A healthier twist to this classic dessert! This apple, almond, coconut crumble has got a lot of crunch and it’s naturally sweetened so it’s a totally guilt-free treat. Topped with vanilla gelato or greek yogurt to make it even more special.
I had half a dozen apples sitting in our kitchen counter and those were calling me to turn them into something extra special without taking too much time in the kitchen. Coz, who has time right?
Making this crumble is as easy as 1-2-3. I did a live video inside our Fit Foodie Mommy private FB group when I made this with my little boy earlier this week. Go check it out if you wish to see me and little T in action in our kitchen–complete with a sudden meltdown by my 5- year old!
KEY INGREDIENTS USED:
APPLES – I used red apples but you can definitely use the granny smiths. If you can, buy them organic since apples are part of the dirty dozen which is a list of fruits & veg with the highest pesticide residue. If not organic, make sure to soak them in water for at least 5 minutes.
OATS – This adds extra fiber and omega 3s into this dessert. The oats is the substitute for your white flour which you typically find in most crumble recipes. I’ve used half oat flour or ground oats, and the traditional rolled oats.
ALMONDS – I love almonds on baked treats and they’re also high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. I added two types, almond meal (ground almonds), and almond flakes. You can also use other nuts of choice like macadamias, and hazelnuts.
COCONUT. I used shredded coconut to give this crumble some extra crunch and flavor. Coconut is a great source of magnesium, fiber, vitamin B6 and is known to help with blood sugar regulation, lower cholesterol and even boost the immune system.
HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE, ALMOND COCONUT CRUMBLE
MIX CHOPPED APPLES + ORANGE JUICE. The apples need something acidic to keep them from turning too brown which is why we add some orange juice. It’s also less sour than your usual lemon and adds some natural sweetness to this dessert. Then transfer the apples onto 4 ramekins, or you can use one large baking dish.
MAKE THE CRUMBLE by mixing the almond meal, oats, oat flour, shredded coconut, coconut oil, maple, vanilla extract, salt. It should turn into a slightly sticky consistency but still crumbly. Add your pumpkin seeds, coconut and almond flakes. Then scoop on top of the apples and then bake in the oven until it’s golden and your kitchen smells divine!
So now, do yourself a favor and make this for the weekend (or any weeknight actually). I have a feeling you’ll love it!
- 4 apples 1
- 1/4 cup fresh orange or apple juice
- 1 cup rolled oats (grind half of it in a blender to make oat flour)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup almond meal or ground almonds
- 2 tablespoons pepitas or pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 T pure maple
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup almond flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream
- Pre-heat your oven at 180 deg C. Chop the apples in big chunks and place in a bowl. Then pour the juice over it and stir to coat the apples. Then divide the apples among 4 ramekins.
- In a large bowl, mix all the other ingredients and stir until just combined. It should have a slightly sticky yet crumbly consistency. Scoop the crumble on top of the apples.
- Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and you'll see the sides bubbling from the apples. Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving. Scoop some greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream on top and enjoy!
If you try out this recipe, make sure to let me know in the comments below. I would love to see your recreations and how you make this recipe even better! Tag me in Instagram @fitfoodiemommy for a shoutout and use hashtag #fitfoodiemommy.