Apple Crisp Baked Oatmeal


The Delicious Apple Crumble recipe is baked on a soft crumble with chunks of apple and topped with a rich cinnamon butter sauce. Really good served with ice cream or custard. It can be made in advance and kept warm in the oven while you cook the rest of your meal, making it very easy to do.

Baked Oatmeal Apple Crisp (Gluten-Free and Vegan)

 Course Dessert

 Cuisine dairy free, gluten free, vegan

 Keyword apple crisp, dessert, fall recipe, gluten-free, oatmeal, vegan

 Prep Time10 minutes

 Cook Time30 minutes

 Total Time40 minutes




  • 2 cups rolled oats gluten-free
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 3/4 cups almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar organic, raw
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup granny smith apples diced
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup pure


  • Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The dry ingredients—oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, chopped pecans, and raisins—should be combined in a large basin. Together, blend. Add the remaining 3/4 of the chopped apples, the vanilla bean, the apple cider vinegar, the almond milk, and the maple syrup. Mix thoroughly. For later, reserve about 1/4 cup of apples to top with.
  • Use nonstick cooking spray to coat an 8″ baking dish. Mixture should be poured in and evened out with a spoon or spatula. Add the remaining apple slices on top. Depending on the desired crispiness, bake for 30-45 minutes.
  • Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of dairy-free ice cream. Keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. reheat, then relish!


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg


yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINS

cook time: 40 MINS

total time: 1 HR


  • 3 cups (300 g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (106 g) lightly packed brown sugar, more to taste if you like things a bit sweeter
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 2-3 large tart sweet apples, (like Honey Crisp or Gala), peeled, cored and diced


  • Set aside an 8×12, 9×13, or 9×9 baking pan that has been lightly greased with nonstick cooking spray (for extremely thick oats). When preparing ahead of time and storing in the refrigerator overnight, skip preheating the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Mix the oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar in a sizable basin.
  • Whisk the milk, eggs, and vanilla in a sizable measuring cup or medium bowl.
  • Then, add the melted butter or coconut oil and pour this mixture over the dry ingredients. To blend, whisk or stir.
  • Pour the oatmeal mixture on top of the apple diced equally over the bottom of the baking dish. At this stage, you have the option to bake straight away or cover and chill for the night (uncover before baking the next morning).
  • Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the mixture is firm and not very jiggly and the top is golden.
  • If desired, top with a little milk and serve warm or at room temperature.


Add-Ins: I don’t like nuts or raisins in my oats, but if you do, feel free to add one or both before combining the dry ingredients with the milk and egg mixture.

Making Ahead: Some of the apples may rise to the top and get a little brown if you prepare it ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight, but the flavor is unaffected.

Apples: You could eliminate the apples for a simple baked oatmeal prepared in the Amish tradition. You might only want to use two apples instead of three if baking in a smaller pan (say a 9×9-inch pan).

With this recipe, the pan size is extremely flexible; smaller pans will produce thicker oatmeal; just pay attention to the baking time.

Apple Crisp Baked Oatmeal

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 45 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR

Oatmeal that tastes luxurious yet is nonetheless healthful. This makes a delicious breakfast dish by combining our delicious apple crisp with plain baked oatmeal. Keep the topping for the traditional apple crisp flavor, or reduce it or remove it to make this meal healthier for breakfast.


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 large apples, chopped
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces


  1. Turn on the 375 degree oven. Cooking spray a 9-inch pie plate, then set it aside.
  2. For the topping, combine the flour, oats, and sugar. With a knife or pastry cutter, incorporate in the butter until mixture is crumbly. Place aside.
  3. In a sizable bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. In a bowl, combine milk, honey, oil, vanilla extract, and eggs. Mix well. Pour into the big bowl, then mix everything together.
  5. Fill prepared pie plate with mixture, and bake for 15 minutes on a cookie sheet (to catch any spills). After topping the apple mixture, put the pan back in the oven for an additional 30 minutes. If the top is getting too dark, cover with foil for the final five minutes.
  6. Cool for ten minutes on a cooling rack.
  7. Serve after cutting into wedges.


You can easily satisfy your craving for apple desserts with these delectable Apple Crumble Bars. The ideal comfort food has a buttery oat base, mushy apples, and a crumbly oat topping. Serve it with a large dollop of vanilla ice cream or as finger food!

Apple crumble bar propped up to see the layers among other apple crumble bars.

I’m in if there is a buttery, flaky oat topping. My Mixed Berry Bars and Nutella Bars served as the basis for these Apple Crumble Bars, which have the ideal apple crisp twist.

These bars, which resemble an apple crisp, are perfect if you enjoy apple sweets. You can even eat them with your hands because they are so easy to create. Although I strongly suggest serving these bars with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream!


  • They are so easy to make. When I say these apple crumble bars are simple to make, I mean easy with a capital E! Stir the crumble ingredients together, toss the apples in cinnamon and brown sugar and then assemble and bake. That is it!
  • Easy to make ahead of time. If you have a party you are preparing for, you can make these apple bars ahead of time and have them sliced and ready when the party starts. One less thing to do at the last minute!
  • An easy recipe for kids to help out with. This is my favorite recipe to make with my son. He loves helping cut the apples, stirring up all the crumble ingredients and putting it all together. Nothing complicated when making these, so it’s always a hit!


  • apples: I prefer gala or fuji–we always have them. I know granny smith is probably the most popular in apple crumble recipes, but I am not a fan. Use your favorite apple and you will be set! You can peel the apples or leave the skin on. I am too lazy usual to add another step so I just keep it on!
  • brown sugar: you will use brown sugar in the oat crumble and the apples. Light or dark brown sugar will work, I prefer light in this apple crisp bar recipe.
  • cinnamon: you will need some for the apples and the crumble. I like to measure cinnamon with my heart, so sometimes I go a little heavy on it. It’s just my FAVORITE.
  • corn starch: this will help thicken up the apple layer and make it more saucy than watery. You can use arrowroot powder instead if preferred.
  • lemon juice: I prefer freshly squeezed, but the stuff in the little bottles will work fine in this recipe as well.
  • quick oats: please use just quick cooking oats in this apple crumble bar recipe. Rolled or old fashioned oats won’t hold up as well. If you only have rolled oats, pulse them a few times in the food processor or blender to break them down a bit. That should help. For gluten free, just make sure the oats say “gluten free” on the package.
  • flour: all purpose flour, spooned and leveled. You can sub a 1:1 gluten free all purpose with no issues to make these apple bars gluten free.
  • sea salt: table salt will work, sea salt is my preference.
  • baking powder: make sure it is fresh. It gives the crumble on top a light tender texture.
  • butter: I use unsalted, but salted will work just fine. You can lessen the salt by half.
  • vanilla: extract instead of imitation for the best flavor.
Oats, flour, cinnamon, butter and other ingredients on counter for recipe.


  • Set the oven to 350°F to begin.
  • Peel the apples if you’d like, then dice them. Combine with the corn starch, lemon juice, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Place aside.
  • The quick oats, flour, baking powder, and sea salt should all be combined with a whisk in a different mixing basin. Cinnamon and brown sugar should be added, then mix.
Apples, brown sugar and cinnamon in mixing bowl and crumble mixture in separate bowl.
  • Stirring is required to combine all of the dry ingredients before adding the melted butter and vanilla. The mixture will be moist but not very wet, crumbly, and crumbly.
  • Start putting the apple crumble bars together. Use parchment paper to line an 8-inch baking dish. VERY WELL press 2/3 of the crumble mixture into the pan’s bottom. By pressing the mixture, I mean. If there is any liquid in the bottom of the bowl, remove it before adding the apples on top in a uniform layer.
Butter mixed into crumble ingredients and then apple crumble bars beginning part of assembly.
  • The remaining crumble mixture should be topped with, then gently pressed into the apples. Just enough pressure should be applied to allow the mixture to firmly adhere to the apples.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top layer of crumbs is crisp and golden. Before slicing, remove from the oven and let cool for at least an hour. Refrigerate for a few hours before slicing for optimum results and smoothest cutting. Slice anytime you want if you’re going to eat the apple crumb bars with a fork.
Apple crumble bars before and after baking.


  • When cutting, these can be a little messy. Before cutting, chill these apple crumble bars in the refrigerator for several hours. There is a lot less mess as a result!
  • Slice the apples rather than dicing them if you want the apple layer to stand out a little bit more. Because the crumble fills in all the cracks, dicing the apples strengthens the bars’ bond. However, slice the apples thinly and arrange them if you want the apple layer to have a distinct appearance.
  • The bottom crumble layer should be firmly pressed into the pan.
  • If you don’t properly press it in, it will fall apart. See what I did there? You want this to hold together well.
  • If you would like, you can add more spices.
  • If you’d like, add a dash of nutmeg, allspice, or any comforting spice. Possibly even a little pumpkin spice, if you’re truly in the mood!
Apple crisp bars on parchment with apple sliced and cinnamon sticks.


Apple bars can be kept at room temperature for about 4-5 days in an airtight container, or they can be chilled. The refrigerator is perfect if it’s extremely hot and humid where you live because the crumble on top won’t become soggy.

If you’d like, you can also freeze your apple crumble bars. I prefer to wrap each slice in plastic before placing it in a freezer-safe container or another layer of foil to protect it from thawing. Place in the freezer for up to three months; defrost before eating.


You can quickly reheat apple bars if you want the tops to be crispy when you eat them. Place under the broiler for a few minutes or air fry for about five minutes at 350°F.

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