Vegan Crumble Topping With Oil


Rich, chewy Vegan Crumble Topping With Oil is an easy dessert topping that can be whipped up in under 10 minutes. The crumbly, fragrant topping features ground flaxseed in place of half the flour and oil to replace some of the butter. You may prefer oil to butter in this already rich streusel because it has less saturated fat than butter does. This Vegan Crumble Topping is a great topping

for so many different dishes! You can use it in a crumble to top like apple desserts but also on vegetables (potatoes and cabbage) to give them a crispy texture. This is also the perfect crumble topping to make at home when you want to eliminate meat and just use vegetables. There’s nothing better than a delicious dessert. This Olive Oil Apple Crisp is rich in flavor and scented with

spices, yet a healthier choice. Trust me, you’ll want to make this dessert again and again! Oil is a controversial product, but I want to focus on the health benefits of oil and not the controversy today. Oil is one of the most essential diet products. This is mainly because this is not one only product, but a combination of many beneficial nutritional supplements.

Vegan Crumble Topping With Oil

I’m quite pleased to share with you that the new vegan crumble topping with oil that I’ve been trying out has turned out pretty good! I ended up using sunflower oil instead of canola oil, and the results were delicious. Desserts are almost everyone’s favorite part of a meal. While they do not need to be heavy, they should definitely be light and fulfilling enough to leave you feeling satisfied. However, most dessert recipes that you find in cookbooks, or at the store, can be guilty of leading people towards eating unhealthy too.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

This cozy vegan apple crumble is also gluten free and tastes simply incredible. This recipe is big enough for a crowd and pleases all eaters!


For the filling

  • 6 medium to large cooking apples
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the crumble

  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled gluten free oats
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons refined coconut oil (room temperature)


  1. Set the oven’s temperature to 350.
  2. Peel, core, and slice the apples very thinly.
  3. Apple slices and the filling components should be combined in a big basin and thoroughly mixed with your hands.
  4. Make the crumble topping by combining the flour, brown sugar, oats, walnuts, and kosher salt in a separate bowl. After adding the vanilla, stir. Small dollops of coconut oil should be added. To form a crumbly topping, fully integrate it using a pastry cutter or fork.
  5. Use coconut oil to grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. After layering the crumble on top in an equal layer, add the apple filling to the bottom.
  6. Bake for 45–50 minutes, or until bubbling and golden. Serve with vegan whipped cream or vegan ice cream after allowing it cool slightly.

Best apples for apple crumble or crisp

What apples work best in a vegan and gluten-free apple crisp or crumble? Crisp apples that maintain their shape when baked are known as baking apples. We advise a crisp sweet tart apple because Alex and I enjoy apples that are on the tarter side. The greatest apple kinds for apple crumble include the following:

  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Ida Red
  • Honeycrisp
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith

How to top vegan apple crumble

Of course, the classic topping for apple crumble is a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream? But what do you do for a vegan, plant based or dairy free diet when it comes to toppings? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Vegan / Dairy-Free Whipped Cream: Did you know you can make whipped cream out of coconut milk? The fat in cold coconut milk solidifies: take that portion and whip it with a little sugar. It whips into a fluffy topping that’s so close to the texture of whipped cream!
  • Vegan Ice Cream: There are lots of great vegan ice cream brands out there these days. Our favorite type of vegan ice cream we’ve tried is made from oat milk, but there are lots of coconut and almond based ice creams too. Or, you could make homemade Cinnamon Vegan Ice Cream.


What better way to enjoy your delicious apples than with this amazing Olive Oil Apple Crisp. It’s so creamy and delicious, you’ll never go back to your old recipe thanks to the subtle flavor of olive oil. The sweetness of the apples paired with the spiciness of candied pecans also is just perfect. With fall right around the corner, I have a feeling this crisp is going to be our new favorite fall dessert!

woman sprinkling crumb topping on apple crisp before baking

YIELDS1 Serving Quarter (0.25 Servings)Half (0.5 Servings)Default (1 Serving)Double (2 Servings)Triple (3 Servings)PREP TIME20 mins COOK TIME45 mins TOTAL TIME1 hr 5 mins


  •  1 cup whole oats
  •  1 cup all-purpose flour
  •  ⅓ cup brown sugar
  •  ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  •  1 tsp ground cinnamon
  •  ¼ tsp Durant Kitchen Himalayan Salt
  •  ½ cup Durant Olive Mill Arbequina, Koroneiki, or Estate Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Apple Filling

  •  8 large apples (granny smith are ideal to balance the sweetness), peeled and chopped into 1” pieces (about 830 grams)
  •  1 tbsp granulated sugar
  •  ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  •  ½ tsp ground cardamom
  •  3 tbsp all-purpose flour


  • Turn on the 375 degree oven.
  • All of the dry elements for the crumble should be combined thoroughly in a large basin before the Durant Arbequina Extra Olive Oil is added. Mix until big clumps form. Place aside.
  • Add the spices and diced apples for the apple combination to another big bowl. Place in a 10″ cast iron pan with a slotted spoon after letting stand for 5 minutes, keeping the extra liquid in the bowl.
  • Place cast iron in the center of the oven and bake for 45–55 minutes, or until apple mixture starts to bubble and crumble is browned, on top of your apples. If the crumble starts to brown too quickly, cover with a piece of foil and continue baking.
  • Take out of oven and allow it cool slightly. Scoop some ice cream on top!
  • Enjoy!

Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Crumble

  • Prep: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings

This quick and easy Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Crumble tastes out of this world with its mouthwateringly delicious balance of sweet and tart! It’s the perfect oil-free plant-based and gluten-free dessert or breakfast for when you need something to go from a great idea to being served in around 30-minutes!


  • four apples – enough to equal about four cups or so of washed, chopped, apples – We used two different types of apples
  • 4 to 6 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice – You can use more or less lemon juice, but we like to use about one tablespoon or a bit more per serving.
  • 1/4 cup of tahini  – We enjoy cooking with this organic brand of tahini.
  • 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats – We always recommend using organic oats and opt for this brand that is also gluten-free.
  • 1/4 cup of brown rice flour or another flour of choice, gluten-free as needed
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts (set one tablespoon of the nuts aside) – We like cooking with this organic brand of walnuts.
  • An optional dash of salt to taste – We like to use pink Himalayan sea salt in most of our recipes.


  1. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and prepare four individual serving-sized ramekins or a single baking dish that can accommodate the ingredients in amounts ranging from 4 to 6 cups. For this recipe, we’d recommend using a two-quart 8 × 8-inch baking dish.
  2. Now, divide the shredded or finely chopped apples into equal portions for each ramekin, then sprinkle each with about 1 tbsp of lemon juice.
  3. To shorten the baking time, we shred our apples.
  4. Apples that are organic can also be chopped or thinly sliced.
  5. Next, combine the tahini, maple syrup, and vanilla in a small mixing dish.
  6. Oats, flour, cinnamon, and walnuts are added by stirring.
  7. To make sure that the ingredients are distributed evenly, stir and crumble with a fork. Then, if you’d like, give it a taste and add more sea salt as desired.
  8. Add the crumble topping to the apples once the crumble has reached the ideal flavor.
  9. Spread the crumble evenly over the top of the apple-filled baking pan if you’re just using one pan.
  10. Time to bake your crumble now!
  11. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the topping is golden or slightly browned.
  12. This dish is best when served warm, but you should wait a few minutes before eat it because the delicious fruit juices can get quite heated.


  • Tahini is fantastic in both savory and sweet dishes. We like to buy large quantities of this kind of organic tahini to lock in the cheapest pricing. And the price per pound is reduced by a few dollars thanks to this bulk purchase of organic walnuts!
  • You can use whichever apples you have on hand for this recipe.
  • Two Granny Smith apples and two Gala apples were combined to achieve the perfect harmony of sweet and sour.
  • Any type of fresh or frozen fruit will work in this recipe!
  • To shorten the baking time, we shred our apples.
  • No matter what kind of apple you choose for your crumble, we advise choosing organic apples wherever feasible to avoid ingesting hazardous pesticides.
  • To produce a different flavor profile, feel free to swap out the tahini with another seed or nut butter. The walnuts we use in this recipe are the same way. Make the crumble topping using the nuts and seeds of your choice.
  • Use only two tablespoons of tahini rather than a quarter cup to lower the amount of fat in this dish to roughly 10%. Each serving loses roughly fifty calories when the tahini is cut in half. It’s good to know!

Health Benefits Of Oil

The health benefits of oil have been known in China, Japan, and India for many years. Its main use is to stimulate the skin, increase blood flow, improve skin tone and elasticity, reduce wrinkles and make you look years younger. Considering the amount of money spent on healthcare, it is necessary to explore what oil can improve your health and prevent you from spending extra dollars on medications.

It’s always an unexpected joy when something so incredibly delicious turns out to be so incredibly good for you—and if you haven’t learned that about olive oil yet, you’re about to! 

Olive oil has been a staple of Mediterranean cultures for thousands of years, dating back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, and it remains the most popular cooking oil in the region to this day. In fact, nutrition experts believe the Mediterranean basin is home to some of the longest-living populations precisely because their typical daily diet is so abundant in healthy fats from olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish. 

With a higher percentage of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) in all grades of olive oil compared to other cooking oils, extra virgin olive oil has the ability to fight chronic and degenerative diseases with a one-two punch. Consuming olive oil has so been linked to a variety of health benefits, including lower cholesterol, a happier mood, and stronger bones.

Here are some of the most exciting research-backed health benefits: 

1. It’s packed with polyphenols.

Polyphenols are naturally occurring bioactive substances having antioxidant characteristics that are present in plant foods such fruits, vegetables, and extra virgin olive oil. Polyphenols have health benefits in part because they fight oxidative stress, a form of stress that harms DNA, proteins, and lipids in the body and is linked to diabetes, dementia, cancer, and heart disease. Hydroxytyrosol and oleocanthal, two prevalent polyphenols found in olive oil, have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting, neuroprotective, and antibacterial activities.

2. It strongly promotes cardiovascular health.

There are (many) valid arguments for why olive oil is excellent for the heart. According to the widely cited PREDIMED study, people who followed a Mediterranean-style diet and consumed at least four tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil daily had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and an overall risk that included heart attacks, strokes, and heart-related deaths that was about 30% lower than those who followed a low-fat diet. Additionally, EVOO has been connected to lower blood pressure and better cholesterol levels. Given their capacity to lower inflammation and oxidative stress as well as alter blood cholesterol levels, oleic acid, the most prevalent MUFA in all grades of olive oil, and different polyphenols are probably to blame.

But to enjoy the advantages, you don’t need to eat 4 or more tablespoons of olive oil every day. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that there is credible evidence to back the assertion that consuming 1 12 tablespoons of oleic acid-rich oils, such as olive oil, may lower the risk of coronary heart disease, provided that they replace fats or oils higher in saturated fat and do not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day.

 3. It may reduce risk of certain cancers.

While there is no single meal that can prevent cancer, the Mediterranean diet’s high use of olive oil may be a contributing factor. Extra virgin olive oil may alter gut flora in a way that prevents colorectal cancer, according to research published in 2020. Previous studies have also indicated that women who consume the most olive oil have a lower risk of both colon and breast cancer. Oleic acid, hydroxytyrosol, oleocanthal, phytosterols, and squalene are some of the components of olive oil that have proven to have anti-cancer potential.

4. It supports healthy memory + brain function. 

Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative illnesses are thought to be accelerated by oxidative stress. However, the polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil, especially oleocanthal, act as strong antioxidants that may assist to offset this effect. According to a 2019 animal study, oleocanthal-rich olive oil assisted in restoring normal blood-brain barrier function and reducing neuro-inflammation, which may help slow the course of Alzheimer’s.

5. It supports healthy mental outlook + mood.

The brain-healthy elements in olive oil can also improve your mood. In fact, intriguing studies from 2010, 2017, and 2019 all bolster the rising body of evidence indicating that Mediterranean-style diets can potentially aid in the treatment of depression! In one of the studies, a 12-week Mediterranean diet intervention that included olive oil resulted in 30% of participants’ moderate to severe depression going into remission. More studies indicate that the healthy fats in olive oil boost the central nervous system by promoting nerve health and elevating levels of the mood-supporting chemical serotonin.

6. It combats pain + inflammation. 

If you have arthritis or another chronic inflammatory illness, olive oil may be a very beneficial addition to your diet. For starters, it has been demonstrated that monounsaturated fats can lower C-reactive protein levels, an inflammatory marker that is high in diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. The polyphenol oleocanthal, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory qualities comparable to ibuprofen, is another component of extra virgin olive oil. According to some experts, eating foods high in oleocanthal may lower your risk of developing inflammatory disorders.

7. It may boost bone health + strength. 

In the weird-but-true category: A 2018 study found that women who consumed the most olive oil had higher bone density—results that persisted even after taking calcium and vitamin D intake into consideration. Osteoclast cells, which break down bone, can actually be activated by inflammation in the body, but researchers theorize that the anti-inflammatory polyphenols in olive oil may activate systems that aid in preventing bone breakdown and stimulating bone production.

8. It supports a healthy gut microbiome. 

Having a healthy gut microbiota is in your best interest because it affects everything from digestion to mood to skin look! Good news: A 2019 review found that the polyphenols in olive oil may lower GI tract inflammation and promote the development of healthy bacteria. Researchers discovered that consuming roughly 1.5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil daily increased the numbers of good bifidobacteria in the stomach.

9. It supports a healthy immune system. 

A strong immune system is essential for managing autoimmune conditions, preventing colds, and reducing cancer risk. And it seems that your immune system like healthy fats a lot! According to a 2015 study, consuming 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil daily was linked to increased T-cell proliferation and activation, which are immune cells that fight foreign invaders. On the other hand, these advantages were not present when eating an equivalent amount of corn oil, butter, or soybean oil. The higher concentrations of polyphenols and MUFAs in EVOO may be to blame. Additionally, some researchers think it could be advantageous in the fight against COVID-19 infection.

10. It balances blood sugar and may help prevent diabetes.

Anyone aiming to avoid or control type 2 diabetes should include healthy fats in their diet. People who consumed the most olive oil had lower fasting blood sugar and a 16% decreased chance of getting diabetes, according to a 2017 study. Research indicates that the key monounsaturated fat in olive oil, oleic acid, may be particularly protective against insulin resistance. All fats help limit the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream, which can keep blood sugar constant. Conversely, saturated fats can exacerbate inflammation and destroy beta cells, the pancreatic tissue that produces insulin.

11. It may help you lose weight. 

Another incentive to give up your fat-free salad dressing in favor of EVOO and vinegar is that olive oil helps maintain blood sugar levels steady and can thus help suppress cravings that could otherwise result in overeating and weight gain. According to a 2018 study, compared to women who added soybean oil to their breakfast, overweight women who added one or more tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to their morning meal shed more body fat and saw a greater decrease in blood pressure. Previous studies have demonstrated that a Mediterranean diet that includes a lot of olive oil does not result in weight gain.

Olive oil still has a lot of calories, so your best bet is to substitute it for less beneficial fats in your diet.

12. It’s the healthiest oil you can cook with. 

Contrary to common opinion, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) has a moderately to highly elevated smoke point of 3500F to 4100F; nonetheless, smoke point is not a reliable indicator of a cooking oil’s stability under heat. Extra virgin olive oil appears to be the most stable cooking oil, outlasting oils with a high smoke point in terms of resistance to oxidation, according to research from 2018. This indicates that extra virgin olive oil can be used for sautéing, stir-frying, baking, and even frying. Olive oil reduces the creation of harmful substances like free radicals and counteracts the oxidative stress brought on by heat because to its richness of heat-stable MUFAs and polyphenols. But what distinguishes olive oil from other cooking oils? According to a 2015 study, preparing veggies like tomato, eggplant, and pumpkin in extra virgin olive oil increased their antioxidant content!

The fact remains that olive oil is very nutrient-dense and that no other cooking oil comes close to it in terms of flavor, adaptability, and overall health advantages. So go ahead and add a generous drizzle (or glug) of this liquid gold to your dishes and recipes.

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