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Cinnamon Apple Crumble (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Sharon Palmer

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.


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Cinnamon Apple Crumble (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Nothing spells comfort quite like this plant-based, healthy, fruit-centric dessert—Cinnamon Apple Crumble—which you can get in the oven in 15 minutes.




  • 5 medium apples (5 ounces each), peeled, cored, sliced
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Crumb Topping:


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. To make filling: Toss apple slices, orange juice and cinnamon together and arrange in a 10-inch pie dish.
  3. To make crumb topping: Stir oats, flour, walnuts, cinnamon and brown sugar together. Mix in margarine spread with a fork to make a crumbly dough. Sprinkle crumb topping over apple filling.
  4. Place dish in oven and bake for about 1 hour, until topping is golden brown and apples are tender yet firm.
  5. Remove from oven and serve while warm.


*May substitute a different type of whole grain flour, such as whole wheat (contains gluten), sorghum, or millet flour.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 137
  • Sugar: 13 g
  • Sodium: 35 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: apple dessert, vegan apple dessert, apple crumble

For other plant-powered dessert recipes, check out some of my favorites:

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti
Vegan Beet Red Velvet Cake with Raspberries
Grilled Peaches with Basil

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