As the weather gets colder, nothing beats a baked dessert. Warm sweet fruit, with a crumbly crunchy topping.
We both have sweet tooths and let’s be realistic, there are some days when you just have to have a little treat. So when we make sweet treats, we find every way possible to ADD nutrition to the dish. The humble crumble is a well known dessert made on fruit (yes good), lashings of butter, white flour and processed sugar (not so good) and not a lot of anything else (not so nutritious).
If you take a look at this crumble, it still contains calories from sugar and nuts but the difference is the ingredients are less processed and actually contain nutritional benefits.
- More fruit less crumble
- This crumble is packed full of fibre from the fruit, nuts, dates and wholemeal flour to promote a healthy digestive system.
- Instead of sugar, use a low GI minimally processed sugar such as coconut sugar or Rapidura which are available from health food stores and have a delicious caramel flavour. If you can’t find these, use brown sugar. Or just omit sugar altogether if you wish.
- Adding nuts and seeds to the topping not only increases the fibre, but also provides heart healthy mono unsaturated fats to protect against heart disease, vitamins, minerals and a delicious flavour.
- As a gluten free option, simply replace the flour with equal quantities of ground nuts of your choice. We love macadamia nuts and almonds.
This recipe isn’t designed to be adhered to. You can swap and change nuts, use your favourite fruit and experiment with different combo’s.
So you can see, by simply making a few swaps we have turned a simple dessert void of many nutrients, into a power packed sweet treat with loads of flavour. Sit back, enjoy the fire, put a blanket on and tuck into the healthy crumble without the guilt.
Difficulty level: Easy
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes.
- 2 Peaches sliced
- 2 Pears sliced
- 6 dried dates chopped finely
- 6 tablespoons spread at room temperature such as Nuttelex (butter can also be used) or alternatively, 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Cups wholemeal or plain flour (This is where you can replace the flour with equal quantities of ground nuts* for a gluten free option)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar, rapidura sugar or sugar of your choice
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)
- 1/4 cup linseeds (optional)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Grease 2 small ramekins or 1 large ramekin with olive oil
- Slice the unpeeled fruit (apple and peaches) alternately in layers within the ramekins, sprinkling chopped dates between layers
- Place the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until mixture becomes course like breadcrumbs
- If the mixture is too dry you may need to add a little more oil or spread, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- The mixture should ‘clump’ together when you squeeze it in the palm of your hand and then crumble apart when you try and break it.
- Take handfuls of the crumble in your hand, and squeeze together.
- Place these clumps gently on top of the fruit within the bowl.
- Sprinkle each with a pinch of cinnamon.
- Bake in the oven for 30 mins – 1 hour depending on the size of your dish.
- The crumble should turn crisp and golden on top, and the fruit be bubbling underneath.
- Use peaches and pears, apples and pears, nectarines and apples, plums and apples, plums and nectarines…the combinations are endless.
- Tinned fruit in natural juice or frozen berries can also be used.
- Add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to the crumble mixture to add fibre, protein, iron and omega 3′s.
- Use honey to sweeten the dish instead of sugar.
- Before baking sprinkle the crumble with 1/2 cup coconut flakes.
Stay Happy and Healthy…The Nutrition Guru and The Chef