Baked Apples With Olive Oil Crumble Top

Baked Apples With Olive Oil Crumble Top
Stephanie Lang, MS, RDN, CDN
Total Time: 45 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Servings: 4

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

175 calories
7g fat
27g carbs
2g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 175
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 16g  
Includes 8g Added Sugars 16%
Protein 2g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 132mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

This comforting baked apple dessert is a showstopper, and it is secretly vegan. The apples get halved and filled with an oat and whole-grain flour crumble topping, giving you a dose of soluble fiber with your dessert.

Plant foods rich in dietary fiber help protect us against cancer, specifically colorectal cancer, and some soluble fibers may also help lower blood sugar, aid in insulin sensitivity, and help lower blood cholesterol.

The crumble topping uses olive oil instead of the more traditional butter to reduce saturated fat content for a more heart-healthy treat.


  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat or spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium apples


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Drizzle in the olive oil and mix with a fork or your fingers until combined and resembling a crumb topping. Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the apples.

  3. Halve the apples along their equator and scoop out the inner seeds and core with a spoon or melon baller.

  4. Place cut side up in a baking dish with a rim (an 8 x 8-inch baking pan works well). Mound the crumble topping over the cut apples.

  5. Place baking dish in the oven, and pour water into the pan about 1/4 inch high. Bake 35 to 40 minutes until the apples have softened and the crumble top is cooked through.

  6. Let cool slightly and serve.

Variations and Substitutions

During the summer months, try this with crumble topping with peaches or nectarines instead of apples. In the fall, pears would make a great swap. For the pears, you will need to slice lengthwise so that they do not wobble too much during baking.

For a nutty twist on the crumble topping, mix in 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans or walnuts. The nuts add calories but they also add protein and heart-healthy fat.

Want to eat this for breakfast? Use 4 teaspoons of brown sugar instead of a quarter cup, and mix in 2 teaspoons of heart-healthy ground flaxseed or chia seeds for an omega-3 boost. Serve with a side of plain Greek yogurt instead of ice cream.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • For extra decadence, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (use a dairy-free ice cream if you follow a vegan diet).
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave. 

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By Stephanie Lang, MS, RDN, CDN
Stephanie Forsythe, MS, RDN, CNSC, is a registered dietitian nutritionist who has developed recipes and blog content for Savor Health.