Vegan Gluten Free Apple Crisp Crumble Healthy Dessert Baked Apples Breakfast Whole Food Plant Based Oil Free Dairy Free Refined Sugar Free Snack Walnuts Oatmeal

You’ll get a quick and healthy dessert or breakfast and AMAZING aromatherapy when you bake this plant-based vegan gluten-free Apple Crisp Crumble!

Loaded with whole food plant-based ingredients, even the scent of this easy vegan and gluten-free dessert will transport you to your happy place. In an instance, you’ll recall memories of the best homemade flavors of your life. Do we need to say it? This recipe takes you places, and they’re all good.

One of the first things you need to know about this dairy-free recipe is that you won’t find a lick of refined ingredients.  We like to keep our recipes clean. We’d even go so far as to call this recipe a healthy dessert!

In this slightly sweet and delicately balance treat, instead of white sugar, we use a splash of pure maple syrup.

And instead of butter or oil, we use just enough tahini to help the crumbs stick together just right.

Rather than using highly refined bleached white flour for our yummy crumb topping, we use gluten-free brown rice flour tossed into oatmeal.  You can use another whole grain flour of your choosing. But we use brown rice flour to keep it light and airy and one-hundred percent gluten-free.

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Why Do We Use Multiple Varieties of Apples in our Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp?

You may notice in the photos that there are flecks of red and green in our vegan gluten-free baked apple crumble. Those two colors are visible due to the use of both red and green apples.  On that subject, we left the skin on our apples intentionally. The reason we kept the peel is that the most significant antioxidants in apples are five times more prevalent in the skin than in the flesh.

When we first started working on this bakes apples dessert recipe, we thought we would only use green apples because we wanted to use Granny Smith variety for its, especially beneficial, nutrients.  

Granny Smith

Granny Smith apples offer the following nutritional benefits:

This variety of apple helps you feel fuller faster because it is higher in non-digestible dietary fiber than other types.

Granny Smith’s are also comparably low in carbs, which makes them a terrific choice to use in this, vegan and gluten-free, Apple Crisp Crumble recipe.

And Dr. Andrew Weil wrote the following regarding a study from 2014: “When it comes to antioxidants that prevent obesity-related disorders, Granny Smith contained the most. Also, they concluded that the high content of fiber and polyphenols in Granny Smith apples promotes the growth of friendly bacteria in the colon, and reported that these compounds changed the proportions of fecal bacteria from obese mice to be similar to those of lean mice.” Click here to read the complete article where Dr. Weil shares that information.

And when it comes to phytonutrients, Granny Smith’s bring in about 13 times more than other apples. Phytochemicals that plants produce to help fight off insects and disease. In humans, phytonutrients may fight off cancer and heart disease. To learn more about this subject, we suggest reading this article.


Fuji Apples are what we initially grabbed to add a bit of red color to this healthy, gluten-free, dessert or breakfast, and honestly, we happen to like how they also seem to be firm and crispy.

Happily, after researching which apple would be the best red, we found that the Fuji variety offers the highest amount of bioflavonoids. Similar to phytonutrients found in Granny Smith, the bioflavonoids in Fuji apples may fight off cancer and heart disease. It’s important to note that they may also help you maintain your overall wellness and are known to be beneficial for controlling weight.

So, we don’t know about you, but after this glowing review of these two kinds of apples, we have a craving for the epitome of a healthy, nutritious, snack!

Apple, anyone?

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How Does Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Crumble Taste?

So, while the aroma and wholesome ingredients should be on your recipe searching radar for sure, we know excellent taste is what every vegan and gluten-free recipe search is really all about.

The good news here is that there is practically no possibility of the flavors in this healthy dessert or breakfast being anything other than loved! Here are five phrases that describe what you’ll find in this particular baked apple crisp:

  • it tastes wonderfully refreshing, like a walk in the morning sunshine
  • and it’s chewy, thanks to the oatmeal that will also help fuel your body
  • the crunch factor is in there too; the walnuts get most of that credit
  • and the rest of the crunch props go the lightly bakes apples – yum
  • oh, and we must not forget to mention the play between sweet and tart
Vegan Gluten Free Apple Crisp Crumble Healthy Dessert Baked Apples Breakfast Whole Food Plant Based Oil Free Dairy Free Refined Sugar Free Snack Walnuts Oatmeal

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Happy eating!

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Vegan Gluten Free Apple Crisp Crumble Healthy Dessert Baked Apples Breakfast Whole Food Plant Based Oil Free Dairy Free Refined Sugar Free Snack Walnuts Oatmeal
Vegan Gluten Free Apple Crisp Crumble Healthy Dessert Baked Apples Breakfast Whole Food Plant Based Oil Free Dairy Free Refined Sugar Free Snack Walnuts Oatmeal

Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Crumble

  • 10
  • 20
    Cook Time:
  • Yield: 4 Servings

This quick and easy Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Crumble tastes out of this world with its mouthwateringly delicious balance of sweet and tart! It’s the perfect oil-free plant-based and gluten-free dessert or breakfast for when you need something to go from a great idea to being served in around 30-minutes!


  • four apples - enough to equal about four cups or so of washed, chopped, apples - We used two different types of apples
  • 4 to 6 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice - You can use more or less lemon juice, but we like to use about one tablespoon or a bit more per serving.
  • 1/4 cup of tahini  - We enjoy cooking with this organic brand of tahini.
  • 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats - We always recommend using organic oats and opt for this brand that is also gluten-free.
  • 1/4 cup of brown rice flour or another flour of choice, gluten-free as needed
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts (set one tablespoon of the nuts aside) - We like cooking with this organic brand of walnuts.
  • An optional dash of salt to taste - We like to use pink Himalayan sea salt in most of our recipes.


  1. First, preheat your oven to 350º F and prepare four individual serving-sized ramekins or one baking dish large enough to hold about 4 to six cups worth of ingredients.  We'd go with a two-quart 8 x 8-inch baking dish for this recipe. 
  2. Now, for each ramekin, portion out about 1-cup of the shredded or finely chopped apples topping each with about 1 tbsp of lemon juice.  We shredded our apples to accomplish a speedy bake time. Chopped or thinly sliced organic apples also work well.
  3. Next, in a small mixing bowl, combine the tahini, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir in the oats, flour, cinnamon, and walnuts. Stir and crumble with a fork to be sure the ingredients distribute evenly. Then, please give it a little taste and add a sprinkle of sea salt as you deem needed.
  4. Once the crumble tastes like perfection, add the crumble topping to the top of the apples. If you're using one single baking pan, sprinkle the crumble evenly across the top of your baking pan filled with apples.
  5. Now it's time to bake your crumble!  Bake until the topping looks slightly brown or golden or about 20 to 25 minutes.   This recipe is ideal when served warm, but be sure to let it cool just a few minutes before digging in as those fabulous fruit juices can get pretty hot!


  • We love using tahini in both sweet and savory recipes.  This is the brand of organic tahini we like to stock up on to secure the best price. And this bulk deal on organic walnuts ends up saving a couple of dollars per pound!
  • For this recipe, you may use whatever apples you have on hand.  We used two Granny Smith apples and two Gala Apples to create a beautiful balance of sweet and tart. This recipe works equally well with all sorts of fresh or frozen fruits!
  • We shredded our apples to be help speed up the baking time. No matter what kind of slice you choose to use for your crumble, to avoid consuming harmful pesticides, we suggest using organic apples whenever possible.
  • Feel free to use another seed or nut butter in place of the tahini to create a different flavor profile. The same is true for the walnuts we use in this recipe. Use the nut and seed of your choosing to incorporate into the crumble topping.
  • To reduce the fat in this recipe to about 10%, use only two tablespoons of tahini rather than a quarter cup. Reducing the tahini by half also takes off nearly fifty calories per serving. (Nice to know!)


% DV

Calories Per Serving: 385
  • Total Fat 14.4 g 22 %
  • Saturated Fat 1.7 g 9 %
  • Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
  • Sodium 20.2 mg 1 %
  • Carbohydrates 58.9 g 20 %
  • Fiber 8.4 g 34 %
  • Sugar 23.4 g ---
  • Protein 7.2 g 14 %
  • Vitamin A 3 %
  • Vitamin C 15 %
  • Iron 14 %
  • Calcium 9 %

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