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Quick Apple Crumble

Sunday Dinner is a tradition in my family that we have been doing all my life. When I was younger, we would travel to Staten Island to see my grandparents, and Aunt K. Aunt K would always bring Brut Champagne and a dessert that she would eat (usually in the form of Carrot Cake, Pound Cake, or Butter Cookies). I’ve accepted my role as the new Aunt K, and often bring dessert to family dinners. This weekend I took the Apple Pie Filling I made and turning it into a Quick Apple Crumble!

In these strange times, my family gathers together as often as we can. My sister has a large backyard that we can safely gather. So on Sunday, we had one last outside gathering to celebrate the end of summer before my niece and nephew go back to school.

My niece gave this dessert super high praise “Actually it doesn’t taste too bad.” Meanwhile, my nephew was convinced it was a hamburger and said “It doesn’t taste like a hamburger.” So, take the high praise you can get!

Apple Crumble Recipe Notes

I don’t know how anyone can make crumble without oatmeal. I have tried to make every version on the internet and I fail miserably every time. But when I add oatmeal BOOM it works perfectly. I’m not saying oatmeal is the secret to the perfect crumble, but it is the secret to a perfect crumble. On a smaller scale, I use equal parts brown sugar, flour, butter, and oatmeal with a healthy seasoning of cinnamon and nutmeg. Seasoning it is technically optional but it feels like its missing something.

What makes this a quick apple crumble is that I used two-pint jar (or one-quart worth) of these apples in a 9-inch pie plate. When I opened the jar I saw that I selected a jar with a lot of syrup, so I opted to quickly cut up a few apples till the sauce to apple ratio did not equal soup. Add apples as you need to get the look you want. Also, adding fresh apples add texture to the finished crumble.

I actually made this Gluten Free because of my nephew. He has food allergies and so I substituted the flour for Bobs Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour and I made sure to use Gluten-Free Oats, specifically Bobs Red Mills Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats. I’m not saying these are the best Gluten Free products on the market, but I was able to find them at my supermarket and they were cheaper there than Amazon.

The sign of a good crumble is that by the time you go to grab a good photo of a spoonful most of the dessert is gone!


Remember to keep the toppings for this simple. Vanilla Ice Cream and Apple Pie or Apple Crumble is my ideal. Whipped Cream works great. But there’s something about Vanilla Ice Cream melting into the crumble that just screams perfection to me. Not to mention it makes a mess of everything!

Apple Crumble

Sometimes a quick dessert is the best kind! Use canned apple pie filling to make this quick dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Tightly Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Clove
  • 2 Pint Jars Apple Pie Filling (Or 1 Quart Jar)
  • 4 small Apples As Needed


  • Preheat oven for 375
  • Pour Apple pie filling into pie plate, add additional apples as needed (I used 4) and mix together.
  • Melt 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) of butter.
  • While Butter Melts, Add Oats, Flour, Brown Sugar, and Spices to a bowl and mix together. Drizzle in the melted butter and mix until everything is crumbled and mixed with the butter
  • Crumble the topping onto the apple pie filling.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until hot and bubbly. Crumble should be baked.
Keyword Apple, Apple Crumble, Apple Pie

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