A healthy low added sugar dessert, perfect for feeding a crowd in a hurry. It’s the perfect recipe to have up your sleeve in time for Christmas!
Yes, I’m sorry – I’m joining the bandwagon and mentioning Christmas! It just doesn’t seem possible that it’s that time already, but then here we are. This recipe, and the recipes over the next few weeks are very much inspired by my holiday to Australia, and perhaps not in the way you’d expect (spoiler: No crocodile or kangaroo ingredients in sight!)
As a baking blogger, at times it can seem quite irresponsible filling up people’s news feeds with tempting desserts and sweet bakes. I often get asked by people how do I stay slim if I eat all of this – and there’s one giant secret. A good balanced diet!! Yes, I may eat cookies, and chocolate desserts, and ice cream – but not every day. Most days, if I want a dessert I’m reaching for something smaller, healthier, and simpler, and that’s what I want to share with you all.
Australia fits in with this because I think they’ve really nailed how to do healthy the tasty way. Particularly in Melbourne, there were so many amazing cafes and restaurants packed with people, and all serving purposefully healthy, delicious food. It really made me think about why I hadn’t shared some of these recipes before…
This Apple Crumble may surprise you as being ‘healthy’, but actually, despite its butter and flour filled topping, it contains low added sugar. At just over 6g of sugar per portion you can have either a whole portion of crumble, or one third of a piece of these Raspberry & Amaretti Brownies… and let’s be honest. Who has just one brownie!?
The crumble also has less flour in the topping that normal. By using a mixture of porridge oats, nuts and flour you up the nutritional content of the top, plus you get way more crunchiness – perfect for a crumble topping in my book! You could even take the healthiness of this dessert one step further and use gluten and wheat free flour instead.
Overall, I hope you enjoy this mini series of recipes. In the run up to christmas where everywhere is filled with unhealthy food, it can be nice to have a healthier choice when you just fancy a bit of pudding….
Makes 6 generous portions of crumble. Takes 25 minutes plus baking time.
- 3 medium size bramley apples
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 125g ‘sweet’ blackberries
- 40g golden caster sugar
- 75g dairy free butter
- 125g plain flour (or gluten and wheat free plain flour)
- 50g pecans, roughly chopped
- Large handful of porridge oats, plus extra for sprinkling
- Optional: Ice cream to serve.
- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.
- Peel, core and chop the apples, and spread into the bottom of a medium size oven proof dish. Sprinkle over the cinnamon, blackberries and 10g of the sugar.
- In a bowl, add the butter, flour and remaining 30g of sugar and using your hands rub into breadcrumbs. Mix in the pecans and oats.
- Spread the crumble topping evenly over the fruit and bake for 30 – 35 minutes until the crumble is golden brown and smelling delicious.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Scatter over the extra oats and serve with ice cream if wished.