Vegan Apple Crumble Bars – Healthy and delicious

Great breakfast will kick start your day the right way, and these vegan apple crumble bars are perfect for it. They are healthy yet decadent, sweet and super delicious, it’s like having a dessert for breakfast. Of course, they are also great as a healthy dessert/snack, and lovely addition to a party table.

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vegan apple crumble bars

Is it just me or anyone else like apples better when cooked than fresh? I guess many of you can agree on this! I love fresh apple slices with nice creamy peanut butter too, but when apples are cooked with sugar they turn into this super caramely and full of condensed rich apple flavour treat with soft yet still slightly crunchy texture. Isn’t this one of the world’s best combination in food? Honestly Apples cooked with sugar just alone makes great dessert.

But these apple crumble bars goes beyond that. The apples are sandwiched between sweet and crispy crumble layers, the combination of soft caramely apple and the crumble is incredible and I can’t tell you how delicious they are! Plus they are super easy to make and healthy. What more can you ask for apple crumble?

vegan apple crumble bars
vegan apple crumble bars

I remember when I tried apples cooked with some sugar at home for the first time as a kid. I mean, I had tried store bought apple pies before so I knew how it would taste like but oh my, they tasted just out of the world!

There is something so different about home cooked apples to store bought apple pie filling, it just tastes way better when cooked at home. Maybe it’s something to do with the freshness of the store bought apple pie filling. As much as I love store bought apple pie fillings, my favourite is definitely home cooked apples.

I was also amazed by how easy and quick to cook apples in a pan. If anything I like easy and quick food more than anything especially when they are also delicious. And that’s one of the things I like about this vegan apple crumble bars! Obviously it takes longer than just cooking apples in a pan, but this apple crumble bars are easy to make with simple steps. And of course, they are super yummy.

vegan apple crumble bars
vegan apple crumble bars

How to make these vegan apple crumble bars

As I said earlier, one of the things I love about these vegan apple crumble bars is how easy it is to make them. I’m not even joking, they are super easy. And I made them with as wholesome ingredients as I could think of so these bars are great for breakfast and a healthy alternative to sugary snacks. I will list some tips to make these vegan apple crumble bars.

For the apple filling

Slice apples, not dicing

Instead of dicing the apples, I sliced them into about half a centimetre to make the making of the apple filling easy. Why does this make it easy? Because this way you don’t have to precook the apples like with diced apples.

If you dice the apples you have to precook them in a sauce pan to make it a little softer before baking in the oven but it’s time consuming and I thought, why not skip the process for good!

To make the apple filling simply slice the apples and toss along with other ingredients then place it on the crumble base just as it is. Simple, no hustle.

Use brown sugar

I have been saying this quite a lot recently but I love baking with brown sugar recently. It’s wholesome, rich in taste and feels a little healthier than regular white sugar. So to make this vegan apple crumble bars healthy, I used brown sugar in this recipe.

However, if you prefer you can also use white sugar or other sugars such as coconut sugar. If using coconut sugar, depending on the brand you use, it may add a slight coconuty flavour in the final product but other than that it should taste as delicious.

Kind of apples

I love eating apples as well as using them for baking. We have a selection of apples to choose from here in Tokyo, and here are some of my favourites I use for my vegan apple crumble bars or any other apple baking or as a snack.

Jazz apple

Jazz apple is one of my absolute favourites. They are from New Zealand and I must say apples from New Zealand are 9 out 10 super delicious. They have nice crunchy texture, lovely combination of sweet and tartness. They come in small to medium size. I love eating them fresh for a snack as well as in baking goods.

Fuji apple

Fuji apple is one of the most popular apples in Japan. They are relatively large in size, juicy, soft and crunchy at the same time and sweet with a little bit of tanginess. They taste very good in baking.

Jonagold

This is one of the most common and popular apples across the world as well as in Japan. They come in medium to large size, crisp, tangy with sweet honey like flavour. I love using jonagold in my baking recipes, they give baking goods a lovely combination of sweetness and tanginess.

Gala

Gala apple is another one of my favourites from New Zealand. They are crisp and sweet with a hint of tartness, crunchy and delicious. Relatively small in size, great for a snack as well as in baking goods.

Crispin

Crispin was first found in Japan as “Mutsu” in 1949. They are one of the popular apples in Japan still to this day. They have sweet honey like flavour with crisp and tangy note, large in size and versatile in any baking recipe that calls for apples.

For the crumble

Oats + oats

To your surprise, this recipe doesn’t call for regular flour. I used the same rolled oats, only they are in 2 different texture for this recipe.

One is just regular rolled oats, just like the one you use to cook for your porridge. And the other one is milled finely in a food processor, which is more like oat flour.

You don’t have to buy oat flour at all for this recipe, simply process your oats in your food processor until they are super fine for about 2-3 mins. There you have freshly ground homemade oat flour!

In case you don’t have a food processor, any store bought oat flour will do a great job in this recipe too.

No need to make the base and crumble separately

To make it easy for you to make these vegan apple crumble bars, I used exactly the same mixture for both the base and crumble on top. This way you don’t have to make the base and crumble separately, which saves you so much time and energy!

Just a little tip, when you are using the mixture for the base, make sure to press it firmly to the bottom of your baking tin with your fingers or with the flat bottom of a drinking glass so that it will have strong base and won’t go crumbly when baked. For the top crumble layer, use your fingers and sprinkle the mixture lightly press onto the apple filling.

vegan apple crumble bars

What toppings would be good for these vegan apple crumble bars?

Really, pretty much any toppings are great for these vegan apple crumble bars. I tried some creamy icing on top, and a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream and they taste wonderful with this recipe. Other toppings you might want to try for these vegan apple crumble bars are:

  • Berry compote – saute some frozen berries in a sauce pan, stir consistently with 1-2 table spoons of maple syrup to make berry compote. Berry compote pairs with apple crumble very nicely.
  • Caramel sauce – Drizzle some vegan caramel sauce on top to make it extra sweet and caramely. Caramel and apple combination can never fail. Try my vegan caramel sauce recipe if you haven’t, it’s absolutely delicious with these vegan apples crumble bars.
  • Chocolate ice cream – chocolate ice cream goes very nicely with this vegan apple crumble bars as well as vanilla ice cream. Try topping with different flavours of your favourite ice creams!
  • Whipping cream – whipping cream is great on anything, and these vegan apple crumble bars are no exception. Whip up with an electric mixer some coconut cream or soy cream with some sugar until soft, creamy and fluffy. It makes a great topping.
  • Fresh fruits and vegan single/double cream – just fresh fruits on top would make nice and even healthier breakfast. I love having it with fresh apple slices, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, bananas, etc. Adding some vegan single/double cream on top will make it nice and creamy.
  • Nuts and seeds – you can sprinkle your favourite nuts and seeds on top for added nutrients and crunchy texture. I like pumpkin seeds(I sprinkle pumpkin seeds on everything!), sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, etc.

Can I make these vegan apple crumble bars into one large apple crumble tray bake?

Yes, absolutely! If you want to make these vegan apple crumble bars into one large tray of apple crumble, simply place the apple filling at the bottom of a baking tray and top with the crumble mixture, bake in the oven for the same length of time.

To prevent the apple crumble from sticking to the bottom of a tray, spray some oil or spread a thin layer of vegan butter before you put the apple filling in a tray.

Can I substitute pear for this vegan apple crumble bar recipe?

Absolutely! If you want to make this vegan apple crumble bar recipe with some pears, simply replace the apple with the same amount of pears.

Slice the pears slightly thicker about 0.8 – 1 cm wide and reduce the baking time by 5 to 10 mins as pears usually have softer texture and cook fairly quick compare to apples.

Are these vegan apple crumble bars gluten-free?

I used regular rolled oats when I made these vegan apple crumble bars but if you use gluten-free rolled oats they can be gluten-free too!

One of the many brands I love to bake with is Bob’s Red Mill, and they have gluten-free rolled oats as well as regular rolled oats. The taste of their gluten-free rolled oats is as delicious as regular one. So if you are looking to make these vegan apple crumble bars gluten-free I recommend using these oats.

How long can I keep these vegan apple crumble bars?

You can keep these vegan apple crumble bars for up to 2-3 days at room temperature or in the fridge. Once you bake them, let cool completely and put them in an airtight container to keep them fresh and delicious.

Can I keep these vegan apple crumble bars in the freezer?

Yes you can. For a longer shelf life, put them in an airtight container and keep in the freezer. You can store them in your freezer for up to 2-3 months. When serving them, warm a slice up in a microwave, top with your favourite toppings and eat within the day.

You will LOVE these vegan apple crumble bars if you:

– love apples
– are vegan
– are not vegan
– are looking for easy apple crumble recipes
– want nice baking recipes with apples
– are a home baker
– have kids who love apples
– love healthy alternative to sugary snacks

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vegan apple crumble bars

Vegan Apple Crumble Bars

What you need:

For the apple filling:

For the crumble

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How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F)
  2. Let’s make the apple filling first! To make the filling, add into a large bowl all the ingredients for the apple filling. Stir well with a large woden spoon and set aside.
  3. Now onto the crumble! First, make your flax egg. Mix together the ground flax seeds and water and stir very well. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the oat flour, rolled oats, salt and walnuts with a whisper.
  5. Add in the melted vegan butter, flax egg and maple syrup to the dry mixture and stir well with a large wooden spoon until it’s crumbly.
  6. Take half of the crumble mixture and pour into a square or rectangle baking tin. Press firmly to the bottom using your finger or a flat bottom surface of a drinking glass.
  7. Layer the apple filling on top of the crumble base. Make sure that apple slices are laid horizontally flat, not vertically.
  8. Top the apple filling with the remaining half of crumble mixture. Use your finger to make crumbles and sprinkle on top and lightly press them onto the filling.
  9. Bake for 35-40 mins until the top is golden.
  10. Let cool, slice into bars, top with your favourite toppings and enjoy.

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vegan apple crumble bars

Vegan Apple Crumble Bars


  • Author: Maiko
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Great breakfast will kick start your day the right way, and these vegan apple crumble bars are perfect for it. They are healthy yet decadent, sweet and super delicious, it’s like having a dessert for breakfast. 


Ingredients

Scale

For the crumble


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F)
  2. Let’s make the apple filling first! To make the filling, add into a large bowl all the ingredients for the apple filling. Stir well with a large woden spoon and set aside.
  3. Now onto the crumble! First, make your flax egg. Mix together the ground flax seeds and water and stir very well. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the oat flour, rolled oats, salt and walnuts with a whisper.
  5. Add in the melted vegan butter, flax egg and maple syrup to the dry mixture and stir well with a large wooden spoon until it’s crumbly.
  6. Take half of the crumble mixture and pour into a square or rectangle tin. Press firmly to the bottom using your finger or a flat bottom surface of a drinking glass.
  7. Layer the apple filling on top of the crumble base. Make sure that apple slices are laid horizontally flat, not vertically placed.
  8. Top the apple filling with the remaining half of crumble mixture. Use your finger to make crumbles and sprinkle on top, and lightly press them onto the filling.
  9. Bake for 35-40 mins until the top is golden.
  10. Let cool, slice into bars, top with your favourite toppings and enjoy.

Notes

Slice the apples instead of dicing so that you don’t need to precook them beforehand.

If making this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free oats and oat flour.

Adjust the brown sugar depending on the sweetness of your apples. I usually go between 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup, but if you like it extra sweet 1 cup maximum is ok too.

If using pears, slice them slightly thicker and reduce the cooking time by 5 to 10 mins.

If making this nut-free, simply omit the walnut/pecan.

  • Category: Breakfast

Keywords: vegan, healthy breakfast, vegan apple crumble, vegan apple crumble bars, apple crumble

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I used 18cm square tin for this recipe, so anything similar size tin will do a good job for this recipe.

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10 Comments

  1. 1 March 2021 / 2:46 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try this!

    • 2 March 2021 / 4:10 am

      Than you Arya! Let me know your thoughts when you make them!

  2. 3 March 2021 / 2:12 pm

    Perfection! I have some apples I need to use up in my fruit bowl and you’ve given me inspiration! I love crumble!

    • 4 March 2021 / 11:10 am

      Thank you Freya! Apples are great for so many recipes aren’t they❤️

  3. 3 March 2021 / 2:22 pm

    These look amazing…gorgeous photos! Love the big chunks of apple so you can really sink your teeth into them.

    • 4 March 2021 / 11:11 am

      Thank you Linda! Biting into juicy apple is beeeest!

  4. 3 March 2021 / 2:23 pm

    Wow! This recipe looks so delicious. I will have to try this. As a medical assistant this would be a great morning snack before work.

    • 4 March 2021 / 11:12 am

      Thank you Anastasia! This would be great for a morning snack, if you make it at the weekend you can easily cover all off the weekdays!

  5. 4 March 2021 / 2:29 am

    I love apple anything and these look delicious! I love that they’re vegan too. Thank for sharing!

    • 4 March 2021 / 11:15 am

      Thank you Arica! I love anything with apple in it too. They are just too delicious!

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