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Healthy Apple Crumble

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Hankering for a quick, easy, tarty dessert or breakfast? Try this Healthy Apple Crumble recipe with freshly chopped apples topped with a crunchy oat topping that’s hot and scrumptious!

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This is such a simple apple dessert recipe that I’m betting you will be making it on a regular basis. Delicious served as breakfast or even dessert, this healthy apple crumble is going to be a new favorite!

You will love this healthy apple crumble because it’s…

  • Perfectly sweet
  • Great for breakfast or dessert
  • Moist
  • Wholesome
  • Fresh
  • Crunchy
  • Delicious

Serve for breakfast or dessert

This is warm and bubbly and great for breakfast or dessert. It’s only lightly sweet, so having this apple crumble for breakfast is a great way to start the day.

colorful plate with serving of apple crisp with oatmeal

How to make apple crumble

You are going to be so pleased with how easy it is to make this apple crisp with oatmeal.

Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F.

Next, choose 3 large apples to use and dice them into 1″ chunks. Once they are diced, they should equal approximately 5 cups, but don’t fret if it’s a little under or over.

whole apple and diced apple on cutting board with knife

I am often asked what knives I use and recommend for cooking, and my favorite brand is Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery. Yes, that’s the same company that makes the Swiss Army Knife. These knives come with a lifetime guarantee and are very reasonably priced. I absolutely love mine.

Sweetening with date paste

This is such a simple recipe that came from a member of the McDougall Friends Facebook group named Emily Robertson. Emily’s original recipe is sweetened only with date paste and is a little tarty, which many people enjoy.

What is date paste?

Date paste is the healthiest, all-natural way to sweeten baked goods.  It is an excellent natural sugar substitute and best of all it is entirely homemade with only dates and water, so you know exactly what is in it.

date paste in silver measuring spoon with measuring cup full in background

To make date paste, simply place 5 large dates in about 1/2 cup warm water in your blender and process until smooth. If you don’t have a higher power blender such as a Vitamix, you might want to soak the dates for about 30 minutes first.

We like this apple dessert a little bit sweeter, so I add 1/4 cup agave to ours and found it to have the perfect sweet/tart flavor. This addition of agave is optional and can be tweaked to your personal preference.

Instead of agave, you could even add other dry less refined sugars like sucanat or Turbinado.

Making the apple crumble filling

The filling for this recipe is as simple as placing all of the filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stirring well to coat the apple chunks well with the spices and sweetener.

large stainless mixing bowl with diced apples, raisins, walnuts, and spices

Once the apples and raisins are covered nicely with the other ingredients, pour them into a baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

overhead shot of white bowl with apples, raisins and spices

Making the oaty topping

To make the topping, you will only need a few ingredients–vanilla, shredded coconut (optional), cinnamon, nutmeg, oats, and salt (optional).

peeled banana, oats, and spices on wooden board

Begin by using a fork or potato masher to mash up a very ripe banana. Next, stir in the other topping ingredients and mix thoroughly.

stainless bowl with red spoon and oats

Add the oaty mixture to the top of the apple filling in the baking pan and spread it evenly. Don’t stir this up because you want the topping to actually stay on the top. Add a few extra slices of apple for garnish if desired.

round baking pie pan with an apple dessert

Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Once the time is up, place a lid or foil over the top and bake another 10 minutes. This means the total cooking time should be around 30 minutes.

Check it, and see if the apples are nice and soft. If they aren’t allow it to cook another 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve when it is still a little warm.

round baking glass pan with healthy apple crumble and wooden spoon and apples and cinnamon in background

Plant-based vegan sausage makes a great addition when serving this for breakfast. It is one of the many products that I like to order from MamaSezz meal delivery service. It comes ready to heat and eat, and it can also be frozen.

*Orginally published September 2015

You Questions Answered:

Q: What kind of apples should I use?

A: You really could use any type of apples you have on hand. My favorites are red delicious, gala, and pink lady. Green apples are also great and will make this tartier.

Q: Which pan size should I use?

A: I use a round 9″ glass pie pan. Other options would be 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ square pans or even an 11″x7″ rectangle pan.

Q: Should I peel my apples?

A: That’s really a personal choice. I love to leave the peelings on to add even more fiber, but either way works.

Q: Does my banana really have to be very ripe?

A: You certainly don’t want it to be a green banana, but you can use a banana that’s only slightly ripe. Just be aware that the riper the banana, the sweeter your apple crumble dessert will be.

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Healthy Apple Crumble

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Hankering for a quick, easy, oaty apple crumble dessert or breakfast? Try this--freshly chopped apples topped with a crunchy oat topping that's hot and scrumptious!

Ingredients

Filling

Topping

  • 1 large banana, very ripe
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp shredded coconut, (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt, (optional)
  • 1 cup rolled oats

Instructions

Filling

  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F.
  2. Next, choose 3 large apples to use and dice them into 1″ chunks. Once they are diced, they should equal approximately 5 cups, but don’t fret if it’s a little under or over.
  3. Make the date paste. To make date paste, simply place 5 large dates in about 1/2 cup warm water in your blender and process until smooth. If you don’t have a higher power blender such as a Vitamix, you might want to soak the dates for about 30 minutes first.
  4. Making the filling for this recipe is as simple as placing all of the filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stirring well to coat the apple chunks well with the spices and sweetener.
  5. Once the apples and raisins are covered nicely with the other ingredients, pour them into a baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  6. Make the topping using the instructions below. Add the oaty mixture to the top of the apple filling in the baking pan and spread it evenly. Don’t stir this up because you want the topping to actually stay on the top. Add a few extra slices of apple for garnish if desired.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Once the time is up, place a lid or foil over the top and bake another 10 minutes. This means the total cooking time should be around 30 minutes.
  8. Check it, and see if the apples are nice and soft. If they aren’t allow it to cook another 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve when it is still a little warm.

Topping

  1. Begin by using a fork or potato masher to mash up a very ripe banana. Next, stir in the other topping ingredients and mix thoroughly. Use to top the apple crumble in step #6 above.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344Total Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 80.1gFiber: 10.9gProtein: 5.1g

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