No Butter Apple Crumble


I know it’s hard to believe, but this No Butter Apple Crumble requires no butter! This recipe is just so simple and delicious, there really isn’t anything else to say. I could blab on about how low calorie it is but I’ll let you decide that for yourself. Try using different apples for a little variety. Whether you have a sweet tooth or are just looking for a healthier alternative, you’re sure to love

this creamy no butter apple crumble. This easy apple crumble gets its name from an old-fashioned recipe for an apple filling without any butter. It’s delicious, but that’s not good enough, I’m no butter crumble here. The crust is made of oats and almonds, making it low in fat, gluten-free and delicious. If you love the taste of apple crumble but hate the fact that it’s so high in fat, I have a

solution for you. The Healthy Vegan Apple Crumble recipe below is not only low in fat, but also super easy to make. I think your friends and family will try it and love it. Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They’re also one of the most versatile, making it a great snack and side dish option in your diet. Below are some health benefits of apples that you should be aware of

No Butter Apple Crumble

No butter apple crumble is a dessert that you won’t want to miss. This recipe is rich in taste and texture. It will be a mistake if you never made this dessert. It could be the beginning of a fruitful time in your kitchen. It may sound odd to call this no-butter apple crumble recipe a “scientific discovery” but the fact is, it’s exactly that. The dessert has long been a favourite of cooks and bakers for its beautiful delicate texture and the way it melts so pleasingly in the mouth. And now it seems that people from all over the country have been enjoying its unctuous, buttery taste as much as I have.

Vegan Apple Crisp recipe that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. Made with rolled oats, almond flour, coconut oil, and sweetened with a little bit of maple syrup, this apple crisp made without butter comes together in less than an hour. If you are a fan of fruit crisps, add this recipe to your vegan apple recipes collection to make every year during the apple picking season.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Shaw’s. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

  • Yields: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total: 1 hr
Vegan apple crisp fresh out of the oven topped off with ice cream

We just came back from our local orchard from a whole day of apple picking. As is the case with these fruit picking sessions, we came back home with the juiciest fresh apples, which means I have a full day of cooking ahead.

I love this recipe because:

  1. This vegan dessert is the perfect fall dessert that happens to be minimally sweetened with maple syrup. It uses simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
  2. It is crumb heavy. My vegan crumble topping recipe is made with rolled oats, almond flour, and coconut oil, and it is nice and crispy. Not to mention it pairs beautifully with pillowy baked cinnamon apples. If you are like me, a fan of the crispy topping more than the fruit layer, you are in for a treat.
  3. It uses coconut oil (aka my favorite butter substitute for apple crisp). I find that coconut oil has a very mild flavor that compliments the rest of the ingredients. 
  4. It is probably one of the easiest desserts that you can make in under an hour.
Vegan apple crumble in a bowl with a spoon

Ingredients You’ll Need:

As it is with most fruit crumble recipes, this vegan crumble recipe has two parts: The fruit layer and the crumble topping.

The Apple Layer:

For the fruit layer, you will need four medium-sized cubed apples, maple syrup, lemon juice, ground cinnamon, salt, and arrowroot powder (or cornstarch).

Ingredients for the apple layer

The best apples for apple crisp: When it comes to apple desserts, I usually like to use various apples. In this plant-based apple crisp recipe, I used a combination of Ginger Gold and Honeycrisp apples.

With that being said, any type of apple would work in this recipe. My recommendation is to use two types to take advantage of the different flavor profiles. For example, if you like sweet apples be sure to combine them with a tart apple like Granny Smith apples for a delicious sweet and sour combo of flavors.

Crisp/Crumble Topping Ingredients:

Ingredients for vegan crumble topping

For the crumble topping, you will need gluten-free oats (not the quick-cooking kind), almond flour, shredded coconut, ground cinnamon, coconut oil, maple syrup, and a handful of pecans (or any other nuts you like).

Ingredient Substitutions:

  • Starch: If you do not have arrowroot powder you can use cornstarch.
  • Almond Flour: You can use almond flour and almond meal interchangeably in this recipe.
  • Oil: If you are not a fan of coconut oil, you can use melted and cooled vegan butter or avocado oil as well.
  • Ground oats (aka Rolled Oats): If you are after a gluten-free apple crisp recipe, make sure that the oats you use are gluten-free certified.
  • Nuts: Any nuts would work here.
  • Maple syrup: You can use agave nectar in place of maple syrup.

How To Make?

The process of making this vegan apple dessert has three folds:

Make The Apple Filling:

Apple layer being prepared by a person

To make the apple filling, place all the ingredients in a large bowl, and give it a gentle stir to make sure that the apples are evenly coated with the arrowroot mixture.

Make The Crisp Topping:

To make the crumble topping, place oats, almond flour, shredded coconut, ground cinnamon, coconut oil, maple syrup in a large mixing bowl, and mix.

Crumble layer for the apple desert prepared by a person in a bowl

At first, it might feel like you need more liquid, but trust me, you do not need more. Stir in the pecans.


To assemble the apple crisp:

Apple Crisp without butter being assembled in a pie plate from the top view
  1. Spread the apple mixture at the bottom of a 9 or 10-inch oven-proof baking dish (you can also use a 9X13 casserole dish)in an even layer. 
  2. Distribute the crumble topping evenly on top.
  3. Bake in a 350 degrees F preheated oven for 40- 45 minutes or until the top part turns golden brown.
Non Dairy Apple Crisp recipe fresh out of the oven in a pie plate

How to store and make ahead this apple crisp?

  • Storage: This recipe serves 6 servings. I doubt that you will have any leftovers, but if you do, place them in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days. When ready to serve, warm it in a low heat oven (250-300 degrees F) for 5-10 minutes.
  • Make-ahead: You can prep the apples a day in advance and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to use them. They will probably brown a little bit, but since you will bake them, it shouldn’t be a problem. I do not recommend making the vegan crumble topping in advance as it could get soggy. Luckily, it takes no more than 5 minutes to put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them.

How To Serve?

While this vegan apple crisp recipe is delicious enough to serve by itself, you can also top it off with vegan vanilla ice cream like my Coconut Milk Cashew Ice Cream or coconut whipped cream. If you don’t mind it being a vegetarian apple crumble recipe, you can also top it off with my homemade vanilla ice cream.

Vegetarian apple crumble ingredients and a portion topped off with ice cream

If you are serving it for breakfast, you can put it in a bowl and serve it with a glass of homemade almond milk.


Easy Apple Crumble made with sugared apples, crunchy crumble on top, and an easy apple crumble cake that’s perfect for Fall. Perfect for breakfast or dessert! Crumble is a dessert that originated in England. It is easy to make and consists of crumbs topped with sugar, butter and fruit.  Easy Apple Crumble can be enjoyed for any occasion but might taste particularly well when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or custard.

When my whole apartment smells like warm cinnamon goodness, I feel like I’m living. This apple crumble does this and more. Nice and warm, spiced to perfection and the longer it bakes, the more ooey gooey it becomes. This Easy Apple Crumble only uses a handful of pantry friendly ingredients that you most likely have on hand. And only takes a few minutes to prep. Get this dish in the oven first thing in the morning and you are set for breakfast and happiness for days!

My favorite thing about apple crumble is the crisp topping. And even though there is no butter involved in this recipe, the topping gets so perfectly crispy using other whole plant friendly ingredients. This can be a tricky thing to do. And honestly, if the top doesn’t come out just right, it’s not even worth making. So to help put this together, I combined some peanut butter and maple syrup as the binding and crisping ingredients. As a result, this helps to get that nice chunky and crispy bite I love in this warm dessert.


  • Pair it with some ice cream for a real sweet treat
  • For more protein, balance your breakfast with some plant based yogurt (feel free to use a soy or higher protein yogurt to help make more satisfying)
  • Sprinkle some hemp hearts into the oat crumble mixture for an extra protein boost and some omega 3s


  •  Prep Time: 10 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 45 minutes
  •  Total Time: 55 minutes
  •  Yield: 4 servings 1x
  •  Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  •  Cuisine: American


An easy apple crumble with minimal ingredients, a crispy top and gooey apple bottom. Perfect dessert or fun breakfast option for those that need a change up.



  • 4 apples
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp almond flour or all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp corn starch


  1. Set oven to 350F. Chop all apples into bite size pieces, making sure to discard cores. In a bowl combine apples, corn starch, lemon juice, pinch of salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Toss together with clean hands and place apples at the bottom of a baking dish.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all oat crumble ingredients and stir to combine using a fork. It’s okay to see it clump, just make sure peanut butter is spread out as much between the oats as you can.
  4. With hands, evenly spread oat mixture over apples.
  5. Take baking tray and place in the oven for 45-5- minutes to allow apples to release moisture and fully soften. Remove from oven and allow to slightly cool before digging in.


  • You can replace the almond flour with regular flour. 
  • Peanut butter can be subbed with other nut butters, or made allergy friendly by replacing nut butter with seed butters like sunflower seed butter or tahini. 
  • You can under bake this to get a cereal consistency which is really yummy. Just bake for 30 minutes instead of the full time recommended above. 

Vegan Apple Crumble

Here, you’ll find a simple, sweet recipe for healthy vegan apple crumble. This recipe is suitable for most diets and it doesn’t take long to make, but it does require patience as the crumble will become juicy and tender as you cook it slowly. This is a healthy vegan apple crumble – perfect for when you want something sweet, but not too sweet. The apple pieces are not just warm and soft – they are also very crispy.

The humble apple crumble. One of those amazing desserts that everyone needs to enjoy! Having family and friends who are gluten or dairy free (or both!), there have been times when I’ve seeked out dessert recipes that please everyone. I am happy to report this vegan apple crumble, which is also gluten free, is high on my go-to list!

With no butter or flour, this has a beautiful subtle flavour from ground almonds and a bit more chunky substance from the oats. A hint of coconut flavour from the oil and the wonderful warmth of the cinnamon sings through. Cinnamon is exactly what makes apple crumble one of my favourite puddings ever! This is utterly scrumptious served with ice cream, custard, pouring cream or just on it’s own. It is comfort food at it’s best and honestly, I think it’s hard to beat!UQ&gpic=UID%3D00000a6e006076d2%3AT%3D1659393448%3ART%3D1659393448%3AS%3DALNI_MYtJaUDXO9QNviw4TXFKgSuotib_w&prev_fmts=300×262%2C300x262%2C300x262%2C300x262&correlator=369532709489&pv_ch=2731515057%2B&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=842878095.1659393447&ga_sid=1659393447&ga_hid=2043687453&ga_fc=1&u_tz=60&u_his=1&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_sd=1&dmc=8&adx=355&ady=2092&biw=1349&bih=657&scr_x=0&scr_y=800&eid=44759875%2C44759926%2C44759842%2C44763505%2C44761792%2C44763827%2C42531606&oid=2&pvsid=1910855779731150&tmod=1076887493&uas=3&nvt=1&!9&btvi=5&fsb=1&xpc=wxNxmI9N33&p=https%3A//

Of course, if you’re looking for something more indulgent, go ahead and add some extra nuts to the apples. Or even some caramel is gorgeous! If you’re a purist though, just don’t mess with perfection. Don’t forget you can enjoy the caramel as part of my banoffee crumble as well.

I couldn’t do this post without mentioning the current time we’re living through. As an avid baker, finding my local grocery store had run out of basic ingredients like flour and eggs, was heartbreaking at first. However, I was determined to find alternative ways of allowing my family (and now yours!) to continue to enjoy baking and baked goodies. And so here we are! 🙂

So, back to my vegan and gluten free apple crumble: if you fancy yourself a little change, or indeed if you find yourself without flour or butter to hand, worry not! Delicious apple crumble can still be yours!

Happy baking, friends. And as always, thanks for dropping by

Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten Free)

  • Serving
  • servings
  • Prep time
  • 10minutes
  • Cooking time
  • 20minutes
  • Total time
  • 30minutes

Gluten/dairy free AND delicious! 🙂


  • For the apple filling
  • 6 small-medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into eighths
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 15g soft light brown sugar
  • For the crumble
  • 70g GF oats
  • 70g ground almonds
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (more if you want!)
  • 60g soft light brown sugar
  • 60g coconut oil


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
  • Placed the first three ingredients into a large bowl and toss to mix. Place in your baking dish, making sure to keep in as even a layer as possible.
  • Whisk the oats, ground almonds, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar in the same bowl. Tip in the coconut oil and rub in to mix.
  • Top the fruit with the crumble mix, spreading to the corners to cover all the fruit. Bake in your preheated oven for 20-30 minutes until apples are bubbling and topping is crisp.
  • Leave to cool a little before serving. This is delicious with (dairy free!) ice cream.

Healthy Vegan Apple Crumble

The Healthy Vegan Apple Crumble is a healthy and tasty go to dessert recipe. Who doesn’t like apple crumble? It’s a great dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth and it’s so easy to make. This is a very simple recipe and you only need to use 9 ingredients and it still tastes amazing. You don’t even have to use any added sugar, there is plenty of sweetness in the apples.

healthy vegan apple crumble

This healthy vegan apple crumble recipe is for you if you’re looking for a vegan wintery-tasty dessert that doesn’t require a ton of butter or sugar.

Because who said that desserts couldn’t be healthy too?

Appel crisp is the perfect dessert recipe for winter. The apple + cinnamon + maple syrup combo is delicious and will instantly put you and your fam in a Christmas mood.

However, we can all agree with the fact that the traditional apple crisp recipe is not the lightest, nor the healthiest.

And as you might already know, one of my favorite activities is to make traditional recipes healthier.

So healthy vegan apple crumble it is!

What makes this healthy vegan apple crumble… actually healthy?

My secret in making traditional recipes healthier is to choose non-processed ingredients.

For this recipe we:

  • Replace flour with oats and ground almonds
  • Substitute brown sugar with maple syrup
  • Drop butter for coconut oil

And to stay in the spirit of healthy vegan apple crumble, I recommend you serving it with plant-based yogurt.

Obviously, feel free to adapt the recipe according to your taste and moon (-;


For 6 servings

  • 5 apples (I use Pink Lady)
  • 100g (1 cup) (gluten-free) oats
  • 125g (1 1/4 cup) almond meal/almond flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 handful of crushed pecans
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Salt


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). Peel and cut the apples into small cubes.

Simmer them in a pan with a little bit of coconut oil and ground cinnamon. This will make them golden and caramelized – yum!

Step 2

In the meantime, add the oats, grounded almonds, and coconut oil in a large bowl.

Mix everything and then add 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, pecans, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt.

Mix again. If the mixture is too sticky, crumble it with your fingers.

Step 3

Butter a pan with coconut oil. Add the apples along with the juice of half a lemon. Top with the crumble and put in the oven for 30 minutes while keeping an eye on it.

The crumble should be golden and the apples tender.

Step 4

Serve while warm with plant-based yogurt.

Notes and variations

  • If you don’t have ground almonds, you can use oat flour, coconut flour, or buckwheat flour.
  • Use agave nectar or honey if you don’t have maple syrup
  • Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave for 1 minute with plant-based milk (like this homemade cashew milk) – delicious!

Health Benefits Of Apples

What are the health benefits of apples? In this article, I seek to inform and enlighten you about the many health benefits of apples — none of which have to do with their role as the forbidden fruit in an ancient fairy tale. A lot of people know that apples are healthier than candy. But did you know the health benefits of apples include cancer prevention, weight loss, and disease prevention? Read on to find out how eating one apple per day will improve your health.

  • Improves Gut Health:

The human gut contains good bacteria that help with digestion and keep digestive issues like bloating at bay.

Apples contain pectin, a type of soluble fibre that is a prebiotic. Pectin feeds the good gut bacteria in your colon microbiome.

By feeding the good bacteria with pectin, apples keep the gut healthy and provide the body with other benefits, including regular bowel movements and increased immunity.

  • Helps Regulate Bowel Movement: 

Apple skins are excellent sources of soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre absorbs water, turning it into a gel-like substance that slows down digestion, preventing diarrhoea. 

On the other hand, insoluble fibre bulks up stool and allows food to pass through the intestines, quickly preventing constipation. 

  • Helps Lower Blood Pressure:

Apples are not a full source of potassium, but when consumed alongside a healthy diet, the potassium in apples may allow for healthy blood pressure. This is because potassium relaxes the blood vessels, easing tension thus lowering blood pressure. 

  • Helps Lower Cholesterol:

The soluble fibre in apples doesn’t only aid digestion but also helps lower cholesterol levels. Lower cholesterol also helps in reducing the risk of critical relations like heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

A study by NCBI in 2015 proved a correlation between the regular consumption of apples fewer cardiovascular disease risk factors, including cholesterol. 

  • Lower Risks of Diabetes:

Consuming apples may also reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. Apples have a low glycemic index which means they are less likely to cause blood sugar spikes providing a healthy option for people with diabetes.

Asides from proving to be a healthy option for anyone with diabetes, apples reduce the risk of developing this condition. 

Fruits are always a welcomed addition to any meal. Whoever coined the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” must have known all the wonderful benefits this fruit brings to the human body. 


Do I need to peel the apples?

It is totally up to you. I prefer not to peel mine, but either way would work.

What is the best way to cut apples?

You can either cut them into small ½-inch cubes or ¼ inch slices. The shape is up to you. However, I recommend making sure that they are in a similar size to ensure even baking.

Can I use less sugar?

This recipe uses one tablespoon of maple syrup for the apple layer and ⅓ cup for the crumble topping. I think that it is just the right amount.
However, if your apples are super sweet, you can omit the addition of maple syrup in the fruit layer and use ¼ cup of maple syrup in the crumble topping instead. Doing so is especially a good idea if you are planning to serve it with ice cream.

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