One of the biggest grumbles I hear from clients is their concern that healthy eating will mean they miss out on the “treats” they love and will be forced to eat things that taste and look like cardboard. Not so! In fact eating as cleanly as possible often means you can really start to taste and appreciate the true flavours of food. This is a great weekend dessert, or a treat to make for friends to show them too that fit food doesn’t mean boring food!
The beauty of this recipe is the ability to customise it to your own taste. I used apples for this particular version but it works just as well with rhubarb, plums, apricots, pears – as well as various additions such as blueberries, sultanas, ginger etc. Play with flavours until your find your favourite! Same with the crumble topping – I used coconut flour and coconut sugar because I love the taste of coconut, but you could easily also use almond flour and stevia, or ground almonds and oats if you didn’t want to use flour at all.
1 cup coconut flour
¾ cup coconut sugar
½ cup flaked or ground almonds
½ cup oats
75g raw butter
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Raw honey to taste
3-4 apples of your choice (I used braeburn but any type will do)
Raw honey to taste
Cinnamon to taste
¼ cup coconut sugar
6 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons coconut oil
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and set aside your baking dish, little greased with either raw butter or coconut oil.
Combine just the dry ingredients in a food processor until very fine. Add the butter, then the oil and honey until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then set to one side.
Slice the apples and line the bottom of your baking dish with a thick layer of fruit. Add the water so the apples are sitting in a little liquid, to avoid them drying out too much during baking. Sprinkle over the cinnamon and the sugar, and then spoon on the coconut oil and drizzle the honey to your taste.
Cover the fruit mixture with the crumble topping, smooth it down and then pop in the oven for 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and you can see the fruit starting to bubble up from below. Leave to cool and then serve, greek yogurt or coconut milk yogurt (I love Coyo!) is a perfect partner!