This Easy Apple And Blueberry Crumble has become a staple in our house. It is oh so sweet, yet easy to make. The tart green apples combined with the sweet blueberries and maple syrup is quite delicious. Plus you can make this recipe far in advance which means it is great for company! Prep this recipe in advance and pop it into your oven just in time for your guests to arrive.[feast_advanced_jump_to]
This easy and healthy fruity apple dessert is something your whole family will love! This recipe was made right after apple picking. We came home with dozens of apples and they could not go to waste, so we made a ton of apple filled recipes! We paired it with my Slow Cooked Honey Apple Pulled Pork and Bacon Apple Chicken Muffins.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- This homemade dessert is loaded with flavor and is oh so sweet!
- This recipe is so easy and only requires 15 minutes of hands on top which means it is a great dessert for company.
- My recipe is naturally dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free and can be made vegan.
- With this recipe being naturally refined sugar free and free of any processed ingredients, it makes for a much healthier alternative to most traditional desserts.
- This recipe was inspired by my favorite Gluten Free Apple Crisp. We put the dish on my weekly meal prep menu and it was such a huge hit that we wanted to develop a few different variations of it.
- I love making this homemade dessert after fall apple picking. There is nothing better than making it with freshly picked green apples!
For the crispy topping:
- Oats-I prefer steel cut gluten free oats. This is a must in this crumble! This makes the topping nice and crispy.
- Ghee-Cut into cubes.
- Almond flour-This binds together with the oats to make the crispy topping.
- Coconut sugar-For sweetness.
- Cinnamon-For flavor.
- Baking powder-This adds volume to the oats. It prevents the topping from getting shriveled up.
For the fruity filling:
- Apples-I like green apples. The apples should be sliced in equal pieces and peeled prior to baking. This will save you time!
- Cinnamon, salt & cardamom-For spice. I know some people are not fans of cinnamon, if that is the case, you can skip!
- Vanilla-This adds a nice splash of flavor.
- Arrowroot-This helps bind everything together and coats the fruit.
- Maple syrup-For sweetness.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Substitutions And Variations
- Oats-Do NOT use instant oats. The topping will not turn out the same.
- Ghee-You can use real butter if you are not dairy free. If you are vegan, you can use vegan butter.
- Coconut sugar-Coconut sugar is definitely the healthier option to brown sugar, however if you do not have coconut sugar on hand, you can use brown sugar.
- Arrowroot powder-You can also use corn starch. However, just like the coconut sugar and brown sugar, arrowroot is a healthier alternative to corn starch.
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
Step By Step Instructions
- Casserole dish.
- Tip #1: Flash freezing the topping prior to baking it will get the the topping nice and crispy.
- Tip #2: Make sure you use old fashioned oats or regular oats. Do not use instant oats!
- Tip #3: Cut all of the apples evenly to ensure they are baked evenly.
Money Saving Tip
- Make your own ghee! Ghee bought from the store can be expensive. It costs about half to make your own homemade ghee at home. I have. a step by step blog post on How To Make Homemade Ghee.
I prefer green apples when it comes to baking. The tartness in them combined with the coconut sugar and maple syrup is so delicious.
The topping gets crispy from the butter, if you do not have enough butter it will not be crispy.
Yes! However, it does taste best fresh. If you want to prepare the crispy topping and the fruit mixture ahead of time, keep them separate then assemble prior to baking.
They are essentially the same thing, however crisps almost always have oats in the topping. That said, some crumbles have oats too. Regardless, they are both delicious!
- You can store this recipe in the fridge for up to 5 days in an air tight container.
Other Gluten Free Apple Desserts You Will Love
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Healthy Apple and Blueberry Crumble
- 8 by 8 baking dish
Apple blueberry filling
- 2 cups blueberries fresh only
- 2 green apples thinly sliced and skin removed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp arrowroot
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- a pinch of sea salt
- 1.5 cups oats I only use gluten free sprouted oats
- 6 tbsp ghee or butter. Make sure it is NOT melted. Cut it into chunks.
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar You can also use brown sugar if preferred.
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix together all of the filling ingredients until the apples and berries are coated in the mixture.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the crisp topping. The ghee/ butter should NOT be melted. Break it apart with your fingers.
- Now, add the berry and apple mixture to the casserole dish in a smooth layer. Then sprinkle the crisp layer on top. Bake for 55-60 minutes. Allow the crisp to sit for 10 minutes prior to serving.
- You can use butter in place of ghee.
- You can also use brown sugar in place of coconut sugar.
- Corn starch can be swapped for arrowroot.