Apple crumble is the Beyoncé of all desserts. I love what other desserts bring to the table, but there’s just no point in competing with apple crumble because it, just like Beyonce, is queen of desserts/the world.
There is something so soul soothing about it: the sweet and tender apples, the melt-in-your-mouth buttery crumbly topping… The contrasting textures that perfectly compliment each other as the flavours dance on your tastebuds… I’m drooling just thinking about it!
Alex’s mum Deb makes the best apple & rhubarb crumble I’ve ever had, so I don’t even want to try and recreate it. Instead, I’m sticking with the classic and humble apple crumble. I classify it as a sweet treat, but I eat it for breakfast as well as dessert. You guys, it has oats in it, so it’s practically porridge. Der?
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. It’s my go to healthy for the soul treat; it just makes you feel happy and warm and fuzzy inside!
Humble Apple Crumble
For the apple mixture:
4 or 5 green apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite sized chunks1 teaspoon allspice1 teaspoon cinnamon1 teaspoon nutmeg½ teaspoon gingerOptional: a handful of raisins
For the crumble
1 cup rolled oats½ cup wholemeal spelt flour1/3 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar for a vegan option)125g unsalted butter (or coconut oil, melted for a vegan option)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius.
Place the apple chunks in a large saucepan with the allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and raisins (if using). Add ¼ cup boiling water and let the mixture simmer on a low heat for about 15-20 minutes, until the apples are tender.
Once it’s cooked, spread the apple mixture evenly in a rectangular baking dish. Put to one side.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, flour and sugar until combined. Chop the butter into small chunks and place in the bowl. Then, using your hands, mix the butter in with the oats, flour and sugar until it’s crumbly.
If you’re making the vegan option, stir together the oats, flour and coconut sugar. Then pour the melted coconut oil over the mixture and stir well.
Top the apples with the crumble mixture, and sprinkle a dash of cinnamon over the top.
Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is beautifully golden brown.
Serve with ice cream, cream, custard or coconut yoghurt. Enjoy!