Apple Crumble (Fat-Free)


4 medium apples, not peeled, 1/4 slice (I used Gala)
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about half a small lemon)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons sugar

1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1/3 cup Grape Nuts cereal
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons applesauce


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Make topping: Mix Grape Nuts, oats, cinnamon, and sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix honey, maple syrup, and applesauce. Blend with oat mixture. Set aside.
3. Make thickener: Stir together apple juice and cornstarch. Set aside.
4. Make filling: In a bowl, toss apple slices with lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar. Place apples in a glass baking dish.
5. Spread topping over apples.
6. Pour thickener over apples and topping.
7. Cover and bake for about an hour and 10 minutes or until apples are tender and filling is bubbling. You can remove the cover during the last 5 or 10 minutes for a browner, crunchier topping.

This is adapted from McDougall’s recipe for Apple Crisp. I left the skins on the apples; that’s where the nutrition and flavor are! I omitted the raisins and changed the sweeteners a bit. It’s not exactly fat-free because there’s a little naturally-occurring fat in oats and Grape Nuts. It’s not vegan because of the honey but you can substitute maple syrup.

Here’s a photo of the cover on my dish. The dish is about 6.5″ square. If you don’t have a cover, use parchment paper topped with aluminum foil.

One thought on “Apple Crumble (Fat-Free)

  1. Bix Post author

    I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit, for anyone who went ahead and tried it last week. I’m surprised at how like apple pie it is. Just another example of how good food can be without all the animal food and fat.


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