Classic Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free)

Apple crumble—one of those classic dessert dishes that most people love. With so many variations of it out there, I wanted to keep it super simple, tasty and healthy (and of course vegan and gluten-free)!

You can jazz it up with some nuts, raisins or other fruits in the filling but I sometimes love to keep it simple and super delicious.

I’ve been going crazy in the kitchen baking as I haven’t had an oven for over six months and oh how I’ve missed it! You may have noticed that some of my recent recipes have been bakes of some sort 🙂

Apple CrumbleThe base of this crumble is basic, and you’re likely to have the ingredients in your house already. I usually don’t eat granny smith apples on their own, but they are perfect for a recipe like this!

Vegan & Gluten Free Classic Apple Crumble
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Serving Size: 4-5

Vegan & Gluten Free Classic Apple Crumble


  • 6 large Granny Smith apples, chopped
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 drops of concentrated vanilla extract or ¼ tsp normal vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the apples, water and half of the coconut sugar, cinnamon & the vanilla extract. Cook the apple mixture for 10-15 minutes half covered and stirring occasionally.
  3. While the apples are stewing, combine the oats, almonds, coconut oil, and the rest of the coconut sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a food processor. Blend using the S blade for around 30 seconds to a minute until the desired texture is reached. I like to keep some chunky bits in there to get the crunch of the almonds.
  4. Place the stewed apples in a baking dish around 20-25 cm wide and top with the oat and almond mixture.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the top of the crumble starts browning.
  6. Serve warm with some coconut or hazelnut vegan ice cream. (Optional)

Classic Apple Crumble

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  • Lynne 05/09/2015 Reply

    Thanks for posting this was extremely yummy accompanied with custard made from almond milk 🙂

    • You’re welcome Lynne! 🙂 The custard sounds AMAZING! Would be perfect with the crumble.

  • Liz Oppito 19/09/2015 Reply

    Good recipe, but the temperature in Fahrenheit is wrong. I should have checked sooner before assuming 450 would be safe, and luckily I smelled burning and was in the kitchen so I didn’t cook it the whole time. It’s 350 F, not 450!

    • Hi Liz, so sorry about that! Must have been a typo. Will fix it up now. Thanks for letting us know.

  • Zara Robinson 11/08/2016 Reply

    I don’t seem to have half as much topping as you. I have no idea why. Fingers crossed it works out. Smell good anyway ?

    • Hi Zara, sorry to hear that it hasn’t worked out for you. How did it turn out in the end? I’m not sure what could have gone wrong with the measurements?

  • Dave Knight 07/10/2016 Reply

    I don’t have a food processor and do all my preparation by hand. Is there a specific method to be employed when manually mixing? I also wish to include some locally picked wild blackberries. Will these be suitable for inclusion in this recipe?

    • Hi Dave, you can mix it all by hand but make sure you chop the almonds separately and then add them to the mix. Ideally you should do that with the oats but they may a little harder to chop up. Mix it really well and pour that over the stewed apples. The blackberries would be nice in the recipe, you can certainly add them as well 🙂 Just maybe substitute it for some of the apple so you don’t have too much filling. Let me know how you go! Masa

  • Ann 20/11/2016 Reply

    Thank goodness I found this website. I am vegan and have been looking for a website that includes vegan recipes. Excited to see your future vegan recipes especially desserts.

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