Apple Crumble | The Perfect Fall Dessert

While I’m not a huge dessert person, I am a huge Apple Crumble person. Anything apple-y, cinnamon-y, fall spice-y gives me so much joy. Well, the other night I saw an instagram post with a huge plate of fancy apple crumble topped with what I presume to be whipped topping or ice cream of sorts and I had. to. have. some.

Unfortunately, nowhere near my small town sells this regularly and the photo I saw was from a restaurant in upstate New York. So, I improvised with what ingredients I had around the house.

Pumpkin seeds instead of pecans.

Chia seeds to add a little extra crunch.

Lime juice instead of lemon juice.

Welllll, because that’s the available ingredients I had.

After what some may call “market research” I had a 7/7 perfect rating taste test among my husband and colleagues. So much so that I’m pretty sure this will be the desert I’m making and taking to family holidays this year!


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter melted(not margarine). Use leftover sticks to butter pan.
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 3/4 C raw pepitas
  • 3/4 C brown sugar (I didn’t pack mine down)
  • pinch of salt (I use course ground sea salt)
  • 4 large apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ice cream and/or whipped cream for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Use leftover butter to grease deep baking dish. I used a deep pie dish.
  3. In medium bowl, mix together flour, pepitas, brown sugar, and salt. Stir in melted butter and mix with a fork until texture is course and of a crumble consistency.
  4. Add apples, sugar, cinnamon, and lime juice to baking dish and stir until evenly coated. Spread into an even layer then top with crumble mixture. Bake for 1 hour until topping is crispy brown and apples mixture is bubbling.

Just as a side note of what I didn’t do: I did not pack the crumble topping down on top of the apples. I let is loosely fall wherever and however. I really wanted the topping to be light and as crispy-crumbly as possible. I also did not peel my apples.

My ratio of apples to topping was 2:1. Obviously you can changing this to your personal preference as I am someone who likes more apples than anything.