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Apple Pies and apple crumbles are a considered a traditional British dessert and have been for many many years although it is now popular across many parts of Europe and America. Traditionally apple pie recipes consists of a short crust pastry bottom and lid filled with a cooked sweet apple filling. Similarly, apple crumble recipes uses the exact same filling but replaces the short crust pie with a crumbly topping traditionally made from a butter and flour mixture that forms a breadcrumb type consistency before baking. With all the butter involved in traditional recipes its no surprise to hear that despite consisting of large quantities of apples, this is no healthy dish. So I’ve set out to create a healthier lower calorie Apple crumble dish which is just as yummy as the traditional recipe. This recipe creates 2 portions, I baked my crumble in a dish that was approximately 8 x 4 inches but you could also use single serve ramekins or alternatively if you have more mouths to feed then you could double the recipe and use a larger baking dish. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on socials so that you never miss any of my healthy recipes for weight loss.

Firstly peel and chop up 2 granny smith apples. The type of apple is quite important, personally i think granny smiths are the best for every situation as they are crisp and most importantly for this recipe they are extra sweet. If you can’t source granny smiths then golden delicious or Pink Lady’s would be good alternatives. How you cut your apples is entirely down to preference, you could slice them or cut them into cubes like I have, but bear in mind if you cut large chunks it will take longer to cook. Take your apples and place them in a saucepan over low heat to soften for around 15 minutes, as mentioned above larger pieces may take longer.

apple crumble

Whilst your apples are softening in the saucepan mix together your oaty crumble mixture. Measure out ½ a cup of rolled oats and in a bowl mix them with 2 tablespoons of honey or 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. I always find oats seem to soak up maple syrup more than they do honey hence why the quantities are different. You want to coat the oats with honey/maple so they don’t taste dry and tasteless but you don’t want to use so much honey or maple that it completely binds it into one mass otherwise you will be left with a rock hard oat biscuit on top that you can’t cut into, so add one spoonful at a time.

apple crumble

Now that your apple has cooked, pop it into an oven proof dish (see notes above for sizes) and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 30-40 minutes until your crumble is golden and slightly hardened. If you’re not calorie conscious then this dessert is typically paired with cream, custard or ice cream and if you ask me, custard is the perfect accompaniment to Apple crumble or Apple pie.

apple crumble

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Oaty Apple Crumble

I've set out to create a healthier lower calorie Apple crumble dish which is just as yummy as the traditional recipe
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Servings 2
Calories 270 kcal


  • 2 apples granny smiths
  • ½ cup oats
  • 2 tbsp honey or 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Peel and chop 2 granny smith apples and place in a saucepan on a low heat for 15 minutes or until soft.
  • Mix ½ cup of rolled oats with the appropriate amount of either honey or maple syrup (just enough to coat it but not enough to form it into a solid mixture)
  • Place cooked apples in a small ovenproof dish or two single portion dishes and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  • Spread your oats on top of the apple and place in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until the oats have turned golden.