Last updated on November 21st, 2020 at 05:56 pm
Not gonna lie here, this healthy homemade apple crumble pie is pretty much the same like my apple crumble mini pies from a few years ago, but it looks like their parent. Making this apple pie from scratch, I used oats to prepare the crust and for the crumble on top and apples, cinnamon and coconut oil for the filling. It turns into a delicious fall dessert or even breakfast, that you’ll want to eat every day (well if you choose the right apples – more on that later)!
Healthy Homemade Apple Crumble Pie
So this apple crumble pie is generally flourless and vegan (use maple syrup, not honey!) as it’s made with oats and there are no eggs or butter or dairy or meat in this recipe. Shocking I know! Apple pie without meat? Are you kidding me? It will taste like nothing.
And you can use gluten-free oats to make it gluten-free, if you need to be eating this way.
Now, I topped mine with ice cream, because I was going through a phase when ice cream became one of my biggest cravings. Even though I hadn’t broken up with anyone and wasn’t starring in a romantic “comedy” from the 90’s, 2000’s or 2010’s. I even tried “healthy” ice cream and it wasn’t bad, but it’s just not the same.
Pick The Right Apples!
Okay, a bit of a warning: taste your apples before you make this. I made this pie recently after I went apple picking with my sister and her family. All I can say: FREE APPLES. Who knew, they grow on trees! Surprise!!! I think we saved like 10 bucks from picking this many apples.
It was a super fun day, we also bounded with some sheep, we almost climbed trees and some of us stepped into sheep shit and things got messy. Help, it’s in my hair…
Even my little nephew got very excited because, free apples. He kept eating them and repeating “Apple. Pieeee.” He’s two and very cute.
Well, as cute as he might be, he didn’t get to eat the apple pie I made with those apples, because I don’t share food and his cuteness means nothing to me. I’m kidding, sometimes I’d share a little bit of my food with a dog or a cat. When I don’t like it a lot, of course. I’m not stupid.
The truth is those apples were sour.
When those apples met the lemons and limes on the kitchen counter, they just pointed and laughed for hours. As in, hydrochloric acid, which has a pH of 3 of is nothing to those apples…Such a loser, that HCl.
Still, the good eater that I am, I ate that pie with quite a lot of ice cream. Those were some fun sour mornings, I’m telling you. Baking a sour apple pie can make you quite an outsider and lonely. Nobody wants to touch that thing and listen to your constant complaints of how sour it is. Therefore, choose wisely.
And if you’re picking your own apples thinking you’re saving money and can maybe sell those apples or use them in like, I don’t know – an apple pie, think again. Sometimes you’ll have to pay with your taste buds and lots of saliva to neutralize that acidic pH.
Okay, but if you make this apple crumble pie with normal, sweet delicious apples that don’t taste like the world is about to end, you’ll be very happy. And you’ll have a healthy apple pie for dessert. Apple. Pieeee.
Update November 2020: I made this delicious pie again recently after I saw some of your feedback on Pinterest that reminded me of the recipe and made me believe in humanity again (I’ve now gotten a year older and way more dramatic if you can’t tell). So when I made the recipe again with my nephew, I decided it would be a good idea to make some step by step pictures, so this is what you’ll see below. I hope you enjoy the pie if you make it…I really loved it, but this time I actually spent 50 cents on apples. They were bittersweet. Sweet from the apples, bitter from having to pay for them.
How To Make Healthy Apple Pie
Preheat your oven! Then start making a crumbly crust in your food processor using ground oats, melted coconut oil and some water. You can also add in some nuts, but if you’re allergic to nuts or want to share this with a young child – leave out the nuts and use oats only.
Spread about 2/3 of this “dough” in a spring form using your hands. Keep the rest of the dough for the crumbly topping.
Peel and chop the apples, then saute them in a pan with some coconut oil and cinnamon. Make sure to taste the apples before adding on top of the crust.
Spread the apples over the crust and top with the rest of the dough, making small crumbles with your hands. Optionally you can add walnuts or pecans here.
Bake at 180C/350F for about 30 minutes, but make sure to be checking after 20 minutes, ovens are different!
Let the pie cool off to not burn your tongue, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Here’s the exact recipe:
Crust And Crumble
- 2 cups ground oats
- 5 Tbsp coconut oil
- 4 Tbsp water
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey (if not vegan)
- 4 sweet apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F.
- Crust: Grind oats in your food processor. Add coconut oil, and maple syrup/honey if not vegan and pulse. Add water 1 Tbsp at a time and pulse again. The crust should be sticky and crumbly.
- Cover the surface of a springform pan with coconut oil and pour 2/3 of the crust dough. Start pressing the dough from the middle to edges of the pan, working your way up with your fingers.
- Filling: Chop your apples and saute them for 3-5 minutes at medium-high in a large non-stick pan with coconut oil and cinnamon. Let the filling cool off for 5 minutes and then spread it over the crust.
- Using the rest of the dough, form crumbles with your fingers and put on top of the pie. Optionally you can also top your pie with pecans, walnuts or any other type of nuts.
- Bake at 180C / 350 F for 20-30 minutes, until the crust becomes golden brown.
- Let the pie cool off a bit and serve with your favorite toppings! Store in the fridge for 3 days.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 5gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g
Now I realize this is so not suitable for this month’s dairy-free and gluten-free challenge…There are oats in there, I topped it with ice cream, but I did make this weeks ago before the challenge, so you’ll have to excuse me.
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This recipe was originally published Oct 7th 2019 (remember those carefree times?)