It might only be August but it’s never too early to start thinking about apple crumble. We are lucky enough to have a huge apple tree in our garden that produces absolutely loads of apples. They are eating apples and really do taste amazing.
Around this time we go out and pick them all before they start to go rotten or get eaten by insects, there are too many to eat in one go so we always end up eating lots of crumbles around this time.
The fact the weather is so unpredictable in the UK means it’s totally acceptable to tuck into a warm bowl of apple crumble with custard after dinner at this time of year too, one day it might be hot but the next it will be cold and rainy.
This apple crumble recipe is so easy as it doesn’t involve any rubbing of ingredients together like traditional crumble recipes. I don’t know about you but I was never a fan of getting my hands all mucky and covered in butter!
This recipe is also refined sugar, vegan and gluten free. Mr C is allergic to dairy and I try not to eat refined sugars when possible but it’s still nice to have a big bowl of pudding and this definitely doesn’t taste like it’s lacking any of the good stuff. Just a note, I have used cup measurements as I find it so much easier than weighing out ingredients. I used coconut oil instead of butter, we get through so much of it in our house as it has SO many uses, it’s really good for you too. You can read some of the benefits here.
Vegan Apple Crumble Recipe:
– 1/4 cup of coconut oil
– 1/4 cup of maple syrup
– 1/4 cup of ground almonds
– 2 cups of oats (MAKE SURE YOU GO FOR THE GLUTEN FREE ONES IF YOU CAN’T EAT IT)
– 1 tsp of cinnamon (OPTIONAL)
– Apples, cooking, eating or a mixture of both (I used about 15 medium sized eating apples)
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Peel and dice the apples then put them in a saucepan. Add a large splash of water and the cinnamon, if the apples are quite tart then you might want to add a drizzle of maple syrup too. Leave to simmer for about 5-7 mins until they have started to soften.
2. Melt the coconut oil for a few seconds in a microwave then put in a large mixing bowl, add in the maple syrup followed by the ground almonds and the oats. Mix it all together until the oats have been coated in the sticky mixture.
3. When the apples have softened add them to your cooking dish then pour the crumble mixture on top.
4. Place in the oven for around 20 mins or until all the oats have browned.
5. Serve with the topping of your choice. We had cream and Mr C had dairy free custard on his. I will be sharing my recipe for sugar and dairy free custard soon made with almond milk.
It really is delicious and the kids absolutely love it. They eat at least two bowls every time I make it!
And in terms of a dessert it’s pretty healthy!