Honey Oat Apple Crumble

This crumble is about simple baking and healthy snacking. With just six ingredients, including naturally sweet apples and liquid honey, this is a dessert or snack that satisfies me and the kids without any refined sugar. Not that I'm all healthy all the time, of course. For me, happiness is found in balance. Somehow, warm cinnamon apples and a crumbly honey oat topping doesn't seem like much of a sacrifice, though.
Mr. Feedbag is away in London at the moment, so I've got the kids to myself for 11 days. That means more time doing:
  • the cooking (Why are these kids hungry ALL the time?)
  • the cleaning (Don't worry, sweetie, it's just an accident.)
  • the laundry (So. Much. Folding.)
  • the driving (Sit so I can buckle you in. Sit. Move your arms. No. Give it to me. Sit.)
  • karate and baseball practice (You mean I have to get TWO kids into jocks?)
  • bath times (Why am I wet, too?)
  • the potty training (Again, why am I wet, too?)
  • bed times (No, you'll have story time together because it's faster and I'm done) 
And less time for:
  • all the fun stuff
So when my 3-year-old asked to make apple crumble, I thought that sounded pretty fun and productive at the same time. And, boy, does he love this stuff. For him, there are never enough apples in this house and never enough crumble. Enjoy.

Honey Oat Apple Crumble
Makes 6-8 dessert or snack servings

6 cups (1.5 L) apples chopped into 1-inch pieces, skins on (about 6 medium apples)
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
1/3 cup (75 mL) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup (60 mL) liquid honey
2 cups (500 mL) quick-cooking oats
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt

Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. Toss the apple pieces with the cinnamon and spread them out in a greased 9 x 9 baking dish. In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter and honey with a fork. Add the oats and salt and continue mixing with the fork until evenly combined. Spread the crumble topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 50-55 minutes until the apples are soft and the crumble is golden.

Try your crumble on its own or with a splash of cold milk or cool, creamy yogurt.

What's your favourite use for honey?


  1. 11 days!? I'm tired just thinking of that! I love using honey in granola and then topping the yogurt and granola with more honey!! We recently got a honey pot. Idk why we waited so long! It's so amazing.

    1. I'm staying on top of things pretty well so far, but only on day 3. There's something about honey and oats/granola together that just works. I'd love to learn more about honey...

  2. Definitely crumble or in muffins. I prefer to use honey/maple syrup over refined sugar (yes, they are both sugar, but I prefer something less processed where possible).

  3. Certainly topple or even within muffins. I favor to make use of honey/maple syrup more than processed sugars (indeed, they're each sugars, however I favor some thing much less prepared exactly where feasible.

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  4. This looks delicious! I love adding a dribble of honey to herbal tea, especially on those slightly-under-the-weather days.