Saturday, August 11, 2012

Simple Apple Crumble




Crumble with fruit is a delicious dessert that you don't have to give up when you're eating Paleo.  In this example I'm using apples, but you can also make this with any fruit, which makes it a great dessert for using fruit in season.  Throughout the spring and summer as all the berries begin to ripen, this is a perfect way to use them.  And as we come into fall, plums as well as peaches and pears are delicious baked this way as well.  Top with a scoop of Paleo ice cream and you have an amazing treat.

The secret to Paleo crumble is to use almond flour instead of wheat.   This doesn't take anything away from this dessert, in fact, just the opposite.  It gives it a much better flavour in my opinion. The best apples to use for cooking are ones that are firm and not so sweet, such as Granny Smith.

This is also a great backup recipe for when you want to make a healthy dessert but don't have any fresh fruit in the house.  Dried apples as well as other dried fruit are great used in crumble.  Just rehydrate them in some warm water for about 20 minutes, then proceed with the recipe as normal.

In fact I keep freeze dried blackberries to add to my apple crumble.  This is a traditional English addition that can turn a regular crumble into something totally amazing.

You can also used canned fruit.  In fact both the dried and canned can be a better choice than fresh if you are having a hard time finding organic fruit in your area. And since all these ingredients are available online, there really is no reason any more to have to make do with chemically sprayed fruit and risk your health.


Apple Crumble

Ingredients : 

-  6 large apples
-  1 tablespoon of honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar
-  1 teaspoon cinnamon

-  1/2 cup of almond flour
-  1/4 cup of dried coconut
-  2 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice
-  1/4 cup of melted butter


Directions :
  • Preheat oven to 350'F
  • Grease a medium baking dish or casserole
  • Peel, chop and core apples, then cut into slices and place in the baking dish.  Sprinkle with the sweetener and the cinnamon and mix well.
  • Combine the almond flour, coconut, sweetener and melted butter and rub together with your fingers until well combined.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the apples as evenly as possible.
  • Bake for one hour.
Instead of using a baking dish or casserole you can also make this in individual dishes.  It makes approximately 4 to 6 servings.  (will freeze)


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3 comments:

  1. Sounds delish! Will be trying this...I thought I should mention, though, that butter is dairy and therefor not considered Paleo. You might try substituting coconut oil instead.

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  2. Made with coconut oil - halved the amount and it was delicious. Thanks for the base recipe.

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  3. Have this in the oven right now. My boys and I had so much fun making this super-simple recipe! We substituted ghee (half the amount) as I was all out of butter. It smells so yummy!

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