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Easy Spiced Hot Fruit Bake! A delicious and healthy holiday breakfast bake! This gluten free spiced hot fruit bake also makes for a great topping for waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, or by simply by itself! A nutritious dish to add to your Christmas or New Year's Brunch! Vegan friendly.

Easy Spiced Hot Fruit Bake

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 3 minute
  • Yield: 5 1x


Spiced Hot Fruit Bake {Gluten Free, Vegan option}


Units Scale
  • 2 cup sliced apples
  • 2 cups pear slices
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (save the juice)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar (unrefined) or brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup, agave, or honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (extra for topping)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 stick melted butter (4 to 5 tbsp melted vegan butter can be substituted)
  • Optional – An additional 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil or butter to coat walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts or pecans
  • extra cinnamon for nuts or serving


Updated 12/1/2017

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss your fruit and add in 1-2 tsp lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In another glass bowl, combine your melted butter, spices, and honey or maple syrup.
  4. Mix in a few tablespoons of your leftover pineapple juice as well.
  5. Add this sugar/butter mixture to your fruit and coat evenly.
  6. Pour fruit evenly in a 9×12 baking dish.
  7. Pour the leftover sugar/butter/oil mixture on top.
  8. baking for 1 hr.
  9. OPTIONAL – Toss your nuts in a tiny bit of melted coconut oil or butter and pinch of cinnamon. I usually just coat the nuts in the leftover butter/sugar from the fruit mix bowl. Then sprinkle the nuts to the top of dish and bake all together for 1 hr.
  10. Sprinkle any additional cinnamon and spiced over hot fruit bake before serving, if desired.
  11. See notes for Make ahead prep


Slow Cooker Option:

Follow the directions above, placing the ingredients in a slow cooker instead of a baking dish, and let them cook on LOW for 4 hours.

You can prep this dish the night before and baking the day of. There are a few ways.

  • Option 1: You can mix everything, place in casserole dish, place in fridge, then bake the next morning.
  • Option 2: The fruit is is more bright and crispy if you mix the fruit in lemon, place in a large dish, cover. Then mix the melted butter, sugar, spices in another bowl. Place that in fridge too. In the morning, reheat the butter/sugar mix and pour it over the fruit. Then bake.
  • Option 3: Bake everything the night before and then simply reheat for 20 minutes at 300F before serving.

To save on time, feel free to use canned pineapple and pears (in water or juice), drained. Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with whatever method you choose. All delish!

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Category: breakfast/dessert/brunch
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: breakfast/dessert/brunch


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 273
  • Sugar: 27.6 g
  • Sodium: 6.4 mg
  • Fat: 14.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.7 g
  • Fiber: 5.2 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 24.3 mg

Keywords: brunch, fruit, hot fruit, gluten free, breakfast, dessert, vegan dessert, holiday brunch