You might call them fruit crisps, crumbles or cobblers, but whatever name you choose, these dishes are versatile, warming and easy to make. In many ways, the offer the same comfort that you would get from a pie but involve considerably less effort. At the same time, they can even be healthier because the topping often includes healthy ingredients, such as oats, and will tend to be lower in fat than the crust of a pie.
The thing that I love the most about crumbles is simply that they work so well at any point during the day. Many crumble recipes are healthy enough that you could have them for breakfast, while the dish also works well as a dessert at the end of the day, especially if you add in a dollop of vegan ice cream.
All of the recipes on this list are special because they are vegan versions of crisps, crumbles and cobblers. I’ve also focused on including a wide range of different fruit combinations. Realistically, you can make a crumble with pretty much any type of fruit and you can even mix and match based on what you have.
But, despite how easy they are to make, sometimes following a recipe can help you make a crumble that is simply amazing. That’s certainly the case with these recipes and many of them introduce flavor combinations that you might not have thought about before.
Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp
Most of the time, crisps are pretty easy to make but this recipe from minimalistbaker.com takes that advantage to a whole new extreme. In particular, the recipe only involves 8 ingredients and can even be made using frozen fruit. The frozen fruit approach would even allow you to make the crumble when the ingredients would normally be out of season. The topping for the crisp involves both oats and nuts, which would complement the rest of the dish perfectly.
Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble
Traditionally, crumbles are made in the oven but if you want a quick and easy dessert, the oven often isn’t the best choice. This recipe, from averiecooks.com, tries to get around that issue by providing a recipe that you can make in the microwave. The recipe also has the advantage of being a single serving size.
Perhaps the biggest problem with desserts is that you typically end up making enough for a group of people. That mightn’t be an issue most of the time, but if you’re trying to watch your calories or if you live on your own. That issue makes recipes like this one especially appealing.
Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Crumble Pie
Most of the time, crumbles tend to rely exclusively on fruit flavors for the base. However, this recipe from radiantrachels.com is certainly an exception to that rule. In fact, the recipe is also a variation on the idea of a crumble, because it includes some elements of a crumble and some elements of a pie. The end result would involve more work than a typical crumble but it does seem like it would be worth the extra effort.
Almond Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
This crisp recipe is made in a skillet, making it an exceptionally easy dish to create, providing that you have a suitable skillet. The use of strawberry and rhubarb as the key flavors is a common approach but the author does a good job of creating a recipe that still has some memorable flavors. All of the ingredient information and instructions for this recipe can be found at flavorthemoments.com, so please take the time to check it out.
Cast Iron Skillet Apple Crisp
This recipe is another example of using a skillet, although this time the key flavor of the recipe is spiced apple. Many of us associate spiced apple with fall and with colder days but in reality, this is a recipe that you could make at any time of the year. In fact, apple crisps are particularly appealing, simply because apples tend to be so abundant throughout most of the year. As always, you can find all the information you need to make the recipe at the original site, which is thefitchen.com in this case.
Easy Peach Blueberry Crisp
This fruit crisp uses slightly different flavors than what we’ve seen so far, as it relies on peach and blueberries. As the author notes, those flavors are often associated with summer, which makes this a perfect dessert for the warmer months. The recipe comes from kimscravings.com and it also has the advantage of being easy to prepare, taking less than an hour from start to finish.
Peanut Butter Apple Crisp
I mentioned peanut butter before but here’s another recipe that highlights the idea that fruit crisps don’t have to be all about the fruit. In this case, the key flavors are peanut butter and apple. Those flavors don’t get combined all that often, so it would be interesting to see how it turns out. You can find the recipe at thecreativebite.com if you’re interested in having a go at it.
On a side note, this is another recipe that makes a relatively small amount (two servings). This would make it perfect for a dessert for two people or even just for one person with a major sweet tooth.
Stone Fruit Crumble
Because this crumble relies on stone fruit, it’s much more seasonal than many of the other crumbles on this list. However, if stone fruit are in season, then this can be a particularly good crumble to make. Stone fruit really do have a richness of flavor, which help to create an interesting dessert overall. The recipe is hosted at 40aprons.com and it’s also another one that makes a relatively small serving size.
Gingerbread Apple Crumble
This crumble is another example of a recipe that brings in all of the flavors of fall. This time, the recipe comes from amyshealthybaking.com. One interesting thing about the recipe is that it is designed to be made in a slow cooker. That approach is certainly beneficial in the warmer months, as a slow cooker won’t heat up your house nearly as much as a hot oven will.
Now, this particular recipe isn’t vegan by default but the creator does provide the information needed to make a vegan variation. She does also provide information about how to make it in the oven, if you would rather do it that way. However, she does note that she hasn’t personally tested baking it in the oven, so the slow cooker would probably be a safer option.
Macadamia Oatmeal Stone Fruit Crumble
The thing that really blows me away about this recipe is the appearance. The dark colors of the stone fruit make this dish look amazing, especially because the topping is so light in comparison. At the same time, the recipe makes use of some appealing flavors, especially because the topping uses macadamia nuts, which is an unusual approach. All of the details about the recipe can be found at whiskandshout.com, so head there if you want to know more.
Blueberry Crisp Tart
This tart is another one that looks great and, one again, that mostly comes down to the color contrast in the dish. In this case, the recipe is a variation on the idea of a crisp. Specifically, the finished dish has the topping of a crisp but it also has a pie crust. As you might imagine, this does mean the dessert involves more effort than a typical crisp but it would be worth that effort. The recipe itself comes from bakerita.com and the author also notes that this is a good dessert to make ahead of time.
Baked Apples with Cinnamon Oatmeal
This recipe comes from ohsheglows.com and it’s a major variation on our theme. In some ways, the recipe is almost like a backwards crumble because you have the fruit on the outside and the crumble on the inside. However, I wanted to include it on this list because of the similarities to a crumble and also simply because it looks like it would taste great. I think this would be a fun option if you were looking for something a little bit different.
Pear, Apple and Pistachio Crumble
I found this recipe at nutritionstripped.com and it’s a crumble recipe that has some unusual flavors. Like some of the other recipes on the list, apple is a key ingredient. However, in this case, pear is also used, which would create a different taste overall. At the same time, the author makes use of quinoa and pistachio within the crumble, along with some other interesting flavors in the crumble and with the fruit. The end result is a crumble that really has to be tried to be understood.
Nutty Winter Crumble
Even though this crumble is designed for winter, it is still something you could have at any point of the year. The recipe itself comes from myfussyeater.com and it’s actually another one that makes use of a range of different flavors. In this case, the fruit component of the dish includes both apples and berries, which help to give the fruit part a rich color.
Blueberry Crumble Bars
These bars don’t fit the traditional definition of a crumble but that doesn’t make them any less appealing. Instead, they are bars that are modeled off the structure and flavor of a blueberry crumble. The recipe comes from theprettybee.com and it’s a good option if you want something a little more portable and less messy than a crumble. Besides, you could still easily have these bars for dessert.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
This recipe comes from theblenderist.com and it’s another option if you want the flavor of strawberries and rhubarb in a crumble. The combination is always an appealing one, partly because strawberries are pretty sweet while rhubarb tends to be more neutral. It’s also worth noting that it would be possible to make the recipe in a large dish, rather than the individual ramekins that the recipe creator used.
Skillet Peach Pie Crumble
If you like the flavor of peach, then this crumble recipe from brighteyedbaker.com may be just the thing for you. It’s another skillet based recipe, which also means that it would be easy to make. At the same time, the author does provide information about how to make the crumble without the skillet for people who don’t have one.
Apricot and Pear Crumble
This apricot and pear crumble, from shanyaraleonie.com, is another example of a crumble with some fun flavors. I don’t see apricots used as a crumble ingredient very often but to be honest, there is no reason why not. This recipe shows just how appealing they can be, although the use of apricots means that this is a fairly seasonal dish.
Quinoa Apple Crisp
The inclusion of quinoa flakes in this recipe is a little bit unusual but with the popularity of the alternative grain, the inclusion does make a lot of sense. Personally, I find this recipe, from simplyquinoa.com, a particularly appealing recipe for an apple crisp, especially as it does look so good in the final dish. It is also another recipe that relies on a slow cooker, which would make it pretty easy to prepare.
Caramel Apple Crumble
This recipe comes from mydarlingvegan.com and it's another one that is kind of a crumble and kind of a pie. In this case, the dish makes use of caramel and apple flavors, as well as some of the spices that you often associate with fall. In my mind, the pie/crumble looks absolutely perfect and it would be worth the extra effort involved in making it.
Besides, look at that wonderful caramel sauce.
Peach and Cherry Crumble
I found this recipe hosted at healthynibblesandbits.com and I particularly love the combination of fruit flavors that it uses. This combination works so well because both cherries and blackberries tend to have a rather deep and intense flavor. In contrast, peach has a lighter flavor that would contrast nicely with the other fruit. Plus, there is something about the darker fruits in a crumble that just makes the whole thing look good.
Cider Caramel Apple Crisp
This recipe brings together lots of lovely fall flavors, although it would per perfectly suitable as a dessert during any time of the year. The flavors from this recipe make it a bit more interesting than a plain apple crisp, which certainly makes the recipe worth a try. You can find all of the relevant details for the recipe at onelovelylife.com if you're thinking about trying it out.
Triple Berry Crisp
When it comes to dessert flavors, berries are always popular, so this triple berry crisp is bound to be a hit at any function. The recipe comes from malibukitchenblog.com and it's a great choice for a vegan crisp. This recipe really shows that vegan desserts don't have to be boring and they can be just as good as non-vegan options. Besides, could you tell this crisp was vegan without seeing the ingredients list?