Apple Crumble with Oats

This apple crumble with oats recipe is crunchy, and sweet. The apple is perfectly stewed in sweet brown sugar and cinnamon then topped by a thick layer of buttery, oat filled crumble. A family favourite and sure to become yours too!

If you’re not a big apple crumble fan I promise this recipe will convert you!  

It’s sweet from the apples that stew away in a layer of sugar and cinnamon. Then crisp and buttery on the top from the delightful crumble topping that is filled with oats. Served warm with homemade vanilla ice cream this is by far my family’s favourite dessert.  

This apple crumble recipe is so easy to make, requiring only a few simple ingredients, most of which are probably already in your pantry.  

I love making recipes that only require a few simple ingredients like my crustless quiche, chocolate chip cookies, and shortbread. Learning how to make simple but delicious food for your family will help you save so much money on groceries.

I always use up any sad apples from my fridge to make this easy apple crumble recipe. By doing this you will reduce food waste in your kitchen.

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A small bowl of apple crumble with vanilla ice cream

Why you will love this Simple Apple Crumble Recipe

  • Sweet, crisp and delightful to eat warm with ice cream
  • Tried and true family recipe
  • Cheap and easy to make with simple pantry ingredients

Ingredients to Make the Best Apple Crumble

Apples – I personally think Granny Smith apples work best for apple crumble. They taste really sweet, and stew nicely but any apples work great for this simple recipe. The apples don’t need to keep their shape as much as an apple pie. 
Brown Sugar – To add sweetness to the apples while they cook. The apples stew as they cook in the oven. You could swap this out for Demerara sugar or maple syrup if you prefer. 
Wholemeal Flour – Wholemeal or wholewheat flour is filled with nutrients and is a good source of fibre. So why not use it in this yummy dessert!
Rolled Oats – I suggest rolled oats for this recipe as quick oats will be too fine to add texture to the crumble topping.
Butter – I like to use salted but unsalted will work just fine too. Get the butter out prior to making your apple crumble topping so it has time to get to room temperature. This helps when mixing it with the flour. 
Coconut Sugar – You can swap this out for white sugar if you prefer but I like to use coconut sugar. It has a similar caramelised flavour to brown sugar when cooked.
Baking Powder – Any kind will work well. 

A bowl of warm apple crumble with oats in the topping

How to Make Apple Crumble with Oats

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees. 
  2. Peel the apples then chop them into four segments and remove the core. Slice them into thin pieces. Place the apples into a 20 x 20cm ovenproof dish. Layering them on top of each other. 
  3. Add filtered water to the apples, you want the water to be just below the top layer of apples. 
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon over the apples. 
  5. Cut up the butter into small cubes. 
  6. Add the flour, baking powder and butter into a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine bread crumbs. 
  7. Add in the sugars and mix this well. 
  8. Add in the rolled oats and rub in with your fingers.
  9. Sprinkle the crumble mixture onto the apples. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 
  10. Serve warm with your favourite ice cream.

You can get the full printable recipe in the card below. 

Apple Crumble Recipe FAQ’S

Can I Prepare Apple Crumble The Night Before?

I often bake an apple crumble the night before I have guests around. That way it’s ready to be warmed up and served quickly. Bake the apple crumble then let it cool down completely. From here you can wrap the dish in cling wrap and place it in the fridge to be heated the following day.  

Is This Apple Crumble Recipe Healthy? 

This recipe is a lot healthier than most as it uses wholemeal flour, rolled oats, and coconut sugar. You could swap out the brown sugar with maple syrup or Demerara sugar. We also like to eat our warm apple crumble with homemade condensed milk vanilla ice cream.  

What Are The Best Apples For Apple Crumble?

Granny Smith or Honey Crisp are the best apples to use as they don’t turn into mush after baking. They are sweet and go well with cinnamon and sugar. 

Can You Make This Apple Crumble Without Oats?

Yes! If you don’t like oats or don’t have any on hand don’t stress. Just simply omit them from the recipe and add in the same amount of flour. You could also crush up some nuts or desiccated coconut to add in if you want some texture to the crumble topping.  

Can I Swap the Flour to be Gluten-Free? 

Absolutely. I was gluten-free for quite a few years but that didn’t stop me from making my favourite dessert. This recipe is suitable to make with a plain gluten-free flour mix. I wouldn’t suggest using just coconut or almond flour for this recipe. 

How Long Will This Apple Crumble Last In The Fridge? 

Store the crumble in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days, if it lasts that long!  

Can You Keep Crumble Topping Mix In The Fridge?

You can make this apple crumble topping 1-2 days before baking. Make sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge until you need to use it.  

Can You Freeze Apple Crumble? 

I wouldn’t suggest freezing a cooked apple crumble as the apples and topping will go soggy when thawed out. Try freezing the crumble mixture by itself in an airtight container. Use this within 2 months of freezing to avoid freezer burn or ice clumps. 

two bowls of warm apple crumble with vanilla ice cream sitting on a wooden chopping board

Tips to Make the Best Oaty Apple Crumble 

  • Sprinkle on more brown sugar and cinnamon to add a deeper flavour and sweetness to the stewed apples. I never measure and add lots of cinnamon to mine!
  • You can swap out the cinnamon for allspice if you prefer it. 
  • Add in pear or berries if you have them. This crumble recipe works well for any fruit but apples are our favourite. 
  • Double the crumble recipe to make a bigger batch. We often double the topping but not the apples to enjoy more crumble.
  • This apple crumble will store well in the fridge, after it’s been cooked. You could easily make this a day before serving to guests if you need to. 
  • If you don’t like oats or don’t have any on hand, simply substitute them with the same amount of flour. 

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Yield: 6 Serves

Easy Apple Crumble with Oats

Easy Apple Crumble with Oats

This apple crumble with oats recipe is crunchy, and sweet. The apple is perfectly stewed in sweet brown sugar and cinnamon then topped by a thick layer of buttery, oat filled crumble. A family favourite and sure to become yours too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 apples, sliced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 80g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.
  2. Peel the apples. Chop them into four segments and remove the core. Slice into thin pieces. Place the apples into a 20 x 20cm oven proof dish. Layering them on top of each other.
  3. Add filtered water to the apples, you want the water to be just below the top layer of apples.
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon over the apples.
  5. Cut up the butter into small cubes.
  6. Add the flour, baking powder and butter into a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine bread crumbs.
  7. Add in the sugars and mix this is well.
  8. Add in the rolled oats and rub in with your fingers.
  9. Sprinkle the crumble mixture onto of the apples. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Serve warm with your favourite ice cream.

Notes

•Adding more brown sugar and cinnamon adds lots more flavour and sweetness to the stewed apples. I love to add lots of cinnamon to mine!
•You can swap out cinnamon for all spice, if you prefer it.
•Add in pears or berries if you have them. This crumble recipe works well for any fruit. Apples are my families favourite.
•Double the crumble recipe to make a bigger batch. We often double the topping but not the apples to enjoy more crumble.
•This apple crumble will store well in the fridge, after it's been cooked. You could easily make this a day before serving to guests if you need to.
•If you don’t like oats or don’t have any on hand, simple substitute with flour.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 6gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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