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Chai Spice Apple Crumble

This Chai Spice Apple Crumble recipe is low in sugar but packed with flavour! The spices definitely make up for the lack of sugar in this recipe, and each bite warms you up like you’re drinking a nice hot cup of chai. The apple is the main sweetener in this crumble, and is also a tasty autumn fruit. Apples are a good source of fibre, which is good for digestive health. It is also a source of various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A and potassium. For a sweeter crumble, we would suggest using red apples like Fuji or Gala, but if you prefer a tangier flavor or to further reduce the amount of sugar, then substitute up to two cups of granny smith apples.  

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for the streusel

  • ¾ cup (75g) old-fashioned oats 
  • ¼ cup (30g) whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp (30mL) pure maple syrup(or honey or agave), at room temperature
  • 1 ½ tbsp (21g) unsalted butter, melted

for the filling

  • 6 cups (767g) diced red apple (about 4 large)
  • 2 tbsp (16g) cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and coat an 8”-square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To prepare the streusel topping, whisk together the oats, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour in the maple syrup and melted butter. Stir until fully incorporated.
  3. To prepare the filling, toss the apples with the cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves in a large bowl until completely coated.
  4. Transfer the filling to the prepared pan, and gently press down with a spatula. Sprinkle evenly with the topping. (The topping tends to clump, so try to break it up into fairly small pieces.) Bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes or until the apples are fork tender. Cool completely to room temperature; then refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving to allow the juices to fully thicken.


  • Serving Size: 9 servings
  • Calories: 120
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Fat: 2.5mg
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3mg
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg

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