Apple Cardamom Oat Crumble

Apple Cardamom Oat Crumble / @loveandlemons

Pie is something I enjoy most when other people make it. I usually don’t have the patience for crust, but that’s probably because I’m more of a filling person anyway. (When I was a kid, I’d always eat the pumpkin pie filling and leave the shell of the crust behind).

So naturally, crisps and crumbles are my fall dessert of choice. This recipe is much easier than pie but still has all of the fruity-crunchy-fall-spiced goodness.

Apple Cardamom Oat Crumble / @loveandlemons Apple Cardamom Oat Crumble / @loveandlemons

I made this nutty, oat-y crumble with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom. Cardamom has a sweet floral flavor that’s just a little bit unexpected. Spice yours up however you like – nutmeg or allspice would work too.

Toss with apples and bake until golden. (Btw, your kitchen will smell amazing). Let it cool a little bit and always serve with ice cream. (I especially love this with Nada Moo’s mmm…Maple Pecan vegan ice cream).

Apple Cardamom Oat Crumble / @loveandlemons

apple cardamom oat crumble
Serves: serves about 4
  • 12 oz. chopped apples (about 3 small)
  • juice of ½ a small lemon
  • ⅓ cup whole rolled oats*
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup flour (whole wheat, spelt or oat flour)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, vegan earth balance, or hardened coconut oil
  • optional: ¼ cup dried tart cherries or cranberries
  1. Preheat to 375.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the chopped apples with a big squeeze of lemon.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the oats, flour, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and salt.
  4. Cut your butter (or hardened coconut oil) into a few small pieces and add to the crumble. Use your hands to smush it with the dry crumble topping - stop when it’s incorporated but still crumbly. (if you overmix it and it becomes mushy, add a bit more flour, if it's too dry, add a little more butter/oil)
  5. Mix apples and dried tart cherries with ½ the crumble and place into a greased baking dish. Sprinkle the rest of the crumble on top.
  6. Bake covered for 25 minutes, then uncover and bake 15-20 more minutes until the apples are soft and the crumble is golden brown.
  7. Let sit for 15-20 mins before serving. Serve with scoops of ice cream.
*if you're sensitive to gluten, make sure your oats and oat flour are certified gluten free. (You can also make oat flour by blitzing oats in a high speed blender).

Note, that spelt flour is not gluten free.

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  1. Vanessa from on said:

    I love a good crumble! Step one: go to the apple orchard 🙂 After that is completed, I will be making some version of this for sure.

  2. We have more apples than we know what to do with! Thanks for this lovely recipe!

  3. Minna from on said:

    Haha Jeanine, I am totally the same way- when I was a kid, I’d get yelled at for scooping out all the inside of a pie and neglecting the crust. This crumble looks perfect for that. Like a compromise between an oatmeal cookie and an apple pie 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • jeanine from on said:

      Ha, glad it wasn’t just me 🙂

  4. Crisps and crumbles are my kind of dessert too, and I love cardamom in this one especially. Definitely will be making this soon!

  5. Kelly from on said:

    Your recipes always look spot on! Thanks for sharing!
    XO Kelly

  6. Emma from on said:

    Crumbles are my favourite autumn/winter dessert too, especially with a good scoop of vanilla 🙂
    Love your cardamom twist!

  7. Lissa from on said:

    Loving these photos. The crumble looks beautiful. Cardamom is one of my favorite warm spices! I can relate to eating just the filling. I can do that with coconut cream pie!

  8. im more of a crust person when it comes to pies but crumbles are always my goto as well. they work so well for both breakfast and dessert!!!

  9. Nice crumble! I love a crunchy crust contrasting with a soft sweet middle.. yum. I made one just the other day at my buddies house, he’s got a few fruit trees and we used apple & pears. Served with vanilla ice-cream. A classic combo in the UK. WISH I’d known about the ground cardamom. Nice touch.

  10. Heather Mason from on said:

    yes! I bought cardamom last year and only used it once. I need recipes with cardamom, this is perfect! Thanks!

  11. Alexandra from on said:

    Mmm… fall is all about apple desserts – they’re so comforting.

    I love the gold-rimmed plate and spoon combo in the first photo. May I ask where you got these items?


    • jeanine from on said:

      Hi Alexandra, the plate is from a thrift store and the spoon is from a bunch of old silverware I bought on ebay.

      • Alexandra from on said:

        Thanks, Jeanine!
        Thrift stores always have the best stuff.

  12. This is my kind of crumble- mostly topping and just a little apple. Yummmmmmm

  13. I love, love how easy crisps are. Rarely do I ever even look at a recipe…one baking delight that you can just wing. I’m digging the sound of that cardamom flavor you’ve powered up in yours.

  14. So sorry you eat the filling and left the shell of the crust behind without calling me!
    I´ll try the recipe this comming weekend but a on pâte brisée crust (my preferred)
    Thanks for sharing and best regards.

  15. I agree with you – crumbles highlight the filling in a much more satisfying way than pie (and require so much less time). Plus, I tend to think they’re prettier than pie! I love the unexpected cardamom you added to this crumble.

  16. Caitlin from on said:

    Yum. I’ll have this for breakfast please !

  17. Fel on said:

    Wow does this look amazingly good I am not really a pie eater but I think that this would have to be exception, Look forward to trying this YUMMMMM

  18. Zene from on said:

    Where I grew up, we had a huge apple orchard..and every season my mother would turn the kitchen into a pool of apple juice as she preserved, baked pies, made cider…you name..if the recipe included apples, my Mom made it. It was awful, smelly and sticky. Since then, the sight of apples has driven my crazy and them smell makes me sick to my stomach, BUT THIS RECIPE I HAVE TO TRY!

  19. Aysegul - Ice from on said:

    This looks delicious. Cardamom and apple combination sounds wonderful.

  20. Andrea from loveandlemons on said:

    Thank you for your wonderful recipes. I am so excited to find a desert that I can make which is can work wheat free! I so appreciate the beauty of the design, photos and care you take on every detail.

  21. I bet your kitchen smelled amazing after cooking this delicious little treat. Cardamon is an unexpected twist for an apple crumble. Can’t wait to try.

  22. northlight on said:

    Made this on saturday and it was delicious, but too sweet. So I replaced the sugar with golden syrup (and forgot the cinnamon) on my second try on sunday. It’s so easy and will make it again. 🙂 The third time is the charm.

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