Apple & Oat Crumble

Apple Crumble

Do yourself a favour and move the Apple Crumble from dessert treat to breakfast staple. With heart-healthy oats, a hint of sugar and warming spices like cinnamon and ginger, this is one time when it’s ok to have dessert for breakfast.

Prep time : 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Total time: 1 hour

Serves 3-4



Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup rolled oats, divided in 2 equal halves
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (pecans, walnuts, almonds)

The Apples:

  • 1 1/3 pounds (21 ounces) tart apples, peeled, cored and chopped into chunks
  • Juice from 1/2 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Making the crumble: Blend half the oats into flour, using a blender or food processor, to make oat flour.
  • Add oat flour and the remaining oats in a bowl along with the sugar, spices and salt and whisk to combine.
  • Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the mixture until it’s crumbly -- small clumps -- throughout. Add the nuts and mix, to distribute evenly.
  • Cover the bowl and place in the freezer while you prepare the apples.
  • Preparing the apples: Butter a baking or pie dish -- 9x6 and 2 inches deep. Set aside.
  • Peel, core and chop the apples and place them in a bowl. Add lemon juice, sugar, water and spices. Mix well.
  • Pour the apples into the baking dish that you prepared and spread evenly.
  • Remove the crumble from the freezer, spreading it evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes -- until the top is golden brown and the apples are sizzling and bubbling. Serve warm with ice cream or yogurt.


  • Honey can be substituted for the sugar.
  • Add a bit more sugar if you’re using a super tart apple such as green the Granny Smith apple.
  • If you prefer, bake in individual sized ramekins or baking dishes. This reduces the baking time to about 30-45 minutes.
  • The mixture for the crumble topping can be made and kept frozen up to a month in. When ready to serve, simply prepare your apples and use the frozen crumble mixture. No need to defrost.