Apple Crumble with Oatmeal Struesel


I sometimes make new year’s resolutions, but if I do it’s not so much that I break them so much as forget them. Hey, life gets busy when you’re blogging about food and getting all googily-eyed over the copy of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking that your dapper and charming boyfriend got you for Christmas. But I view resolutions in the way I view diets—they’re ephemeral and not always effective, especially when compared to lifestyle changes, and usually in this case, lifestyle changes that are steps and not drastic 180s into world where—gasp!—you might cut out say, desserts!

Because you shouldn’t deprive yourself, especially of dessert, because you’ll just drive yourself mad. What you can do, though, is attempt to make “healthier” versions of desserts and eat them only in moderation (especially after the cookie-binge that is December).

Serve with a little vanilla ice cream in a wine glass, and you’re party-ready.

So to start the new year, here is my attempt at a health(ier) dessert. While it’s not prime apple season anymore (should I make another resolution—erm—lifesetyle change, to actually post these recipes when they’re in peak season and when I say I will? I’ll make a mental note).

This recipe was adapted from the juicy apple crisp recipe from


  • 3/4 cup regular oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups sliced peeled Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients; set aside.
  3. Combine the white sugar, cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. Place the apple slices in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish, and sprinkle with the cornstarch mixture. Pour apple cider and water over the apple mixture. Top with the oat mixture.
  4. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Let stand for 15 minutes. Serve with ice cream.

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3 Responses to “Apple Crumble with Oatmeal Struesel”

  1. Caitlin Says:

    This sounds awesome and I would like to make it tonight, but what’s the measurement of apple cider? 1/2…?

    • Rice Says:

      Caitlin, sorry about that! It should be half a cup. I’ve made the change. Thanks for catching that omission! Also, if you don’t have cider, apple juice should work just as well.

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