Nothing spells comfort quite like the combination of spicy cinnamon and sweet apples! One of the healthiest, fruit-centric desserts you can whip up is this baked Cinnamon Apple Crumble, with a thick layer of juicy apples and a crunchy whole grain topping. This recipe is completely plant-based (vegan) and gluten-free. And every delicious bite is packed with fiber and nutrients. Minimal in sugar, fat, and calories, this dessert is healthy enough to eat for breakfast—really!
While it looks complicated, it’s anything but. Just peel the apples, and toss them with orange juice (the natural sweetener in the fruit filling), and cinnamon. Place the apple slices in a pie dish. Then whisk together an easy oat crumble mixture of old-fashioned oats, flour, walnuts, cinnamon, a pinch of brown sugar, and a bit of dairy-free margarine. Sprinkle it over the apples, bake, and enjoy! Your kitchen will be filled with sweet, warm flavors. I love to serve this recipe with a scoop of vanilla plant-based ice cream for a special treat. But you can also enjoy it all on it’s own.
This recipe uses a gluten-free flour—quinoa flour—which you can easily swap out for whole wheat flour if you aren’t concerned about gluten. You can also use this recipe as a classic instructional guide for other crumbles. Substitute the apples for fresh or frozen berries, canned or fresh peaches, or pears. Just about any fruit will work. It’s a great way to take advantage of a bounty of fruit, such as an abundant apple or pear tree, or seasonal fruit at the farmers market. Enjoy it for dessert, as a mid-meal snack, or pack it up to go for lunch (it’s fabulous with coffee!). With only nine ingredients, you can get this dessert in the oven in about 15 minutes. Easy, healthy and delicious—just the way I like it.
Follow along with me as I make this easy recipe in my video for Cinnamon Apple Crumble here.