Apple Crumble from Scratch–All of It

I bought a bag of gala apples that turned out to be terrible. While they looked beautiful with their bright red color, one bite told me they were not fit for raw consumption. I was so sad at seeing 8 apples I had no desire to eat until I realized, I could make an apple crisp!

Chopping up nuts!

Baking apples is a great way to alleviate oneself of an otherwise unpalatable fruit, so I decided to try making one. I had never made one, but again, one of my resolutions was to be more creative in the kitchen. So I set to looking for recipes.

Recipe upon recipe called for granola, which I did not have nor feel like buying. Luckily, I had all the ingredients–or at least enough to wing a granola good enough for an apple crumble–and I thought, let’s make it a double recipe wammy today. After finding two recipes I liked, I set to work on the recipes! Here they are:

Apple Crumble Pie Ingredients (adapted from Food Network Recipe)

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups store-bought oat granola
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, plus 1/4 cup
  • 5 apples (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice or Nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Add the granola, melted butter, 1 tablespoon of the flour, and 1 tablespoon sugar and toss until the sugar is dissolved and the granola is well-coated in a bowl. Set aside.

3. Pour the apples into a skillet; toss with the cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and

Cooking apples in sugar and cinnamon

remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are juicy and slightly softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Pour into a lightly greased pie pan and scatter the reserved granola mixture evenly over the top and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until the crisp is bubbling and the apples are tender, about 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

Granola Ingredients (adapted from

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup finely chopped mixed nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc.)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil.
  1. Combine the oats, sunflower seeds, and mixed chopped nuts in a large bowl. Stir

    Finished product fresh out of the oven and ready for eating!

    together the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat. Spread the mixture out on the baking sheets.

  1. Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes. Let cool.

Obviously, you can just buy granola, but if you’re up to the adventure, it’s lots of fun, and the finished product is wonderful! Happy eating!


2 responses to “Apple Crumble from Scratch–All of It

  1. Good save. Looks yummy. Will have to try for the fam one weekend. We love apples. Honeycrisp are my favorite. Ever had one?

    • Ooo honey crisps are so good! Too bad Trader Joe’s didn’t have any. You know, Trader Joe’s is a great way to force one to experiment in the kitchen with produce because (at least here in Boston) their produce isn’t that great…I love them otherwise! Do you have a favorite go to store?

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