This easy Fall recipe is a better-for-you version of a beloved classic. Featuring all the traditional flavors, this Healthy Apple Crumble is the dessert of the season- deliciously ooey gooey with a crunchy crumble topping, you will love every bite!

apple crumble topped with ice cream in a bowl with a spoon

What Makes This Recipe Great

From Summer zucchini to Autumn apples, delicious seasonal recipes are my favorite! This Fall, I decided to make a Healthy Apple Crumble as an easy, shareable dessert to whip up for all of the family gatherings and holiday feasts.

It features all the flavors of the apple crisps we know and love- with a warm, ooey gooey apple center and a crispy, crunchy crumble topping– but this healthier version is better for you, while still kid-approved!

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and enjoy this festive dessert all season long!

Recipe Highlights

  • 15-Minute prep, the oven does the rest!
  • Perfect for family gatherings, Thanksgiving, and more!
  • Easy ingredients
  • Shareable
  • Healthier & better for you, without sacrificing any flavor!

Ingredient Notes

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Gluten-Free Flour: I like King Arthur brand Measure for Measure (1:1) gluten-free flour.

Baking Powder: Make sure it’s gluten-free!

Apples: I like to use 3 Honeycrisp and 3 granny smith cored, sliced, and cut into bite-sized chunks.

Arrowroot Powder: You can also use tapioca flour or cornstarch as a thickener, but I prefer arrowroot powder.

Step by Step

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  1. Preheat your oven to 375. Spray a 10.5″ x 7.5″ rectangular baking dish with cooking oil (I used a white Staub brand dish but any dish will work).
  2. Combine the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Set aside.
  3. Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork until it turns into a crumb consistency with small chunks.
  4. Sprinkle the topping evenly on top of the apple mixture.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until bubbling around the edges. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Mary’s Tips & Tricks

an overhead view of healthy apple crumble in a white casserole dish with a wooden spoon

Dairy Free/Vegan: This recipe is entirely dairy free and vegan. If you’re okay with dairy, you can substitute regular butter instead of the vegan alternative.

Easy Sugar Swaps: If you’d prefer to use brown sugar, you can swap that out for coconut sugar. Just be mindful that it won’t be as “healthy” if you use regular brown sugar. If you’d like a lower sugar option, swap out the coconut sugar for brown sugar Swerve.

Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Warm up in the microwave when ready to serve.

How to Serve: Serve warm, topped with your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream (or regular vanilla if you prefer!).

Recipe FAQs

What can I substitute for butter?

You can use coconut oil or vegan butter instead of regular butter in this healthy apple crumble. I use vegan butter to keep it dairy-free, and I also really love the taste and texture!

Can you freeze healthy apple crumble?

Yes! This recipe is great for freezing and will last 3 months in the freezer. For baked apple crumble, place leftovers in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven.

Can I make a double batch of this recipe?

Yes! Click “print” on the recipe below and adjust the number of servings you’d like to make. If you want to make two batches, simply double the servings and the ingredient amounts will automatically adjust. Make sure to use two casserole dishes and cook separately.

a slice of apple crumble in a white bowl topped with ice cream and a silver spoon

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Healthy Apple Crumble

This easy Fall recipe is a better-for-you version of a beloved classic. Featuring all the traditional flavors, this Healthy Apple Crumble is the dessert of the season- deliciously ooey gooey with a crunchy crumble topping, you will love every bite!
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Ingredients

Crumb Topping

  • ¾ cup 1:1 gluten free flour , I like King Arthur brand Measure for Measure gluten free flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder, make sure it's gluten free!
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • cup vegan butter, or coconut oil, melted

Filling

  • 6 large apples, I like to use 3 honey crisp, 3 granny smith! cored, sliced and cut into bite sized chunks
  • cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375. Spray a 10.5" x 7.5" rectangular baking dish with cooking oil (I used a white Staub brand dish but any dish will work).
  • Combine the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Set aside.
  • Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork until it turns into a crumb consistency with small chunks.
  • Sprinkle the topping evenly on top of the apple mixture.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until bubbling around the edges. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Dairy Free/Vegan: This healthy apple crumble recipe is entirely dairy free and vegan. If you’re okay with dairy, you can substitute regular butter instead of the vegan alternative.
Easy Sugar Swaps: If you’d prefer to use brown sugar, you can swap that out for coconut sugar. Just be mindful that it won’t be as “healthy” if you use regular brown sugar. If you’d like a lower sugar option, swap out the coconut sugar for brown sugar Swerve.
Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Warm up in the microwave when ready to serve.
How to Serve: Serve warm, topped with your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream (or regular vanilla if you prefer!).

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.04g, Sodium: 294mg, Potassium: 198mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 451IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 1mg