Phoebe Feeds: Vegan Apple Crumble

Vegan Apple Crumble

Guys, if anyone ever tells you that vegans only eat rabbit food, point them here. I’ve always been a huge fan of apple crisp/crumble, but never knew the right ratios to make it vegan. Then last year, I just went for it. I believe the correct word for this is ~soul cooking~. It turned out amazingly and I’ve been making it this way ever since!

Side note: Is it called crumble, crisp or cobbler?!

I asked my lovely insta-friends and the majority of them said CRISP. Woo. But I also consulted the almighty google, because I didn't know if there was an acutal difference or not. According to the internet (and like 50 recipes from my favorite foodie blogger, minimalist baker) what I made is a CRISP OR a CRUMBLE. Apparently, the two words are interchangeable, but originally, a crisp would contain oats but a crumble would not. Hmm. Also, cobbler should had biscuits on top. Shoutout to Kitchn + for helping me on their knowledge journey. 

Honestly, though, I’m a huge believer in soul cooking, which is why all my ingredients and directions are approximate. Get creative, kids. This recipe is literally so super simple and takes 20 minutes of prep + 20 minutes of cooking. 


  • 4-5 local apples 
  • 1/2 cup CHILLED earth balance butter (or coconut oil!) 
  • 1 bag Nature’s Path Love Crunch Granola (if you’re GF, I’ve used THIS one from Purely Elizabeth with great success)
  • Some shakes cinnamon 
  • 1-2 cups brown sugar 
  • a couple splashes of apple cider 
  • Optional: blueberries (I had some frozen in the freezer and thought why not?)



1. Preheat oven to 350 

2. Slice all yo’ apples into thin slices. Or cube your apples. Whatever works for you. 

3. Butter an 8x8 pan with a paper towel. Set aside. 

4. In a large bowl, combine apple slices, a HEAPING amount of cinnamon, two tablespoons of brown sugar, two tablespoons of melted butter + a splash or two of apple cider. 

5. Use a large spatula to mix all ingredients. 

6.Feel free to individually place each slice into the pan, arranging as obsessively as the glass jars of cookies in Kourtney K’s kitchen. BUT I JUST THROW IT ALL IN THERE BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT. 

6. Even out the apples so that they’re sort of settled across the pan. 

7. In a small(er) bowl, combine CHILLED vegan butter, entire bag of granola + rest of brown sugar. Mix with your fingers until it’s grainy like sand. 

8. Pour over top the apples. Spread evenly. 

**optional** frozen blueberries on top. 

9. Place in the oven for, like, 25 minutes. Just keep checking + tasting it. Then try to wait for it to cool, but if you're like me, you'll be burning your tongue from impatience. 

AND THAT'S IT!  Enjoy my wonderfuls and let me know below what you want to see next! 


MealPass Launch Party {recap + What I wore}

MealPal DC Lauch Event

A huge thank you to Epic Yoga DC for hosting

the event and to MealPal for having Maxim and I! 

Hello, hello, hello! I’m writing from under my covers...and the metro...and while walking to the bathroom at work...because I’m so excited to tell al you guys about what I’ve been up to! 

But first, I do need to make a little confession. Well, not even a confession. I just need to explain something. I am vegan (that’s not a confession, obvs). And oftentimes, I think that being vegan makes people believe that I don’t support those who lead non-vegan lifestyles. And oftentimes, I feel that I have some odd standard to uphold where I can’t endorse or believe in..or even LIKE people who don’t agree those ideals. But I’m here to tell you all that that’s not the way that it is! 

I am a vegan and I blog about vegan food. But I also blog about food-related trends, companies and ideals. I blog about what I'm wearing, where I'm going, what I'm reading and, if I start writing more, the working world. And I take advice from non-vegans on where to eat. My fiancee, Maxim, is not vegan by any means. He's my non-vegan taste tester (and photog + everything. I love you!) He eats vegan when I’m cooking at home and loves to make me vegan grilled cheese when I’ve had a tough day. He also loves a good bison burger and Whole Foods chicken strips or Chicken Tiki Masala. 

My point is...let's just love and respect each other. I'll be vegan and continue to eat french fries when there's nothing else but lettuce on the menu. And you can continue to tell me that you could never, ever be vegan and ask me about why I don't want real leather on my shoes. We shall *~*CoExiSt.~*


Now that I’ve gotten that all off of my chest, I can continue on to why I’m writing so excitedy right now. I am working with MealPal (previously MealPass) to help you discover your new #LunchtimeBFF and to end the #SadDeskLunch. 

MealPass? MealPal? 

Yes. They’re a food startup from the co-founders of ClassPass. On Monday, Sept. 19 (launch party day!) they rebranded to MealPal (see below). They started in Manhattan in NYC and have now spread to cities like Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and, of course, Washington, D.C.!

Honestly, though: You get lunch for like $6-7 every week day from awesome places around the District. It's one flat fee that's charge per cycle, aka every month. It's a fraction of what you'd usually pay. No, it's not delivered. You go and pick it up. You need to get up from your desk, anyways. Haven't you heard? Sitting kills. Get in those lunchtime steps, you desk dwellers. 

Anyways, I had known about MealPal from some friends in NYC and was excited for its entrance into the #DCFoodScene. So, like the good food blogger that I am, I attended the launch party! It was held at Epic Yoga DC (connected to a Jrink location!) — on Connecticut Ave. next to The Big Hunt and MadHatter. It was dark though, and littttttle crowded for my liking…or for my camera’s liking! Okay, let's be honest. The lighting sucked, but I ate yummy food and I had a great time. I'm sharing what I was able to get below. 

There was food from a variety of local restaurants: 

  • Mini Chicken Pesto Wraps from MadHatter. 
  • Meat Likers + Veg Me Pizza from DC Pizza.  
  • Salmon Ceasar Salad from MaSo. 
  • Spinach + Pesto Bowl from The Little Beet
  • Hoagies (and absolutely addicting potato chips) from Bub & Pop's

...and so much more!

Favorites from launch party:

  • Beet Gazpacho from Souper Girl. I'm a fan of both gazpacho and Souper Girl, but in the small space, it was 10x more delicious. 
  • Salmon Veggie Couscous Salad from The Front Page. Shoutout to Chef Roberto for being so accommodating and making me a custom vegan bowl of couscous to eat! 
  • Juice from Jrink Juicery. I mean, who isn't a fan of Jrink Juicery? Seeing them there made my heart so happy. They're a local cold-pressed juice company that delivers fresh each morning and have everything from cleanse aiding to protein packed drinks. 

Over the next week, I'll be testing out MealPal and it's whole situation. Then on Monday, I'll be letting you know me thoughts..


Because I love you guys, and there's no point in having MealPal unless you guys can too. MealPal is letting me give away some awesome discounts and free meals starting next week! So when I post my review, I'll be posting about the contest too! STAY TUNED! Can't wait to reveal more soon!

Cool, Phoebe. But this post is about what you wore (What I'm pretending you're saying). If you're here for outfit only, scroll down!

I love love love this romper from Target! According to the website, it's technically a junior's piece, but it fits so well on my frame! I'm petite (5" 3') and have very long legs. And by that I mean my torso is non-existent. In the world of rompers and jumpsuits, that means I work hard to find ones that are more form fitting so that my wait doesn't get lost in a balloon of fabric. My co-workers told me that I look like Peter Pan, but hey. Peter Pan was cool AF and worked the transition to fall fashion better than anyone. 

Scroll down to shop my look! 

Hat: LouLou. | Romper: Target. | Vegan leather booties: Dolce Vita. Find similar herehere and here. | Clutch: South Moon Under. 

What's your favorite kind-of-fall-but-kind-of-not look? 

What I Wore {Heat Wave in Old Town}

It's Tuesday and I am so sorry that it took me this long to write about my weekend! If you read Friday's post, you saw that I played hostess in Old Town Alexandria when our friends from Richmond came to stay. We had an incredible time and  we’re IHG Spire Elite members — a hotel + travel rewards program that literally everyone should be joining — so we were bumped up to a beautiful suite over looking the Potomac River and National Harbor on the other side of the water. 

But it wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that our friends made it to us! We took the extra time alone to explore some restaurants and specials that we’ve never experienced in Old Town Alexandria. And I also took full advantage of the brick walls to compliment my heat wave outfit. Can you believe it — the heat index read 107 degrees on Friday afternoon! 

Scroll down to see my favorite look from this weekend. What are you favorite looks for a crazy hot day? Comment below! 

Dress: H&M Basics. Find similar here + here. | Shirt: Primark. Find similar here. | Necklace: South Moon Under $39 | Hat: Lou Lou. Find similar here + here. | Sunglasses: Sunski | Brick Wall: Old Town Alexandria.