” you will not be able to refuse a second helping”
It’s the perfect time of year, with the seasonal availability of so many fresh, juicy, organic apples, to whip up a super simple warm apple crumble . This is our favourite go-to family dessert as it ticks all our desired boxes, being paleo, gluten AND dairy free. The best part is that it tastes even better the next day as a delicious breakfast served warm with a creamy vanilla coconut yoghurt. Feel free to add in bits of whatever you have left in the pantry or fridge to mix up the flavour and texture. In the past, we have used a mixture of seeds in place of nuts, or goji, blueberries or muscatelles in place of raisins or cranberries. Perhaps you can create your own family recipe by experimenting in the kitchen. Enjoy!
what you need
for the apple mixture
5 large apples (Granny Smith, Fuji or Gala work well), chopped into chunks
1/2 cup plump raisins or cranberries
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1 tbsp honey, maple syrup or coconut nectar or ½ tsp stevia powder
1/4 cup filtered water
for the crumble mixture
2 cups mixed activated nuts (choose from almonds, brazils, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts or cashews)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup melted coconut oil or grass fed butter
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1-2 tbsp honey, maple syrup or coconut nectar (depending on your preferred level of sweetness)
what to do
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Place the ingredients for the apple mixture into a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Turn down to simmer for 10 minutes or until apples are soft and sauce has thickened. Pour mixture into a greased casserole dish.
In a food processor, combine the nuts, coconut, salt and cinnamon and blend on high until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs (you want to keep some of the texture).
Add melted coconut oil and sweetener and mix well.
Spread the crumble topping over the apple mixture.
Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until topping is lightly browned.
Serve warm with coconut yoghurt or ice cream for a decadent yet very healthy winter treat. (Of course, if you can, a dollop of organic double cream would not go astray on this dessert!)
Recipe by Emma H for go natural foods