Juicy, warm and fruity apples topped with crisp cinnamon streusel – This vegan Apple Crumble with oats recipe is a popular British dessert that is quick and easy to make and as delicious as a classic apple pie!
The Best Vegan Apple Crumble Recipe
If you love warm apple pie and grandma’s apple cake with crunchy streusel, this Apple Crumble recipe will be your new favorite! It tastes just as delicious as crumble cake, but is much easier to make and only requires a few simple ingredients that you may have already at home.
If you have an apple tree in your backyard, you don’t even need to buy apples, so you can get started with this recipe right away! Of course, you can also use other fruits that you have on hand. Whether apples, pears, plums, cherries or berries – the crumble tastes fantastic with any fruit!
What are good baking apples?
Basically, you can use any type of apple for baking. However, I don’t recommend using apples that are very sweet, as tart apples make a good contrast to the sweet crumble.
My personal favorite is the fruity, aromatic Boskoop, which is crisp and stores easily. But the sweet and tart Jonagold or the aromatic Elstar are also good for all kinds of cakes, pies and desserts. However, if you like very tart apples, you can opt for the green apple Granny Smith.
What are the best apples for Apple Crumble?
To get the perfect texture between soft-baked apples and crunchy apple chunks, it’s a good idea to use a mixture of a firmer apple variety like Boskoop or Braeburn and a softer variety like Elstar or Cox Orange.
- Flour: You can use both all-purpose and spelt flour or sub gluten-free 1 to 1 baking flour.
- Rolled oats: Quick cooking rolled oats are best here. If you are on a gluten-free diet, you can use gluten-free oats.
- Salt: a pinch is enough.
- Brown sugar: or any other sugar you like, such as raw cane sugar, coconut blossom sugar, or regular white sugar.
- Cinnamon: for a cozy wintry flavor.
- Vegan butter: cut into cubes.
- Apples: I’ve already mentioned some recommended varieties above.
- Lemon juice: optional to prevent the apples from turning brown quickly.
- Slivered almonds: or other nuts like chopped walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts or whatever you like. Dried fruits like raisins or figs are also a good addition.
How to make Apple Crumble
As always, I recommend checking out this step-by-step instruction and the recipe video first. Then you’ll find the full recipe with exact measurements in the recipe card below!
Step 1: Make the streusel dough
To make the crumbles (or streusel), mix the flour, rolled oats, salt, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Then add the vegan butter and knead everything together into crumbles.
Step 2: Cut the apples
Wash, core and dice the apples. Then drizzle with some lemon juice (to prevent them from turning brown) and put them in a baking dish or oven-proof skillet.
Step 3: Top with crumbles and bake it
Spread the crumbles on top of the apples. Sprinkle with slivered almonds and some brown sugar if you like. Then bake in the preheated oven at 392 °F (200 °C) for about 30 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
Step 4: Garnish and serve!
Allow to cool briefly, then dust with a little powdered sugar and garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired. Serve with vanilla ice cream and vegan caramel sauce. Enjoy!
Tip: I recommend eating the crisp Apple Crumble warm, because it tastes best that way!
How do you get crumble to brown?
To get the crumble topping just right, I like to sprinkle a little brown sugar over it before baking. However, brown sugar not only creates a nice browning, but it also gives the Apple Crumble a tasty caramel flavor!
How can you store Apple Crumble?
You can store leftover Apple Crumble in the fridge for up to 4 days, just like classic apple cake or apple pie. Then reheat in a preheated oven before serving.
Can I freeze Apple Crumble?
You can double the amount of crumble dough and then use half of it for the fresh Apple Crumble and freeze the other half for another time. To do this, crumble the dough onto a baking sheet or tray lined with parchment paper and freeze this way for 1-2 hours. Once the crumbles are frozen, you can transfer them into a freezer bag.
When you’re ready to make a crumble, just put fresh fruit in a baking dish. Then spread the frozen crumbles on top and put the whole thing in the preheated oven. You do not need to thaw the crumbles beforehand. The crumble may take only 5 minutes longer.
This easy vegan apple crumble recipe is:
- Without dairy butter
- Can be made gluten-free
- Quick and easy to prepare
- Juicy and fruity
- Topped with crunchy crumbles
- Tastes like apple crumble cake
- Incredibly delicious!
- Perfect for dessert or as an afternoon snack for cozy fall and winter days!
More vegan apple recipes to try
- Apple Cake with Cinnamon Streusel
- Apple Crumble Cake with Custard
- Easy Apple Turnovers
- Apple Stuffed Buns
- Mini Apple Pies
- Apple Pie Roll-Ups
- Apple Hand Pies
- Moist Apple Blondies
- Classic Apple Pie
- Vegan Frangipane Apple Tart
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Apple Crumble (Apple Crisp)Author:
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- ¾ cup (100 g) flour all-purpose, spelt or gluten-free flour*
- ½ cup (50 g) oats quick cooking rolled oats
- 1 pinch of salt
- ¼ cup (50 g) brown sugar + a little more for sprinkling
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup (100 g) vegan butter diced
- 3 (500 g) apples approx. 17.6 oz
- ½ lemon the juice of it
- ⅓ cup (40 g) slivered almonds or other nuts
To garnish (optional)
- powdered sugar
- pomegranate seeds
To serve (optional)
- vanilla ice cream
- vegan caramel sauce
- Preheat the oven to 392 °F (200 °C).
- For the crumble, combine flour, oats, salt, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the diced vegan butter and knead everything together into crumbles.
- Wash and core the apples and cut them into cubes. Drizzle with a little lemon juice (to prevent them from turning brown) and put them in a baking dish or oven-proof skillet.
- Spread the crumbles on top of the apples. Sprinkle with slivered almonds and some more brown sugar, if desired. Then bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow to cool briefly, then dust with powdered sugar and garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired. Serve with vanilla ice cream and vegan caramel sauce.
- This recipe can be also made with other fruits such as plums, pears, cherries or berries.
- For a gluten-free crumble, use gluten-free oats and gluten-free 1 to 1 baking flour.
- Instead of brown sugar, you can use raw cane sugar, coconut blossom sugar, regular table sugar or another sugar.
- Leftover crumble will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The crumble dough can also be frozen.
- Detailed instructions and tips for storing, freezing and reheating, as well as recommendations regarding apple varieties, are mentioned in the blog post above!
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