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RECIPE: The Healthy Crumble

Crumble has always been a favourite treat of mine, but when it's packed full of butter, sugar and flour, you know it's not going to be that great for the body.

This crumble topping is much kinder to your body, digestive system and above all your skin. Yes, it still does contain some sweetness, but not the caster sugar type, but more from maple syrup or coconut sugar (which are lower in the GI rating. No sugar is good for us unfortunately, but there are better choices that we can make over normal caster sugar in baking)

This contains healthy fats from nuts and also fibre from oats to make this crumble a more nourishing treat.

Fruit Crumble

Crumble Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups of oats

  • 1 cup of almonds

  • 1/4 of a cup of organic maple syrup

  • 3 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil

  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Fruit Filling

  • 6 red apples (or whatever fruit you like)

  • squeeze of maple syrup

  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • juice of half a lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 175.C

  2. Slice the apples thinly and add to a large bowl

  3. Add to the bowl the lemon juice, cinnamon and syrup

  4. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly together

  5. Arrange into a greased, oven proof dish or some small ramekins

  6. Cover with foil and put in the oven to allow the fruits to soften for 15 minutes or so whilst you get on with the topping

  7. Add the almonds to a food processor and blitz until a flour forms, then add to a bowl with the oats.

  8. Warm the syrup, coconut oil and cinnamon together in a pan until everything comes together and then pour over the crumble topping and mix together until everything is combined.

  9. Bring the fruit out of the oven and pour over the crumble mixture

  10. Put back onto the oven until the crumble is nicely browned - this may take around 15 to 20 minutes. Be careful that it doesn't burn, it can 'catch' quite easily

  11. Plus don't forget, any crumble topping leftover you can always freeze and use on your next crumble - or even add some extra nuts and seeds and make some granola!

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