Healthy Crumble Topping


This Healthy Crumble Topping is a delicious way to liven up any pie or cobbler (or crumble, if you prefer). Plus, it’s made from wholesome ingredients so you can feel good about digging in! Making crumble is so easy. It’s one of those things that can be made healthier by substituting certain ingredients. This is a healthy crumble topping I have made every week for breakfast.


Start your day with this nourishing healthy breakfast idea! Perfect fall recipe, this is a delicious and super easy healthy apple crumble recipe! You can make this apple breakfast bowl in just about 10 minutes on the stove.

You can make this apple breakfast bowl in just about 10 minutes.

I am sure you’ll love the taste and simplicity of this delicious apple recipe. Made with simple ingredients like oats, apples and cinnamon, you can have this recipe every single day for breakfast or even dessert. It’s easy to make ahead too!


Apples. Well, one apple for one serving. Since there’s no added sweetener, choose ripe, sweet apples like golden delicious or Honeycrisp to make this recipe. 

Cinnamon. Apples and cinnamon, just go hand in hand.

Coconut oil. Use extra virgin coconut oil to get that sweet coconut flavor. You can also use butter if you can’t have coconut oil.

Oats, nuts and coconut.  This combination makes for a healthy and tasty crumble that you can make on the stove.

Honey. Last, but not least, you can use some honey or maple syrup to add some sweetness to the crumble.

You can make this apple breakfast bowl in just about 10 minutes.


The first step here is to chop up your apples and then to saute them in a nonstick pan with cinnamon and coconut oil. Stir them until coated and cover for a bit to let them soften.

While the apples are cooking you can add the nuts, oats, honey, shredded coconut, a little bit of salt, cinnamon, coconut oil to a food processor with a very tiny bit of water to mix them into what will later become “the crumble”. Pulse until combined – you should get a crumbly mixture that sticks together.

Take the apples off the heat, and add the crumble mixture to a pan. Spread over the surface of the pan, flattening with a cooking spatula. After about a minute, start stirring this mixture from time to time, allowing it time to get golden brown.

Let cool off a bit and serve in a breakfast bowl with the apples, some milk or yogurt of choice and nut-butter if desired.

You can make this apple breakfast bowl in just about 10 minutes.


For starters, you can adjust the recipe for as many servings as you’d like it to be.

Once you prepare the apples and the crumble – keep them in separate airtight containers in the fridge. They will stay good for about 3 days.

I recommend heating the apples a bit before serving and assembling the bowls with whatever you desire!

You can make this apple breakfast bowl in just about 10 minutes.


Because it’s

  • comforting and delicious
  • made with easy to find whole food ingredients
  • healthy and nourishing
  • filling and satiating
  • crunchy and just the right amount of sweetness
  • super easy and quick


yield: 3

prep time: 5 MINUTES

total time: 5 MINUTES

Start your day with this nourishing healthy breakfast idea! Perfect fall recipe, this is a delicious and super easy & healthy apple crumble recipe. You can make this apple breakfast bowl in just about 10 minutes. 



  • 2 sweet apples
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup nuts
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut shredded
  • 1 ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt


  1. Chop the apples into cubes. Saute them on the stove in a nonstick pan at medium with some coconut oil and cinnamon. After they’re coated with the cinnamon, cover the pan and allow the apples to cook and soften for about 3-4 minutes. If needed, add a tbsp or so of water.
  2. Put all ingredients for the crumble in a food processor and pulse until you get a crumbly mixture that sticks together when you press it between your fingers. Flatten with a spatula and toast in a nonstick pan at medium-high with ½ tbsp coconut oil for 5 minutes stirring every now and then, allowing it to become golden brown. Take off heat and let the crumble cool off to become crispy.
  3. Arrange the apples and the crumble in a bowl and add some nut butter, milk or yogurt of choice if desired.

Apple & blackberry oat crumble

Category: Dessert | Serves: 3-4

Prep time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 40 minutes

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/gas mark 4. Place flour and oats in a bowl; lightly rub in sunflower spread until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Peel, core and thinly slice apples. Place apples and blackberries in an ovenproof dish. Mix together apple juice and honey; pour over fruit and stir gently to mix.
  3. Spoon crumble mixture evenly over fruit to cover fruit completely. Bake in oven for about 40 minutes or until fruit is soft and crumble is cooked and lightly browned. Serve hot or warm in its own or with 0% fat thick Greek-style natural yogurt or fat-free plain fromage frais.

Cook’s Tips

  • Swap fresh raspberries or blueberries for the blackberries.
  • Try using pears instead of the apples.
  • The cooked crumble is suitable for freezing for up to 1 month. It also reheats well.
  • Baked or stewed fruit (without the crumble topping) is ideal with porridge or yoghurt for a healthy breakfast.

Healthy Apple Crumble Recipe (best healthier apple crisp!)

This healthy apple crumble recipe is easy to throw together and perfect for any season! It’s gluten free, sweetened with only maple sugar, uses minimal ingredients, and has the most delicious oatmeal crumble topping you’ve ever tasted! Make this for your next backyard bbq and serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream for the ultimate treat!

healthy apple crumble with ice cream in white baking dish with scoop taken out

Healthy Apple Crumble made easy!

You’re going to love how simple this healthier apple crumble recipe is. Even if you’re not much of a baker, I promise you can make this recipe! This is also a great recipe to make with kids! It’s short and sweet and not one bit complicated.

The recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prep! I know, I could barely believe it myself! But seriously, it couldn’t be easier. It’s now my all-time favorite apple dessert.

Before we get to the recipe, let’s give the crunchy oat topping a moment of appreciation here. It’s just insane. Golden brown crunchy perfection and arguably the best thing about this entire dish. You’re going to want to put it on everything. Speaking of, last night I put it on top of some vanilla ice cream and it was just :chef’s kiss: perfection.

apple crumble serving with ice cream

What makes this easy apple crumble recipe healthy?

I’ve taken the classic apple crumble recipe and made it gluten free (which is great for lowering inflammation), replaced the white and brown refined cane sugars with maple sugar (which is less likely to spike blood sugar), used less sugar altogether (no need for all that extra added sugar), and replaced generic butter with healthy fats (grass-fed organic butter or ghee).

And y’all. It tastes even better than the classic recipe for apple crisp, not kidding here!! There’s something to be said about using quality ingredients. Your body and tastebuds will thank you!

closeup view with scoop taken out

Ingredients needed for this healthy apple crisp

Apple Filling:

-5 crisp tart apples, peeled and cut into small pieces (½” cubes) (I used Envy apples)

-⅓ cup maple sugar

-1 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1 pinch fine sea salt

-2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Oat Crumble Topping: (aka your new addiction. It’s so good!)

-1 cup gluten free rolled oats

-1 cup Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour

-1 cup maple sugar

-1 tsp cinnamon

-½ tsp baking powder

-1 pinch fine sea salt

-½ cup melted grass-fed organic butter or ghee (salted)

apple crumble in white baking dish overhead with ice cream

How to make healthy apple crumble

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 11” oval baking dish (or rectangle around 7×10”) with a little bit of butter or oil.
  2. Make apple filling. Add apple cubes to a large mixing bowl. Add ⅓ cup sugar, 1 Tbsp flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 pinch salt and toss to coat. Pour 2 Tbsp lemon juice over the top and toss again. Pour apple mixture into baking dish and spread into an even layer.
  3. Make crumble topping. Mix together 1 cup oats, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp baking powder, and 1 pinch salt in the mixing bowl. Pour in ½ cup melted butter and stir until combined and crumbly. Crumble the topping over the apple filling in an even layer. The crumble topping can also be made in a food processor, if you would like. But I like to use the same mixing bowl to save some dishes!
  4. Bake on center rack in your preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden on top. 
  5. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! And a touch of maple syrup on top if you’re feeling extra! For a healthier topping, you can also make homemade frozen yogurt from Greek yogurt, vanilla, and pure maple syrup. Easy and delicious! Let me know in the comments section below if I should share a recipe for my homemade frozen yogurt! I make a sugar-free version with 5 g carbohydrates per serving that’s so good! It’s the perfect way to enjoy this oaty apple crumble recipe without the extra sugar.
apple crumble serving on small plate with baking dish in background and apple scattered

Equipment Needed for this healthy apple crisp recipe

  • Baking dish (11″ oval baking dish or rectangle around 7×10″)
  • Large bowl
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Sturdy mixing spoon
  • Oven
crumble with ice cream overhead view

How long does this healthy apple crumble last?

You can store any leftover apple crumble in an airtight container on the countertop for 24 hours and then transfer to the refrigerator and store for up to 5 days. I have not tried to freeze this recipe, but I imagine it can be done! Just thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven at 250ºF when you’re ready to eat!

Can this apple crumble be made ahead of time?

Yes! You can absolutely make this healthy apple crisp ahead of time and store in the refrigerator unbaked until you’re ready to bake (but no longer than 1 day. You will need to remove it and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour before baking to take the chill off. If you’re going this route, you may also need to add 5-10 more minutes onto the cooking time.

This healthy apple crumble recipe can also be baked ahead of time and kept in the fridge. Just reheat at 250ºF until heated through (about 30 minutes).

What occasion is this healthier apple crisp good for?

I love this apple crumble recipe for all different types of occasions, really! It’s truly great for all seasons and I think your taste buds will agree. And since apple season here on the West Coast doesn’t really end, it’s an apple lover’s dream!

I love it for a summer backyard bbq, for a fun fall dessert, and it’s even special enough for a thanksgiving dessert! It’s honestly just like homemade apple pie but with like 10% of the effort. So if you’re not a pie-baking type of person or just want something quick but with all those good flavors, then this is the delicious dessert for you!

What are Envy apples?

Envy apples are an apple varietal from Washington state that have the perfect balance or sweet, tart, and crisp! These tart apples are perfect for this healthier apple crumble recipe since they hold their shape well when baked. They are very similar to the more common varietals Honeycrisp apples and Pink Lady apples: all tart, sweet, juicy apples.

For baked goods like this, the type of apples you use really matters! For the best results, you definitely want something with a tart flavor that’s not going to be overly sweet or turn mushy when baked. That’s why classic apple desserts are usually made with Granny Smith apples instead of sweet apples like Red Delicious or Fuji.

Envy apples are the perfect alternative if you’re looking to try something new when you pick up your fresh fruit! When my sweet tooth hits, I love having an Envy apple and a handful of blueberries for a healthy snack. If it’s your first time trying them, you are really in for a treat! You can find them at your local supermarket or farmers market.

healthy apple crisp with ice cream

Ingredient substitutions if you feel like experimenting!

  • Organic all-purpose flour – If you’re not looking for a gluten free version, you can absolutely use a regular AP flour, although I always recommend choosing organic!
  • Whole wheat flour – I haven’t tried this one myself but I think it should work just fine!
  • Coconut sugar – You can use this but it will make the crumble darker. It will still taste great but won’t be as pretty since maple sugar is much lighter in color. That’s really the only change though, so it’s not a bad substitution if you don’t mind a little darker color to it!
  • Granny smith apples – If you can’t find Envy apples where you live, you can substitute with another tart apple like granny smith.
  • Other apple varieties – If you can’t find Envy apples, you could also use a combination of apples for this recipe (like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady, as mentioned above). I don’t recommend using the sweeter varieties like Golden Delicious apples or Gala.
  • Apple juice – You can try this instead of lemon juice, if you would like. But I definitely recommend the fresh lemon juice to give you that nice acidity.
  • Almond flour or almond meal – If you want to use almond flour instead of the old-fashioned oats in this recipe, you can totally do that! I have not tried it myself, but I think it should be a 1 to 1 substitution. I definitely recommend the oaty topping though!
  • Brown sugar – You can use this in place of maple sugar to make your sweet cinnamon apples if you must, but keep in mind that brown sugar has a much higher glycemic index and is more likely to cause blood sugar spikes than maple sugar. Maple sugar and coconut sugar are much healthier alternatives.
  • Coconut oil – To make this recipe vegan, you can use coconut oil to replace the butter/ghee. It will still be great, just not quite as flavorful. Use butter if you can. You won’t regret it!
  • Oat flour – This is one substitution I wouldn’t recommend, as it will likely make this recipe slightly gummy.
  • Chopped pecans, walnuts, and/or sunflower seeds – Can use these instead of oats to make the crumble if you can’t have oats. Either one will work, it’s just a matter of personal preference. I prefer walnuts for a mellow, bread-like flavor.
  • Water and apple cider vinegar – If you don’t have any lemons for the fresh lemon juice and absolutely must, you can use a couple tablespoons water and a splash of apple cider vinegar in a pinch. You’ll get that same acidity needed for the cinnamon apple filling, just not the freshness that fresh lemon juice provides.
  • Sugar free sweetener – For a low sugar option, you can try a sugar free sweetener like Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener or Swerve. I haven’t tried it yet though, so no guarantees that it will work!

Future recipe ideas

Have you ever tried to make apple crisp in a slow cooker? It’s a thing! And I’m definitely thinking I need to try that next! Perfect for warmer days when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen or if you’re bringing it to a friend’s house or potluck!

I’m also thinking I should make an apple crisp overnight oats recipe! How fun would that be?? Let me know what you think in the comments section or if you have any other recipe suggestions for me! I’ve love to hear from you!

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