Cherry Crumble with Sage and Brown Sugar

Need a last minute dessert for Thanksgiving? Not in the mood for making a pie? Don’t worry, I’ve got just the thing! This year, simplify holiday dessert by making this Cherry Crumble with Sage and Brown Sugar. Is your mouth watering yet? This unexpected dessert is one your friends and family will LOVE, I promise!

Stress-Free Dessert!

Wait, did I just say stress-free? I sure did! You’re already making so many other foods for your big holiday event, why complicate the dessert? This cherry crumble is a dream when it comes to preparation. It all starts with frozen (frozen!) cherries – that means no pitting and no washing! Yahoo! Then it’s just a matter of mixing some sage with some sugar, flour and butter and baking. And get this, you can even make these beauties the DAY BEFORE! You sure can – I know you need that oven space! Cherry Crumble

Festive Cherry Crumble

We all love pretty food, right? And what is more beautiful than bright red cherries topped with gorgeous golden topping infused with fresh sage? Oh nothing. Add some homemade whipped cream (you can do it!) and a beautiful sprig of fresh sage as garnish and you’ll have nothing but admiration for your handiwork – and so will your guests. 

Fruit Desserts Work

After loading up on turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and all of the other holiday goodies, why not serve a fruit-based dessert? This one is pre-portioned, making it easy to serve the “right” size. Plus, fruits make dessert feel like a little gift, instead of a gut-busting, loosen-your-belt, type of “topper” to this already indulgent meal.   cherry-crumble-pinterest

Big thank you to the Recipe Redux for the theme this month – healthy holiday desserts! I personally believe that dessert fits. And it can be delicious without all of the calories! Don’t believe me? Then try this Cherry Crumble!

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Cherry Crumble with Sage and Brown Sugar


Cherries and sage? Yes! It’s a combination that works! This cherry crumble is a festive way to celebrate the holidays!


  • 10 ounces frozen, unsweetened cherries
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 fresh sage leaves, torn
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 375’F and coat 4, 6 ounce ramekins with with non-stick cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
  2. Add the thawed cherries to a microwave-safe bowl and thaw in the microwave using the defrost setting.
  3. Remove bowl from the microwave and add 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Toss to coat, then distribute among the ramekins. Cover the ramekins with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. While cherries are baking, prepare the crumble. To a food processor, add the sage, light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons all purpose flour and salt and pulse 8-10 times, or until sage is finely chopped. Add the oats and walnuts and pulse 4-5 times. Add the butter and pulse 15-20 times, until crumbs are formed.
  5. Carefully remove the ramekins from the oven and distribute crumble topping over each. Leave uncovered and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Let cool and serve with whipped cream or plain Greek yogurt.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 213
  • Sugar: 27
  • Sodium: 77
  • Fat: 7
  • Saturated Fat: 4
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 37
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 15