If you are longing for a small slice of fall or just wanting a warm and cozy dessert, my Individual Apple Crumble recipe will sure hit the spot. Tender apples loaded with cinnamon and topped with a low fat oat crumble get baked to perfection in some cute ramekins that make for the perfect size dessert.
Can this Low Fat Apple Crumble Be Made for Individuals or Baked Family Style?
The answer to the above question is yes. This yummy Low Fat Apple Crumble recipe can be made in four individual ramekins or in a larger 8×11 baking dish. I promise either way you make it, you will love it!
Though it is still just the middle of August I have to be honest and say that all my thoughts in the kitchen have turned to fall. There is just something about fall desserts and baking when it is cooler outside. Do you feel the same?
So since I tend to bake more in the fall I choose to make these crumble desserts in the individual portions you’ll see here. I’ve talked about this before on the blog because it helps me and my boys keep our portions under control.
How is a Sugar Free Apple Crumble Filling made?
It is also a great way to make these types of desserts if you are the only one following a special diet. This way you can have your dessert but not be stuck with tons of excess to eat your way through.
I mean, not that it would be horrible eating tons of dessert, but I know it is good to avoid that when needed!
Before we get into the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe I wanted to share about the baking dishes I use. When I make individual desserts I like to use my little white baking dishes that I’ve had for years.
These dishes were given to me by my mom and I’ve used them many times over the last ten years. But if you can’t find little shallow dishes like mine, you could use any oven proof ramekins that will hold at least 1 and 1/2 cups of ingredients.
You can check out these types of small dishes on Amazon if you are in the market for some or I’ve seen them at Wal-Mart to in their housewares department.
Once you have your individual baking dishes it is time to fill them with yumminess and get them baked. After all, the sooner we quit talking and get to baking the sooner we can eat them!
HERE ARE THE INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:
- 4 apples, peeled and sliced
- Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener
- glute free rolled oats
- oat fiber
- egg whites
- butter or coconut oil
- Xanthan Gum
For the filling add the apples, cinnamon, sweetener, and the water to a medium saucepan. The trick in cooking the apples in this step is to get them just tender, you don’t want them turning into mush when they bake. I love a little texture in my fruit.
Once the apples have cooked down a bit and are tender enough for you to taste, then it is time to add the Xanthan Gum to a pan slowly and stir well. Turn the burner off under the apple mixture and let it sit while the flavors meld together for 15 minutes.
How to make a quick and delicious Oat Crumble Topping.
This crumble topping is super easy and it is perfect for these Low Fat Apple Crumbles. They are full of flavor and adds a fantastic texture on top of the soft baked apples. It is just comfort in a spoon for me.
To get started just add the gluten free oats, oat fiber, Golden Monk Fruit, and the cinnamon to a bowl and mix well. Next you’ll need to incorporate something to bind the oat topping together.
In normal crumble recipes it is usually a ton of butter that is used to make this sweet crunchy topping but I wanted to keep this recipe lighter in calories and fat so you’ll need to add in only one tablespoon of butter and one large egg white.
This works great but doesn’t add a ton or extra fat and calories. If you need a dairy free option you can sub the butter out by using coconut oil.
Now that you have an idea of how to make the apple filling and the sweet oat topping, you’re ready for assembly. It could not be simpler, seriously.
Just divide the apple filling between the four individual baking dishes, top each with an equal portion of the oat topping, and then bake until golden brown, which takes about 25 minutes in my oven. Oh my, these smell so good when you pull them out of the oven!
Here Are Some Helpful Tips and Substitutions That May be Helpful With This Recipe.
- For a completely dairy free version of this crumble recipe all that is needed is to replace the one tablespoon of butter with coconut oil. The flavor will still be delicious and the oil will help the crumble topping brown just as the butter does.
- For a fest flare you can always toss in a few cranberries during the holiday season to make this a Cranberry Apple Crumble.
- If you don’t have the cute individual serving dishes that are oven-safe you can use a 8×8 pan and bake this Low Fat Apple Crumble as one dessert. It can still be dished out into four servings when you are ready to eat it.
- The baked crumbles will last up to a week in the refrigerator as long as they are wrapped tightly. You can pop them in the microwave or the oven right before you are ready to eat them to make them warm and gooey again.
- If you do not have Oat Fiber as I call for in the recipe you can replace that with Oat Flour, which is simple ground up old fashioned oats. You can purchase this flour already ground up in grocery stores or grind your own oat flour in a coffee grinder or high powered blender.
- When baking the individual crumbles I like to place the ramekins on a baking sheet so they are easy to put into the oven and remove when they are finished cooking.
- If you want to thicken your apple filling but don’t have a low-carb thickener like Xanthan gum, you can use Arrowroot or any of your preferred thickener. I have only tried this recipe with Xanthan Gum.
- This Low Fat Apple Crumble can be made Orthodox Fast Friendly or Vegan by leaving out the butter and egg and replacing them both with coconut oil. I think you would need to start with 2 tablespoon of melted coconut oil and mix the topping thoroughly with your clean hands or a fork. If needed add a teaspoon at the time more to make sure the crumble comes together nicely and isn’t dry.
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Tender baked Cinnamon Apples topped with a sweet oat crumble. This desert is great for a cozy fall day. The recipe makes one medium crumble or 4 individual crumbles.
For the Apple Filling
- 4 medium apples, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup Golden Monk Fruit Sweetener
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of Xanthum Gum, for thickening
- pinch of salt
For the Crumble Topping
- Peel and slice the apples. I like to slice them fairly thick like maybe getting 8 slices or so to each apple so as they cook they don't turn to mush.
- Add the apples, water, sweetener, salt, cinnamon, and Monk Fruit into a medium sauce pan over medium low heat.
- Bring the apples to a slow simmer and let them cook and soften. Stir every once in a while to make sure they are cooking evenly.
- As the apples simmer away add the oats, oat fiber, cinnamon, and Monk Fruit to a bowls and mix well.
- Next take the 1 tablespoon of butter and cut it into the oat mixture as best you can before adding the egg white.
- Once you add the egg white use a fork or your clean hand to work the mixture until there are no dry oats left. Set aside and finish the apple filling.
- Once the apple are slightly tender sprinkle in the Xanthum Gum or your thickener of choice and combine well.
- Divide the apple mixture between four small serving bowls that are oven safe. and top each of the Apple Crumbles with the Oat topping.
- Place the Individual Apple Crumbles in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 20 minutes until the topping is cooked and golden brown.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
I am a southern girl through and through that loves to laugh, cook, read and spend time with family. My passions outside of home schooling my son are ministering to those in need and creating art in the kitchen! Every day is an adventure in our little house and I wouldn’t trade it or the chance to share here with you for anything!