Apple Crumble Recipe With Oats

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An apple crumble recipe with oats is the best choice if you want to make a traditional British dessert. It is quick to prepare, with ingredients that are easy to find. It’s well known that apple crumble is a classic dessert. But did you know it can also provide a delicious breakfast? In this post we’re going to take a look at how to combine oats and apples to make this tasty treat.

Apple Crumble

This apple crumble recipe is easier than pie, but it’s just as delicious. An oat-y, nutty topping covers a thick layer of warmly spiced fall apples.

Apple crumble

Fall might technically begin on September 22, but in our house, it never really arrives until I make this apple crumble recipe. Of all the apple desserts out there, it’s the one I come back to every year. An oat-y, nutty crumble topping covers a thick layer of warmly spiced fall apples. It’s eons easier than pie, and for my money, it’s just as good.

So if you have a surplus of apples from a trip to an orchard, a farmers market, or the store, I hope you try this apple crumble recipe! It takes just over 30 minutes to make, it calls for basic ingredients that you likely have on hand already, and it tastes amazing. The crumbly topping offers a delicious crisp contrast to the tender, juicy apples, and warm flavor from spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger fills every bite. Finished with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s the perfect fall dessert.

Flour, walnuts, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in bowls

Apple Crumble Recipe Ingredients

This apple crumble recipe has the all sweet, decadent flavor you want in a fall dessert, but it’s actually fairly healthy. For starters, I go light on the sugar, letting the flavorful apples supply much of the sweetness on their own. And instead of relying on butter and flour to create the crumble topping, I use this combination of wholesome ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour and almond flour – The almond flour adds extra richness to the topping, while the all-purpose flour keeps it light and crisp.
  • Whole rolled oats – Because to me, nothing says fall like oats, nuts, and apples.
  • Walnuts – For crunch! I also love their rich, nutty flavor after they toast in the oven.
  • Brown sugar – For sweetness.
  • Cinnamon – It gives the topping a warm, spiced flavor.
  • Melted coconut oil – It adds richness and moisture to the topping, and it makes this recipe totally vegan and dairy-free!
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!
Apple crumble recipe ingredients

So you know what’s in the crumble topping…let’s talk about the apple filling! Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Apples! Make sure you peel them before you start to cook. Though I’m usually all for leaving fruits and veggies un-peeled, I find that this apple crumble recipe has the best texture when it’s made with peeled apples.
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger – They fill the tender apples with warm, spiced flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar – For pop! It offsets the sweetness of the apples and topping, giving this apple crumble a delicious balance of sweet and tart flavors.
  • And sea salt – Don’t skip it! It highlights the rich, nutty, sweet, and spiced flavors in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag or 6 Bramley apples , peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 bag or 6 eating apples , peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 100g sultanas or raisins
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 50g honey
  • 250g pack butter
  • 300g oats
  • 300g plain flour
  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  • STEP 1Cook the apples with the caster sugar in a large pan, stirring occasionally – add a splash of water if they start to stick on the bottom. When just about tender and a bit saucy, stir in the sultanas or raisins and tip into 2 large ovenproof dishes.
  • STEP 2Melt the brown sugar, honey and butter together in a large pan. Off the heat, stir in the oats, flour, almonds and cinnamon until sticky and crumbly. Divide over the apples. To bake straight away, heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 then bake for 40-50 mins until topping is golden and crisp. To freeze, wrap dishes well or freeze the fruit and crumble mixture in separate freezer bags if you don’t have spare baking dishes. To cook from frozen, cover with foil and bake at 180C/160C fan/gas 4 for 1½ hrs, then turn the oven up to 220C/200C fan/gas 8 and bake for a further 45 mins, removing the foil for the last 15 mins.

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 MEDIUM GRANNY SMITH (GREEN) APPLES (900G), PEELED, CORED AND CUT INTO 2CM DICE
  • ½ CUP (110G) CASTER (SUPERFINE) SUGAR 
  • 2 TABLESPOONS LEMON JUICE 
  • ½ TEASPOON GROUND CINNAMON 
  • STORE-BOUGHT VANILLA ICE-CREAM, TO SERVE 

CRUMBLE TOPPING

  • 1½ CUPS (225G) PLAIN (ALL-PURPOSE) FLOUR 
  • ¾ CUP (165G) CASTER (SUPERFINE) SUGAR 
  • 1 TEASPOON GROUND CINNAMON 
  • 1 CUP (90G) ROLLED OATS 
  • 225G UNSALTED BUTTER, MELTED

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the apple, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix to combine. Transfer to a 1.5-litre-capacity ovenproof dish. 
  2. To make the crumble topping, place the flour, sugar, cinnamon, oats and butter in a large bowl and mix until just combined. 
  3. Spoon the crumble mixture over the apple and place the dish on a large baking tray. Bake for 40–45 minutes, or until the crumble is golden and the apples are soft. Serve with vanilla ice-cream. Serves 6.

Best Apple Crumble Recipe Tips

  • Choose good baking apples. Different apple varieties are good for different things – snacking, salads, turning into sauce. For this recipe, you’ll need excellent baking apples. They should have a firm texture and hold their shape when cooked. Some of my favorite types of apples for baking include Honeycrisp, Gala, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith apples. Choose just one, or use a mix!
  • If the topping’s not coming together, add a little water at a time until it does. The crumble topping here is, well, crumbly, but it should still clump together when pinched. If it’s too powdery after you pulse it together, add water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until it’s slightly moist and small clumps begin to form. Careful, though. Don’t add too much water, or the crumble will quickly form a wet, sticky paste.
  • Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream. You could easily enjoy a bowl (or two) of this easy apple crumble on its own, but it’s even better with vanilla ice cream on top! I love the way the rich ice cream contrasts with the sweet, nutty crumble and juicy fruit. If ice cream’s not your thing, you can still pair this apple crumble recipe with a creamy topping. Regular whipped cream or coconut whipped cream would both be fantastic.

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