Healthy Apple Crumble: A Christmas must is mulled wine. A classic dessert like apple crumble is also a Christmas must. This humble crumble has been elevated with intense flavours of cinnamon, grapefruit juice and pitted cherries.
The best part? You can prep it miles ahead of your guests arriving which leaves ample time for you to get festive and not have to worry about dessert. Just pop it in the oven for 30 minutes from room temperate and you’re there.
For the filling:
- 6x small apples or four big ones, cut into quarters. I prefer smaller apples as it’s easier to dish the crumble once it’s cooked.
- the juice of half a grapefruit
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- A cup of frozen, pitted cherries
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 1 tablespoon of coconut flour
For the crumble:
- 8 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
- 8 tablespoons of gluten-free oats
- 2 big handfuls of walnuts, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of chickpea flour – this adds a nice texture and flavour!
- a heavy pinch of coconut flakes
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of coconut sugar
- 5 tabelspoons of melted coconut oil
- a pinch of salt
In a small pan on medium heat, add your quartered apples, grapefruit juice, maple syrup, vanilla essence and cinnamon. Mix at low heat until the apples have softened nicely. Add the frozen cherries when the apples have softened along with one tablespoon of coconut flour. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
In a separate bowl, combine all of the topping ingredients until a crumble forms.
In a brownie tin, place the apple and cherry mix at the bottom. If it’s cool, you can add the crumble topping. Place in the fridge for baking later or, make sure your oven is on 180ºC and bake for roughly 30 minutes or until the top is nice and toasty.
Serve with coconut yogurt!