I think we all have a food that takes us back to our childhood, and many happy memories. For me, a homemade rhubarb and apple crumble reminds me so much of long summer days as a child in our old family home. My mum grew her own rhubarb and I used to help her make crumbles for Sunday lunches with my grandparents.
I still love making crumbles and there are very few puddings that are as simple, homely and delicious. Especially with a huge dollop of custard!
Crumbles are traditionally made using butter and sugar, but this version is so healthy that you could easily enjoy it for breakfast or as an energy-boosting snack.
I actually ate a bowl of it for lunch today with a blob of vanilla coconut milk yoghurt!
Rather than using sugar, I used Dr.Coy’s Stevia Erylite (€10.75), which is a calorie-free plant-based sweetener, made from a combination of Erythritol and Stevia for a naturally derived sweetness. It doesn’t affect blood sugar levels and can be used in baking directly in place of sugar.
The remaining crumble ingredients include oats, ground almonds, coconut oil, chopped pecans, desiccated coconut and cinnamon. It couldn’t be easier!
- coconut oil, to grease
- 4 medium apples or 5 small apples, cored and chopped into chunks
- 350g fresh or frozen blueberries
- the juice of half a lemon
- 1 tbsp Stevia
- 85g (1 cup) porridge oats (I used a certified gluten-free brand)
- 62g (1/2 cup) ground almonds
- 65g (1/2 cup) raw pecans, chopped
- 3 tbsp Stevia
- 3 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp coconut oil at room temp.
- Pre-heat the oven to 190C and lightly grease a medium-size pie dish with coconut oil.
- Place the chopped apple and blueberries in the dish, drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with Stevia. Toss together well.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the oats, ground almonds, pecans, Stevia, desiccated coconut and cinnamon.
- Next, roll up your sleeves and use your hands to work the coconut oil into the mixture, breaking down larger lumps of it until it's well distributed.
- Spread the crumble mixture across the fruit, ensuring it's even.
- Bake at 190C for 30-35 minutes, until the crumble turns golden-brown and the fruit is gently bubbling.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for ten minutes before serving.
- Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.