Microwave Apple Crumble

My new obsession is making individual desserts in cups. Let’s face it: you don’t want to bake an entire apple crumble just for yourself, especially if it’s going to take an hour.

However, it turns out there’s another option. A really easy option!


Chop an apple into smallish pieces and fill a mug almost to the brim with them. Add lemon juice if you have it. Eat the leftover apple. (If you really want to, you can peel the apple, but that seems like a lot of effort to me. Besides, leaving the skin on is healthier). Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of water, and a pinch of cinnamon over the top.


Microwave for 2 minutes. Take it out, stir the apple, and microwave for another 2 minutes. (The mug will get hot – be careful). If the apple doesn’t seem as cooked as you’d like, microwave for another minute.


Meanwhile, put the following ingredients into a small bowl:

  • 2 teaspoons margarine or softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon oats
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon
Rub the ingredients together with your fingers until they are combined.
Sprinkle the crumble over the cooked apple. Put the mug back in the microwave and cook for 1 minute. You may need to put it in for another minute depending on the strength of your microwave. Let it cool for AT LEAST a minute, then put yoghurt or ice cream on top and eat it.
If you think you might want to repeat the recipe, you can double or triple the crumble ingredients and store the leftovers in the fridge.

2 thoughts on “Microwave Apple Crumble

  1. I have to try this. I ALWAYS crave apple crumble, but don’t want to make an entire dish of it, because 1) it takes too long to bake and I want it NOW; and 2) I will end up eating the entire dish by myself. This is the perfect solution! Does the crumble topping get really mushy though?

    1. No it doesn’t get mushy – that’s why I use oats in the crumble. It isn’t quite as crispy as an oven-baked crumble though. You could try sticking it in a pre-heated oven for a couple of minutes once you’re finished microwaving to fix this.

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