Apple Crumble

This apple crumble recipe is easier than pie, but it's just as delicious. An oat-y, nutty topping covers a thick layer of warmly spiced fall apples.

Apple crumble

Fall might technically begin on September 22, but in our house, it never really arrives until I make this apple crumble recipe. Of all the apple desserts out there, it’s the one I come back to every year. An oat-y, nutty crumble topping covers a thick layer of warmly spiced fall apples. It’s eons easier than pie, and for my money, it’s just as good.

So if you have a surplus of apples from a trip to an orchard, a farmers market, or the store, I hope you try this apple crumble recipe! It takes just over 30 minutes to make, it calls for basic ingredients that you likely have on hand already, and it tastes amazing. The crumbly topping offers a delicious crisp contrast to the tender, juicy apples, and warm flavor from spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger fills every bite. Finished with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s the perfect fall dessert.

Flour, walnuts, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in bowls

Apple Crumble Recipe Ingredients

This apple crumble recipe has the all sweet, decadent flavor you want in a fall dessert, but it’s actually fairly healthy. For starters, I go light on the sugar, letting the flavorful apples supply much of the sweetness on their own. And instead of relying on butter and flour to create the crumble topping, I use this combination of wholesome ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour and almond flour – The almond flour adds extra richness to the topping, while the all-purpose flour keeps it light and crisp.
  • Whole rolled oats – Because to me, nothing says fall like oats, nuts, and apples.
  • Walnuts – For crunch! I also love their rich, nutty flavor after they toast in the oven.
  • Brown sugar – For sweetness.
  • Cinnamon – It gives the topping a warm, spiced flavor.
  • Melted coconut oil – It adds richness and moisture to the topping, and it makes this recipe totally vegan and dairy-free!
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Apple crumble recipe ingredients

So you know what’s in the crumble topping…let’s talk about the apple filling! Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Apples! Make sure you peel them before you start to cook. Though I’m usually all for leaving fruits and veggies un-peeled, I find that this apple crumble recipe has the best texture when it’s made with peeled apples.
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger – They fill the tender apples with warm, spiced flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar – For pop! It offsets the sweetness of the apples and topping, giving this apple crumble a delicious balance of sweet and tart flavors.
  • And sea salt – Don’t skip it! It highlights the rich, nutty, sweet, and spiced flavors in this recipe.

Again, see below for the complete recipe.

Spiced apples in a baking dish

How to Make Apple Crumble

Ready to bake? Here’s what you need to do:

First, cook the apples. In this recipe, I cook the apples on the stove before they bake. That way, they become completely tender in the time it takes for the topping to turn golden brown in the oven. Add the diced, peeled apples, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons water to a medium saucepan over low heat, and cook, covered, for about 15 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Stir them fairly often – you don’t want them to burn! Then, mix in the spices, and turn off the heat.

Hand spooning crumble topping over apples in a baking dish

Meanwhile, make the topping. In a food processor, pulse together the flours, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, coconut oil, and salt. If needed, add up to a teaspoon of water to help the mixture start to crumble and form clumps.

Finally, assemble and bake! Scoop the apple filling into a greased 8×8 baking dish, and sprinkle it with the crumble. Bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and crisp. Enjoy!

Apple crumble recipe in a baking dish

Best Apple Crumble Recipe Tips

  • Choose good baking apples. Different apple varieties are good for different things – snacking, salads, turning into sauce. For this recipe, you’ll need excellent baking apples. They should have a firm texture and hold their shape when cooked. Some of my favorite types of apples for baking include Honeycrisp, Gala, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith apples. Choose just one, or use a mix!
  • If the topping’s not coming together, add a little water at a time until it does. The crumble topping here is, well, crumbly, but it should still clump together when pinched. If it’s too powdery after you pulse it together, add water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until it’s slightly moist and small clumps begin to form. Careful, though. Don’t add too much water, or the crumble will quickly form a wet, sticky paste.
  • Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream. You could easily enjoy a bowl (or two) of this easy apple crumble on its own, but it’s even better with vanilla ice cream on top! I love the way the rich ice cream contrasts with the sweet, nutty crumble and juicy fruit. If ice cream’s not your thing, you can still pair this apple crumble recipe with a creamy topping. Regular whipped cream or coconut whipped cream would both be fantastic.

Bowl of easy apple crumble with vanilla ice cream

More Favorite Fall Desserts

If you love this easy apple crumble recipe, try one of these delicious fall desserts next:

For even more fun baking recipes, check out this post!

Apple Crumble

rate this recipe:
4.96 from 45 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 33 mins
Serves 6
This apple crumble recipe is easier than pie, and it's just as delicious. Made with an oat-y, nutty crumble topping and tender spiced apples, it's the ultimate fall dessert!

Ingredients

Spiced apple filling

  • 5 apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt

Topping

  • ½ cup almond flour
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • cup whole rolled oats
  • cup crushed walnuts
  • cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon water, if needed

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease an 8x8-inch baking dish.
  • Make the filling: Combine the apples, apple cider vinegar, and water in a saucepan and simmer over very low heat, covered, stirring occasionally (making sure the apples don’t burn on the bottom of the pan) for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir, and add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt and stir again. The apples should be tender, and the juices should be thick.
  • Make the topping: In a food processor, place the flours, oats, walnuts, sugar, coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt and pulse until crumbly. Add the water if needed.
  • Scoop the apple filling into the baking dish and sprinkle with the topping. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until lightly crisp on top.

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  1. Megan
    11.16.2020

    I was surprised how sweet this was given not too much sugar. I ate this for breakfast along with an egg. 🙂

  2. Julia from letscookit.ru
    11.16.2020

    5 stars
    Hello, thank you fo this warm and spice recipe! Tried this crumble with plum, also very yym)

  3. Megan Read
    11.15.2020

    5 stars
    Such a quick, delicious crisp! Perfect for a fall evening. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Brielle
    11.15.2020

    5 stars
    Made this a couple days ago for dessert – then ate the rest for breakfast the next morning! I love how it has ingredients in it that I don’t feel guilty about eating for breakfast. I swapped the water in the apple part for a couple tablespoons of cider and it gave it an extra apple-y flavor!

  5. Julianna
    11.13.2020

    5 stars
    I made this for the cooking club! I am GF so I made the apple crisp version and it was perfection. The walnuts add such a nice crunch and everything was perfectly toasty. I used 2 fresh picked apples & 2 big honey crisp apples and that definitely seemed like enough. Thank you Jeanine!!

  6. Jessica
    11.12.2020

    4 stars
    I made this for the cooking club. I blended the topping in the Vitamix so it wasn’t very crumbly. Then I just added some walnuts and oats on top and it turned out delicious.

  7. Becca
    11.09.2020

    I made this tonight for November cooking club. It was so delicious! The crumb topping was such a delightful twist. Thank you for the recipe!🙂

  8. Kae Harding
    11.09.2020

    I used Gala apples.
    The crust had more substance to it than a traditional crumble crust. I liked the addition of apple cider vinegar to the apple mixture.

  9. Kayla
    11.08.2020

    5 stars
    This recipe is just as you would expect it to be…delicious and perfect for those chilly Fall evenings!

  10. shawn brightwell
    11.08.2020

    I made this today with three different types of apples.
    It was delicious with a scoop of vanilla bean gelato. We loved the warm spices and the yummy aroma that filled the kitchen!

  11. Mika Kennedy
    11.08.2020

    5 stars
    So good, it never made it to plates.

    I used fresh lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar, as I do with my apple pies.

  12. Danielle Cloonan
    11.07.2020

    5 stars
    Very good, especially when warm with vanilla ice cream 🙂 house smells like fall

  13. Shae
    11.02.2020

    5 stars
    I had an abundance of apples that were going to go bad soon and was wondering what I should do with them. I just stumbled across your website last week and so when this recipe showed up in my inbox yesterday, I knew I had to try it. So delicious!!! I could eat the topping alone by itself! The apples were perfectly seasoned and tender. I will definitely keep this recipe on repeat during apple season!

    • Cecilia Caughman
      11.26.2020

      5 stars
      Loved this recipe – simple and customizable and so tasty! A scoop of vanilla ice cream took it to the next level!

  14. JudyB
    11.01.2020

    5 stars
    Delicious and not too sweet. Made the crisp instead and added some cranberries I had in the freezer. Tart by itself but good offset to the tasty topping! Thanks for a great recipe – again 🙂

  15. Lorel
    11.01.2020

    Hello! For the topping would you be able to use just all purpose flour instead of almond flour? Someone in my family has a nut allergy.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.01.2020

      Hi Lorel, since there are also walnuts in here, you might take a look at the topping for this (no-nut) recipe instead: https://www.loveandlemons.com/peach-cobbler I bet it would work with brown sugar in place of the regular sugar and you could probably add in 1/4 to 1/3 cup pulsed up oats. If the crumbles are too dry, add in a little water, if the crumbles are too wet, add in more oats or flour. I hope that helps!

  16. Adeline
    10.24.2020

    5 stars
    Hi! As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try that topping. I made it today for my father who was visiting and it was delicious: both our plates were empty pretty fast. Thank you for this recipe!

  17. Olivia Waters
    10.05.2020

    5 stars
    Made this yesterday! It was incredible! I can’t describe in words how delicious it was 🙂 The entire family ate it so quickly. And it was crazy easy to make, which is always even better. Thank you for another go-to recipe that I’ll probably be making on repeat this apple season.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.06.2020

      Hi Olivia, I’m so glad it was such a hit! Thanks for coming back to let me know!

  18. Leslie
    10.04.2020

    Hi, is the baking temp. 350 or 400? It indicates both at different places in your post. Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.04.2020

      400°F – thanks for pointing that out!

  19. Jennifer
    10.04.2020

    Hi, Jeanine! This recipe looks like just what I need to make use of the apples we picked up at the farmstand yesterday! One question: I prefer to use butter instead of coconut oil. Would I use the same amount?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.04.2020

      Hi Jennifer yep you could use the same amount. I hope you enjoy!

  20. Lisa Ellsmore
    10.03.2020

    5 stars
    My daughter made this for dessert this evening—yum!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.03.2020

      I’m so glad you both loved it!

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