Easy Apple Crumble without Oats

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One of my favorite things to make every fall is this easy apple crumble without oats, straight from my grandma's recipe box. It's amazing how good sliced apples with a cinnamon brown sugar topping can taste.

It seems Grandma collected recipes everywhere she went; and this apple crisp without oats was no exception.

As with all my favorite apple recipes, I use my favorite apple peeler tool to help me make quick work of this beloved old-fashioned apple crumble. It cores, peels, and slices the apples all in one shot.

The streusel topping comes together in about 5-10 minutes. Made with flour, sugar, and cinnamon, you can crumble it right on top of the apples and then bake. It's so easy!

While my favorite Dutch apple crumb pie involves a little more work, it's yet another family favorite dessert this time of year.

Why This Recipe Works

  • The apples alone are delicious, like warm baked cinnamon apples.
  • You don't even need a crust for this apple crumble recipe, because you'll crumble the crust right on top.
  • Then the butter allows that crust to melt down into the apples, giving a crispy flavorful kick to every single bite of this delicious dessert.
ingredients for making apple crumble recipe on white marble countertop

Ingredient Notes

  • Apples – For any kind of apple crisp, cobbler, crumble, or pie, I love using seconds; seconds are imperfect apples you can often buy cheaper and in bulk at an orchard or farmer's market. I prefer to use Jonathan apples or Jonagold apples. Jonagolds are a cross between Jonathans and Golden Delicious, and they are so sweet, tart, and crisp. Some more of the best apples to use include Granny Smith apples, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, and Northern Spy. According to Bob's Red Mill, Northern Spy is a rare apple and hard to find; but if you love apple pie, it's definitely one you may want to hunt down.
  • All-purpose flour You can also make this with gluten-free flour.
  • Light brown sugar – I prefer to use light over dark because of the texture and slight fluffiness it gives to the topping.
  • Salted butter – You can also use unsalted butter, if preferred; but you may want to add a bit more salt to the topping if you do.

How to Make Apple Crumble without Oats

This apple crisp recipe without oats is so easy to make; it involves just a few steps…

  1. Core, peel, and slice the washed apples, and add them to a greased 9×13 casserole dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar.
  3. Using a pastry blender, mix the dry ingredients with the unbeaten eggs and melted butter, forming a kind of crumble topping.
  4. Crumble the topping right over the apples.
steps for how to make apple crumble without oats, including adding sliced apples to white baking dish, mixing dry ingredients together in mint green mixing bowl, blending eggs and melted butter with dry ingredients in mint green mixing bowl, and crumbling topping over apples in white casserole dish
  1. And that's it. Just bake it uncovered for the first 20 minutes (at 425° F); it should be a nice golden brown. Then cover it with foil, and bake another 10 to 15 minutes, 'til the apples are tender.
  2. Once you've removed it from the oven, allow it to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
easy apple crumble baked in white baking dish and scooped

How to Serve Apple Crisp

Serving apple crumble with vanilla ice cream is the absolute best! You can serve it with whipped cream too, but personally, I go for the ice cream every time.

While it's delicious when served warm from the oven, especially with a nice warm mug of coffee, it's equally as delicious when it's cold. So no worries if you're making this dessert in advance.

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ's

Is there a difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?

Here in the States, the terms can be used interchangeably. However, most of the time a crisp involves oats; not always, but most of the time. Grandma called this an apple crisp. I'm mostly calling it an apple crumble because of the brown sugar cookie-like crisp topping and no oats. Crumble is what comes to my mind when I think about this dessert.

Can I make it gluten-free?

Yes, you most definitely can; in fact, I use my favorite gluten-free flour to make this recipe. Just make sure all of your other ingredients are gluten-free too.

How should I store it?

We usually let apple crumble sit out on the counter for 2-3 days just fine. Any longer, and you may want to throw it in the refrigerator. You can also freeze this dessert, baked or unbaked. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container or baking dish, so it doesn't get freezer burn.

Why is my apple crumble dry?

This particular crumble is so moist and delicious. However, I suppose it could depend on the apples you use and the cook time. It could also depend on the amount of butter you use in the recipe. 8 tablespoons seems to be the right amount of butter to give this topping the right amount of crispness and moisture that blends right in with the apples.

Why is my crumble topping not crispy?

This has to do with ingredient quantities. You may not have just the right ratio of flour, butter, or sugar. The light brown sugar also plays a role in giving it a crunchier texture.

apple crisp without oats served on white plate with vanilla ice cream on top

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Easy Apple Crumble without Oats

How to make an easy homemade apple crumble without oats, from Grandma's recipe box. Sliced apples with the best cinnamon brown sugar topping.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Desserts, Pies & Pastries
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 12 to 15 apples cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter melted

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425° F.
  • Core, peel, and slice the washed apples, and add them to a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Using a pastry blender, mix the dry ingredients with the unbeaten eggs and melted butter, forming a kind of crumble topping.
  • Crumble the topping right over the apples.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 425° F for about 20 minutes; the crust should be a nice golden brown. Then cover with aluminum foil, and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, 'til the apples are tender.
  • Once you've removed it from the oven, allow it to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a swirl of whipped cream.

Notes

*You can also make this with gluten-free flour.
How should I store it?
We usually let apple crumble sit out on the counter for 2-3 days just fine. Any longer, and you may want to throw it in the refrigerator. You can also freeze this dessert, baked or unbaked. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container or baking dish, so it doesn't get freezer burn.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 283IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “Easy Apple Crumble without Oats”

  1. Northern Spy apples are pretty common in Ontario, they taste a bit like Courtland apples mixed with Spartan ones. Better for cooking than eating.

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