5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble For One

This is the best and easiest thing to make with all those apples you bought because they were on sale.

You don’t need to turn on your oven and it’s ready in 5 minutes.

5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble For One (vegan, gluten-free) - 5-Minute Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

And it’s single-serve, vegan, and gluten-free. So take that, traditional crumbles.

I’m a big fan of crumbles, crisps, and anything with a crumbly or streusel topping. Those buttery, brown sugary nuggets with texture from oats get me every time.

5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble For One (vegan, gluten-free) - 5-Minute Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

And while I like baking crumbles, usually I don’t need or want a whole pan. It’s the type of dessert that’s really best served warm, with a big dollop of whipped cream or ice cream on top, and after the first, warm juicy piece, the leftovers just don’t measure up.

No need to worry about leftovers here. It serves one generously, or two more modestly if you feel like sharing.

5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble For One (vegan, gluten-free) - 5-Minute Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

A couple weeks ago when I posted the 5-minute Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Microwave Mugcake with Vanilla Glaze, I wondered what else I could make easily and successfully in the microwave.

Cooking things in the microwave can be a finnicky proposition, but this came out beautifully and quickly.

5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble For One (vegan, gluten-free) - 5-Minute Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

The apple base layer, comprised of apples, tossed with (vegan) butter, cinnamon-and-sugar, nutmeg, and a pinch of cornstarch cooks in just a couple minutes after adding the topping mixture.

The cinnamon, brown sugar, and oatmeal topping is tossed together in a minute.

5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble For One (vegan, gluten-free) - 5-Minute Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

I used a fair amount of both cinnamon (2 teaspoons) and nutmeg (1 teaspoon) because I’m fond them, and like things more boldly spiced. If you don’t like as much pop from cinnamon or are more sensitive to nutmeg, dial down the spices, to taste.

You could also work in pinches of pumpkin pie spice, ginger, cloves, allspice, or warming spices you enjoy.

Make sure to use a microwave-safe bowl or baking dish that’s got enough room for expansion. The apples release a fair amount of juice, the butter melts, and the whole thing puffs and rises as it cooks. Take that into account so you don’t have an overflow situation.

5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble For One (vegan, gluten-free) - 5-Minute Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

With fruit-based recipes, because of the varying amounts of water released, cooking times may vary. And because microwaves vary as well, you may need to adjust your cooking time. Cook until yours is done.

Done means juicy, bubbly, rich, and caramely. The brown sugar and butter caramelizes as it cooks, creating a thick sauce which coats the apples. It’s the best part. Well, that and the crumbly bits.

The apples retain some slight texture, which is the way I like them. If they were pasta, they’d be al dente. I don’t like my fruit so soft that it turns mushy and these were just right.

5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble For One (vegan, gluten-free) - 5-Minute Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

I had Cookie Dough Ice Cream, but was out of vanilla, and didn’t have any whipping cream. I was getting ready to move and was trying to thin things down, but either would be wonderful on this warm, sweetly spiced, easy little number.

You get all the scent benefits that waft through the house as if you’d baked a traditional apple crumble, except you don’t have to heat up your house and it’s ready in 5 minutes.

Breakfast, snack, dessert, a midnight snack for one. So many ways to go with it.

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5-Minute Microwave Apple Cinnamon Crumble For One (vegan, gluten-free)

Buttery apples are tossed with cinnamon-and-sugar and nutmeg, and the crumble topping is made with cinnamon, brown sugar, and oats. The recipe is pleasantly, but more boldly spiced from the cinnamon and nutmeg. If you prefer less of a pop from the spices, dial them down, to taste. Or work in others such as pumpkin pie spice, ginger, cloves, or allspice. The crumble cooks in just a couple minutes and turns juicy, bubbly, rich, and caramely. The brown sugar and butter caramelizes, creating a thick sauce which coats the apples. Make sure to use a deep enough baking dish to allow for expansion so none of the sweetly spiced sauce overflows.

Yield: serves 1 generously or 2 modestly

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes in microwave

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Crumble Topping
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (or vegan butter substitute)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons old-fashioned whole rolled oats (use Certified Gluten Free Whole Rolled Oats if necessary)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (or Certified All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Blend)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch salt, optional and to taste

Apple Base Layer
1 medium/large apple, diced in about 1/4-inch cubes (I did not peel mine, peel if you wish; I used Fuji, use any variety you like)
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter (or vegan butter substitute)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
optionally add pinches ground ginger, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, allspice based on taste preference
whipped cream or ice cream, optional for serving

Directions:

  1. For the Crumble Topping - In a small bowl, combine all crumble topping ingredients and stir together with a fork until small pebbles and sandy crumbs form; set aside.
  2. For the Apple Base Layer - In a small to medium-sized microwave-safe bowl or baking dish, add apples and top with butter. Don't use an overly shallow dish because the apples will release juices, the butter melts, and it will rise and puff in the microwave, and it will overflow if bowl is too shallow. Cook for 1 minute on high power to soften apples.
  3. Remove bowl from micro and add the sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, optional salt, optional other spices, and stir to combine and coat evenly.
  4. Evenly sprinkle with the crumble topping.
  5. Cook for about 2 minutes on high power, until juicy, bubbly, and topping is set. Due to variance in microwaves, climate, apples and their variable moisture content, cooking times could range from 1 1/2 minutes to slightly over 2 minutes. Start watching it carefully at 1 1/2  minutes and stop cooking when done; don't overcook. Serve immediately. Optionally serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Crumble is best warm and fresh, but leftover portion will keep airtight for up to 3 days.

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  1. Agus — January 28, 2015 at 12:13 pm (#
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    Oh Im so so sorry! *Averie

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