Delicious sugar-free apple crumble with oat crumble topping! Highly customizable and easy to make, this low-calorie gluten-free treat is perfect during fall and can even be frozen. Nutrient-rich, fragrant and crowd-pleasing!
Make use of fragrant fall produce by baking this easy sugar-free apple crumble! It’s naturally vegan and gluten-free, requires simple ingredients to make, and is so easy to put together.
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Whether you want to enjoy your vegan crumble for breakfast or as a dessert with a good scoop of vegan ice cream, this recipe works for so many occasions!
It’s lower in calories, full of cozy spices, and sweet gooey apple banana filling.
This sugar-free crumble features a thick oat crumble topping and fragrant fruity filling! You can make it all year with berries, peaches, or rhubarb.
- Apples — the main ingredient for our vegan crumble.
- Banana — the unexpected add-in for some natural sweetening and lovely texture.
- Dates — our favorite whole food sugar replacement!
- Spices — from cinnamon to nutmeg, vanilla, and a spritz of lemon juice, everything’s possible.
- Rolled Oats — feel free to blend some of them into flour for an even crumblier crumble topping!
- Applesauce — great low-fat and low-calorie butter or oil replacement for your crumble topping.
- Walnuts — essential fats, lovely taste & added crunch!
In terms of kitchen equipment, you’ll need a baking dish, cutting board, a knife, and a bowl to make this sugar-free crumble.
How to make sugar-free apple crumble
- Preheat your oven and get a small to medium-sized baking dish.
- Wash and chop your apples, then add them with the sliced banana and chopped dates to a bowl.
- Top with spices, then mix until well-coated with a spoon.
- Transfer to the prepared baking dish and bake for 10 minutes, just until the apples turn soft.
- Meanwhile, make the oat crumble topping: combine rolled oats, walnuts, vanilla extract, applesauce and salt in a bowl.
- Get the baking dish from the oven and top with the oat crumble.
- Place it back to bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crumble has become slightly golden and crispy!
- Let it cool for 5-10 minutes before serving warm.
Storage & prep
You can make this sugar-free apple crumble ahead of time and just pop it in the oven to bake right before serving!
Any baked crumble can be covered with foil once cooled and then stored in the fridge for up to 5 days — it’ll be good in the freezer for 3 months or even longer.
You can just let it thaw and reheat in the oven or microwave on low heat for a warm and fragrant vegan crumble!
Tips & adjustments
- Use certified gluten-free oats if needed.
- Add desiccated coconut to the crumble topping if you like!
- Try the hands-off crumble version: add the oat topping to the unbaked apple filling and bake for 40 minutes total.
- Make your crumble sweeter by adding some brown sugar or maple syrup to the oat topping!
- You can omit the walnuts in the topping if wanted.
- Add some flour to the crumble topping for a slightly different texture.
Fruits you can use
If apples are not in season, use about 2.5 cups of the following fruit instead.
- Red currant
Adding one sliced banana to the mixture is our little trick for healthy and natural sweetening, but it’s not a must.
The combination of baked cinnamon apple and chopped dates tastes lovely, too!
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- 1 banana, thinly sliced
- 2 apples, somewhat finely chopped
- 2 dates, chopped
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of ginger & nutmeg
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Oat Crumble Topping
- 1 ½ cup rolled oats (135 g)
- 1 oz walnuts, crushed (30 g)
- 5 tbsp applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
Make the Filling
- Preheat your oven to 375° F (190° C) and get a small baking dish.
- Prepare the fruity filling by placing the sliced banana, apples and dates into a medium-sized bowl. Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and lemon juice, then toss until everything is nicely coated with the spices.
- Transfer into your prepared baking dish and bake for 8-10 minutes, just until the fruit starts to bubble.
Make the Oat Topping
- While the first layer is baking, combine the rolled oats with the applesauce, crushed walnuts, vanilla extract and salt using the same bowl as before. Mix well with a spoon.
- If you want your crumble topping to be sweeter, just add 2 tbsp of maple syrup or brown sugar at this stage.
Assemble the Apple Crumble
- Once the apple and banana mixture becomes soft and fragrant, take it out of the oven and top evenly with the oat crumble topping.
- Return the dish to the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the oats are slightly golden and crisp.
- Let your apple crumble cool for 5-10 minutes before serving warm on its own or topped with vegan ice cream.
- Any leftovers can be cooled and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Simply warm in the oven or microwave before serving.
- Freeze for up to 3 months!
- This vegan crumble can be made with berries, peaches or other fruit instead of apples.
- Feel free to replace some of the rolled oats with any flour of your choice for a slightly different texture.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 7gSugar: 21gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!