Weekend lockdown plant based apple crumble


Traditional apple crumble uses quite a bit of sugar, as well as butter, so it's pretty sweet even though its great for the fruit content

So instead of the usual crumb topping, I subbed wholegrain spelt flour for white flour, coconut oil for butter (can also use olive oil), coconut sugar for brown sugar, and added

ground nuts and seeds as well as coconut to the topping

The result is super yum but also loaded with healthy nutrients and much lower in sugar - love it when you can turn dessert into a nourishing meal... This was our lunch today at my kids request

Coconut sugar is my go to for baking - it's very minimally processed (basically dehydrated coconut nectar, so like a dry version of maple syrup or honey) so it's higher in nutrients than normal sugar (although these amounts are still quite low) The main bonus though is that it has a much much lower glycemic index (35 compared to 63 for sugar), which is a measure of how much blood sugar spikes when you eat it

Its still sugar so should be used sparingly, and still very much a treat food, but it's a great substitute for baking, and has a much nicer taste IMO

Recipe as follows :

Fruit base: 5 cooking apples (I used organic granny smith) 1 tsp ground ginger 1 Tbsp coconut sugar

Crumble: 1/3 cup spelt or Buckwheat flour 1/4 cup coconut sugar 3/4 cup dessicated coconut 3/4 cup rolled Oats 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup ground nut and seed mix (see my previous post for recipe, can use Ground Almonds or LSA mix) 75g coconut or olive oil 1 Tbsp maple syrup

Heat oven to 180 degrees centigrade Thinly slice and core apples and put in a heat proof casserole dish Mix ginger and coconut sugar thru apples then put in oven to start cooking Melt oil and maple syrup together (either in pot or microwave, not needed if you use olive oil) Mix dry ingredients with oil mix and sprinkle over apple mix Cook for approx 35min until crumble golden and apples soft, serve with coconut yoghurt or other plant based yoghurt

My kids went back for seconds

Recipe adapted from @nicolagallowayfood apple and feijoa crumble recipe (which is also super delicious!!)

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