Healthy Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl

April 3, 2022
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Cozy up to the warmth of our Healthy Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl— It's the perfect morning indulgence to kickstart your day on a deliciously wholesome note.

Healthy Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl

Get ready to fall in love with breakfast all over again! Our Healthy Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl is the ultimate morning treat—think the comforting vibes of apple pie but without the dairy. It's a cozy + comforting blend of hearty oats and sweet apple crumble that turns your breakfast into a dessert-like delight--- Making your morning breakfast taste like a warm hug. Entirely Vegan + Gluten-free. Overnight option.

Bowl of Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal with two spoons

Where are my apple crumble fans at? I'm on a mission to share my love for this classic dessert by whipping up a healthier version that's perfect for breakfast – because who says you can't start your day with a little indulgence?

I'm all about breakfasts that start your day on a special note. From Red Velvet Pancakes to Vegan Banana Blueberry Pecan Crumble Muffins, why not start off with a meal that tastes like a treat? And the best part is that it doesn't have to be super rich or weigh you down. I recently even made a Dirty Chai Latte Oatmeal that's an absolute dream for all you coffee lovers out there.

But back to this Apple Crumble Breakfast Oatmeal Bowl--- It's the perfect balance of healthy, sweet + satisfying. Ready in just 30 minutes, with an overnight option for those lazy mornings. And it's totally vegan + gluten-free.

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Spoon in a pan of apple crumble

How To Make Apple Crumble Oatmeal

The three components for this loaded Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl are the creamy oats, the sautéed apples, and the nutty crumble.


To make the oatmeal, you'll need:

  • Thick-cut rolled oats. These are sometimes called old-fashioned. If necessary, use gluten-free oats.
  • Almond milk. Any kind of non-dairy milk will work in this recipe. Use coconut milk, oat milk, water or even whole milk to make your oats.
  • Agave syrup. Another sweetener, such as maple syrup or honey will also work.
  • Spices. I flavor the oats with ground cinnamon + nutmeg.

Caramelized Apples

For the cooked apples, you'll need:

  • Gala apples. Leave the skin on for added nutrients and texture.
  • Cinnamon. For all the cozy flavor.
  • Maple syrup. Honey also works!
  • Olive oil. To cook and soften the apples for caramelized flavors.

Crumble Topping

The texture in this recipe comes from the simple crunchy crumble topping. You'll need:

  • Oats. Again, I use thick-cut rolled oats.
  • Pecans. Chop them roughly so you have some variety in texture.
  • Vegan butter. Use unsalted. I love using the brand Miyokos
  • Maple syrup. Again, honey or agave will also work.


Here, I’ve curated a list of baking + cooking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite dishes, especially with this Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl. Everything from my fave skillet, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Bowl of Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Why You Will LOVE Apple Crumble Oatmeal

  • Mouthwatering apple crumble goodness
  • Extremely creamy + smooth + crunchy in texture for a nice spoonful with each bite.
  • Has a rich, perfectly packed warm-spiced topping.
  • Dairy-free + vegan + gluten-free options for everyone to enjoy!
  • Can be enjoyed hot or cold as overnight oats----with the same amount of deliciousness!
  • Overnight option for lazy mornings.
Overhead shot of a bowl of Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Tips for the Perfect Oatmeal + Variation/Topping Ideas.

  • To change things up, simply add other flavors such as juice of an orangeapple chunksberrieszest, or other extracts.
  • You can use any sweetener option you please—-Agave, maple syruphoneyapple sauce, or another natural sweetener.
  • For additional nutrients, feel free to add flaxseed mealchia seedssunflower seedspumpkin seeds, etc.
  • Top with other caramelized fruitdried fruitdollops of yogurtcranberrieschocolate chips, or whatever you choose.
  • For make-ahead meals or on-the-go, simply make this and store in a mason jar.
  • For a nice creaminess, add your favorite butterspeanut butteralmond butterpecan butter, sunbutter, etc.
  • Add cooked grains such as quinoaamaranth, or wheat germ.
  • For a bit more crunch factor, you can top with toasted nuts like pecanswalnutspeanuts, or walnuts.
  • You can boost up your protein intake with half the scoop of protein powder.
Overhead shot of a bowl of Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal

What Types Of Oats I Can Use ?

I'm all about that creamy texture you get from steel-cut rolled oats! But hey, when it comes to oats, there's a whole bunch out there, each with its own special qualities.

You can use various types of oats for porridge:

Rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)--- These are most commonly used for porridge. They cook relatively quickly and offer a creamy texture.

Quick Oats--- They are similar to rolled oats but are cut into smaller pieces, which makes them cook faster.

Steel-cut oats--- These oats are less processed and have a chewier texture. They take longer to cook but offer a hearty, nuttier flavor.

Can I Use Other Types of Milk for This Apple Crumble Oatmeal?

Absolutely! If you’d like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use for this  Apple Crumble Oatmeal—–that’s totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like coconut milkcashew milk, soy milk and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk, and even potato and quinoa milk.

Overhead shot of a bowl of Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal with a spoon

Health Benefits of Oats

Oats are another superfood that’s great to start your day with. Rolled oats like the ones used in this recipe, are a healthy source of complex carbs, fiber (the soluble kind!), protein, and fat. In addition, they are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Other great benefits of oats, according to studies:

  • They can help lower cholesterol.
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels to avoid crashes and spikes
  • May help with losing weight.
  • Helps to relieve constipation.

 Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl Q + A's

How can I make this ahead of time?

You can make the oatmeal, apples, and crumble ahead of time. Store the oatmeal and apples in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. Store the crumble separately at room temperature so it stays crisp and fresh.

Can I Make Overnight Apple Oatmeal Bowls?

Yes, if you'd like to make these ahead of time and skip the stove work, you can. Simply combine all of the oatmeal ingredients in a container, cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. When you're ready t dig in, make the caramelized apples and pecan crumble, assemble, and enjoy!

Can I use another sweetener?

Yes of course. Instead of Agave you can simply use honey (If you are not vegan) or pure maple syrup as a sweetener.

Closeup of a bowl of Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal

More Comforting Breakfast Recipes to Try Next!

If this Healthy Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl hits the spot, you’ll definitely want to cozy up to my other warming breakfasts next!


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Bowl of Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Healthy Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl

April 3, 2022
5 from 1 vote
Get ready to fall in love with breakfast all over again! Our Healthy Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl is the ultimate morning treat—think the comforting vibes of apple pie but without the dairy. It's a cozy + comforting blend of hearty oats and sweet apple crumble that turns your breakfast into a dessert-like delight--- Making your mornings taste like a warm hug. Entirely Vegan + Gluten-free. Overnight option.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2 servings



  • 1 cup thick-cut Rolled oats, GF
  • 4 cups Almond milk (You can use your fave plant-based milk!)
  • ¼ cup Agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  • 2 medium Gala apples, cubed into medium chunks (skin on)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Extra virgin olive oil


  • 1 cup thick-cut Rolled oats, GF
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted
  • 2 tsps pure maple syrup



  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a medium skillet (10-inch) with melted vegan butter or olive oil.
  • In a bowl, add together the chopped apples, cinnamon, salt, maple syrup, and olive oil, mixing until combined and apples are coated. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add the oats, chopped pecans, melted butter, and maple syrup, mixing until wet and crumble can be pressed together.
  • Add the apple mixture to the prepared skillet and top with crumble, evenly spreading everything out. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crumble is golden brown and crisp and apples are tender.


  • Add oats, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until everything is combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low so that everything simmers for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once done, oats should thicken and become swollen + fluffy and creamy with half the the liquid still remaining. Stir in the Agave and vanilla and let simmer for an additional 1-2 minutes before removing it from heat.
  • To serve, portion oatmeal into serving bowl(s) and top with apple crumble, and a light drizzle of Agave or maple syrup, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect for meal prep for the week!
  • OVERNIGHT OPTION: Simply add all oatmeal ingredients to a bowl and mix together until combined. Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours). Once ready to serve, make apple crumble topping separately and top overnight oats and enjoy.
  • SWEETENER: Instead of Agave you can simply use Pure maple syrup to oatmeal as a sweetener.


Calories: 885kcal | Carbohydrates: 126g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1288mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 772mg | Iron: 5mg


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Healthy Breakfast Apple Crumble Oatmeal Bowl.

Script text: Xx, Shanika

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