 Erin @ Texanerin Baking November 26, 2012 at 12:14

Needs more… ginger! I LOVE ginger in crisps! This looks pretty great and I can tell that the topping is amazing. And the ingredient list is impressive. As always. 🙂 And why no holiday related posts? Just wondering if you’re against posting holiday related stuff or you’re just a not-so-good planner (that would be me although I’m trying to be better!)


3 Heidi @ Food Doodles November 28, 2012 at 12:15

Mmmm, I know, ginger is so awesome! Why do I always forget about it…
Hah… I’m such a bad planner, nothing against doing holiday posts(although my family doesn’t do holidays so I try to tone it down to not offend them). Plus holidays are always at my in-laws so I hardly ever do any of the cooking for them so I guess it kind of slips my mind. Plus when I schedule the things I want to post too much it just seems too stressful and I just don’t end up doing anything. I think that’s just me, lol. Maybe I don’t work well under pressure, I dunno. I am trying to be better though, I have some cranberry pistachio biscotti coming up soon-ish 😀


4 Julia November 25, 2012 at 19:28

These are all of my favorite things! I especially love cranberry and ginger paired. I can’t wait to try this out to satisfy my sweet tooth!


5 Ruta November 24, 2012 at 05:20

Honey ginger? I love it! Ginger is like the best thing in the world in my opinion, so this is right up my alley. Too bad I just used up all my cranberries… Oh well! I’ll just use another fruit. Thanks so much for the inspiration!


6 Jen@TheFitHousewife November 23, 2012 at 16:51

I love fruit crisp! This one looks perfect for winter 🙂


7 Amy (Savory Moments) November 23, 2012 at 14:44

I really adore ginger and think it goes so well with cranberries. So I think this looks really yummy!


8 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 23, 2012 at 11:58

That sounds pretty terrific. I’m a bit of a ginger addict and put in everything I can, the more the better!


9 Stephanie November 22, 2012 at 19:12

This sounds like the perfect flavor combination! sweet and tart and a little bit spicy. I could really go for a bowl right now


10 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies November 21, 2012 at 12:49

I love ginger–the spicier the better! I was going to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, but I guess I’ll wish you a Happy Thursday instead. 😉


11 Kathryn November 21, 2012 at 07:44

I love the combination of apple and cranberry especially with that ginger crisp topping!


12 Eat Good 4 Life November 20, 2012 at 18:23

Yummy. I love any type of crisp. I would probably put tons of ginger, I just love it. What a great idea!! I will keep that one in mind next time I make something like this.


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