This easy vegan apple crumble is the perfect sweet treat for your next holiday party. Made with fresh seasonal apples and warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, this is a seasonal dessert recipe that even the most novice of bakers can pull off.
We were challenged with creating a holiday-friendly dessert for this month's Recipe Redux theme...which had me shakin' in my boots a little bit. If you've been following along with me for awhile, you know that I'm not the most confident baker. (Hence my vast array of no-bake truffles and bars.)
But, that won't stop me from trying. Just as I teach everyone I work with, one of the most effective ways to eat more healthfully is to get your behind into the kitchen for some experimenting. I'm not a huge fan of New Year's resolutions (why wait until January to improve?) but I am a big fan of goals...and accountability. So, on the record. I promise to learn how to bake for you. Hold me to it.
Along with goals and accountability, I'm also a big believer in baby steps, which is why I'm not starting out by sharing something like this Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake, even though I am oh so in love with basically all of Tieghan's creations.
Nope, instead, let's start with something a little bit more 'baking 101', shall we?
In case you're anything like me, you're going to want to remember this: Fruit. Crumble. I'm telling you. It's the surest way to trick your family members and fellow party-goers into thinking you actually know what you're doing in those oven mitts.
Creating the perfect fluffy and light pastry dough? Meh, why bother.
Measuring out exact levels of ingredients with a kitchen scale? Who has time for it. (Also, btw, who actually owns a kitchen scale?)
Nope, making fruit crumble is kind of like 'baking for cooks'. Just toss it all together, throw it in the oven, and hope for the best...no über-exact measurements needed.
Try my easy-peasy recipe for vegan apple crumble for a last-minute, fuss-free Thanksgiving dessert, or keep it in mind for upcoming holiday potlucks and parties. If you're not into apples, you can try this with pears, cherries, berries, or any of your other favorite fruits.
Just don't forget the yogurt and ice cream for serving!
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Vegan Spiced Apple Crumble
- 5 cups about 4 large chopped apples (I used gala but any variety, or a blend, will work)
- ½ lemon zest and juice
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour or flour of choice
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup oats
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar or vegan granulated sugar of choice
- ¼ cup white whole wheat flour or flour of choice
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 1 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or melted vegan buttery spread
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375º F and grease a small rectangular baking dish (I used a 6-cup Pyrex dish, approximately 6"x8").
- Combine apples, lemon, maple syrup, flour, flax, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a large mixing bowl and then transfer to greased baking dish.
- Using the same bowl for convenience, mix together oats, sugar, flour, walnuts, cinnamon, and cardamom. Stir in melted coconut oil and vanilla. Spoon crumble on top of apples in baking dish and place on center rack of oven. Bake until hot and top is golden brown, about 45-60 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve with dairy-free yogurt or ice cream if desired.
What's your favorite sweet treat for the holidays?