About the Recipe

Apple crisps are a personal favourite of mine. It’s my go-to dessert for almost any function.

With the gloomy, sad weather of mid-January, now is a great time to make a cozy pan of apple crumble. That said… spring, summer and fall are also well suited for apple crumbles!

Apples are available, and relatively inexpensive, all year round. This dish is quick to throw together, and can be customized depending on your tastes. For example:

  • If you like a sweeter taste, use red apples
  • Want a softer crumble, peel your apples
  • If you’re avoiding added sugar, use apple sauce in place of half the coconut oil, and omit the sugar
  • Looking for a bit of spice, add ginger or nutmeg

I’ve never made this recipe the same twice. It’s so flexible depending upon what is in your fridge or pantry. You can’t go wrong, just go with it!

I hope you enjoy whipping up this apple crumble as much as I do!

Veronica Qubrossi

Veronica is a Holistic Nutritionist and Managing Director at Healthoholics, where she directs clinic operations, leads educational initiatives including our Holistic Weight Loss program, and manages our marketing efforts.

The Recipe

Grain-Free Apple Crumble

Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
30-40 minutes
Veronica Qubrossi
Total Time:
40-50 minutes

6-7 medium granny smith apples, washed, cored and cubed
1 tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tsp cinnamon
3/4-1 cup coconut oil (less if you want the crumble to be more crumbly)
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
1/4-1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup coconut flour
2-3 cups ground nut or seed flour (eg. almond, pecan or sunflower)
1/4 cup flax or chia seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, raw and hulled
1/2 cup pecan halves

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Lay apple cubes in the bottom of a 9×13 oven-safe pan. Drizzle apples with lemon juice and cinnamon. Toss together to coat apples evenly.
  3. In a stand mixer (or large bowl), combine coconut oil, vanilla, salt and sugar.
  4. Add coconut flour and mix well to combine.
  5. Add nut or seed flour of choice, in half cup increments, until the mixture reaches your desired consistency.
  6. Add flax or chia and sunflower seeds, mix again.
  7. Top apples in pan with crumble mixture. Spread crumble mixture evenly over the top of the apples.
  8. Sprinkle the dish with pecan halves.
  9. Bake for 30-40 minutes until aromatic and slightly browned.
  10. Enjoy!