Have an abundance of apples? Try this easy-to-make apple crumble! This tasty apple crumble recipe is special because it’s both dairy-free and parve. Plus, it's made with individual ramekins, which makes it the perfect thing to serve as a special Passover dessert. And as a Passover dessert – it doesn’t require oats, so you can enjoy a traditional apple crumble with no problem.
What is apple crumble?
Apple crumble (or apple crisp) is a well-known and loved dessert. It’s warm, comforting, and as a bonus, always delicious!
Basically, apple crumble is an easier way to prepare an apple pie. It has almost all of the same ingredients. But, instead of baking it in a homemade pie crust, you can bake the filling in ramekins and top it with a tasty cinnamon sugar crumble.
Last year, I shared a recipe for mango crumble, which is a family favorite in our household during summer, thanks to the delicious and fresh mangos from my parent's tree. So, for this holiday season, I decided to tackle a classic but dairy-free version of this apple dessert.
This apple crumble is made with a layer of delicious, soft apples flavored with cinnamon and a top layer of crispy crumbles. The crumble is baked in the oven until the top layer is crispy, which is the origin of the other name of this dessert.
Usually, the crumbles are made from flour, nuts, and rolled oats mixed with sugar and fat. For this Passover version, I used matzo meal instead of flour and omitted the rolled oats and nuts as oats are not Kosher for Passover and, therefore, not to be consumed during Passover.
You do not need to leave this dessert out during the holidays. Desserts can be tasty with no flour, and this recipe is also parve (non-dairy) and vegan. It’s the best of both worlds!
Tips for making apple crumble without oats
When making this simple apple crumble recipe, there are a few things you can do to make sure you end up with the best dessert.
Here are my best tips when making a homemade apple crumble:
Use matzo meal
The secret to a tasty and kosher for Passover apple crumble without oats is to use a combination of matzo meal and light brown sugar for the crumbly topping. You'll still get the same delightfully crumbly topping without the extra fiber or dietary drawbacks of using rolled oats.
Make individual servings
I choose to bake the apple crumble in small ramekins. This way, each person can have their own little apple crumble. It saves me time from trying to scoop out the perfect amount for each person. It also ensures that I have enough apple crumble to feed everyone in my house!
Pick the best apples
I used green apples that have a tart, sharp taste and are the classic fruit for this crumble dessert. Granny Smith is the most popular variety of apples to use in apple pie and apple crumble.
Change up the fruit
You can change the apples to 4 cups of blueberries or blackberries if you want. In fact, a blueberry crumble is a perfect thing to make in the summertime. Fresh berries are plump, juicy, and sweet!
Here are some questions people often ask about how to make the best apple crumble.
What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?
The biggest difference between an apple crisp and apple crumble is the ingredients used to make the crispy topping.
Apple crisps are usually topped with either toasted oatmeal or nuts only, or both. Apple crumbles can be made without either of those ingredients. An apple crumble usually has a streusel topping made with flour, sugar and fat.
What is apple crumble topping made of?
The topping for apple crumble is usually made of flour, butter, and sugar. I made a parve apple crumble. This means it is dairy-free!
So, my apple crumble topping is made with vegetable oil, light brown sugar, and matzo meal. So that it is Passover-friendly.
Why is my crumble not crispy?
This is probably because you didn't add enough vegetable oil. To make sure it's nice and crispy, create a grainy texture with vegetable oil, sugar, and matzo meal. It should crisp up beautifully in the oven!
Do I have to make individual mini apple crumbles?
No, you can bake it in a 9x13 pan if you want. You'll have to adjust the baking time if you choose to bake it in a larger pan. The larger pan will take longer to bake.
What can I serve with my apple crumble?
I like to serve my apple crumble with a dollop of dairy-free cream. But you can also serve it with vegan ice cream. It's delicious on its own too!
Make this dairy-free apple crumble today!
So there you have it: an easy and delicious parve apple crumble recipe for Passover. You don't need to compromise on taste to make a Passover dessert. With this recipe, you can have the best apple crumble without oats.
So grab your ingredients and get baking!
More Passover Recipes
Want to plan out your whole Passover? Check out these other Passover-friendly recipes:
- Passover Rolls
- Passover Chocolate Coconut Balls (non-dairy)
- Maple Passover Cake
- Almond Cookies
- Sweet Potato Mini Pizzas
- Passover Pancakes (Parve)
- Passover Granola
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Vegetable Kugel
- GF Lemon Crinkle Cookies (Parve)
- Homemade Marzipan
- Vegetarian Chopped Liver
- Charoset Cake
Recipe yields 14 servings (if you use ramekins, you will have 14 in total).
Passover Apple Crumble (Parve)
- 1 cup matzo meal
- 1 cup light brown (demerara) sugar divided in half (half is for the apple filling and half for the crumbles)
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 5 green apples cored, peeled and cubed.
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Juice of one lemon
- Preheat the oven to 170°C / 350°F with the fan and grease the mini ramekins.
- Wash and peel your preferred apples.
- Then, dice 5 cups of apples and add to a large bowl.
- Mix in the lemon juice, cinnamon, and half of the sugar.
- Fill in each greased ramekin with 2-3 tablespoons of the apple mixture.
- In a bowl, mix the matzo meal, the other half of the sugar, and the oil into a crumbly mixture.
- Sprinkle on top of the apple layer.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the filling is bubbling.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
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