Apple & Blackberry GF Cheerios Crumble

It’s safe to say that being back in the States, I am becoming re-acquainted with some old comforts, and surprised by them as well.  One of these suuuper classic food “hugs” is Cheerios.  I don’t know too many people who frown when they think of Cheerios.  They’re perfectly puffy, their little circle form is weirdly cute, and they’re kind of sweet, but not too much.  They’re, like, the cutest breakfast food.

Which is why when I found out that many flavors of Cheerios are naturally gluten-free, I was super excited by the idea to partner with them.  And now, my dear friends, I get to reveal to you what that partnership looks like.  I wish I could beam over a sample to directly show you what it tastes like, but I suppose you’ll just have to make the recipe.


I wanted to make a recipe with their Apple Cinnamon Cheerios that could be eaten for breakfast, was something sweet, and could also hold its own as a proper dessert candidate.  This Apple & Blackberry GF Cheerios Crumble is not just gluten-free, but also dairy-free, has no eggs, and is, just, ahhhh one of the best things I’ve made with fruit to date.

Not to pat my own back, but really.  It’s good.

If you eat it hot out of the oven, and top it with something like coconut cream or vegan ice cream, it’s a true dessert pleasure.  I also recommend letting it chill in the fridge overnight, and slicing it as more of a danish-type breakfast treat.  (I might even prefer it that way!)

Enjoy this recipe (I hope you do!) and thank Cheerios for making many of their cereals gluten-free.  Makes breakfast and gluten-free ingredients shopping a lot easier… and more creative!

Apple & Blackberry GF Cheerios Crumble

Serves 8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Dietary Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot


  • 6 cups Apple Cinnamon Cheerios (divided)
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 4 apples (cut into 1 cm cubes; peeled or unpeeled, your choice!)
  • 1 1/2 cup blackberries (washed and patted dry)
  • a pinch salt


Step 1 Mix together your apples, blackberries, agave nectar, and a pinch salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
Step 2 Blend 4 cups Apple Cinnamon Cheerios with the coconut oil until it resembles wet sand. You can use either a blender, hand mixer, or food processor to do this. Fold in the remaining whole Cheerios. Set aside.
Step 3 Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 degrees Celsius. Prepare one of your baking pans by lining it with plastic wrap.
Step 4 Pour the fruit mixture into the unlined baking sheet. Pour the Cheerios crumble into the lined baking sheet and press down flat to make an even crumble. Bake the fruit in the oven for 10 minutes, and chill the crumble in the freezer until solid. You can also chill it in the fridge, but it will take longer.
Step 5 Remove fruit from the oven once the blackberries have lightened in color and the apples have gotten a bit soft. Let cool about 5-10 minutes. Remove chilled crumble, separate it from the plastic, and put it on top of the fruit compote.
Step 6 Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crumble is goldener and fruit is syrupy and cooked through.
Step 7 Remove from oven, and either eat hot with your favorite dairy-free yogurt or coconut cream or let chill and eat like a danish. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, if it lasts that long. 😉

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