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Easy Apple Crumble Recipe

This easy Apple Crumble recipe is awesomely delicious! Bursting with warm cinnamon apples, plus a sprinkle of sweet and crunchy topping, it’s simply the best apple crumble recipe. Serve it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and dig in!

AN EASY APPLE CRUMBLE RECIPE

Apple Crumble is the lazy BFF of Apple Pie. You get all the delicious Fall flavors and satisfaction of an Apple Pie, but in about half the time and half the work. It’s just fresh, crisp apples topped with sweet, buttery, and crunchy oats. 

Seriously, what can be better than a marriage of brown sugar, butter, oats, apples, and cinnamon?! EXACTLY! 😋 The softened baked apples pair perfectly with the sweet crunch of the oat crumble topping. 

Apple Crumble served in a bowl with vanilla ice cream.

Put it to you this way; the ONLY thing I like more than a hot Summer day by the pool is a Fall crisp day with a warm bowl of Apple Crumble in one hand and a Pumpkin Spice Latte in the other. 🥰 HEAVEN! 

Apple Crumble, or Apple Crisp, is a wonderful dessert that can be made quickly, but can also be prepared ahead of time. Top that warm crunchy crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate cozy experience.

diced apples in a white baking dish
diced apples sprinkled with ground cinnamon.

HOW TO MAKE APPLE CRUMBLE

  • We start with picking up 1 pound of Granny Smith apples and 1 pound Honeycrisp apples. Then, we move onto dicing OR slicing the apples. Your choice of how you want to cut them. 
  • Layer the apples on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish and squeeze lemon juice all over the apples; toss to combine. Sprinkle with flour, sugar, and cinnamon and mix until thoroughly incorporated. 
  • Next, start working on the simple crumble by combining oats, flour, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking powder.
  • Melt a stick of butter and mix in pure vanilla extract.
  • Pour the melted butter over the oat mixture and mix until combined.
  • Top apples with the prepared crumble; spray the topping with cooking oil and bake for 40 to 45 minutes in a 350˚F preheated oven. If the top starts to brown sooner than the apples are done cooking, tent a sheet of aluminum foil over the crumble and continue to bake until done.
Preparing oat mixture for an apple crumble.
an oat mixture sprinkled over diced apples.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN APPLE CRUMBLE AND APPLE CRISP?

  • An Apple Crisp includes oats and nuts in its topping. An Apple Crumble rarely includes oats, and instead, it is topped with more of a streusel topping prepared with flour, sugar, and butter.

WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES FOR BAKING?

  • Granny Smith I believe is everyone’s #1 choice, followed by Honeycrisp, Gala, Braeburn, and Jonathans. 

CAN YOU MAKE APPLE CRUMBLE AHEAD OF TIME?

  • YES! Assemble it all in the baking dish; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready, remove from fridge, uncover, and let sit on kitchen counter for 15 minutes, or while oven preheats. Bake as directed in the recipe. 
Baked Apple Crumble in a baking dish, and topped with vanilla ice cream.

HOW TO STORE APPLE CRUMBLE

  • Cover completely cooled Crumble with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 
  • To serve, scoop out as much as you need and heat up to a desired temperature. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

HOW TO FREEZE APPLE CRUMBLE

  • Cover BAKED OR UNBAKED Apple Crumble with plastic wrap and a sheet of aluminum foil. 
  • Freeze for up to 3 months. 
  • KEEP IN MIND, when freezing an Apple Crumble, the filling tends to get watery, and the topping will not have that great of a crunch. Apple Crumbles are best eaten the day they are made.

AND, THAT IS ALL! While you’re here, check out my recipe for Strawberry Crumble, Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble, and Strawberry Blueberry Crumble

I think I like Strawberries. 🤔 And Crumbles! 

overhead shot of Apple Crumble served in a bowl with vanilla ice cream, and a green apple placed to the right side of the bowl.

APPLE RECIPES TO TRY

ENJOY!

Baked Apple Crumble in a white baking dish, topped with two scoops vanilla ice cream.

Apple Crumble Recipe

Katerina | Diethood
This easy Apple Crumble recipe is bursting with warm cinnamon apples, plus a sprinkle of sweet and crunchy topping, and it's simply the best apple crumble recipe you'll find.
5 from 9 votes
Servings : 8 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Resting Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

FOR THE APPLE FILLING
  • 1 pound Granny Smith Apples peeled and diced
  • 1 pound Honeycrisp Apples peeled and diced
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
FOR THE OAT TOPPING
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg, you can add more if you like
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Vanilla Ice Cream, for serving

    Instructions
     

    • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
    • Lightly butter a 9×13 baking dish and spread out the diced apples in the baking dish; squeeze lemon juice over the apples and toss to combine.
    • Sprinkle flour over the apples; then sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon and mix until combined. Set aside.
    • In a mixing bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Mix until thoroughly incorporated.
    • Melt the butter and whisk the vanilla into the melted butter. Pour the melted butter over the oat mixture and mix well until crumbly, using your fingers or a spoon.
    • Sprinkle the oat mixture evenly over the apple filling. Lightly spray the top with cooking spray.
    • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until apples are bubbly and topping is a golden brown. If the top starts to brown sooner than the apples are done cooking, tent a sheet of aluminum foil over the apple crumble and continue to bake until done.
    • Remove from oven and let stand 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    Notes

    WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 14
     
    HOW TO STORE APPLE CRUMBLE
    • Cover completely cooled Crumble with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 393 kcal | Carbohydrates: 69 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0.5 g | Cholesterol: 31 mg | Sodium: 138 mg | Potassium: 253 mg | Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 45 g | Vitamin A: 418 IU | Vitamin C: 9 mg | Calcium: 57 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 64 g

    Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American, American/Southern
    Keyword: apple crisp recipe, apple crumble, apple dessert recipe, apple recipes, autumn baking recipe, baked apples, best apple crumble recipe, easy apple crumble recipe, fall baking ideas
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