Difficulty level: Easy
Preparation Time: 10 mins maximum
This Plum and Appled Crumble is a staple in our home (and it’s a perfect option for those looking for a gluten-free recipe). Making the humble crumble is a fabulous way to use up fruit that may be lying around, and the great thing about crumble is, you can easily spruce it up and add loads of nutrition to it.
This recipe is packed full of fibre from the fruit, linseeds (also called flaxseeds) and nuts which helps keep our digestive system working well and feeds our good gut bacteria. By using almond meal instead of plain white flour for the crumble, we have added vitamin E which is an antioxidant (you could simple use plain flour if you wish) and protein. The wonderful thing about almonds is the monounsaturated oils they contain, which have proven to protect our heart against heart disease.
Macadamia nuts are a favourite of ours due to their ‘buttery texture’. Like almonds, they are also high in protein, fibre, antioxidants, potassium and contain the highest levels of the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats of all nuts.
Adding coconut also increases the fibre in the dish and delivers a beautiful flavour.
You can go crazy with this recipe. Swap and change nuts, use your favourite fruit (strawberries, pear, peaches, and apples are also fabulous) and experiment with different combo’s. You don’t have pistachio’s? No problem, just substitute with a different nut.
Some other things we often like to add are:
- Sesame seeds
- Ground hazlenuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sultanas to the fruit.
- 4 small granny smith apples
- 4 small plums (or any other fruit)1/2 cup sultanas or unsweetened cranberries (optional)
- 3 tbsp sugar (optional)
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 cup macadamia nuts (or any other nut)
- 1/2 cup pistachio nuts (or any other nut)
- 1/4 cup flaxseeds (linseeds)
- 1/2 cup sugar of your choice
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 4 tbsp butter or olive oil
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius
- Cut fruit into similar sized wedges
- Combine with sultanas if using
- Lay the fruit on the bottom of a ceramic baking dish
- Blend all the topping ingredients together – except the coconut flakes – until mixture becomes course like breadcrumbs.
- If the mixture is too dry you may need to add a little more oil or butter, 1 tbs 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.
- Stir through the coconut flakes.
- Take handfuls of the crumble in your hand, and squeeze together to form clumps
- Place these clumps on top of the fruit within the bowl.
- 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.
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