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Easy Slow-Cooker Apple Crumble Recipe

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Kathy is a busy mom of two teens who loves to cook tasty and simple food for her family and friends.

Slow cooker apple crumble is an easy and delicious dessert.

Slow cooker apple crumble is an easy and delicious dessert.

Apple Crumble: An Easy and Comforting Dessert

Apple crumble is a simple and delicious dessert. The combination of warm apples, cinnamon, and a topping made with ingredients like brown sugar, oats, and butter is hard for many people to resist. It is the ideal comfort food on a cold fall or winter day —or really anytime!

Cooking apple crumble in a slow cooker is incredibly easy and will make your house smell incredible. Try this easy recipe with just five ingredients the next time you're craving a warm and comforting dessert, and see what you think.

For those cooks who like to experiment, I've also included suggestions below for recipe variations, including ways to make this basic recipe healthier or more indulgent.

Best Varieties of Apples to Use

When making apple crumble, you'll get better results if you use an apple variety that is recommended for baking. These apples will hold their shape better and not get mushy like some of the other varieties do.

Some of the best varieties of apples to use are:

  • Granny Smith
  • McIntosh
  • Honeycrisp
  • Royal Gala

Using a combination of two or more varieties of apples will give your crumble more flavour and depth.

Ingredients for Easy Slow Cooker Apple Crumble

  • 5 large apples, peeled and sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
Ingredients for slow cooker apple crumble.

Ingredients for slow cooker apple crumble.

Instructions

  1. Grease the crockpot with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Place the apple slices on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon.
  4. Mix together the softened butter, oats and brown sugar and pour over the apples in the slow cooker.
  5. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on the low setting for 3 to 5 hours.
  6. Serve and enjoy warm. Serve with vanilla ice cream or top with whipped cream, if desired.
The finished product.

The finished product.

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Variations

This recipe is easily adjusted for a change of taste or texture, or to make it healthier or more indulgent.

  • You can use other fruits, instead of the apples or in addition to the apples. Good choices are peaches, pears, blueberries or raspberries.
  • You can also replace some or all of the brown sugar with white sugar, but I highly recommend the brown sugar.
  • You can add other spices such as nutmeg or ginger.
  • Many apple crumble recipes contain flour. I left it out, but you can add in 1/2 cup of flour if you prefer.
  • You can add a handful of chopped nuts to this recipe - walnuts or pecans work best.

To make it healthier:

  • use less sugar
  • add a couple of tablespoons of flax seed or wheat bran
  • add more fruit
  • add some peeled, chopped zucchini (it sounds crazy but you can't really tell the difference from the apples once it's all cooked)

To make it more indulgent:

  • add more sugar
  • add maple syrup
  • add a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • top it with caramel sauce
  • serve with ice cream or whipped cream (is this really an option?)
Apple crumble leftovers for breakfast? Yummy.

Apple crumble leftovers for breakfast? Yummy.

I hope you'll try this easy recipe for slow cooker apple crumble and let me know what you think.

One final tip: If you happen to have any leftovers, they are great served as a special treat for breakfast the next day!

© 2013 Kathy Sima

Comments

moonlake from America on December 15, 2013:

This looks very good I love anything I can put in the crock pot. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 19, 2013:

kitkak1141: It doesn't get quite as crispy as in the oven, but it definitely doesn't get soggy either. I was worried that it would get soggy, but it didn't. :)

I hope you enjoy it Deepakraj!

Mena Deepakraj Sharma from Mangaluru on March 06, 2013:

Okay :) I will try it one day

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on March 06, 2013:

I use my slow cooker all of the time, but have never tried dessert. This looks great! Does the topping get soggy, or crisp up like in the oven?

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 04, 2013:

It really is easy, Rose. Pretty much one of the easiest dessert recipes I can think of, and it really hits the spot on a cold day.

I hope you do give it a try Katherine! Let me know what you think of it.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 04, 2013:

It really is easy, Rose. Pretty much one of the easiest dessert recipes I can think of, and it really hits the spot on a cold day.

I hope you do give it a try Katherine! Let me know what you think of it.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 02, 2013:

What a simple recipe, especially because you can make it in the slow cooker! It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. :)

Katherine Sanger from Texas on March 01, 2013:

So going to have to make that for dessert!

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 01, 2013:

Thanks everyone! I'm glad you liked it.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 01, 2013:

Mmmm another version of one of my favourite puddings. I save and will ahve to try it out.

I shall let you know how I get on.

Eddy.

Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on February 28, 2013:

Yum, this is a must try!

Faythe Payne from USA on February 28, 2013:

Oh My ..looks so good..bookmarking this page.....

A. Bove from New York on February 28, 2013:

Aye yie yie that looks good! Wishing for smellivision.