Apple Cranberry Cobbler – Healthy Option

Fall fruits and warm cinnamon combine in this classic but lighter version of apple cranberry cobbler. Be ready to swoon.

The Backstory: This fruit-filled cobbler is a perfect dessert for the High Holidays, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Sukkot, and just about any fall or winter holiday or family gathering. It is full of juicy apples, tart cranberries, and warm autumn flavors that bring to mind the blessings of a sweet New Year and the true joy of celebrating with family and friends.  More of the Backstory after the recipe

Apple Cranberry Cobbler - Healthy Option

This delicious dessert is naturally sweetened from the fresh apples and extra delicious from the mouth-watering sauce made from the whole and dried cranberries. The brown sugar crumb topping just puts it over the edge!
Course Desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings


For the Apple Cranberry Base

  • 3/4 lb fresh apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 cups whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup all-purpose white flour

For the Topping

  • 2 1/2 tbsp. all-purpose white flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine, soft/tub, zero trans fat


  1. Combine apples, cranberry sauce, dried cranberries, lemon juice and first amount of flour (amount indicated for apple cranberry base only). Pour into non-stick baking pan (or one sprayed with non-stick spray).
  2. In bowl, combine second amounts of flour (one indicated for the topping), along with the brown sugar. Cut in margarine with pastry blender until crumbly.
  3. Sprinkle over apple cranberry base mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until fruit is tender and top is slightly browned.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  180
Total Fat: 3.5g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Trans Fat: 0.g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 1g
Carbohydrates: 36g
Sodium: 40mg
Fiber: 2g

…The Backstory continues: You can find many more delectable recipes in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Beef Brisket with Gravy to Orange Cinnamon French Toast with Strawberry Sauce — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!

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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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