Monday, 27 July 2015

Apple & Cinnamon Oat Crumble

Now apple crumble has to be, hands down, one of my top 5 puddings!!

So I was gutted to think that I would have to cut down if I was serious about eating healthier but I knew there must be a way to still enjoy this delicious pudding, and there is...
Oat Crumble! 
With less sugar and butter but still packed with all the flavour of a great apple crumble.

As am sure you can tell but oats are a running theme in these healthy recipes. This is because they are a great source of fibre which is further boosted by the apples and blueberries and they are so versatile, not just for breakfast!

If you haven't been following my healthy series then take a look for some of my healthy breakfast ideas.

For this recipe you will need:

Crumble Filling
  • 1 Cooking Apple
  • 1tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1tsp Ground Mixed Spice
  • 2 tbsp Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup

Crumble Topping
  • 90g Oats
  • 1tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1tsp Ground All Spice
  • 4-5 tbsp Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup
  • 10 Crushed Pecans

You wil also need a little oil or butter for frying.

First pre-heat your oven to 180C or 160C(fan)

Then you need to core and peel your cooking apple, then thinly slice it. Cooking apples are a must for crumbles, the tartness paired with cinnamon and agave nectar - perfect.

In a large frying pan with a little oil or butter soften your apple slices on a low heat. The apples will start to sizzle as the juices release, that sweet smell will come through and they will start to brown a little. Then stir in the cinnamon, mixed spice and agave nectar. Make sure the apples are well coated.

Then transfer your sautéed apples to your chosen dish.

Next you need to chop or crush your pecans. I find the quickest method is to take a small food bag and using a rolling pin bash the pecans - fast and mess free.

Now using the same frying pan with any of the remaining juices and syrup add a little butter then the oats, cinnamon, mixed spice, agave nectar, and the crushed pecans. Again make sure the oats are well coated.

Scatter the oats on top of the apples to make your topping. It's worth noting that you can choose any fruit you like, perhaps forest fruits, raspberry and almond or apple and blueberry would be great, or even apple and rhubarb - just soo many choices!

I had a little extra crumble topping so I made a mini blueberry crumble. Again I warmed a handful of blueberries in a frying pan with lemon juice, cinnamon and agave nectar, I just love that purple colour as the juices run.

At this point you can leave them until you are ready to bake. I've even made them up in foil takeaway containers and given them to friends with the final instructions  - cute little gift or great for taking to a party.

When you are ready pop your dish in the oven for 25 minutes or until the oats are browned.
Serve with greek yoghurt or ice cream.

What flavoured crumble would you make?

Mel xoxo

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