Apple Crumble With Oats

Everyone needs a brilliant apple crumble recipe and this one with oats will not disappoint!

Apple crumble with oats being served on a serving spoon

This healthier version of the traditional apple crumble is gluten and refined sugar-free, using sugar replacements, almond flour and oats for a deliciously crumbly topping.

Instead of the more traditional pairing of apple and cinnamon, this apple crumble with oats recipe actually uses lemon instead. This gives the stewed fruit a lovely tangy flavour which I think pairs beautifully with the sweet buttery crumble topping. It makes for a refreshing change to the usual crumbles.

This apple crumble is easy to make but just takes a little extra preparation time pre-stewing the apples and pre-baking the crumble topping to get that extra short texture.

It is wonderful served with custard or if you are like me I actually prefer a big dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Other options for this dessert:

Apple crumble is always a go-to favourite pudding in the colder months, however, by changing the fruits to make it more seasonal, this is actually a great recipe you can use all year round.

Suggestions for alternative fruit options:

  • Blackberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Blueberry
  • Strawberry
  • Mixed Berries

Tip

Also, remember that you can use frozen fruit for your crumble. Just use the defrosted weight of fruit to ensure that you have enough.

What you will need to make apple crumble :

For the oaty crumble topping

  • Gluten-free oats
    • Oats are naturally gluten-free however its in the processing of them that contamination with other cereals may occur.
    • Therefore I use GF as my husband has an intolerance however any type of porridge oats can be used.
    • Oats are such a magnificent superfood; they are wholegrain, a great carbohydrate source, full of fibre, essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Ground almonds
    • These are not only gluten-free but add an extra nutty flavour and are a great no carb-count option for baking
    • High in healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber and protein
  • Chopped almonds
    • High in healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber and protein.
    • Loaded with antioxidants
  • Sugar Repalcement
    • I used Xylitol but you could also use erythritol, stevia or sucralose. Whatever you prefer
  • Butter
    • High in saturated fat
    • You could also use coconut oil if you prefer

For the stewed apple:

  • Apple
    • A great source of fiber and vitamin C
    • They are also have a low glycemic index which means the carbs enter the bloodstream more slowly, and so there is a lower risk of a blood sugar spike.
  • Sugar Repalcement
    • I used Xylitol but you could also use erythritol, stevia or sucralose. Whatever you prefer
  • Lemon
    • Adds a wonderful zesty zing to the dish
    • Gives an extra dose of vitamin C

Diabetes note

This apple crumble is nutrient-rich, high in fibre and protein. By switching out the traditional wheat flour in the crumble topping makes this dessert kinder on the blood sugar levels, hopefully helping to avoid spikes.

Carb Counting

The overall carb count for a serving of this apple crumble based on the ingredients we would count (oats and apples):

Oats = 150g – 106.1g of carbs

Raw Apples = 1200g – 106.8g of carbs

Now add all the carbs together – 106.1+106.8 = 212.9g

Finally divide this by the serving size, 6 – 212.9/6 = 35.5 g of carb per serving

Please note these are pretty generous serving sizes!

Apple Crumble With Oats

Apple Crumble With Oats

Everyone needs a brilliant apple crumble recipe and this one with oats will not disappoint!

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Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

Ingredients for the Stewed Apple

  • 1200 g cooking apples, peeled, quartered and cut in half

  • 3 tbsp sugar replacement, xylitol

  • 1 lemon, juice and zest

  • Ingredients for the Crumble Topping
  • 150 g oats

  • 200 g ground almonds

  • 50 g sugar replacement, xylitol

  • 100 g butter

  • 100 g chopped almonds

Directions for the stewed apple

  • Place the apples into a pan with the sugar replacement, 3 tbsps of water, the lemon juice and zest. stir to combine.
  • Pop the lid on the pan and leave them to simmer gently for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the apple is stewing make the crumble topping.
  • Directions for the crumble topping
  • Preheat the oven to 180 C fan / 200 C
  • In a bowl mix the oats, ground almonds, sugar replacement and butter with your hands until you have a breadcrumb-like texture.
  • Add the chopped almonds and mix in well.
  • Place the crumbs onto a baking sheet and pre-bake in the oven for 15 mins turning them halfway through.
  • Directions for the apple crumble
  • In an ovenproof dish (25×25) assemble the apple crumble.
    add your layer of apples and then the crumble top.
  • If your making in advance leave to one side or once cooled cover and keep overnight in the fridge. Just increase the cooking time by 10-15 minutes.
  • Cook in your preheated oven, 160 C fan / 180 C for 30 minutes

Tips and Notes

  • You can use frozen fruit for your crumble. Just use the defrosted weight of fruit to ensure that you have enough.
  • Diabetes Note – This apple crumble is nutrient-rich, high in fibre and protein. By switching out the traditional wheat flour in the crumble topping makes this dessert kinder on the blood sugar levels, hopefully helping to avoid spikes
  • Carb Counting – The overall carb count for a serving of this apple crumble based on the ingredients we would count (oats and apples) = 35.5g of carbs per serving

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