This healthy apple crumble with maple pecan topping is a wonderful pudding. My kids adore it - especially when served with ice cream. It's hearty, delicious and filling. Suitable for vegans.
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We had an idyllic day trip to an apple picking farm in north Kent last week with Miss R's nursery.
Amidst all the days and days of rain that we've had lately, the nursery somehow picked the one sunny day in the whole week. While wellies and waterproofs were indeed necessary due to the sheer amount of large muddy puddles, we didn't get rained on.
Miss R only needed her clothes changed once AND we managed a picnic outside.
Apple picking with kids is a lot of fun
It's such a joy to go to these things with a child who actually eats fruit! R, 4, still won't touch any fruit at all, unless it's served in a cake or crumble form. To see Miss R tucking into an apple that she'd picked straight off the tree made me feel very happy.
Of course we picked far more apples than we really needed, as well as pears and a butternut squash, but I managed to steer her towards the Bramley apples so that we could use most of them in a crumble.
What are Bramley apples?
Bramley apples, or cooking apples, are a variety of apple that is common in Britain. They have a sour taste so are usually cooked before eating.
If you can't find Bramley apples you can use eating apples instead to make this recipe.
How is this healthy apple crumble sweetened?
This recipe is sweetened with just:
- maple syrup, and
The first time I made this I wondered if the children would notice the different topping.
However, they didn't seem to notice any difference at all and polished off their portions without a grumble.
How else is this apple crumble healthy?
Apple crumble is a great healthy dessert for many reasons, including:
- the apples provide one of your daily portions of fruit
- added protein, vitamins and minerals from the pecans
- oats in the topping for energy
- free from refined sugar
- antioxidants in the cinnamon
What to serve with apple crumble
This apple crumble is delicious on its own. However, if you want to serve it with something else you could try:
- plain yoghurt
- ice cream
- healthy "nice" cream
- cream (we like Oatly)
- coconut cream
To keep this free from refined sugar try plain yoghurt, "nice" cream or cream.
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How to make healthy apple crumble
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You will need a food processor* for this recipe.
Healthy apple crumble with maple pecan topping
- 4 large Bramley apples
For the maple pecan topping
- 100 g pecan nuts roughly chopped
- 180 g oats
- 50 g coconut oil
- 100 ml maple syrup
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C(fan)/200°C/gas mark 6.
- Peel and chop apples. Place in a saucepan with a tablespoon of water (to stop them sticking) and gently heat with the lid on until starting to soften. Stir often.
To make the crumble topping
- Place 100g pecan nuts into your food processor and pulse until broken down. Add 180g oats and pulse again until you have a coarse flour. Stir through 2 tsp ground cinnamon. Set aside.
- Place 50g coconut oil into a small saucepan and melt over a low heat. Pour in 100ml maple syrup and mix well.
- Pour the maple syrup mixture over the pecan and oat mixture and stir well.
For the crumble
- Place the softened apples in a medium ovenproof dish. Cover with the crumble topping and spread out evenly. Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes or until crispy and golden brown on top.
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