Nothing says fall like cinnamon apple and now that it is cool enough in the evenings to enjoy a warm dessert, I felt compelled to break out the crumble!  I decided to do a healthier spin on my usual apple crumble and used gluten free, vegan, low(er) glycemic substitutes for some of my traditional ingredients.  You don't have to feel guilty and lethargic after devouring this delicious treat.  This recipe is easy on the tummy as well as the conscience and it will surely put you in the autumn holiday season spirit after the first bite... or sniff of the oven! Of course, you can always use gluten-full ingredients instead of gluten-free and I've listed less healthy substitutes in my ingredients list below for those looking to indulge and stick to tradition because hey, that is what the holiday season is for after all!



7 apples (I used granny smith because I like my crumble a wee bit tart, go for a sweeter apple if you prefer a sweeter crumble!)

Light squeeze of half a lemon

3 tbsp agave nectar (If desired, substitute with 1/3 cup of white sugar)

1 tbsp gluten free flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt


1/2 cup gluten free flour

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1 cup gluten free old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup Swerve (If desired, substitute brown sugar)

1/2 cup non-dairy butter product like Earth Balance (If desired, substitute dairy butter)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt


This recipe is literally easy as pie... or in this case, crumble.  Preheat oven to 350°F.  To prep crumble, begin by peeling, coring and slicing all apples and chuck them in a large mixing bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients listed under Apples above and mix well!

In a smaller mixing bowl, combine all ingredients listed under Topping, once again mixing well! Duh!

Coat a large, deep baking dish lightly with cooking oil spray... a casserole dish-y type thing works well! First load apple mixture into the dish and spread evenly as your bottom layer.  Then load into the delicious crumble concoction and spread evenly as top layer.

That's it, your work is done! Just pop the dish it into the oven for 50 minutes to an hour depending on how toasty you like your crumbly bits on top and enjoy the autumn aroma that fills the house while it bakes! Serve your crumble on its own or indulge with some vanilla ice cream for an extra treat!