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Chai Spiced Vegan Apple Crumble

A quick, easy, and delicious crumble with a twist. This Chai Spiced Vegan Apple Crumble recipe is the perfect Sunday evening bake. 

Chai Spiced Vegan Apple Crumble in a ceramin oven dish with ice cream

Adapted as an air fryer friendly recipe, this crumble is super quick and easy to make. Ready in under 1 hour, this nostalgic dessert no longer needs to be saved for the holidays, and can be enjoyed any day of the year. It’s incredibly versatile: whether you are vegan or not, using an air fryer or oven, or need to make it gluten-free. It’s also a particularly easy recipe, making it the perfect baking project to get the kids involved. 

What makes this recipe so special is the chai twist, adding a warm, comforting flavour to this classic dessert. Use whole spices for a fresher taste or simply add a ready made ground chai spice mix to save even more time (available at most supermarkets). 

A spicy, tart inside and crispy, crumbly top, this is the perfect treat for sharing at a dinner party. Delicious and vegan friendly, you can make this recipe with vegan butter or normal butter if you have any guests with dietary requirements. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, custard, or a vegan alternative. Warning: may cause drooling and guests coming back for seconds.

As always, if you try this recipe let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Watch the full video here. For even more sweet treats, visit our website here.

Chai Spiced Vegan Apple Crumble in a ceramic oven dish with ice cream

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use dairy products instead?

Absolutely! Simply replace the vegan products with dairy products and follow the recipe as is.

Is this recipe gluten free?

You can use a plain, gluten free flour in place or the normal flour. Do note however that results may vary depending on the brand of flour you use.

I don’t own an air fryer, can I bake this in an oven?

Of course! We have provided cooking instructions for both oven and air fryer bakes. Simply follow the steps below to get the perfect crumble bake.

 

Chai Spiced Vegan Apple Crumble in a ceramic oven dish with ice cream
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Chai Spiced Vegan Apple Crumble in a ceramin oven dish with ice cream

Chai Spiced Vegan Apple Crumble​


  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 Apple Crumble
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

A quick, easy, and delicious crumble with a twist. This Chai Spiced Vegan Apple Crumble recipe is the perfect Sunday evening bake.


Ingredients

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For the crumble:

  • 180g Plain flour, sieved
  • 120g Unsalted, solid vegan butter
  • 70g Brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste/essence
  • Pinch of salt

For the apple filling:

  • 4 Apples
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 120g Light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ground Chai spice mix
  • Or make your own mix with
  • 1 pod of Cardamom, seeds removed and ground
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • Small whole star anise

Instructions

  1. Peel, core and roughly chop the apples into bite sized pieces. Tip the apples into a bowl. Add the Chai spice mix as well as the flour and brown sugar. Toss the apple pieces in the mix until all slices are evenly coated. Set aside.
  2. To make the crumble, start by sifting the flour into a medium-sized bowl. Add the vegan butter, light brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. Combine the ingredients with your fingertips until clumps form, making a chunky, sandy mixture.
  3. In a medium sized oven dish, cover the base of the dish with the coated, chopped apples, to form an even layer. Then spoon the crumble mixture over the apples until all pieces are covered.
    Chefs Tip: If you’re using an air fryer for this recipe, ensure the dish you choose to cook the crumble fits well, with gaps around the sides of your air fryer basket to allow the air to circulate.
  4. Now, cook the apple crumble, either in the oven or in the air fryer.
    AIR FRY:
    Cover the dish securely with tin foil. (Unsecured, flapping foil can be a fire hazard in the air fryer so be sure it is secured well around the dish)
    Cook at 160°C for 20 minutes, or until the apples are soft.
    OVEN:
    Heat the oven to 180°C on convection.
    Cover the dish securely with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until the apples are soft.
  5. Once the apples are softened, remove the foil and cook the crumble on top until it is golden and brown, about an extra 20 minutes (for both the air fryer and oven).
  6. Remove from the oven / air fryer and let cool slightly before dishing up. Serve with a vegan ice-cream, cream, or custard, and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Baked Goods
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: Chai Spiced Vegan Apple Crumble​

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