One of the first things I learned to bake as a kid was apple pie. You know, one of those classics filled with white sugar and flour and topped with carefully placed apple slices, not the trendy vegan apple crumbles of today’s! I was probably 12 or 13 at the time and I still remember so very clearly how I felt baking. I loved it, whole-heartedly.
Hence, its not a surprise I still today at 22-years-old absolutely love baking. And as I’ve grown to realise that its possible to make classic desserts and dishes taste phenomenal with healthier, whole ingredients, I love baking even more. I mean, classic apple pie tasting apple crumble with zero naughty ingredients (and almost zero effort)? Yes plz.
In the backyard of my childhood home we have this gorgeous old apple tree. It’s dark and twisted (just like me— kidding) and blossoms every spring and pushes out tiny, bright green apples every autumn. The apples are tiny and so sour you wouldn’t probably want to eat them straight out of the tree — but boy do they go perfectly with anything baked. They turn soft, sweet and absolutely darn delicious.
So given that it’s the apple season again it was time to make my favorite healthy & simplified version of apple crumble. It’s super simple with just few ingredients and very little sugar. It’s awesome to have as a dessert or breakfast and you can literally do both. It’s delicious and good for you the same time. Apples and oats are full of fiber and thanks to the oats the overall glycemic index of this recipe stays low, meaning you won’t get a steep spike in your insulin levels and stay satisfied for longer. Win win!
The parfait you see in the photos is the classic vegan apple crumble taken to next level. I’m absolutely adoring all-things-layered right now (it’s fall after all) so it only occurred natural to make a parfait out the leftover apple crumble. I layered it with classic chia pudding (excellent source for good fats and protein) and vegan vanilla yogurt (did someone say delicious?). Feel free to enjoy the crumble as it is or do your own version of this amazing vegan apple crumble parfait. I promise ya won’t regret.
Vegan Apple Crumble Parfait (serves 4-6)
- 15 small sour apples
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1+1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 dl old fashioned oats
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1+1 tbsp maple syrup
- tiny pinch of salt
- Chia pudding
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 dl almond milk
- (1-2 tbsp sweetener of choice)
- + 1 package vegan vanilla yogurt
Start by preheating the oven to 200 degrees celcius.
Continue by prepping the chia pudding: mix all the ingredients together and place in fridge to settle.
Next, prepare the crumble. Mix the oats, melted coconut oil and two tablespoons of syrup in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a tiny pinch of salt and mix well until nice and crumbly.
Wash the apples and chop them into 1 cm thick chunks. Place them in a bowl with lemon juice, one teaspoon of cinnamon and one tablespoon of maple syrup.
Wipe your baking tin lightly with oil. Spoonful is usually enough to cover the tin. Pour the apple mixture in evenly and sprinkle the crumble on top, until apples are fully covered. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until beautifully golden brown.
Let the apple crumble cool down for a moment and serve with chia pudding & vanilla yogurt!1