The World’s Healthiest Apple Crumble – Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

Is it too soon to talk about Christmas?

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

It kind of is for me too… I haven’t actually thought about Christmas up until writing this post. When I was editing these photos, it dawned on me how soon it is and how this recipe would make a great Christmas or Thanksgiving dessert!

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

I was reading through one of my favourite vegan mags, Vegan Food & Living magazine, (a brand new British publication via magazine.co.uk) and was inspired by their pages of Autumnal puddings, to bake up a comforting yet healthy dessert.

By replacing the fat, sugar and refined flour for healthier, nutritious alternatives, this pudding is balanced enough for #breakfast yet deliciously satisfying enough for #dessert. #vegan #healthy By replacing the fat, sugar and refined flour for healthier, nutritious alternatives, this pudding is balanced enough for #breakfast yet deliciously satisfying enough for #dessert. #vegan #healthy By replacing the fat, sugar and refined flour for healthier, nutritious alternatives, this pudding is balanced enough for #breakfast yet deliciously satisfying enough for #dessert. #vegan #healthy

I’ve been making a lot of healthy treats lately, using the natural sweetness of fruit in clever ways to maximise flavour yet keep calories low. This is the time of year when my waistband gradually starts to feel tighter!

By replacing the fat, sugar and refined flour for healthier, nutritious alternatives, this pudding is balanced enough for #breakfast yet deliciously satisfying enough for #dessert. #vegan #healthyCold nights calling for comfort food and of course, Christmas! Not just the day itself, but all the delicious food baked and created in the lead up, be it to find the perfect recipe for the big day or large batches of cookies and truffles for gifts that always end up with a few missing!

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free! The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free! The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

So by making a few adjustments to drastically cut calories, fat and increase the good stuff, I can feel great about tucking in to dessert, even for breakfast! And now you can too!

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

I grind my own buckwheat flour from organic unroasted buckwheat in a high power blender. It’s so much cheaper, so easy and as fresh as it can get! You really do need a proper high speed blender to get a fine flour though, I tried this in my ninja blender and processor but it didn’t go. Twenty seconds in the Froothie and bam, we have flour! I store any extras in the fridge to keep it fresh.

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

 

I just love the snowy fairy dust from sifting flour…

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

Now is definitely the time of year when I start bookmarking and pinning Christmas recipes, homemade gifts and decoration ideas. I can’t quite remember what Christmas was like before Pinterest or mobile internet which meant I could fall asleep to reading recipes and looking at beautiful Bolo Rei and Panettone…

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

Apple crumble, a proper old fashioned comfort pudding which is perfect at this time of year when apples are abundant and the nights chilly and in need of a warming, cosy dessert.

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

But it doesn’t have to be resigned to a monthly sinful treat. By replacing the fat, sugar and refined flour for healthier, nutritious alternatives, this pudding is balanced enough for breakfast yet deliciously satisfying enough for dessert. This recipe can be ‘baked’ in the microwave to save time and oven space, it won’t be golden but it will be delicious!

A single serving boasts:

  • Dietary Fiber 35%
  • Protein 5.5g
  • Vitamin C 31%
  • Iron 14%
  • No saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Low in sodium

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

 

Ingredients:

Serves 8

For the filling;

  • 6 apples, washed and cored
  • 1 large orange
  • 1/2 dropper vanilla stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt

For the topping;

  • 300g buckwheat flour
  • 165g medjool dates, stones removed
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/4-1/2 cup almond milk

Method:

  1. Chop the apples into small pieces by hand or in a food processor. Add to a pan with the zest of the orange.
  2. Cut the peel away from the orange and add the fruit to a food processor with the remaining filling ingredients and a couple of tablespoons of water. Blend until completely puréed.
  3. Add to the apples and place the pan over a medium heat.
  4. While the apples are simmering, pulse the topping ingredients, except the milk until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add milk a little at a time whilst pulsing just until the mixture starts to clump together and sticks together when pinched.
  5. When the apples are cooked into a chunky apple sauce, taste and adjust sweetness and spice then tip into a deep 9 inch baking dish. Scatter over the crumble.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 180’C/350’F for 30-40 minutes or microwave on high for 10-15 minutes, checking at 5 minute intervals until the crumble is crisp and fragrant.

The World's Healthiest Apple Crumble - Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free! By replacing the fat, sugar and refined flour for healthier, nutritious alternatives, this pudding is balanced enough for #breakfast yet deliciously satisfying enough for #dessert. #vegan #healthy

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13 Responses to The World’s Healthiest Apple Crumble – Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Oil Free!

  1. Sounds like a great version!

  2. This looks so good – you’d never guess how healthy it was!

  3. choclette says:

    Just love the idea of using my froothie blender for grinding flour. Why didm;t I think of that. I just made a whole batch of buckwheat pancakes recently too. This looks fabulous. We used to grow our own stevia and I always use it with fruit, but I’ve never tried anything like your crumble topping before – it sounds amazing.

    • Poppy says:

      Choclette I’ve just found a whole bunch of comments in my spam and unfortunately yours was one of them! So sorry!
      I love grinding flours in the froothie. It’s so instantaneous, like magic you have fresh ground flour. I make brown rice flour regularly too and oat. It’s SO MUCH cheaper to buy the whole grain than flours.
      I had a stevia plant once! I found it too bitter to use but would add a few leaves to jugs of water 🙂

  4. Sophie33 says:

    I made your lovely apple date crumble! it was delicious! xxx

  5. looks delish! Love to try this one at home.

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