Breakfast fruit crumble

Hello friends! I got the awesome opportunity to guest post over on Signe’s gorgeous blog A Million Miles! I’d love for you to check it out, and while you’re there take a moment to drool over all of her beautiful food!

Credit for this breakfast fruit crumble/miracle goes 100% to my best friend Katelyn (or, as I call her, Katerz).

Katerz and I met on our very first night of our first year of university – we were in the same dorm and wound up at the same end of the very long dining hall table occupied by our entire floor. Things got off to a fairly rocky start. Katerz made a comment about the pitfalls of being at the end of a long table because your choice of conversational partners is limited; and though I later learned that she was conspiratorially referring to an un-chatty chap sitting beside us, I thought she was talking about me; and it took me a while to brush off the perceived slight. (I am nothing if not stubborn!)

breakfast fruit crumble, healthy apple crumble

It’s been eight – EIGHT – years since that first night, and in spite of time and distance (hello nine time zones apart) we’ve only gotten closer. Which isn’t exactly to be expected as we’re perhaps a slightly unlikely match.

For example: Katerz is super athletic – the type who runs FOR FUN and goes hiking in the mountains of British Columbia on her days off. I, too, enjoy running… if it’s between 18 and 23 degrees celcius and if the sun is out but not TOO out, and if someone comes with me and holds all of my personal belongings, and if I need to wash my hair anyway, and – and…

Also, while butter features prominently on my list of favourite flavours (Paula Deen anyone?), Katerz’s all-time favourite food is… apples. I used to think this would eventually lead to the demise of our friendship, but actually it’s worked out quite well for us. I never have to begrudgingly, fake-generously offer her any of my candy when we watch movies together, and I don’t have to worry about keeping to my half of any sort of junky treat – the whole thing is MINE!

breakfast fruit crumble, healthy apple crumble

breakfast fruit crumble, healthy apple crumble

That’s not to say that I don’t love wholesome food, obviously. (Did you catch my declaration of love to roasted cauliflower? Or my pumpkin obsession – parts 1, 2 and 3?)

One of my wholesome loves is Katerz’s fruit crumble. No matter where in the world we end up together, we always seem to find the time to make at least one of these crumbles. In Ontario, British Columbia, Holland… It starts as an evening snack/dessert sort of thing – likely accompanied by a classic such as Pitch Perfect or Frozen – and then quickly gets devoured over the next few breakfasts.

The topping takes only minimal oil and no butter – I know, I know, but roll with me – and in the oven it almost acquires a sort of soft, crumbly granola bar texture. Fun fact: when we lived together, Katerz would make her crumble and reserve a bit of the topping in a bowl for us – her gluttonous friends! – to snack on while we waited for the oven to work its magic. If that’s not friendship, I don’t know what is.

breakfast fruit crumble, healthy apple crumble

breakfast fruit crumble, healthy apple crumble

Bake this on a Sunday and pop portions into the microwave all week long – a delicious, healthy and comforting breakfast in under two minutes! I won’t lie to you: this crumble won’t magically turn you into a health fanatic or a star athlete, but if you serve it with a dollop of yoghurt it’ll keep you satisfied until lunch, and sometimes that’s really all you can ask for.

By the way – as always, take my measurements as a suggestion! This recipe can easily be tweaked to your exacting specifications.

Breakfast fruit crumble

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 70 minutes

Total Time: 80 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8 servings

Breakfast fruit crumble


6-8 apples, cored, peeled, and cut into even slices (about 1 cm thick)*
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut oil (or whatever mild oil you have on hand)
3 tbsp sucanat or sweetener of choice
3 tbsp flax seed**
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
pinch of salt
yoghurt, for serving


1. Preheat your oven to 225 c/435 f.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl, except for the apples. The oats should form small, light clumps but should not be sticky.
3. In a medium-sized baking dish (mine is 8in x 6in x 2.5in OR 20cm x 15cm x 6cm but don't be too worried about precise sizing!), lay your apples in a somewhat even layer, and then cover with the topping.
4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for about 45-50 minutes. You should be able to easily stick a knife into the crumble without meeting crunchy resistance from the apples.
5. Once your apples are soft, remove the aluminum foil and return the dish to the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown.
6. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly, and then get in there! Serve with a dollop of yoghurt for extra deliciousness.


*I like using slightly sweet & tart apples, such as Elstar, but this is entirely up to you!

While I made this crumble with only apples, you could easily add any sort of fruit in here - frozen berries, sliced banana, nectarine, pear, rhubarb... whatever your heart desires!