vegan apple crumble in cast iron skillet. with grey kitchen cloth beneath and green and red apples on the side.

The BEST Vegan Apple Crumble

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: apple dessert, british, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: The Petite Cook
The BEST ever vegan apple crumble is just as delicious as the classic version, but highly nutritious, naturally gluten-free and butter-free!
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  • 2 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries softened, chopped
  • 1 tsp demerara sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder


  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted, roughly chopped (115 g)
  • 1 cup almond flour (100 g)
  • 2 tbsp rice flour optional
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 4 tbsp coconut butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 F/180 C.
  • In a large bowl, mix sliced apples, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger powder. Distribute the mixture evenly in a 9-inch cake pan or cast iron skillet.
  • In a small bowl, mix together chopped hazelnuts, almond flour, rice flour, demerara sugar, cinnamon, salt and coconut butter. If the mixture looks too wet add in 1 tbsp of rice flour.
  • Distribute the topping mixture evenly all over the apple filling.
  • Bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until the apple filling is soft and the topping is crunchy and golden-brown. If the top browns too quickly, cover with foil and continue to bake. 
  • Once ready, remove the apple crumble from the oven and allow to cool before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Originally published in December 2014, updated with new words in post, new photos and improved recipe.
Vegan apple crumble variations: 
  • You can choose any apple variety, as long as it has a firm and crisp texture, and a slightly tart flavour. I like to use a combination of Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples
  • You may use only hazelnuts or sub half the amount with almond flakes, pecan nuts, walnuts or pistachio.