Crustless apple pie with oatmeal topping. Want to surprise the family or just try something different for yourself? Then this is for you! Even picky eaters will enjoy this treat. It’s not real spicy, but does have a nice kick to it.
A warm, home-baked apple pie is the ultimate comfort food. It’s even better when you can eat the entire thing without feeling guilty because there’s no crust and the oatmeal topping provides plenty of fiber and nutrients.
CRUSTLESS APPLE CRUMBLE PIES
MINIMAL INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS CLASSIC VERSION OF A FAVOURITE PIE!
Crisp apples, crunchy oat topping and sweet cinnamon make this recipe a winner and great to share with others!
Crustless Apple Crumble Pies
Makes 6 Servings. Each Serving Per Half Apple: 148 Calories; 4F/31C/1P – 6g Fibre
- 6 Large apples
- 2 Tbsp Butter melted
- 2 Tbsp Brown sugar Truvia
- 1 Tbsp Ground cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the apples in half and place each apple half flat side down.
- Using a paring knife, create thin slices all the way across the apple making sure to stop slicing right before the bottom of the apple (so it stays together as one piece). Transfer the apple halves to the prepared baking sheet.
- Lightly brush the apple tops with melted butter and sprinkle with a little bit of the brown sugar.
- Bake until the apples are soft and caramelized, 23-25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven. In a small bowl, combine the remaining melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, and oats. Once the apple halves are cool enough to handle, spoon the mixture inside apple slits.
- Return to oven and bake 10 minutes more.
- Top each with a scoop of ice cream (I prefer Halo Top, Cool Whey, Good North or Breyer’s Delight). Enjoy!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS DESSERT
You can serve this apple oatmeal pie as is or add whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.
For this recipe, you will need:
- Apples: You’ll need four large apples for this recipe. I used McIntosh apples.
- All purpose flour: Although there is no crust, you’ll still need some flour to make the topping.
- Old fashioned oats: For the topping.
- White sugar and brown sugar: To sweeten the pie and the apples with.
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice: To give the pie a little spice.
- Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter. You’ll want the butter to be room temperature. If you only have salted butter on hand, that’s OK, just skip adding any additional salt in.
- Vanilla extract: I recommend using pure vanilla extract for baking.
- Salt: You’ll need just ¼ teaspoon of salt.
- Milk (optional): Try adding two tablespoons of milk for a creamier oat topping.
You’ll also need a 9 inch pie pan.
HOW TO MAKE
Begin by peeling, coring, and chopping your apples into small pieces. Next, sprinkle them with part of the white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the vanilla extract in as well.
Next, add the apple mixture to a well greased pie pan.
In a bowl, combine the oats, salt, flour, nutmeg, all spice, remaining cinnamon, brown sugar, and white sugar. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or two knives. The mixture should be crumbly.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees. The top should be golden brown.
- I used McIntosh apples because that’s what was on sale at my local grocery store. You can use a combination of sweet and tart or just use your favorite type of apples.
- Try adding two tablespoons of milk for a creamier oatmeal topping.
HOW TO STORE
Cover this apple oatmeal pie with plastic wrap and store in your refrigerator. It will be good for 4 to 5 days.
Crustless Apple Pie
Whether you are trying to reduce the carbs in your diet or you just want a faster option for dessert, baking apples for a crustless apple pie is a perfect dessert year-round. You get all of the sweetness and tartness of the apples with just enough sugar and cinnamon to elevate it into that classic dessert you find topped with ice cream.
Step by Step Recipe Tutorial
Simple Crustless Apple Pies Recipe
If you like apple pie flavors, you will also enjoy this apple slab pie recipe and this easy caramel apple dessert tortilla wrap idea. Of course, you can also do something a little fancier with the chai-spiced baked apple recipe.
What are the Best Apples for Apple Pie?
You probably will see a lot of suggestions for the apple you should use in this recipe or any apple pie, but I prefer classic Granny Smith apples. They are sweet, just a little tart, and while they soften while baking, they don’t turn to mush.
You can also use Honeycrisp apples, Jonagold apples, Gala, or Golden Delicious apples for this pie idea. The main thing to consider when choosing an apple is the amount of sweet versus tart it has, as well as how tender it will be when baking. When choosing, I would avoid Red Delicious apples or any variety that is already a softer bite.
Can I Add Nuts to This Recipe?
Definitely! A lot of crisps and crumbles have crushed or finely chopped pecans or walnuts mixed in with the recipe. Since the crumble part is tucked between the slices of the apple, you can definitely add in whole or chopped nuts. I prefer pecans but you can also use walnuts or even peanuts for this recipe if you prefer.
What Should I Serve with Crustless Apple Pie?
Apple pie often comes ala mode, and this is no different! I love the addition of something creamy and smooth alongside the texture and spice of the apples. Of course, the classic is ice cream, but below are a few other ideas that work great as a topping for your apple pie dessert.
- Vanilla, honey, cinnamon, coffee, or butter pecan ice cream.
- Whipped cream or Cool Whip.
- Caramel, butterscotch, or vanilla syrup.
- Caramelized pecans, walnuts, or peanuts.
Is Crustless Apple Pie Healthy?
Healthy is truly subjective to each individual. In this instance, the apples themselves are definitely healthy, but the additions like sugar and butter may not be considered healthy depending upon your dietary plan. If you are watching carbohydrates, it is definitely lower in those and a better option. As with any food, everything can be okay in moderation.
Can I Use Apple Pie Spice Instead of Individual Spices?
If you have apple pie spice on hand already, you can use that in place of the nutmeg and ground cinnamon. To replace the individual spices, I would use 1 teaspoon of the spice blend instead. It will give a bit more flavor and still keep with the theme you are used to in an apple pie.
- Granny Smith apples
- Unsalted butter
- Brown sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Rolled oats
Optional for serving:
- Vanilla ice cream
- Caramel syrup
How to Make crustless Apple Pies
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper then set it aside.
Wash and dry the apples, then cut them in half and remove the core.
Using a paring knife, create thin slices across the apple halves, making sure you don’t go all the way through the apple. You want the apple to stay together in one piece, but be sliced Hasselback style across the top side.
Place the sliced apples onto the prepared baking sheet.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in 30-second increments until just melted.
Brush the butter across the top of each apple half, then sprinkle the tops with sugar (approximately 2 tablespoons over the entire batch).
Bake the apples for 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven.
In a small bowl, mix together 4 tablespoons of melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oats until combined and spices mixed well.
Spoon the oat mixture into the openings cut in the apples.
Return the apples to the oven and bake for 10-minutes.
Serve hot with ice cream or whipped cream.
Yes, I recommend refrigerating this recipe. You may find other apple pies don’t require refrigeration, I find that freshly made dishes, even without the crust, are better when refrigerated. The combination of butter, oats, and sugar with the apples leaves them very moist and that can go rancid or mold faster than you might think. When in doubt, wrap and refrigerate.
This is best eaten within 2 days or preparing when refrigerated in an air-tight container.
Can I Freeze Crustless Apple Pie?
You can definitely freeze these for later. While they are super easy to make, you may make more than you can eat. If that is the case, simply allow the apple to cool completely before wrapping in plastic wrap then freezing in a storage container or large zippered plastic bag. Label and date them