A Better Apple Crumble

apple crumble

Ever wanted Apple Crumble for breakfast? Well, now you can. I’ve healthified this traditional dessert to make it a tad better for you so that you can enjoy it any time of day. It’s still indulgent, but has waaay less sugar and much more good fat and fibre than your classic crumble. And bonus: it tastes incredibly good.

A Better Apple Crumble

A healthier version of apple crumble that you are sure to fall in love with. But make no mistake
– it's a rich dessert still! So yum and perfect for cold evenings.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crumble, apples, comfort food, dessert, healthy dessert, oats, sweet potato
Servings: 5 people



  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup smooth and runny nut butter (I used macadamia but cashew or almond would work well too!)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 5 red apples peeled, cored, and cut into cubes. If you want to use a more tart apple likegranny smith, just omit the lemon juice!
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup smooth and runny nut butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • desiccated coconut to sprinkle over the top (optional)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C + fan.
  • Have two big mixing bowls ready side by side, one for the filling, and one for the topping.
  • Measure out the respective maple syrup, nut butter, and salt amounts into both filling and
    topping bowls.
  • Now add the rest of the filling ingredients to the filling bowl and mix until everything is
    well combined. Pour apples into an oven-safe dish (mine was about 30cmx20cm and it
    worked well).
  • Now add the rest of the topping ingredients to the topping bowl. Mix well until combined.
    Use your hand to sprinkle handfuls of the topping onto the apples. Sprinkle coconut on
    top if using.
  • Bake for 30-35mins until the topping is nicely golden. Don’t overbake as the filling will dry
  • Serve with coconut yoghurt (I love the added tang to balance out the sweetness of the
    crumble) or coconut cream or just go all out and serve with ice cream!

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