24 net carbs

Apple Crumble

A deliciously easy low-carb apple crumble (or apple crisp) loaded with flavor. Sweet, tender spiced apples topped with a buttery, oat, and almond flour mixture. Serve warm from the oven, topped with delicious low-carb whipped cream.

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Apple Crumble

Low-carb apple crumble topped with whipped cream.

Low-Carb Apple Crumble (Apple Crisp)

Total Diabetes Wellness
Easy to prepare and low in carbs, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser! With its sweet apple pie-like filling and buttery crumble oat topping, this low-carb, gluten-free, diabetic-friendly cozy apple crumble brings all the flavors of fall together.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Net Carbs 24 g
*Net carbs are per serving



  • 4 pounds (14 cups) peeled & chopped apples
  • 1 tablespoon monk fruit (or sweetener of choice)
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg


  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons monk fruit (or sweetener of choice)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened


  • Preheat the oven to 375F/190C.
    Close-up view of temperature knob on an oven, preheat oven to cook a meal.
  • Peel, core, and chop the apples into small chunks and place directly into a 9”x13” baking dish. Sprinkle with monk fruit (or sweetener of choice), cinnamon, and nutmeg over apples and toss well. *If preferred, you can mix the apples in a large mixing bowl.
    Top view of person mixing chopped apples, cinnamon and spices in a white baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine almond flour, rolled oats, and monk fruit. Mix in butter until topping mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle topping over apples.
    Top view of adding butter oat crumble topping to chopped apples to make apple crumble.
  • Bake, covered, in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes or until the crumble topping is golden.
    Top view of apple crumble just out of the oven in a white baking dish next to a bowl of whipped cream.
  • Cool 10 minutes before serving with whipped cream if desired.
    Low-carb apple crumble dished into a small white bowl and topped with fresh whipped cream.




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Recipe Variations

Apples – You can use any variety of apples for this apple crumble recipe. Our favorite is half granny smith apples and half Honeycrisp apples. Any apples will work for this recipe; feel free to use whatever you like or have on hand.

Optional add-ins

  • Cardamon – 1/2 teaspoon adds an extra layer of spice
  • Vanilla – 1 teaspoon, added with the filling mix
  • Nuts – almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts all add a great flavor
  • Flaked coconut – make sure it doesn’t have added sugar

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe smaller?

Yes! This recipe fills a 9”x13” size baking dish. If this is too large for your needs, simply cut the recipe in half. Bake in a 2-quart baking dish.

Do I have to peel the apples?

It’s up to you! You can certainly leave the apple peels on if preferred. This option will add extra fiber and nutrients to the apple crumble, which may help blood sugar levels not rise as much.

Can I make individual servings?

Yes! You can use small ramekins and divide the apples and topping between them—Bake as directed.

Can I use an apple peeler/spiralizer?

Yes! You can use a spiralizer if you prefer. This usually makes thin apple slices, like those traditionally found in apple pies. It’s up to you how you want to chop the apples; any method will work!

Is apple crumble gluten-free?

Yes! This apple crumble recipe is gluten-free. While oats are naturally gluten-free, some oats are processed in facilities that also process gluten-containing products. You can purchase certified gluten-free oats if you have celiac disease and need to ensure your oats have not been cross-contaminated.

Is this low-carb apple crumble recipe Keto?

No, this recipe is not Keto. With 24 grams of net carbs per serving, this recipe has more carbs than some of our other dessert recipes. This recipe is low-carb and has no added sugar, which helps keep the carb count down. If you’re closely watching your carbohydrate intake, make sure to pay attention to the serving size.

Can I adjust the sweetness?

Yes! This recipe is very forgiving; you can adjust the sweetness to your taste. If you prefer a sweeter crumble, add an additional tablespoon or two of monk fruit (or sweetener of choice) to the filling mixture. The sweetness of your crumble will depend on the type of apples used.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: You can prepare the entire dish ahead of time. Cover and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. Let the dish sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes while your oven pre-heats to avoid the dish going from a cold refrigerator to a hot oven and possibly breaking. If you prefer just to chop the apples ahead of time, sprinkle a little bit of lemon juice over them. This will keep the apples from turning brown.
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover apple crumble tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 
  • Freezing instructions: We don’t recommend freezing apple crumble. The filling often gets quite watery once it’s thawed, and the topping loses its crunch.
  • To reheat: For reheating, we recommend the oven or a toaster oven. This will allow the topping to crisp up again. You can reheat it in the microwave; just be aware the topping will be soft and lose its crispiness.

Additional Details

Indulging in a scrumptious dessert doesn’t have to derail your low-carb diet, especially if you’re watching your sugar intake due to diabetes. With a little creativity and smart ingredient swaps, you can enjoy a delightful and guilt-free treat like low-carb apple crumble. This classic dessert, with its warm, cinnamon-infused apples and crunchy topping, offers a perfect balance of flavors and textures.

Low-carb apple crumble is a twist on the traditional recipe, swapping out high-carb ingredients for more diabetes-friendly options. It features juicy apples tossed in warming spices, topped with a crunchy and buttery almond flour crumble. By reducing the carb content and using natural sugar substitutes, this version of apple crumble allows you to enjoy a satisfying dessert without causing significant blood sugar spikes.

Apple Crumble Ingredients

  • Apples: Apples are a rich source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, and essential vitamins. Opt for varieties like Granny Smith or Braeburn, which are lower in sugar and have a slightly tart flavor that complements the sweetness of the crumble.
  • Almond Flour: Almond flour is a low-carb and gluten-free alternative to regular flour. It adds a nutty flavor and helps create a crispy texture for the crumble topping.
  • Sugar Substitute: Stevia or erythritol can be used as natural sugar substitutes in this recipe. They offer sweetness without the spike in blood sugar levels.
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg: These aromatic spices add warmth and depth of flavor to the apple filling, enhancing its taste and making it even more inviting.

Apple Crumble Preparation Tips and Instructions

  • Preparing the Apple Filling:
    • Peel, core, and slice the apples evenly to ensure they cook uniformly.
    • Toss the apple slices with lemon juice to prevent browning and add a touch of acidity.
    • Coat the apples with a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and your chosen sugar substitute to enhance the flavor profile.
    • Arrange the apple mixture evenly in a baking dish, ensuring it’s tightly packed to prevent excess moisture.
  • Creating the Almond Flour Crumble Topping:
    • Combine almond flour, a pinch of salt, and cold butter in a bowl.
    • Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the almond flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    • Sprinkle your chosen sugar substitute over the mixture to add a hint of sweetness.
  • Baking the Crumble:
    • Preheat the oven to the recommended temperature stated in the recipe.
    • Evenly spread the crumble topping over the apple filling, covering it completely.
    • Bake the apple crumble until the top turns golden brown and the apples are tender but not mushy.
    • Allow the crumble to cool slightly before serving to enhance the flavors.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

  • Serve with Low-Carb Ice Cream: Top a warm serving of apple crumble with a scoop of low-carb vanilla or cinnamon ice cream for an extra decadent treat.
  • Add a Nutty Twist: Mix chopped walnuts or pecans into the crumble topping for added crunch and richness.
  • Go Dairy-Free: Replace butter with coconut oil or dairy-free butter alternatives for a dairy-free version of this dessert.
  • Try Different Fruit Combinations: Experiment with other low-carb fruits, such as berries or rhubarb, to create unique variations of this delicious dessert.

Benefits for People with Diabetes

Low-carb apple crumble offers several benefits for those managing diabetes:

  • Reduced carbohydrate content helps control blood sugar levels and prevents sharp spikes.
  • High fiber content from apples and almond flour promotes healthy digestion and may help regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Natural sugar substitutes allow for sweetness without the glycemic impact of regular sugar.
  • The presence of antioxidants in apples supports overall health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases associated with diabetes.

Apple Crumble or Apple Crisp?

Apple crumble and apple crisp are both delicious desserts featuring baked apples, but there are slight differences between the two:

  • Topping Texture: The main difference lies in the texture of the topping. In an apple crumble, the topping is typically made with a combination of flour, butter, sugar, and sometimes oats or nuts. It creates a crumbly and buttery texture when baked. On the other hand, an apple crisp has a more granola-like topping, often made with oats, flour, butter, sugar, and sometimes spices or nuts. The crisp topping tends to be crunchier and more textured.
  • Ingredients: While the core ingredients of both desserts are apples, sugar, and butter, the proportions and additional ingredients may vary. Apple crumble usually includes flour as a main component of the topping, providing structure and a softer texture. Apple crisp, on the other hand, commonly contains oats, which contribute to its distinct crispiness.
  • Regional Variations: The terms “apple crumble” and “apple crisp” can also vary by region. In the United States, “apple crisp” is the more commonly used term, while “apple crumble” is more popular in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. However, the variations in topping texture and ingredients described above still apply regardless of the terminology used.

In the end, whether you prefer the crumbly texture of an apple crumble or the crunchiness of an apple crisp, both desserts offer a delightful way to enjoy the flavors of baked apples with a delicious topping.

Storage Instructions

Leftover apple crumble can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat individual servings in the oven or microwave for a warm and comforting treat.

Low-carb apple crumble provides a delectable dessert option for individuals following a low-carb diet and managing diabetes. With the perfect balance of flavors and textures, this guilt-free treat will satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your health goals. So go ahead, indulge in a cozy slice of low-carb apple crumble, and savor every bite while keeping your blood sugar levels in check.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was SO GOOD! My brother-in-law has diabetes and I was looking for dessert ideas to make when he was in town visiting. This apple cobbler got gobbled up so fast. Tasted just as good, if not better, than “traditional” cobblers I’ve made in the past with tons of sugar. 5 stars!

    1. Hi Sam! We’re happy to hear this recipe was a hit for your family. This apple crumble recipe is always a hit around our family too! Your brother-in-law is fortunate to have family members that are mindful of his nutritional needs.