Apple Crumble Without Nuts


Apple crumble without nuts is good. Ever had apple crumble without nuts? It’s amazing. This recipe is great for when you want something a little different during fall or winter with fresh apples as the star ingredient. Have you ever tried to make Apple crumble without nuts? If not, give it a shot! It’s delicious! No, I’m serious, it’s tasty. You can even add some more nutty goodness by adding pecans, walnuts or other nuts of your choice.

Easy Apple Crisp Without Oats

Apple Crisp Without Oats, with a streusel topping that’s easy and quick to prepare and full of flavors from brown sugar and cinnamon. It’s perfect for a weeknight family dinner or a fancy dinner party. You can make the whole thing ahead of time and pop it in the oven just before dinner.

A serving of apple crisp on a white plate with apples in the background.

I will tell you a secret: I love oatmeal for breakfast. But. I detest oats in any type of dessert or pretty much anywhere that is not oatmeal for breakfast.

So when making a fruit crisp I like to top it with a streusel topping without oats. Sometimes toasted nuts can be part of the streusel depending on who is going to eat it, but usually I opt for no nuts and no oats.

This Easy Apple Crisp Without Oats recipe is so simple you can make it for a quick dessert even during a busy week. I peel the apples then chop them right into a buttered shallow casserole dish. Mine is a little smaller than a 9×13 dish.

The key is to make sure your topping stays crispy and doesn’t get soggy, and there are several factors that affect the topping: the apples, the dish, and the ratio of topping ingredients.

Best apples to use

When choosing the best apples for baking, you want to think about baking structure and liquid because some apples will get too mushy and ruin your dessert.

I like to use a mixture of Granny Smith apples and Golden Delicious apples, just like when making my Classic Double-Crust Apple Pie.

There are plenty of other apple types that you can choose from, so just keep in mind that you want to choose apples that are good for baking and mix up sweet and tart for deeper flavor.

You can also use pears or a combination of apples and pears in this apple crisp recipe, and you can even throw in dried raisins or cranberries. Just be sure if you use pears that you use baking pears.

Helpful tools

I like to use a shallow baking dish similar to this one when making this apple crisp. If you use a dish that’s too deep, there will be too much moisture and the topping will get soggy.


  • ▢6 golden delicious apples, peeled and chopped (other varieties can be used, can also be sliced)
  • ▢2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ▢1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • ▢1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • ▢1 cup light brown sugar
  • ▢3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • ▢3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ▢1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, diced into small cubes
  • ▢pinch of kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Butter an 8×8 baking dish, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add chopped apples, granulated sugar, 3/4 tsp of the cinnamon and lemon juice.  Stir to combine, then transfer to prepared baking dish.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, add topping ingredients (brown sugar, oats, flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, and diced cold butter).  Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the oat mixture, using a slight downward twisting motion, until mixture resembled pea-sized crumbs.  Alternatively, you can use two forks or even your hands to cut butter into the mixture.
  • Spread topping over apples in baking dish, and gently pat to even it out.  Bake 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

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Chef Tips

Note that all ovens bake differently, so yours may take a little less or a little more time to bake.  


This apple crumble defines what I love in a dessert.

It’s healthy, it’s delicious, and it can be eaten any time of the day or year. This recipe also contains two of my favorite foods: oats and apples.

I’ve made plenty of variations of this recipe throughout the years, and I eat them all joyfully. This time, however, I really wanted to hone in on a ‘staple’ recipe that I could refer to again and again.

By employing oats, oat flour, and oat bran in the crumble, I’ve not only made this nutritious, but high in fiber as well.

The bake time allows the apples to soften, without turning to mush, and it creates a golden brown, lightly sweetened crust that stays crunchy in some places, while becoming mixed with the apple juices in others. This creates different, mouth-pleasing textures that are simply irresistible!

Lower Sugar Apple Crumble (Nut-Free!)

A modern ‘healthified’ version of a classic apple dish!

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time35 mins

Rest Time:15 mins

Total Time1 hr 5 mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Crumble

Keyword: Fruit, Gluten-Free, Nut-free, Oatmeal

Servings: 9 servings

Calories: 187kcal



  • 5 cups apple slices about 3-4 large apples,
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot


  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 2 Tbsp oat bran or more quick oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar or another granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbsp softened coconut oil or butter


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Butter or oil an 8 x 8 inch baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the coconut sugar.
  • Mix the water and arrowroot together in a small cup and add the slurry to the apples, tossing well.
  • Spread the apples on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • In another bowl, mix the ingredients for the crumble (flour, oats, bran, cinnamon, salt, and sugar).
  • Using a fork or your hands, cut the coconut oil or butter into the dry crumble until the mix is moistened throughout.
  • Spread the crumble atop the apples.
  • Bake the crumble for 35 minutes.
  • Cool 15-20 minutes to allow the apple juices to thicken.
  • Enjoy!


Nutrition facts are based on using coconut oil.

WW points: 9


Sugar: 18.3g | Fiber: 4.5g | Calories: 187kcal | Fat: 7.1g | Protein: 2.1g | Carbohydrates: 31.5g

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