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Easy Thanksgiving Dessert: Almond Oat Pear Crumble


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Thanksgiving is nearly here! Which blows my mind. This year is flying by. Whenever Thanksgiving nears, I always encourage people to make pie. But admittedly, it’s not the easiest thing to make if it’s your first time. You know what’s way easier? A crumble. You make a pie-like filling, add it to your favorite casserole dish and then add a crumble topping. No rolling out dough, no crimping, no trying to make it pretty. The flavors are pie are very present. But no fuss.


If you’re hesitant to make a pie, make this! The almonds and oats add such a nice flavor. I add some walnuts, too, because they’re my favorite nut, but feel free to swap in pumpkin seeds or pecans or any other nut you like.


Almond Oat Pear Crumble

Almonds and oats complement each other nicely so why not make this almond oat pear crumble? (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)



  • Filling:
  • 3 to 4 baking pears, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Crumble Topping:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup oat flakes 
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup almonds, roughly chopped 
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a 9 x 2-inch baking dish (or something equivalent), add the pears, white sugar, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, cinnamon, all-spice and salt. Toss until pears are thoroughly coated. Set aside. 
  2. To a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, white sugar, brown sugar, oat flakes and chopped walnuts. 
  3. In a small saucepan, set over medium-high heat, add the cubed butter. Brown the butter until it goes from yellow and bubbling to a very, very dark brown color. It might appear burnt and it is, but not to worry, it'll taste delicious. Pour the burnt butter into the medium bowl that's holding the flour and oat mixture. Using a spoon, mix the mixture until clumpy and everything is coated in butter. Pour the crumble atop the filling and spread it out evenly. Transfer it to the oven to bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the crumble is bubbling and the top is golden brown. 
  4. I'm not a super bossy person, but you must, you MUST eat this crumble warm with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. 

Yield: 6

Adrianna Adarme - PBS Food Fresh Tastes BloggerAdrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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