Gluten Free Cherry Cobbler, made with fresh or frozen sweet cherries, is the perfect summer dessert, especially when cooked up on the grill!
A mixture of gluten free flour and almond meal come together to make this sweet topping gluten free. The combination of almond and cherries is the perfect flavor marriage!
Gluten Free Cherry Cobbler is such an outstanding summer dessert. Why heat up your entire kitchen by cooking inside when you can easily cook a cobbler like this outside!
I use my Traeger grill all the time. In fact, during the summer months, I use my Traeger more often than I use my oven. The kitchen is too warm already, plus I can't get enough of that Traeger wood smoke smell. If you don't already have a Traeger or are in need of an upgrade, their website showcases all of the products they offer.
Trager also shares a ton of recipes too. That's actually where I got my inspiration for making this cobbler on my Traeger. They featured their own cherry cobbler recipe, however I wanted to make mine gluten free so I came up with my own recipe.
Reasons to bake on a Traeger:
Cooking with wood tastes better.
Pure hardwood is the fuel for Traeger’s signature flavor. Traeger owners and BBQ enthusiasts agree that wood-fired flavor is what they love most about their grill, because it simply tastes better than charcoal or gas. Real wood, real flavor – every time.
Traeger's versatility allows you to cook hot and fast or low and slow. When you fire up your Traeger, you ignite the power to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and BBQ – you’re the master of all trades. From baby back ribs to wood-fired pizza, smoky mac & cheese and even homemade apple pie, anything you can cook up in your head, you can cook up on your Traeger.
How long do you bake a cherry cobbler?
Whether you cook your cobbler on the grill like I did, or use your oven, it will take about an hour if you're cooking at 375 degrees F.
The reason a cobbler takes so long to cook is because of the topping. It takes some time for that sweet biscuit topping to cook all the way through. Once it does, you'll see it get crisp and golden brown top.
I've found that the 375F temperature is the perfect sweet spot. This temperature allows the topping to cook all the way through and then get brown. Any hotter will brown the top without cooking the topping all the way through. Any lower and it will start to dry out before getting browned.
How do you pit a cherry?
If you don't already have one, a cherry pitter is a handy dandy tool every home chef should have in their kitchen. This little gadget holds a single cherry and pops the pit out.
It can be a messy process with teeny tiny little beads of dark red cherry juice flying through the air. Just plan on pitting your cherries on an easily cleanable surface... and don't wear white.
If you want to make it easy on yourself, buy a bag of pitted frozen cherries. Because they're such a great addition to things like smoothies, it's easy to find frozen cherries. I got a big bag of frozen organic pitted sweet cherries at Costco and that's what I ended up using for this recipe, even though fresh cherries are in season right now.
How to make gluten free cherry cobbler:
I started out with my Easy Quadruple Berry Cobbler recipe and modified it to make this gluten free version and used cherries instead.
Cherries always go with almonds. It's just a known fact that can't be denied. For that reason, it was easy to transform this recipe to a gluten free version. Instead of just swapping out the all-purpose flour with gluten free flour, I decided to go with a combination of equal parts gluten free flour and almond meal.
I also decided to add almond extract to both the cherries and the topping to really enhance that almond flavor. Additionally, I increased the quantity from my original recipe to scale it from a 9x9 pan to a 9x13 pan. I knew I'd want more.
This is a super easy cherry cobbler recipe. The fruit layer consists only of fresh cherries, lemon juice, and almond extract. No gel or cornstarch needed.
The topping is incredibly easy to mix together as well. Instead of cutting in the butter, which can be a messy process, I like to cut thin slices and lay them on top of the topping. As it cooks, it melts in and gives the top a beautiful golden brown color. The decorator's sugar on top also gives it a wonderful sweet crunch.
Love cherries? Well, then you will love these cherry desserts:
- Cherry Almond Thumbprints pair the delicious flavors of cherry preserves and almond to make a buttery shortbread cookie
- If you're looking for an easy yet unique dessert that will really impress, Vanilla Cake with Balsamic Cherry Mascarpone is what you need.
Gluten Free Cherry Cobbler
- 6 cups cherries (sweet (not tart), pitted, either fresh or thawed frozen)
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ¾ cup gluten free flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg (room temperature)
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 6 tablepoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon decorator's sugar
- Set Traeger to smoke with lid open for about 5 minutes. Close lid and set temperature to 375 degrees F.
- Add cherries to a 9x13 baking dish. Toss with lemon juice and almond extract.
- If cherries are frozen, you can set them on the grill while it is heating up.
- In medium sized bowl, combine almond and gluten free flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a whisk to combine and eliminate lumps. In a separate bowl, combine egg, heavy cream and almond extract. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix to combine. Mixture will be crumbly. Cover cherries with this mixture.
- Slice butter into thin slices and spread as evenly as possible on top of cobbler mixture. Sprinkle with decorator's sugar.
- Place cobbler onto grill and close the lid.
- Bake on preheated grill for about 60 minutes until golden brown.