Vegan Cranberry Cheese Crumble

Julia Child said to never apologize for what you put on the table for your guests. Always smile and never give away that you made a mistake. Chances are, they will never know anyway…


I’m breaking her rule right now by admitting that as I attempted to duplicate Brooke’s Cranberry Bars, I wanted to make them fancy in ramekins. I unfortunately either didn’t wait long enough for the bars to set or I did something incorrectly. Regardless, this mistake created an amazing crumble.


*Pushing the Crumble in front of you, smiling a big ol’ toothy smile*


Cranberry Cheese Crumble

Converted from Brooke’s Merry Berry Cheese Bars

Gluten, egg, and dairy-free

Makes 10 small 3″ ramekin-filled Crumbles *or* approx 12 large bars


  • 2 c. gluten-free flour mix
  • 1 1/2 c. oatmeal
  • 3/4 c + 1 Tb firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 c. vegan butter, softened
  • 1 (8oz) package vegan cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. non-dairy milk
  • 4 Tbs powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 8 oz store bought cranberry sauce (I used Trader Joe’s brand and used 3/4 of the jar. Brooke has a great homemade recipe if you cannot find jarred cranberry sauce here)
  • 2 Tbs corn starch


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. With mixer, beat flour, oats, 3/4 c. sugar and butter until crumbly.  Set aside 1 1/2 c. mixture; press remaining mixture on bottom of greased 13X9 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.


  1. With mixer, beat cheese until fluffy.  Gradually beat in non-dairy milk and powdered sugar until smooth.  Stir in lemon juice.
  2. Spread over baked crust.
  3. Combine cranberry sauce, cornstarch, and remaining 1 Tb sugar.  Spoon over cheese layer.  Top with reserved mixture.
  4. Bake 45 minutes or until golden.
  5. Cool and cut into bars.  Refrigerate leftovers.

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  1. I’m forwarding this recipe to a friend. This is right up her alley!

    Thanks for all of your creative ideas :-)

  2. For meeee? Why, thank you! 😀
    I love your banner!

  3. There was a mistake? The crumbles look awesome! Smiling right back at you. :-)

  4. This looks like a great for a holiday dinner party or even just to have around when family comes to visit.

  5. Boy, you really know how to make a good mistake! These are pretty as can be and sound so delicious!

  6. everything you make looks so divine… and festive too! :)

  7. Yum! And your pictures are gorgeous:)

  8. You hook me in with cranberries and then pull out the soy. Tease.
    Seriously, they look amazing!! and if I ever get around to making a non-soy cream cheese, I’m there!

  9. I like the ramekin idea! I think they look deliciously fantastic.

  10. ‘Pushing the Crumble in front of you, smiling a big ol’ toothy smile’ HA! I love it! Hmmmm, these look soooo good!

  11. Have ingredients. Need ramekins. Looks wonderful, marvelous, even stupendous.(That’s probably because you are wonderful, marvelous and stupendous even.) Excuse me, I’m off to start my xmas list. SWAK!!!

  12. Looks great to me! What mistake?

  13. Who needs bars when you’ve got crumble? So good Cara!

  14. they look beautiful! no need to apologize over here!!

  15. You are such an inspiration!


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