Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free)

Vegan Apple Crumble

Apple crumble—one of those classic dessert dishes (and probably the oldest) that you can find. With so many variations of it out there, I wanted to keep it simple, tasty, vegan (of course) gluten-free and healthy(ish)!

You can jazz it up with some nuts, raisins or other fruits in the filling but I sometimes love to keep it simple and use spices to make it interesting. You can certainly opt-out of some of them, but they add a beautiful diverse range of flavours. Ginger, nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon are a great combination.

I love using the oven for recipes, especially with desserts. This vegan apple crumble turned out perfectly the first time I tested it. I love that the top adds a lovely crunch but doesn’t overpower the apples. They work as a great combination to balance each other out. The apples themselves are rich, soft and gooey.

Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free)

What is the difference between an apple crumble and an apple crisp? 

When I first started writing this post, I wanted to see what else was out there. I came across quite a few recipes that were apple crisps rather than apple crumbles.

Being an Aussie, I’d never heard of a crisp before so I had to do a bit of searching for working out what the difference is. Wonder the same thing yourself?

Well, they are quite similar, but the main difference is that an apple crisps contain oats, yet apparently, crumbles don’t. Well, I’ve seen many apple crumble recipes in my time and most of them seem to use oats in their topping.

Not to say that you can’t call it an apple crumble, it’s just the main difference that has been talked about out there. I’m still choosing to call mine an apple crumble because I would have regardless if I knew this information or not. I guess now you know what the difference is if you ever come across an apple crisp recipe out there.

Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free)

Why use Granny Smith apples for an apple crumble over other varieties?

The 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!

Granny Smiths tend to hold their shape together compared to many other varieties of apples out there. They’re also slightly tart, which balances out the flavour and makes the crumble topping the perfect addition.

I have a great recipe for Nut and Date Stuffed Apples that uses Granny Smith apples.

You can, of course, use any variety if that is all you have handy. Just keep in mind that it will be sweeter and that the apples may not hold their shape.

Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free)

Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free)
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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

1 hour, 20 minutes

Serving Size: 6

Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free)


  • 6 large Granny Smith apples (around 1 kilo), peeled, cored and chopped into cubes
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp water


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  2. In a large bowl combine all the filling ingredients making sure that all the apples are coated well.
  3. Spread the apples evenly in an approximately 31x21cm (12.2x8.27inch) baking dish and set aside.
  4. For the crumble topping, reusing the bowl from the apples, combine all the topping ingredients well with a spatula. If you feel like it isn't mixed in well enough evenly, I like to get in with my hands.
  5. Crumb the topping over the apples evenly and put in the oven to bake for around 45-50 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with some vegan ice cream, cream or even yoghurt.

This vegan apple crumble is best served warm and ideally with a generous scoop of ice cream. Let it melt a little and enjoy the beautiful combination of flavours and textures.

This makes a generous amount of crumble and can be eaten over a couple of days or served for your family and guests. I’m confident that it will be a hit with vegans and non-vegans!

Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free)

Other great vegan and gluten-free dessert recipes:

  1. Vegan Chocolate Brownies (Candida Diet Friendly)
  2. Vegan Lumberjack Cake (Gluten-Free)
  3. Naked Sacher Torte (Vegan & GF)
  4. Peanut Butter Caramel & Chocolate Tart
  5. Nut and Date Stuffed Apples

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  • Kate 03/09/2019 Reply

    O.M.G. It was so good! My husband, who apparently doesn’t like apple crumble, ate half of it before dinner! Will definitely be making again! Thank you 🙂

  • Charmaine McGowan 08/09/2019 Reply

    Made this last night and it was delicious! So easy to make as well. Thank you guys! Hope your doing well overseas xoxo

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