No Bake Apple Crumble


No bake apple crumble is a delicious dessert that everyone will love. Simple ingredients and straightforward steps make this effortless NO-BAKE APPLE CRUMBLE dessert that the whole family will enjoy! Perfect for breakfast or afternoon snack time! Break out the paper plates, there’s a new crumble in town and this one is strictly for dessert.

Do you know the health benefits of eating apples? There are many health benefits of eating apples, so in this article I’ll share them with you.

No Bake Apple Crumble

A quick and easy no bake dessert with apple filling, creamy custard layer topped with a biscuit and nuts crumble.


  • For The Custard
  • 1/2 ltr Full fat milk
  • 3 tbsp Custard powder
  • 4 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Whipping cream
  • For The Fruit Filling
  • 3 medium Apples (peeled, cored and cubed)
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup Water
  • For The Crumble Topping
  • 10-12 Goodday biscuits (coarsely crushed)
  • 1/2 cup Grated coconut
  • 1/3 cup Chopped cashew nuts
  • 1-2 tbsp Butter
  • 1-2 tbsp Sugar
  • For The Topping
  • 1/2 cup Whipping cream
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp Sugar


  1. To make the custard:
  2. Measure out 3/4 cup of milk from the total quantity (1/2 ltr) and mix with the custard powder. Boil the rest of the milk with the sugar. Once it boils, add custard mix and gently stir. Cook on the lowest flame for 5 mins, until the mixture thickens. Remove from fire.
  3. Once the mixture is cooled completely, add cream and beat well until the mixture is thick and creamy. Chill until required.
  4. To make the filling:
  5. Combine all the ingredients for the fruit filling in a wide pan. Bring it to boil and simmer and cook till the apples are done. Let it cool
  6. To make the crumble:
  7. Melt butter in a wide pan. Add the rest of the crumble ingredients, except sugar. Cook on low-medium flame, until it browns nicely and becomes crunchy. Once the mixture cools down, add sugar and mix well.
  8. To make the topping
  9. Whip the cream with sugar, until soft peak forms. Chill until required.
  10. Assembling:
  11. Take individual serving bowls (around 6 medium size bowls).
  12. The first layer is the fruit filling, followed by the custard (refer notes). Top it with crumble and repeat the layers. The final layer is whipped cream. Sprinkle some crumble on top. Chill for 6-8 hours or overnight.


  • You can use pineapple instead of apple. You will need 1 big pineapple for this recipe.
  • I used gala apples for this recipe.
  • Instead of Whipping Cream, you can use regular Amul cream too.
  • I used a pastry bag while layering the custard.
  • You can use Nice biscuits/digestives instead of Goodday biscuits. 
  • The dessert keeps well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. 


  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


Simple homemade dessert with apples, biscuits, yoghurt and cream cheese and a few other ingredients in between. A perfect make ahead dessert to save you time when you need it!


Stewed Apples

  • 2 large apples – skins off and cut into small squares
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (brown or white)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon all spice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tin of mini apples (optional – for decoration)

Lemon Cream Cheese & Crumble Layer

  • 1 tub of cream cheese  – make sure its at room temperature.
  • 80g of plain yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • 8–10 Oat biscuits roughly crushed
  • 1 peanut/macadamia/almond brittle bar crushed (again optional but it does look good)


Stewed Apples Layer:

  1. In a small-medium pot, add the apple pieces, butter, sugar, cinnamon, all spice and lemon juice and over low heat, allow the apples to stew for 10 minutes or so. Now remove the stewed apples and set aside, leaving the syrup in the pot.
  2. Drain the mini tinned apples and then place them in the warm leftover syrup in the pot. Leave them there for 5 minutes, on low heat, and make sure to coat them with the syrup so they get a beautiful color to them from the spices. Then, set aside to be used as a decoration for later.

Lemon Cream Cheese Layer:

  1. Mix the cream cheese, yoghurt, lemon juice and icing sugar together (with an electric beater).
  2. Now to start assembling and layering! Using a set of 4 pretty glasses, start with an oat biscuit layer, then lemon cream cheese, then stewed cubed apples and then lemon cream cheese again. Remember to divide the ingredients equally amongst 4 glasses.
  3. Finish off with the crushed nut brittle and a mini apple.
  4. Serve chilled. Enjoy!

No-Bake, Oaty Apple Crumble

Servings: 2 servings


Oaty topping:

  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil , (or olive oil, or butter)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup , , golden syrup or honey
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tbsp plain flour , (or buckwheat flour)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • a sprinkle of mixed seeds , (I used sesame, pumpkin & sunflower)

Apple filling:

  • 2 small , (or 1 large) eating apples, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup , , golden syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • yogurt , , to serve (optional)


Make the oaty topping first:

  • In a small bowl cream the coconut oil and maple syrup until smooth. Add in the oats, flour, salt and cinnamon. Rub the ingredients together until crumbly and moist. Toss in the mixed seeds then tip the mixture into a skillet set over a medium-high heat (keep the bowl).
  • Toast the mixture, stirring often until fragrant and lightly browned (around 5 minutes). Decant into a clean bowl and set aside. Wipe out the skillet.

Make the apple filling:

  • In the bowl you used to make the topping combine the cubed apple, cinnamon and maple syrup. Pour the mixture into the skillet along with the water. Bring to a simmer then cover with a lid or a large plate and leave to simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover then leave to reduce over a medium-low heat until barely any liquid remains.
  • Pour the filling into a bowl and adorn with the oaty topping (and a dollop of yogurt if you’d like!)


– the filling and toppings will make excellent additions to your regular bowl of morning yogurt or cooked oats – just sayin’

– switch up the fruit for whatever you have hanging about. I think frozen blueberries would be killer!

vegan no bake skillet apple crisp

  •  Prep Time: 5 mins
  •  Cook Time: 15 mins
  •  Total Time: 20 mins
  •  Yield: 2-3 servings 1


This “No Bake” Skillet Apple Crisp is made with whole ingredients like apples, walnuts, coconut, and oats…. right on your stovetop, no baking required. The best part, this dessert is healthy enough to eat for breakfast… well we did anyway! Vegan, Dairy Free. Gluten Free.


  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (or unsalted butter)
  • 2 apples, diced (I used gala)
  • 2 inches vanilla bean (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter (or unsalted butter)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dry old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or water)
  • pinch of salt
  • coconut cream, if desired for topping (could also use whipped cream)


  1. In small skillet or pot, heat coconut oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add apples, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and cook for 5-10 minutes until apples have softened.
  3. In small bowl, mix together all ingredients for crisp to form a crumble.
  4. Remove apples from heat and pour into serving dish.
  5. Add crisp mixture to skillet over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes until warmed and begins to toast; spoon evenly on top of apples.
  6. To serve, drizzle with spoon of coconut cream. It seriously tastes like vanilla ice cream in the pie!! YUM!


1. The Medium Apple’s Nutritional Facts

A medium apple is a simple but perfect snack loaded with nutrients. A three-inch diameter apple will yield about one and a half cups of sweet, yummy fruit chunks or slices. Nutrition wise, it is clocking in at 95 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrates, a whopping 4 grams of fiber, 14% of the RDI (Reference Daily Intake) of Vitamin C, 6% of the RDI for Potassium, and 5% of the RDI for Vitamin K.

This little round fruit’s plant compounds offer major health benefits. Apples are also rich in polyphenols, resveratrol, and other healthy compounds to get your cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and fiber intake under control.

One study shows that by adding apples to your diet regularly may contribute to lower risk of mortality. Who doesn’t want to lower their risk of kicking the bucket too early!

2. Apples Can Aid In Weight Control

Workout Apple

We all know fruit packs a powerful punch in the nutrition department. High fiber foods can aid in the fight against weight gain and help us lose excess weight. Apples are filling and researchers have found that when they are eaten regularly, apples contribute to weight loss.

Apples have a low calorie density, meaning they are mostly water. A medium apple has about an 86% water content. The high water content paired with the high fiber content helps you feel full. When you fell full, you are less likely to over eat, which helps you feel more confident. When you feel more confident, you make better choices, like eating apples. It is a wonderful, healthy cycle to fall into and can take you to weight control places you have never been.

Eating foods with a high fiber content may slow down the digestive process. This, in turn, helps you feel more full and eat less. It is best to eat your apples in their whole state. If you opt for apple juice, which can be high in sugar, it may not be as filling and will deliver more calories than you need. Bottom line, stick to whole foods in their natural state.

Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight is the one key thing you can do to help your body ward off a plethora of diseases and complications. The added bonus apples nutrients add to your weight control plan is a win/win.

3. Reduce Acid Reflux

Love pepperoni pizza and beer on Friday night, hate what it does to your body on Saturday – acid reflux is no joke.

Acid reflux happens when food seeps back into the esophagus and causes pain and irritation. The resulting burning sensation is typically heartburn and/or an unpleasant sour-tasting fluid appearing in your throat. Not a fun way to relive a pizza and beer meal.

According to WebMD, adding fiber-rich foods like apples to your diet can help keep acid reflux under control. Eating your way to health is a much better solution than adding unnecessary prescription and over-the-counter anti-reflux medications to your system.

Eat more apples and enjoy an occasional pepperoni pizza with a brew and have a happy, heartburn free Saturday.

3. Fighting Asthma

Fighting asthma and trying to catch your breath is scary and life threatening.

Oxidative stress can lead to asthma. Quercetin, a flavonoid found in apple skin has been shown to help regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation which can lead to asthma.

A study on children whose mother ate apples while pregnant showed a 27% lower risk of wheezing. The researchers believe that phytochemicals in apples may be linked to this healthy outcome

Another study by the Nutrition Journal found that “apple and pear intake was associated with a decreased risk of asthma and in bronchial hypersensitivity”. The study found that participants who ate at least two apples a week, showed a marked inverse relationship with asthma.

4. Love Your Pancreas

The antioxidants in apples can protect the cells in your pancreas which can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Red apples have resveratrol in their skin, much like that in red wine. Although researchers are still in the study phase, resveratrol is an antioxidant-like compound that may be beneficial to your blood pressure, brain, joints, and pancreas.

Looking for a way to adding the plant compounds found in apples to your diet healthfully. How about adding these super healthful and yummy Apple Butternut Squash Pancakes from They are a delicious snack for everyone and especially helpful if you suffer from nausea or upset stomach issues.

5. Keep Cardiovascular Disease At Bay

The benefits of eating apples frequently is directly related to it’s soluble fiber content. This ever so popular fruit is super healthy and high on the soluble fiber chart. Soluble fiber dissolves in water when it enters the body and maintains a gel-like consistency. The fiber sticks to the bad cholesterol and flushes it out of the body.

A study in the Journal of Functional Foods, as reported by Prevention, found that eating an apple a day can cut your risk of developing heart disease by almost in half. The daily apple lowered participants blood oxidation of the bad cholesterol, LDL by 40 percent.

The polyphenol antioxidants in apples is most likely the leader in reducing the oxidative damage that can lead lower your LDL which may reduce your risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is when your arteries harden which can lead you down the path to a stroke or heart attack.

Eating a balanced diet, including apples is the best heart health diet for a long life.

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