Spiced Baked Apple Crumb Recipe

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between an apple crisp and an apple crumb? The main difference is the use of oats or flour, where a crisp uses oats, and a crumb uses flour. This recipe brought to us by wellness coach Miriam Hahn is a wonderful year-round dessert that tends to be a fall favorite. "My favorite thing about this recipe is how delicious, and versatile it is," Hahn shares. "You can serve it for brunch, a luncheon, a dinner party, the holidays, and it even packs well in a lunch box." We think it goes especially well with this baked butternut squash stuffed shells recipe or this chicken piccata recipe for a well-rounded holiday spread. You can also add it to your running list of easy desserts that can be made ahead.

You can also make this recipe gluten-free or vegan by using gluten-free flour and dairy-free butter. For a healthier version, Hahn says you can replace the brown sugar with coconut sugar. Any way you slice it, this is a delicious dessert.

Gather the ingredients for the spiced baked apple crumb

The apples are front and center here in the ingredients list. Hahn prefers using Honeycrisp, but this crumb works well with Gala or Fuji apples also, so feel free to branch out. You will also need brown sugar, all-purpose flour, lemon juice, apple pie spice, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and butter. Hahn likes to take shortcuts in the spice department, so she is using the all-in-one apple pie spice instead of measuring out allspice, cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg. She tells us to use ¼ teaspoon of each if you don't have apple pie spice on hand. "Apple pie spice also has cinnamon in it, but I like to get a double dose of that so I am adding that separately as well," Hahn remarks.

Prepare the apples

Preheat the oven to 350 F. To prepare the apples, Hahn likes to trim off the top ¼-inch of the apple top and bottom before peeling. "Working with a straight edge when peeling is quicker and easier," Hahn tells us. Once the apples are peeled, dice them into ½-inch chunks, and put them in a medium bowl. Add ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup flour, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon apple pie spice, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon salt. You will be using a lot of these same ingredients in the topping, so keep them out for later. Give the mixture a stir, and pour it into a 9-x 12-inch baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

Make the crumb topping

To make the tasty crumb topping, combine the remaining brown sugar, flour, apple pie spice, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Hahn uses a Danish whisk to help work through any clumps. Add the melted butter, and continue to whisk until the mixture is crumbly. Then, layer it on top of the apple mixture in the baking dish.

Bake and serve

Pop your baking dish into the oven, and cook for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Let it cool for about 20 minutes before serving. This crumb is wonderful on its own, or topped with whipped cream or ice cream. It is also nice to sprinkle on some extra apple pie spice or cinnamon. If you have leftovers, they will last for up to 5 days in a sealed container in the fridge. You can enjoy leftovers warmed up or cold. 

Spiced Baked Apple Crumb Recipe
5 from 27 ratings
Traditional apple desserts are reimagined with this spiced baked apple crumb recipe. It's so light, yet sweet with no heavy pie crust required.
Prep Time
Cook Time
apple crumb with whipped cream
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • 6 Honeycrisp apples
  • 1¼ cups brown sugar, divided
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup butter, melted
Optional Ingredients
  • whipped cream
  • ice cream
  • apple pie spice
  • cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Peel and dice the apples.
  2. Put the apples in a large bowl. Add ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup flour, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon apple pie spice, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Mix well. Pour the apple mixture into a 9- x 12-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ¾ cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of flour, ½ teaspoon apple pie spice, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon salt, and the baking powder. Add the melted butter, and whisk the mixture until it is well combined and crumbly.
  4. Spread this crumb mixture on top of the apples in the baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
Calories per Serving 347
Total Fat 12.0 g
Saturated Fat 7.4 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 30.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 59.7 g
Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
Total Sugars 36.4 g
Sodium 178.0 mg
Protein 3.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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