Healthy Bramley Apple and Sweet Cherry Crumble [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Vegan Crumble Recipe

Hey Love Bees! 🐝

Here in Somerset the trees are turning golden, there’s a chill in the air and Autumn has definitely arrived!

I don’t know about you, but I just adore this time of year – Especially with all the hearty, warming dishes that are now making their way, back onto our menus and plates!

One of my favourite autumnal treats has to be a fruit crumble – and with so many of our neighbours offering up free, homegrown apples this year, it’d be a shame not to use some, to make an indulgent, yet healthy crumble! (Yep, healthy crumble is a thing! πŸ˜‰)

This beautiful recipe combines tart Bramley apples with sweet cherries and crunchy, spiced oats and nuts. It’s flour-free, marg-free and is also 100% vegan.

This crumble can be made with gluten-free certified oats too, for those who can’t tolerate gluten.

Vegan Apple Crumble Recipe

To make this recipe, first, let’s stew the apples! 🍏

To do this, peel and core your cooking apples and cut them into 1” chunks. Next, pop them into a pan with just enough water to cover them, and bring them to the boil.

Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until the apples soften, the liquid reduces and the sauce begins to thicken.

Gluten Free Crumble Recipe

While the apples are cooking, place 2 cups of sweet cherries into another pan. Add a little water, bring to the boil, and then simmer them over a low heat, until the cherries form a sauce-like consistency and the excess water has evaporated.

(I’m using frozen cherries for this recipe as they’re cheaper and more readily available.)

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Now let’s make the crunchy cinnamon oats, used in the crumble topping!

Place 2 cups of dry, rolled oats into a bowl, and add a quarter of a cup of maple syrup, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and half a teaspoon of ground ginger. Stir thoroughly, then spread the oats out across a lined baking tray. 

Preheat the oven to 180℃ (356℉) and bake the oats for 15 minutes, stirring once during the cooking time, to ensure they’re toasted evenly.

Once the oats have cooled, place them into a large bowl with a quarter of a cup of desiccated coconut, a quarter of a cup of mixed chopped nuts, 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed and 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar.

Mix the crumble ingredients well, until all they’re all combined.

Healthy Vegan Crumble

Now let’s assemble the crumble!

In a 20cm round dish, place 2.5 cups of stewed Bramley apple, topped with the cherry sauce we made earlier. Next, generously add the crumble mixture to the top.

(If you’re using a different sized dish, feel free to adjust the amounts accordingly!) 

The crumble can now be warmed through in a preheated oven at 150℃ (302℉). You may want to place a small bowl of water at the bottom of your oven, to prevent the oats from becoming too crisp.

Serve and enjoy this delicious, wholesome crumble with all your family and friends! ❀️

Low Fat Vegan Crumble

Stewed Apple/ Cherry Sauce
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 8-10 Bramley Cooking Apples
  2. 2 Cups of Pitted Sweet Cherries
  3. Water
To make the stewed apples
  1. Peel and core the apples, then cut them into 1" chunks and place them into a pan.
  2. Add a little water (just enough to cover the fruit) and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce to a low-medium heat and simmer until the water has evaporated and a delicious apple sauce remains!
To make the sweet cherry sauce
  1. Add 2 cups of sweet cherries to a pan.
  2. Add a little water (just enough to cover the fruit) and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce to a low-medium heat and simmer until the water has evaporated and a delicious cherry sauce remains!
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Healthy Oat and Nut Crumble Topping
A delicious, crunchy oat and nut topping for your crumble!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
  1. 2 Cups Dry Rolled Oats
  2. 1/4 Cup Desiccated Coconut
  3. 1/4 Cup Mixed Chopped Nuts
  4. 1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
  5. 2 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed
  6. 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
  7. 2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  8. 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  9. 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ (356℉).
  2. In a large bowl add the oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla extract. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Spread the oats across a lined baking tray and place in the oven for 15 minutes, until slightly browned. (You may need to stir the oats once during cooking the time, to ensure they cook evenly.)
  4. When the oats are cooked and have cooled, place them into a large bowl with the desiccated coconut, mixed chopped nuts, flaxseed and coconut sugar. Mix well.
  5. You can now assemble your crumble! Pop your stewed fruit into an oven-proof dish and top with your crumble topping!
  6. Bake at 150℃ (302℉) until heated through.
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24 Comments on Healthy Bramley Apple and Sweet Cherry Crumble [Vegan & Gluten Free]

  1. Jess says:

    Oh god yes! I’ve been saying I’ve been going to make a crumble for a whilst now as the weather has become considerably colder. Can I also say your filling to topping ratio is perfect! I hate getting a crumble that’s all oats and a small slither of fruit.

  2. Katrina says:

    This looks like the perfect winter warmer to me yum yum

  3. I am writing my comment while a cold rain falls outside and I would like nothing more then a slice of warm apple crumble.

  4. I am so lucky, the crumble is delicious and I’ll be having some more of it tonight !!!

  5. Oh this is such a great recipe – I’ve never thought about pairing cherries with apples before. I normally do apple and blackberry or apple and raisin. At Christmas, I do apple and mincemeat!

    C x

    • Oooh!! Yum yum yum! <3 I'll definitely have to try an apple and mincemeat one - that sounds seriously good! <3 Sometimes I use more cherries and do a Bakewell crumble, with almond meal, flaked almonds and almond extract in the topping! πŸ™‚ xxx

  6. oh wow this is definitely something i would make myself and have done recently but i need ot use this topping its so much nicer

  7. I love a good Apple crumble this time of year. I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  8. Melanie says:

    I love this cute crumble…vegan is an extra bonus. Will be giving this a go :)x

  9. Oh I bet the sweet cherries give it such an edge on it. I do love a good apple crumble x

  10. Amy says:

    I love crumbles! This one looks delicious, I definitely want to try making it.

  11. Joanna says:

    Cherries are my favorite fruits in the world so for this reason I can imagine how delicious your crumble is. I never thought of combining apples and cherries though.

  12. Emily (@amummytoo) says:

    I love oats on a crumble easily as much as flour based ones, great flavours and textures!

  13. Yummy! I love how it’s vegan and gluten free, super healthy! Your recipes are so straightforward and easy to follow along!

  14. I’ve not made a apple crumble in ages, I used to add in some berries with mine but I’m loving the sound of using rolled oats for the top with the mixture of cinnamon x

  15. Ana De-Jesus says:

    I love that the apple and cherry crumble is vegan and gluten free it looks absolutely delicious !

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