I’m often given big bags of apples at this time of year by friends and family - they know how to keep me happy :) So it’s good to have some really simple, quick and easy recipes to use them up. This vegan apple crumble really is simple and uses just seven ingredients, but tastes absolutely divine. It’s the kind of dish that reminds you that summer ending does have its perks!
This recipe makes enough apple crumble for one big dish to serve around 10 people. Otherwise, you can do as I did and divide the apple crumble into smaller enamel pie dishes and freeze them for a rainy day. If cooking from frozen just cover with foil to prevent the crumble topping from burning and add around 20 minutes to the cooking time.
This vegan take on a British classic is also much healthier than traditional recipes. For instance, using vegetable oil instead of butter means it has just a fraction of the saturated fat; using wholegrain flour adds more fibre; adding oats to the crumble topping means more zinc and beta-glucans (soluble fibres that have been shown to promote the growth of good bacteria in our gut and reduce cholesterol levels); and walnuts in the crumble topping add omega-3, as well as a beautiful nutty crunch!
Simple vegan apple crumble recipe
Ingredients (serves 10):
7-8 apples (approx 1kg)
150 golden caster sugar
150g whole grain flour
120g vegetable oil
60g walnuts, chopped
Preheat the oven to 180C
Core and roughly chop the apples. Spread them out in a large pie dish or a few smaller pie dishes if you plan to freeze some smaller portions
Sprinkle the apples with 50g of the sugar and scatter the blackberries on top
To make the crumble topping, just tip the flour, oats, the remaining 100g of sugar, the vegetable oil and crushed walnuts into a large bowl and mix with your fingertips until well combined
Distribute the topping over the fruit (if freezing, do so at this point).
Bake in the oven for around 20-30 minutes until the fruit has softened and the topping has turned golden (use foil to protect the crumble topping if it begins to brown too quickly)
Serve on its own or with vegan cream or ice cream.
Nutrition (per serving of apple crumble):
Protein: 5.7g (Women: 11.4% / Men: 10.4%)
Iron: 1.8mg (Women: 12.2% / Men: 20.7%)
Calories: 371 (Women: 18.6% / Men: 14.8%)
Sugar: 26.7g (Women: 29.7% / Men: 22.3%)
Total Fats: 17.5g (Women: 25.0% / Men: 18.4%)
Saturated Fat: 1.8g (Women: 9.0% / Men: 6.0%)
Salt: 0.1g (Women: 1.7% / Men: 1.7%)
Fibre: 7.7g (Women: 25.7% / Men: 25.7%)
See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.