butter-less apple crumble

No Butter? No problem! Butter-less (but delicious!) Apple Crumble

To ease the Monday blues, after dinner I used my cute Le Creuset Mini Cocottes and made some apple crumble. Thank goodness for friends & wedding registries: I have super awesome/cute/adorbs kitchen gadgets!

Only one problem: I ran out of butter after making the Chocolate Cupcakes I posted yesterday… uh oh! I figured I just need some fat in there and somehow make a mixture, so I substituted butter with some oil and milk. Here’s my recipe if you’re ever in a butter-less situation like me:

Butter-less Apple Crumble

  • 1 piece apple (I used Fuji since it was the only thing in the fridge, but would recommend Granny Smith instead)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup granola

Cut apple into small 1/4″ squares and arrange them on the bottom of the cocottes. If you don’t have these cocottes you can use ramekins or a small baking pan.

Mix all other ingredients, and “crumble” the mixture over the apple pieces. Bake in 375F for 25 minutes and then… NOM NOM NOM!

butter-less apple crumble


We had ours with a scoop of haagen-dazs vanilla ice cream (yes, I cheated on my ice cream maker), and I think it helped with the fact that the mixture wasn’t made with butter. The melting ice cream gave the dish more sweetness (duh!) and more silky consistency.

On another note, did you notice the cute anthropologie pot holder? I LOVE THEM! The hubs got me the apron as a present (no, it wasn’t a hint), and I got the matching pot holders. They’re so cute:

photo credit anthropologie.com

Does anyone know of a better butter substitute?

Did you do anything to cure your Monday blues?

Whisking away,