This is a great gluten free crumble recipe which is simple to prepare and a perfect way to use up seasonal fruit in the garden. We have plenty of apple and plum trees and berries so I am always looking for easy ways to make the most of them. The children love crumbles especially served with Greek yogurt or Coconut yogurt or homemade low sugar custard. This recipe avoids the use of flour, sugars or syrups and instead uses a combination of gluten free oats and coconut for the topping. Using the nut butter helps bind the mixture to create a crumbly topping while also providing plenty of protein and healthy fats to the dish. We often serve this as a healthy breakfast option – it has everything in it to really kick start the day – protein, carbs, healthy fats and delicious served hot or cold. If you wish you could scatter some additional nuts on the top for texture.
Difficulty – Easy
Time – 15 minutes preparation, 20 minutes cooking
What’s good about it?
Apples are one of the healthiest fruits we can eat. High in fibre, polyphenols, vitamin C and potassium they are known for their ability to support digestive health, growth of beneficial gut bacteria and being rich in pectin can help lower cholesterol.
- Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4 and grease a small baking dish with oil or butter.
- Place the berries and apples in the baking dish and drizzle over lemon juice or water. Toss well
- In a mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients until crumbly – if it is too try simply add a splash or water or apple juice.
- Scatter the crumble mixture over the top of the fruit.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until the fruit is bubbling and the crumble top is lightly golden.
Did You Know?
Want to lose weight? Apples may be an effective component of a healthy weight loss diet, largely due to the fibre and low calorie content. There are also studies to show it may help with blood sugar balance, gut health and being rich in fibre and antioxidants may help with heart health too. You can use cooking apples in the recipe but you may need a little sweetener like stevia or xylitol.
2 cups (200g) fresh or frozen berries
3 eating apples, cored and diced
2 tbsp lemon juice, apple juice or water
1/3 cup (85g) almond butter, tahini or peanut butter
1 cup (100g) gluten free oats, quinoa flakes or rice flakes
1/2 cup (30g) desiccated coconut
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2tbsp water or apple juice