Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten Free)

The humble apple crumble. One of those amazing desserts that everyone needs to enjoy! Having family and friends who are gluten or dairy free (or both!), there have been times when I’ve seeked out dessert recipes that please everyone. I am happy to report this vegan apple crumble, which is also gluten free, is high on my go-to list!

vegan apple crumble

With no butter or flour, this has a beautiful subtle flavour from ground almonds and a bit more chunky substance from the oats. A hint of coconut flavour from the oil and the wonderful warmth of the cinnamon sings through. Cinnamon is exactly what makes apple crumble one of my favourite puddings ever! This is utterly scrumptious served with ice cream, custard, pouring cream or just on it’s own. It is comfort food at it’s best and honestly, I think it’s hard to beat!

Of course, if you’re looking for something more indulgent, go ahead and add some extra nuts to the apples. Or even some caramel is gorgeous! If you’re a purist though, just don’t mess with perfection. Don’t forget you can enjoy the caramel as part of my banoffee crumble as well.

I couldn’t do this post without mentioning the current time we’re living through. As an avid baker, finding my local grocery store had run out of basic ingredients like flour and eggs, was heartbreaking at first. However, I was determined to find alternative ways of allowing my family (and now yours!) to continue to enjoy baking and baked goodies. And so here we are! 🙂

So, back to my vegan and gluten free apple crumble: if you fancy yourself a little change, or indeed if you find yourself without flour or butter to hand, worry not! Delicious apple crumble can still be yours!

Happy baking, friends. And as always, thanks for dropping by!

🙂 x

Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten Free)

5.0 from 2 votes
Recipe by Andrea Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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Gluten/dairy free AND delicious! 🙂

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  • For the apple filling
  • 6 small-medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into eighths

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 15 g (1 tbsp + 1 tsp) brown sugar

  • For the crumble
  • 70 g (½ cup) gluten free oats

  • 70 g (¾ cup) ground almonds

  • 0.5 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tsp cinnamon (more if you want!)

  • 60 g (¼ cup + 1 tbsp) brown sugar

  • 60 g (¼ cup) coconut oil


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
  • Placed the first three ingredients into a large bowl and toss to mix. Place in your baking dish, making sure to keep in as even a layer as possible.
  • Whisk the oats, ground almonds, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar in the same bowl. Tip in the coconut oil and rub in to mix.
  • Top the fruit with the crumble mix, spreading to the corners to cover all the fruit. Bake in your preheated oven for 20-30 minutes until apples are bubbling and topping is crisp.
  • Leave to cool a little before serving. This is delicious with (dairy free!) ice cream.


  • You can cut your apples into smaller chunks if you prefer. My family like larger chunks so they hold their shape better as they bake.
  • Feel free to add more cinnamon to your crumble if you prefer it more cinnamon-y. I sometimes add some nutmeg into the crumble mix too.
  • Optional extras: add in a layer of caramel over the apples before you put the crumble mix on. This makes for THE MOST AMAZING caramel apple crumble. Or you could add an additional layer of chopped nuts if you like the extra crunch!

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  1. This sounds amazing!! (Especially with no flour as I can’t seem to find it anywhere in Canada!

    One quick question about the brown sugar. It lists it twice on the list. Is that meant to say 15g and then an additional 60g? I just don’t want bugged the recipe trying it tomorrow.

    • MoversBakers

      Hi Alison! Yes, you need the two amounts of brown sugar: one is for the apple mix and the other for the crumble topping. Funny how we too in the UK are experiencing a shortage of flour over here! Let me know how it turns out for you! 🙂

  2. Kashmir Kalsi

    Hi I just made your vegan and gluten free apple crumble ! It was gorgeous and so tasty I had two servings !
    Thank you so much for putting the recipe on line !
    Just a quick question did you use green apples or red or doesn’t it matter ?
    Best wishes

    • Hi Kashmir, thank you for your fabulous comment! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! The apples you use will determine the finished flavours, so I would go for something sweeter like gala if that is your taste, or granny smith if you prefer a more tart filling contrast. My preference is more tart, as I find it works really well with the sweet crumble topping and ice cream/custard when served. Hope that helps!

  3. Catherine MacDiarmid

    One word only Delicious

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