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Blueberry Breakfast Crumble with Oil Free Cinnamon Oat Topping

Blueberry Breakfast Crumble with Oil Free Cinnamon Oat Topping

This Lightened Up Blueberry Breakfast Crumble with Oil Free Cinnamon Oat Topping is out of this world delicious! It’s like having dessert for breakfast except it’s actually good for you! The crumble topping itself is made from just a handful of wholesome ingredients like a ripe banana, some creamy almond butter, and a cup of good old fashioned oats.

The filling consists of just two ingredients, one them being a budget friendly freezer staple that I pretty much always have on hand: frozen blueberries. Frozen berries are much cheaper than fresh and I actually prefer using frozen in this recipe because when the berries bake in the oven, they plump up and become super sweet and juicy.

A spoonful of flour helps to naturally thicken the blueberry juice and the result is an almost pie-like fruity filling that pairs so well with the cinnamon oat topping.

This crumble is easy enough to make on a weekday, but I usually make it on the weekends. It only takes about 5 minutes to prep, so if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to make it while the coffee is brewing. That way, you can assemble the crumble, pop it in the oven, and then go relax with a warm cup of coffee until breakfast is ready. Talk about a cozy morning!

Seriously, prepare to have the most delicious smelling kitchen ever!

Once it’s golden brown and crispy on top, this beauty is ready to serve. At breakfast time I like to serve it topped with a generous dollop of vegan yogurt, an extra drizzle of almond butter, and a sprinkle of crunchy pecans. But if I’m making this lightened up blueberry crumble for dessert, I’ll top it with vegan ice cream or coconut whipped cream. My advice? Make a double batch so you can enjoy it both ways! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

Lightened Up Blueberry Breakfast Crumble

Nicole Vranjican
All of the deliciousness of a decadent blueberry crumble, but made with just a handful of simple, wholesome ingredients, making this an ideal weekend morning treat! It's oil free, refined sugar free, and meal-prep friendly too!
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings



  • 1 cup oatmeal old fashioned or quick cooking work well
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ripe, spotty banana
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1-2 handfuls chopped pecans or walnuts optional but adds such a nice texture


  • 12 oz frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp flour



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add the oats, cinnamon, and salt to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Mash the banana and add it to the bowl along with the almond butter and maple syrup. Mix well and stir in the pecans. Set aside.


  • Then toss the berries with flour. Coat evenly and then transfer to a baking dish. Top with the cinnamon oat mixture and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly around the edges.
    Note: Make sure you bake it long enough. I find that this crumble usually needs the full 45 minutes in my oven but it starts to look done around 30 minutes, so don't be fooled and pull it out too soon! You want the top to get a little crispy on top 🙂


  • Top with a dollop of plain, unsweetened vegan yogurt, a drizzle of almond butter, and some fresh fruit like berries or apple slices if desired.
    Fun twist: if you're seving this as a healthy dessert, top these warm berry crumble with a scoopo of vegan ice cream or some coconut whipped and your favroite toppings! So good 🙂


Makes two hearty servings as a main meal or serves four as a side dish if you’re using it as part of a breakfast or brunch spread. 
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I hope you enjoy my Lightened Up Blueberry Breakfast Crumble recipe! If you make it at home, please let me know what you think in the comments ☺️

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Happy cooking ☀️

Nicole Vranjican

Hey! I’m Nicole and I make practical vegan recipes for REAL life. I cook with simple, easy to find ingredients and I’m passionate about creating delicious plant-based meals that everyone will love!

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  1. Sarah
    March 30, 2021 / 8:11 am

    5 stars
    Made this twice today 😆 so delicious

    • Nicole
      March 30, 2021 / 11:00 pm

      Ah! That’s amazing!! I’m so happy that you liked it. I really love this recipe too so it’s nice to you that you enjoyed it. Thank you for letting me know!!

  2. Angela
    March 31, 2021 / 8:14 pm

    Hi Nikki, this looks incredible!! Going to make this weekend for breakfast! Just a few questions please – what size baking dish did you use, was it glass or metal, and have you used different types of frozen fruit other than frozen blueberries? I have a bag of mixed frozen berries in the freezer, and a bag of frozen cherries. Thank you! 😊

    • Nicole
      April 2, 2021 / 5:47 am

      Hey! Yeah mixed berries or cherries would be absolutely delicious! I use different fruits all the time! Also, I don’t bake it glass but I used a small casserole dish that (unfortunately) doesn’t have the dimensions printed on the bottom lol but you can use an 8x 8 square or a 9x5x3 loaf pan. I like something with a little more surface area, so the square would be ideal if you have it! Hope you enjoy! Also here’s a peach and raspberry version I did that is also super tasty! I hope you enjoy. Let me know which fruit you end up using. Excited to hear what you think https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os_POpUkQYw

  3. Alice Wootton
    March 31, 2021 / 11:14 pm

    5 stars
    I so enjoy your YouTube channel. I made this dish for breakfast this morning and it was scrumptious. Thank you so much for all you do.

    • Nicole
      April 10, 2021 / 1:00 am

      Aw thank you Alice!! That’s so nice to hear. Thank you for letting me know 😊😊 Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Sangeeta
    April 3, 2021 / 5:50 pm

    5 stars
    I made this for breakfast this morning. So delicious and I can use the leftovers for topping on my oatmeal , yogurt, or chia seed pudding. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Nicole
      April 10, 2021 / 12:59 am

      Yum, that sounds great! I make vegan yogurt bowls with this recipe all the time so I think you’ll enjoy that! Thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed this recipe 😊😊 Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Emma
    April 4, 2021 / 7:46 am

    5 stars
    Love this! I subbed cherries for blueberries and halved the maple syrup and almond butter. So tasty, and a great meal prep option!

    • Nicole
      April 10, 2021 / 12:58 am

      Yum! That sounds delicious Emma! Thanks for making my recipe, I’m so happy that you liked it. Hope you have a great weekend 😊😊

  6. Brittany
    April 5, 2021 / 4:53 pm

    5 stars
    Nikki this crumble is divine!! I doubled the recipe and used frozen wild blueberries and a mix off half peanut butter half almond butter for the topping. I made it for 4 people including myself and we all loved it! Definitely will make it again. Was wondering what other varieties you’ve tried? I’m thinking peach/raspberry combo would be so good! Thanks so much for this recipe, I love your channel and your vibes. 🙂

    • Nicole
      April 10, 2021 / 12:58 am

      Oh wow that sounds so delicious! I love that you did a double batch like that, so smart. And funny you should mention peach/raspberry combos because here’s another recipe of mine that is just that!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os_POpUkQYw Great minds think alike lol I hope you enjoy 😊😊

  7. Amber
    April 5, 2021 / 6:29 pm

    Can you post calories and nutrition information

    • Nicole
      April 10, 2021 / 12:54 am

      Hey Amber! There’s an upgrade I have to buy for the blog that will calculate that for my posts and I’m definitely planning on adding it soon! Thanks for letting me know that you’d like that feature. Hope you enjoyed this recipe 😊😊

    • Holly
      April 16, 2021 / 2:34 am

      I plugged all the ingredients into my calorie counting app and without the nuts, the whole crumble is 1165 calories.

  8. Janice
    April 6, 2021 / 2:26 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Nikki, This was so delicious! And easy to prepare. I’ll be making this again trying other fruits!

    • Nicole
      April 10, 2021 / 12:53 am

      Thanks Janice! I’m so happy that you liked the recipe! It’s one of my favorites so I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it and will be making this again 😊😊

  9. Jenny
    April 8, 2021 / 8:35 pm

    5 stars
    I made this delicious blueberry crumble and it is the best dessert I’ve made. Thank you for the recipe! I will be making more of it! 🙂

    • Nicole
      April 8, 2021 / 8:37 pm

      Aw thank you!!! That is so nice to hear, you have no idea! I’m thrilled that you liked it 😊 Thank you for taking the time to let me know!

  10. Rebecca
    April 10, 2021 / 9:57 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve been saving this recipe for the weekend and it did not disappoint! This was divine! I use macadamia nuts, since this is the nuts my husband can eat! Wonderful!

    • Nicole
      April 11, 2021 / 1:19 am

      Aw thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed it Rebecca! I’m so happy that you liked my recipe!I bet it was delicious with macadamia nuts 😊 Hope you have a great rest of your weekend!

      • Carol
        April 16, 2021 / 4:59 pm

        Hey Nicole,
        Is it possible to Use peanut Butter instead of the Almond Butter?


        • Nicole
          May 31, 2021 / 6:16 pm

          Absolutely! It will change the flavor a little but it will still be delicious! 😊

  11. Sally
    April 12, 2021 / 1:50 am

    5 stars
    I meal-prepped this for a quick breakfast this week in little ramekins, and it looks & tastes divine! Thank you for this recipe!!

  12. Anka
    April 12, 2021 / 7:44 pm

    We made this for breakfast on Saturday and it turned out perfectly! What a treat to start the day with. So easy to make and I especially loved how thick the blueberry compote became in the oven. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a lovely day!

  13. Cheryl Brisson
    April 14, 2021 / 12:03 pm

    5 stars
    SOOOOOO good! This will be my go-to if we’re ever out of lockdown and get to host brunch…today my husband and I just ate the entire thing ourselves! 😉 Thanks for sharing – your recipes are always so accessible and they ALWAYS WORK!

  14. Jennifer
    April 15, 2021 / 3:43 pm

    5 stars
    I made this recipe this morning and it was amazing! I used the frozen wild blueberries from Trader Joe’s. Absolutely delicious! I’m definitely going to be making this a lot. I may even try a few different berry combinations. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Donna Watkins
    April 17, 2021 / 9:32 pm

    5 stars
    I made this today and I loved it! I’m really thankful for this recipe because my bff and I were just talking about healthier options for breakfast that aren’t oatmeal lol. It’s so delicious and simple. This recipe is added to my repertoire!

  16. Maureen
    April 21, 2021 / 12:55 am

    I made this for the second time. Amazingly delicious! Really, does it get any better than this? I don’t think so! Soooo delicious and sooooo easy. You really have to try it! Strong work Nikki, thank you so much!

    • Nicole
      May 31, 2021 / 6:14 pm

      Aw thank you so much Maureen! I’m thrilled that you made it again! So happy 😊😊 Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed it!

  17. Nora
    April 21, 2021 / 4:25 pm

    5 stars
    This is definitely going to be made on repeat! Delicious and very easy.

    • Nicole
      May 31, 2021 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you Nora! That’s great to hear! So happy you like my recipe 😊😊 Hope you’re having a nice day

  18. Pomy Singh
    April 21, 2021 / 5:36 pm

    5 stars
    This was soo easy! I think it’s the tastiest dessert I’ve ever made in my life. Can’t wait to make it again!

    • Nicole
      May 31, 2021 / 6:13 pm

      Oh wow! That’s amazing!! Thank yo fo much! 😊😊

  19. Lisa Providence
    April 24, 2021 / 1:19 am

    Hi there, I’m attempting tomorrow but I only have gluten free flours … Can I use almond, cassava or maybe tapioca flour? Thanks in advance.

    • Nicole
      May 31, 2021 / 6:12 pm

      Hey 😊 You can use corn starch or arrowroot starch because the flour is there as a thickener for the blueberry juices so that they’re more jam-like than runny. Any starch will do the same thing. Hope that helps!

  20. Donna Theimer
    January 27, 2024 / 5:16 pm

    5 stars
    Just made my first batch. Had to substitute peanut butter for almond butter and since I can’t do a comparison as to which is better – all I can say is this is keeper. So easy, so delicious, and so healthy. My husband loved it too! Thank you❣️❣️❣️

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