Gluten free apple crumble – gluten free, refined sugar free, grain free, dairy free, clean.
Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned apple crumble? How about a gluten free apple crumble with ingredients so healthy you can eat it for breakfast as well as dessert?
Apples are abundant in nutrients with most of the nutrients stored in the skin. It’s no wonder the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” was so popular. Choose organic apples if you’re cooking with the skin on. I’ve kept the skins on in this recipe and I think they’re lovely and add texture.
I have to admit though, apple crumble is not worth eating unless it’s accompanied by ice cream. It’s a magical combo. If you can’t get your hands on dairy free or vegan ice cream then try it with a dollop of coconut yoghurt. I’ve used vanilla coconut yoghurt before although I think the blueberry one would taste wonderful with the apples.
I’ve used rolled quinoa flakes and almond meal as the basis of the crumble. If you cant get your hands on almond meal (flour) simply blitz a couple of cups worth of natural almonds in your food processor and measure the amount of flour out of that. Store the rest in a container. (This is all that almond meal is). Otherwise use any nuts you prefer.
The crunch comes from the chopped nuts. To make it simple I’ve used almonds and roughly chopped them, however you can use whatever nuts you prefer.
A few notes regarding almond meal/flour
I’ve made this with blanched almond meal (pre bought, skinless ground almonds) which gives a lighter result than almonds with the skin on (Also can be expensive). Otherwise grind your own by using almond slivers or flakes in a food processor or smoothie maker with ice crushing blades that will turn it into a fine flour. I’ve also made this with regular almond meal made by blitzing whole almonds in my food processor/smoothie maker which also gives a finely ground result that you find in packet bought almond meals/flours. When I’ve put almonds in my normal food processor however, the flour has turned out coarser so keep this in mind if you’re grinding your own almonds. ie) If your flour is coarsely ground you may either need to use less wet ingredients (test it as you go along) or simply use more flour.
My measurements (as with all my baking and sweet cooking) is based on filling the measuring cup, tapping the cup a few times on the kitchen counter for the contents to settle, then filling to the top and using a knife to level it off.
I do hope you give this a go. It’s really not hard at all and once you add that cold scoop of ice cream on top of your crumble your taste buds will be very happy.
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Have a great weekend!
Love, Tash x
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Why this is so good for you
Apples reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, protect against lung cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic and colorectal cancer, reduce the risk of diabetes, help prevent gallstones, help relieve constipation and diarrhea, detoxify the liver, strengthen the immune system, reduce the risk of developing cataracts, increase cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of asthma.
Almonds alkalize the body (good for fighting inflammation), nourish the nervous system, provide good brain function, build strong bones and teeth, provide healthy fats which aids in weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and help protect against diabetes.
Quinoa reduces inflammation, relieves constipation, helps increase brain function, aids in tissue growth and repair, helps to alleviate migraines, helps reduce type 2 diabetes, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer.
Coconut oil helps boost metabolism and aids in weight loss, helps boost endurance, detoxes the body, protects the heart, prevents and heals candida, helps improve the digestive system and prevents irritable bowl syndrome, strengthens the immune system, kills the viruses that causes influenza, hepatitis and measles, helps stop tooth decay, helps prevent liver disease, helps dissolve kidney stones, prevents and treats diabetes, kills the bacteria that causes throat infections, heals damaged tissues and infections; topically it helps eliminate the fungi and yeast that cause athletes foot, ringworm, thrush and nappy rash, prevents wrinkles and sagging skin and nourishes and strengthens hair.
honey helps reduce the risk of heart disease, reduces ulcers, reduces throat irritation, strengthens the immune system, enhances performance and topically can help treat infections.
Lemon promotes heart health, maintains blood pressure levels, lowers bad cholesterol, reduces risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, helps prevent skin, colon and breast cancer, helps prevent osteoarthritis, inflammatory polyarthritis, bone fractures and osteoporosis, helps treat sore throat, flu, cold and similar infections, encourages healthy bowel movements and improves oral health.
Cinnamon is anti-clotting, helps treat candida, helps reduce blood sugar levels, protects against heart disease, reduces risk of colon cancer, provides cold and flu relief, helps fight against bacterial and fungal infections and helps prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
Ginger inhibits inflammation, helps relieve pain, relieves nausea, boosts immunity, reduces risk of heart attack, helps prevent and treat fatty liver disease and helps relieve gastrointestinal irritation.
Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body, helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.
- 5 medium apples, skin on
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon honey (or sweetener of choice)
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- 1 1/2 cups almond meal/flour (finely ground almonds)
- 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped (or nut of choice)
- 1/2 teaspoon fine pink Himalayan salt
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons honey (or sweetener of choice)
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees C
- Cut apples into quarters. De-seed, cut quarters in half and then cut again cross ways.
- In a bowl combine the apple ingredients. Transfer to a 24 cm x 24 cm square baking dish.
- Combine all dry crumble ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir honey and coconut oil through, then using fingers, rub wet ingredients into dry until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Sprinkle crumble over the apples, cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes or until bubbling and aromatic.
- Remove foil and continue cooking till crumble is browned, about 5 - 10 minutes.
- Serve hot with a dollop of your favourite ice cream.