Apple Crumble Recipe For One

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It’s apple season and time for some delicious Apple Crumble Recipe for One! Apple crumble is a quick and easy dessert; with only few ingredients, you will have this recipe mastered in no time! Forget about store-bought apple pies from the frozen foods section; this version is tastier and healthier (no additives) than heading down to the local bakery. It’s super easy – it’s made in one bowl with minimal washing up, so what are you waiting for?

Apple Crisp For One

Easy apple crisp recipe! One apple baked in a touch of sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla underneath a crisp, buttery topping. A wonderful single serving dessert that can be ready in minutes!

one small apple crisp in a white ramekin on a silver tray

An small apple crisp is like an apple pie in a bowl with no crust to mess with. It truly tastes like the inside of an apple pie!

This single serving apple crisp is made with one apple and is topped with a buttery crumb topping. It’s an easy dessert that can be ready in minutes.

Why This Recipe Works

  • So easy to make!: This single serving crisp is easier to make than pie. Chopped apples are mixed with a little sugar, flour, vanilla, and cinnamon which help to create the sauce from the apples. There isn’t a crust to make, instead, chopped apples are topped with a simple oat, flour, sugar, and butter topping which is scattered over the top. As the crisp bakes, the top browns and forms a buttery crust.
  • Ready in minutes: You don’t have to wait too long for the crisp to cool before you dig in. I think an apple crisp is best when it’s warm from the oven. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream to your warm crisp and you’ll be in dessert heaven!
  • No fancy ingredients needed: This apple dessert is made with pantry staples.

Ingredients

Ingredient Notes

  • Apple: Use 1 medium or large apple. Use any variety you enjoy eating.
  • Sugars: A small amount of granulated sugar is mixed with the chopped apples which helps to create a sauce from the apples as the crisp bakes. We also use brown sugar in the crisp topping which gives the topping a caramel-like taste. Although I prefer using brown sugar in the topping, you can use regular, granulated sugar in the topping instead. If you don’t have brown sugar, you can easily make your own with our brown sugar recipe.
  • All-purpose flour: This helps to thicken the filling so it’s not too runny. A small amount of flour is also used in the topping.
  • Ground cinnamon and vanilla: Adds wonderful flavor!
  • Oats: For best results use old-fashioned oats.
  • Butter: Softened butter is used to make the topping. Softened butter should still be cool to the touch but when you press your finger into the butter, your finger will leave an indentation.

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

How To Make An Apple Crisp For One

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Make the filling: Mix together the chopped apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small bowl.
  1. Transfer the apples to a 10-ounce ramekin.
  1. Make the crisp topping: In a small bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut the softened butter into small pieces and add them to the bowl. Blend in the butter using a fork or your fingers and mix until well combined.
  1. Scatter the topping evenly over the apples. Place the ramekin on a small rimmed baking sheet.
  1. Bake in a 350°F (177°C) preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.

Expert Tips

  • Use a ripe apple: Use any variety of apple you love.
  • Make a gluten-free apple crisp: Use finely ground almond flour in place of the all-purpose flour or use gluten-free flour.
  • Use a baking sheet: I recommend placing the baking dish you use on a rimmed baking sheet before baking to help catch any possible spills.
  • Experiment with different kinds of fruit: This easy apple crisp recipe is a wonderful recipe to have in your recipe arsenal. You can use this basic recipe with just about any stone fruit; apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, and even cherries.
  • Cover, if necessary: If the crisp topping is starting to get too brown but the apples still need more time to cook, simply place some aluminum foil loosely over the top of the baking dish and continue baking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Peel The Apple?

Although I usually peel mine, it is not necessary to peel the apple when you make an apple crisp.

What Kind Of Apples Work Best For Apple Crisp?

Use the type of apple you prefer or the kind have on hand. It is generally best to use a variety of apple that will hold its shape after baking and not turn too mushy. My personal preference is to use Honeycrisp, Gala, or Pink Lady apples.

What Size Ramekin Is Best To Use?

I use a 10-ounce ramekin. For best results, use a baking dish of similar size.

What Is The Difference Between Apple Crisp And Apple Crumble?

Usually a crisp contains oats in the topping and a crumble does not.

An apple cobbler has a biscuit-like topping.

How Can I Make An Apple Crisp Without Oats?

Mix together 2 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of softened butter in a small bowl and scatter over the top of the chopped apples. Feel free to add ⅛ of a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix.

Can This Recipe Be Doubled?

Yes! If you’d like to make an apple crisp with two apples, just double the ingredients in this recipe and use either a 4×6-inch baking dish, a 5×5-inch baking dish, or two 10-ounce ramekins.

EASY APPLE CRUMBLE FOR ONE

Sometimes you really want a delicious home made dessert without being left with a massive mountain of baking to get through, right? For that reason I’m really getting into small batch bakes and desserts. It’s nice to have a homemade treat without it turning into a gargantuan amount of food that is either entirely too large to tackle on your own (or with your partner) and ends up getting wasted.

Small batch desserts are great because they allow you to enjoy the delicious homemade puddings in a very manageable portion. In this case, instead of having a giant crumble to tackle this lovely little recipe will give you a single portion of delicious apple crumble in 20 minutes with minimal washing up.

Small batch apple crumble for one

This is a delicious classic apple crumble recipe could not be easier. It takes just 5 minutes to make with readily available ingredients in your fridge and cupboards.  My apple crumble recipe has a tasty infusion of sweet raspberry jam that adds a nice sticky note. There’s also some classic warming cinnamon. I really like to use oats in my crumble as I think it adds a delicious chewy texture. For me, crumble should be crisp and lightly browned on top from the oven, then lovely and chewy underneath.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, peeled and cut into small slices
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp jam (I like to use raspberry)
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 1 tbsp cold butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Method

This apple crumble for one could not be easier to make.

Start by pre heating your oven to 190c. Then in a bowl add your apple slices, water, cinnamon and jam and give it a good stir to combine. Pop the apple mix into a little heat proof dish that is suitable for one portion.

In a bowl (why not use the same you used to the apple mixing, less washing up!) add the flour, oats and cold cubed butter. Rub the mixture together with clean hands until a large crumb forms. Now add the brown sugar and stir to combine.

Evenly spoon your crumble mixture on top of the apple, and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Enjoy your apple crumble on its own, or make it extra special with some custard (cold for me!) or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

What to cook your apple crumble in

Of course with small batch cooking you will need a much smaller receptacle to cook in. You can use anything that is heat proof to be honest. Whether that’s a little dish, a large ramekin… you could even use a mug if you wanted to!

I made use of my adorable little Le Creuset pot which is absolutely perfect for this kind of dessert for one. They’re so cute and add a nice cosy rustic touch when enjoying your crumble. My Le Creuset pot is in Volcanic Orange.

What kind of apples to use

I’m going to start by saying that I detest cooking apples. I have no idea why such horrible sour apples are traditionally suggested for using in recipes… let alone desserts! I much prefer the natural sweetness of a regular eating apple, and that way you don’t need to go adding loads of sugar to balance the flavours. I don’t add any sugar to the apple mix of this crumble. Plus, an apple crumble for one recipe needs to be easy, so let’s use readily available ingredients.

And with that, please use any eating apple you fancy! I love to use a Pink Lady apple because they’re nice and crisp – so they hold their shape well during cooking.

5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crisp for One

Microwave Apple Crisp — This microwave apple crisp comes together in just 5 minutes and generously serves one person. Top it with a scoop or ice cream or whipped cream! 

Microwave Apple Crisp with two spoons

Quick Microwave Apple Crisp

This microwave apple crisp is the best and easiest thing to make with all those apples you bought because they were on sale. You don’t need to turn on your oven and it’s ready in 5 minutes. And it’s single-serve, vegan, and gluten-free. So take that, traditional crisps.

I’m a big fan of crumbles, crisps, and anything with a crumbly or streusel topping. Those buttery, brown sugary nuggets with texture from oats get me every time. But while I like baking crumbles, usually I don’t need or want a whole pan. It’s the type of dessert that’s really best served warm, with a big dollop of whipped cream or ice cream on top, and after the first, warm juicy piece, the leftovers just don’t measure up.

This quick apple crisp serves one generously, or two more modestly if you feel like sharing.

The apple base layer, comprised of apples, tossed with (vegan) butter, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and a pinch of cornstarch cooks in just a couple minutes after adding the topping mixture. The cinnamon, brown sugar, and oatmeal topping is tossed together in a minute.

The apples retain some slight texture, which is the way I like them. If they were pasta, they’d be al dente. I don’t like my fruit so soft that it turns mushy and these were just right.

I had cookie dough ice cream, but was out of vanilla, and didn’t have any whipping cream. I was getting ready to move and was trying to thin things down, but either would be wonderful on this warm, sweetly spiced, easy little number.

You get all the scent benefits that waft through the house as if you’d baked a traditional apple crisp, except you don’t have to heat up your house and it’s ready in 5 minutes.

Breakfast, snack, dessert, a midnight snack for one. So many ways to go with this microwave baked apples dessert.

microwave baked apples with oatmeal crumble topping

What’s in This Microwave Apple Crisp?

To make this quick microwave dessert, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • All-purpose flour
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Apple
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cornstarch

How to Make Microwave Apple Crisp

First, make the apple crisp topping by stirring the ingredients together until they resemble the texture of fine sand. Then, lay the diced apple in a microwave-safe bowl and top with butter. Microwave 1 minute to soften the apples. 

Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir in the remaining apple crisp ingredients. Sprinkle the apple crisp topping over the apple mixture. Return to the microwave for another 2 minutes and cook until done. 

Done means juicy, bubbly, rich, and caramely. The brown sugar and butter caramelizes as it cooks, creating a thick sauce which coats the apples. It’s the best part. Well, that and the crumbly bits.

What Are the Best Apples for Apple Crisp? 

You can use really any apple variety you’d like for this microwave apple crisp recipe. I used a Fuji apple, but Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Jonagold would all work too. 

Can I Omit the Cornstarch? 

No, this quick apple dessert won’t turn out right if you skip the cornstarch. 

quick apple crisp in white dish

Can I Make This Gluten-Free? 

Most likely, yes, although I’ve only ever made this recipe as written. You could try using a gluten-free baking blend in place of the all-purpose flour and see how it turns out. 

spoon resting atop dish of quick apple crisp

Can I Use Quick Oats Instead of Rolled? 

I’ve only made this recipe with old-fashioned rolled oats before, so I’m not sure if quick oats will work here. They’re not as chewy as rolled oats and might make the apple crisp topping too dry. 

5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble For One (vegan, gluten-free) - Warm, hearty, healthy & fast! Makes a great breakfast or snack!

Can I Adjust the Amount of Sugar Used? 

If desired, you can add slightly more or less sugar than what the recipe calls for, depending on how sweet your apple is. I don’t recommend skipping the sugar altogether though, otherwise I’m not sure this would be a real apple crisp. 

Microwave Apple Crisp — This microwave apple crisp comes together in just 5 minutes and generously serves one person. Top it with a scoop or ice cream or whipped cream! 

Can I Use Other Fruits in This Microwave Dessert? 

I’m not sure! I’ve only ever made this microwave apple crisp with fresh apples. You may be able to substitute fresh pears, but I can’t say for certain. 

Microwave Apple Crisp — This microwave apple crisp comes together in just 5 minutes and generously serves one person. Top it with a scoop or ice cream or whipped cream! 

Tips for Making Microwave Apple Crisp

I used a fair amount of both cinnamon (2 teaspoons) and nutmeg (1 teaspoon) because I’m fond them, and like things more boldly spiced. If you don’t like as much pop from cinnamon or are more sensitive to nutmeg, dial down the spices, to taste.

You could also work in pinches of pumpkin pie spice, ginger, cloves, allspice, or other warming spices you enjoy.

Make sure to use a microwave-safe bowl or baking dish that’s got enough room for expansion. The apples release a fair amount of juice, the butter melts, and the whole thing puffs and rises as it cooks. Take that into account so you don’t have an overflow situation.

With fruit-based recipes, because of the varying amounts of water released, cooking times may vary. And because microwaves vary as well, you may need to adjust your cooking time. Cook until yours is done.

INDIVIDUAL APPLE CRISP

Individual apple crisp is the perfect fall dessert served in single-sized portions. I mean, is there anything more satisfying after a long day than a warm homemade dessert, fresh from the oven, with a big scoop of ice cream on top? I can’t think of much. Plus, this delicious, sweet, and tart small batch apple crisp is so easy and quick to prep that you could even make this on a weeknight. Get it in the oven right before you sit down for dinner, and enjoy the most delicious apple crisp you’ve ever had as soon as you’re done. It’s so so good.

Individual apple crisp is a sweet tart fall dessert served in single-sized portions with all the crunchy corners of crumble. And so quick and easy to prep. | aheadofthyme.com

WHY YOU’LL LOVE INDIVIDUAL APPLE CRISP

  • They are perfectly portioned out for one. Unlike traditional apple crisp which is made in a large dish that everyone can take a scoop out of, this apple crisp is perfectly portioned out and baked in little ramekins which means that no one has to share! Enjoy single-sized servings and get all the good crunchy corners of crumble all to yourselves.
  • The best crumble topping. The apples get soft and tender, but the star of the show is the crumble on top. It’s made with rolled oats, brown sugar, and plenty of cinnamon — a total crowd pleaser, and so crave-worthy.
  • A lazy apple pie. Homemade Apple Pie takes much more effort to prepare since you have to also prepare the pie dough. These individual apple crisp has all the same flavors of apple pie, but with much less effort.
Individual apple crisp is a sweet tart fall dessert served in single-sized portions with all the crunchy corners of crumble. And so quick and easy to prep. | aheadofthyme.com

INGREDIENTS AND EQUIPMENT

To make these easy and delicious individual apple crisp, you will need the following ingredients (full quantities in recipe card below):

  • apples – I used Gala apples, but any kind of apples work.
  • sugar – you need granulated sugar for the filling and brown sugar for the topping. You can also use brown sugar in both parts if you prefer.
  • lemon juice
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • all-purpose flour
  • old fashioned rolled oats
  • butter
  • vanilla ice cream – vanilla ice cream is optional (but highly recommended!), for serving.
Individual apple crisp is a sweet tart fall dessert served in single-sized portions with all the crunchy corners of crumble. And so quick and easy to prep. | aheadofthyme.com

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST INDIVIDUAL APPLE CRISP

  1. Prep. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 5 to 6 small 6-oz. ramekins (or 1 regular size 9-inch pie dish) with non-stick baking spray. 
  2. Make the apple filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt, and stir to combine. Divide apple mixture evenly between the ramekins (or pour into single pie dish).
  1. Make the oat topping. In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour in melted butter, and stir with a spatula until a crumbly mixture forms. Cover as much of the apples as you’d like with the topping.
  2. Bake and serve. Bake for 40-45 minutes. The apples should be tender and crumb topping should be crisp and golden-brown. Top the warm apple crisps with your favourite flavour of ice cream (mine is vanilla ice cream) and grab the largest spoon you can find. Can’t wait to make these again… and again!

RECIPE TIPS AND TRICKS

  • How to serve: Top individual apple crisp with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, a drizzle of Salted Caramel, and/or Candied Pecans.
  • How to store: Apple crisp is best served fresh. If you have any leftovers, store them in the ramekins, covered tightly in plastic cling wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • How to reheat: Reheat in the same ramekins in a 350F preheated oven for 10-20 minutes until warmed through, or air fryer for 5-10 minutes.

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