I don't know why but I have been craving apple crumble all week. That magical blend of fresh apples sweetened with honey and tossed in some of my favorite spices including cinnamon and nutmeg and just a touch of clove, topped with sweet and buttery oat crumble is just oh-so-good! In fact it is so good that my rather fussy (but darling) nephew and his ever hungry Daddy thoroughly enjoyed it - so much so that they asked for seconds, success!
I must admit I have even eaten this for breakfast a few times and why not? It is all natural and full of fruit, oats and wholesome goodness. This recipe also uses coconut sugar instead of regular sugar. Coconut sugar has a host of nutrients including iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants to boot! It is also considered a low G.I. food so your blood sugar remains more stable and you don't get those quick blood sugar rushes and crashes. I find it compliments the flavor the crumble very well too! Using spelt instead of regular plain flour also helps notch up the health benefits of this gorgeous crumble but of course you can use plain flour too.
So enjoy this recipe knowing you can indulge without the guilt!
Mix up your crumble with a mix of fruit e.g. apple with pear/berries/peaches all work well
Add a tablespoon or two of desiccated coconut to your topping for a change in texture
Add some chopped naked ginger to your apple mixture just before adding to your baking dishes for a nice flavor variation
YOU WILL NEED
6 apples peeled and sliced
1 heaped tablespoon of butter
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 tablespoon white spelt flour or plain flour (optional)
1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon (I love cinnamon so I always go for the full amount)
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
Pinch of clove powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup white spelt flour or plain flour
4 tablespoons coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup chopped nuts almonds/walnuts/hazelnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
Lightly grease two 12cm/4.5 inch square baking dishes and set aside. Alternatively you can place into one appropriate sized large baking dish.
Place apples, butter, honey, coconut sugar, cinnamon, mixed spice, nutmeg, clove powder, vanilla extract and salt in a large pan over medium heat and allow to cook until just tender, stirring occasionally. Taste the mixture and ensure you're happy with the sugar/spice ratio and adjust accordingly if necessary.
Spoon apple mixture into your two baking dishes.
In a medium mixing bowl combine rolled oats, flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, butter and nuts if you are using them and ensure the mixture is well combined and not dry in any one place, if it is, add a little more butter and keep mixing until well combined.
Spoon the topping evenly between the two dishes and press down a little to ensure an even covering and allow to bake for 15-20 minutes or until the topping becomes golden brown and looks crisp.
Allow to cool a little and serve warm with ice-cream, whipped cream or custard.