Apples à la Crumble

I have been making Baked Apples for as long as I can remember. It was a huge Weight Watchers craze way back in the ’70s and my mom would make them all the time. Then she started making Apple Crisp and Apple Pie with a crumb topping. I have just discovered a way of combining the simplicity of baked apples with the deliciousness of the crumble, and you can enjoy this treat with relatively little guilt!

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  • 6 apples of your choice, washed and cored
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of bourbon (you can also use whiskey or brandy)
  • 3/4 cup of oats (either regular or quick-cooking)
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil (avocado or coconut oil also works)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Coat a rectangular or round baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Make sure the apples fit well.
  2. Sprinkle 1/4 cup brown sugar into the bottom of the pan and drizzle the vanilla and liquor of choice over top. It doesn’t have to be perfect!
  3. Then place the apples on top.
  4. Make the crumble by combining the oats, flour, the remaining brown sugar, and oil.
  5. Stuff each apple with the crumble and sprinkle the rest on the bottom and around each apple.
  6. Coat a piece of foil with nonstick cooking spray and cover the apples.
  7. Bake for about 45 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes

Serve warm!

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