Make this healthier apple crumble, then check out our classic apple crumble, boozy apple crumble, apple crumble cake and vegan apple crumble.

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The make-ahead granola topping in this recipe doubles up as an indulgent breakfast, with salted caramel flavour and extra-chunky whole nuts adding sweetness without being super-sugary. This is a base granola and, once toasted and cooled, you can stir through dried fruit, spices, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or whatever else you have in. Make a batch at the weekend for easy midweek breakfasts, and a last-minute pudding whenever you have a crumble craving. Serve with yogurt rather than cream or custard for a lighter pud.


  • 3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm chunks
  • 3 eating apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm chunks
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 50g dried berries or sultanas
  • 175g-200g (see below) granola crumble
  • 2 tsp coconut oil or butter
  • natural yogurt, to serve


  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 100ml maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 300g rolled oats
  • 50g whole hazelnuts
  • 50g pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • 50g flaked almonds
  • a large pinch sea salt flakes


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. To make the crumble, whisk the oil, maple syrup and vanilla in a large bowl, then tip in the remaining ingredients and mix well so everything is coated in the syrup and oil. Tip onto two large baking trays lined with baking paper, spread out into a single layer, and bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring now and then, until golden, crisp and toasted. Leave to cool on the trays. The crumble will keep in an airtight container for a month.

  • STEP 2

    Put the Granny Smith apples in a pan with 3 tbsp of water. Cover and simmer over a medium heat for 10 minutes until the apples are very soft. Stir in the eating apples, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup and dried fruit. Add a splash more water if needed, and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the eating apples are just starting to soften.

  • STEP 3

    Tip the apple mixture into a 20cm square baking dish. Sprinkle over the granola crumble. Dot over the coconut oil or butter, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the topping is golden and crisp, and the apple filling is piping hot and bubbling at the edges. Serve with spoonfuls of natural yogurt.

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