Nothing conjures comfort like the combination of spicy cinnamon and sweet apples! One of the healthiest, fruit-centric desserts you can make is this Baked Vegan Apple Crumble with Cinnamon, with a thick layer of juicy apples and a crunchy whole-wheat topping. This recipe is completely plant-based and can easily be made into a gluten-free apple crumble. And every delicious bite is packed with fiber and nutrients. Low in sugar, fat, and calories, this dessert is healthy enough to eat for breakfast—really!
Although it looks complicated, it is anything but. Simply peel the apples and toss them with orange juice (the natural sweetener in the fruit filling) and cinnamon. Place the apple slices in a pie pan. Next, whip together an easy oat crumble topping, along with flour, walnuts, cinnamon, a pinch of brown sugar, and some vegan margarine. Sprinkle it over the apples, bake and enjoy! Your kitchen will be filled with sweet, warm flavors. I like to serve this recipe with a scoop of plant-based vanilla ice cream for a special treat. But you can enjoy it on its own. And it’s great for holiday baking, including Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts for your dinner table.
You can use this recipe as a classic guide for other crumbles. Replace the apples with fresh or frozen berries, canned or fresh peaches or pears. Almost any fruit will work. It’s a great way to take advantage of an abundance of fruit, such as a bountiful apple or pear tree or seasonal fruit at the farmer’s market. Enjoy it for dessert, as a mid-meal snack, or pack it to go for lunch (it’s great with coffee!). With only nine ingredients, you can get this dessert in the oven in about 15 minutes. Easy, healthy and delicious – just the way I like it.
Follow me as I make this easy recipe in my Cinnamon Apple Crumble video here.
This easy, healthy, delicious Vegan Apple Crumble with Cinnamon is the perfect dessert for comfort food meals, holidays and beyond. Easily make an apple gluten-free with a simple swap.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- To make the filling: Toss together apple slices, orange juice, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional) and arrange in 10 inch pie pan.
- To make oat crumble topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, walnuts, cinnamon and brown sugar. Mix with spread margarine with a fork or pastry blender and our hands to make a crumbly dough.
- Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apple filling.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender but firm.
- Remove from the oven and serve while hot. Cover and refrigerate leftovers for up to five days.
Make a gluten-free apple crumble by replacing white whole-wheat flour with gluten-free flour.
Substitute apples for any type of fruit, including peaches, apricots, berries and pears.
- Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: 45 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Kitchen: American
Keywords: apple dessert, vegan apple dessert, apple, gluten free apple crumble, vegan apple crumble, oat crumble topping
For additional fruit-based desserts, try some of my favorites:
Instant Pot Vegan Banana Brown Rice Pudding
Spiced apple compote with quince
Vegan Beet Red Velvet Cake
Apricot almond shortbread bars
Crispy peach with rosemary and olive oil
Ojai Pixie Tangerine Vegan Cheesecake Cups
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