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Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Best Apple Crumble in the Entire World! (vegan)

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Is there anything better than a warm dessert on a cold, winters night? This fragrant apple crumble is warming and delicious, you're going to want to make it again and again.

I've been reading a lot of recipes for apple pies and crumbles and the healthier alternatives all follow the same basic recipe, but I've added a few of my own little twists into this one to make it as delicious and nutritional as possible. Feel free to play around with it and see what you can come up with.

The fruit in regular apple pies and crumbles are soaked in sugar syrup and left to soften which lessens the flavour and gives you an unnecessary sugar hit, apples are sweet enough as they are so I've only added a little bit of sweetener to the recipe just to bring the flavours of the apples, vanilla and cinnamon together.

Almond meal is my favourite raw flour so it's the key ingredient in my crust but if you're concerned about the (good) fat content, oat flour is a great alternative. You can buy fine oat flour in most supermarkets or you can always put rolled oats into a food processor to make your own. If you make oat flour yourself it will be a little rougher than almond meal but it still tastes wonderful. To add more fibre, you can substitute half a cup of your flour with flax-seed meal.

You'll need:

6-7 apples, chopped into small pieces, I like to use Granny Smith apples because they warm beautifully. I've left the skin on for their nutritional value, you can peel them if you want too.
4 tablespoons of lemon juice
2/3 cup of sultanas (optional)
The seeds from 1 vanilla bean, or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. If you need help scraping the seeds out of your vanilla pod, this video will help you.
4 teaspoons of cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
2 cups of almond meal, you could use oat* or coconut flour if you prefer.
2 tablespoons of sweetener, I used coconut sugar, you can use stevia or raw sugar if you prefer.
1/4 cup of coconut oil, you can use margarine if you prefer (low fat, unsalted is best)
1/4 cup of chopped macadamias or almonds

In a pie dish, mix the apples, vanilla, and 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon and the lemon juice until the apples are evenly coated.

In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the cinnamon, nutmeg, almond meal, sweetener and coconut oil and mix until combined into a rough, slightly damp flour.

Press the mixture over the apples in your pie dish, the apples should be covered completely but depending on your dish size you may still have some apples poking through or some edges not covered, it's not important that everything is covered, just spread it out as much as you can.

Bake at 180 degrees celsius for about 30 minutes. The apples will be tender and the crust should be golden. Sprinkle the chopped macadamias or almonds over the top as soon as you take it out of the oven.

I serve mine with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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