This vegan apple crumble recipe is sweet, cinnamon-y, soft and crumbly. It’s the perfect comfort food for those chilly autumnal nights.
Where HAS this year gone? I can’t believe we’re now in September! Although it’s not quite winter yet, the colder weather is certainly on its way. I even had to wear my fleecy jacket today *bbrrrr*.
As much as I love summer, I can’t deny that I also secretly enjoy those chilly but sunny autumn days and seeing the leaves falling everywhere. There’s something so lovely about being wrapped up in hats and scarves and being permanently glued to a mug of hot tea.
But what I love most about autumn? The food. Cinnamon flavoured everything, pumpkins everywhere and my all-time favourite: apple crumble. In my opinion, it is the ultimate autumnal dessert. Over recent years, I have this borderline obsession with hot fruit and ice cream in the same bowl. Too good. I decided to make this vegan apple crumble recipe this weekend after a trip to a nearby forest. Strange, I know, but hear me out…
A vegan apple crumble recipe inspired by nature…
My boyfriend and I had one of our first few dates at this forest last year, when we went for an autumn walk near my dad’s old cottage. We came across a few Bramley apple trees, and after picking and feeding some to the local pony (which I later learned is NOT good for them, oops), the idea of making apple pie came to me. We filled our pockets with a few extra apples and set off home to bake apple pie. Because we had so much fun that day, I wanted to make it a yearly thing. So out we went again this weekend to pick some apples.
I don’t know what happened since last year but WOW. There were fruit trees everywhere- cooking apples, red delicious apples, plums and pears. I have no idea if it was the extra sunny weather this summer that brought the fruit out but I’ve never seen that any other time I’ve visited. There were also HUNDREDS of butterflies and wasps feeding from the fallen apples on the ground. With the sun shining too, it was such a magical scene. I felt like I was in a fairy tale and I felt so connected to nature, eating straight from the trees and putting the seeds/stones back into the soil.
We picked some fruit, put it in my backpack and enjoyed another stroll around the forest. It was such a nice way to get huge, organic cooking apples. All for free too! Thank you, mother nature (and whoever planted the trees many years ago).
I decided to make vegan apple crumble this year instead of pie because, to be honest, I’ve never got on very well with pies. Number one, I don’t particularly like pastry (shocker, I know) and number two, I almost always burn it when I try to make it myself. So crumble it was.
This vegan apple crumble recipe is slightly lower in fat, sugar and calories than others I’ve tried in the past. I just kind of eyeballed it this time and it turned out perfect. But of course, if you’re looking for a thicker, more indulgent crumble then you can absolutely double the recipe. You just might need to bake it for a little longer.
I know you’re going to love this vegan apple crumble recipe because it is:
- Low in fat
- Only calories per serving
- Incredible served with ice cream
Oh, and also, the smell that will radiate through your house as this is baking is to die for! Enjoy! xo
- 350 g Bramley apples approx 1 very large apple
- 2 Tablespoons caster sugar
- 100 g Self-raising flour
- 40 g Soft brown sugar
- 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
- 40 g Vegan butter
- Vegan vanilla ice cream or soya cream
Preheat oven to 190°C / Gas 5.
Peel and core the apples then cut into thin slices (about 1cm thick).
Place the slices, in layers, into a 26cm baking dish. Alternate the layers with a sprinkling of caster sugar.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Add the butter and rub in with your fingers to create breadcrumbs.
Pour the crumbly mixture over the apples and bake for 25 minutes.
Serve warm with ice cream or cream.