I’m not a huge dessert person. I am much more savory than sweet in general, but a good fruit crumble is one of my favorite things ever. The sweet juicy fruit contrasted by the crunchy and almost salty crumble makes my mouth water just thinking about it! It is my go-to dessert when we have company or after I’ve been to the farmers market stocking up on delicious, fresh, seasonal fruit!
During lockdown my crumble became a hit with my friends who realised how healthy, easy, and delicious it is! It is gluten and refined-sugar free and can easily be made to suit any taste as it is equally delicious using almost any fruits...and once you've made it a couple times, you can basically do it in your sleep! I was baking it A LOT for these reasons as I was stuck at home with nothing better to do than bake with my daughter every day. I posted it on Instagram and friends started asking for the recipe. Before I knew it, the recipe was being passed along and photos started coming in on WhatsApp and IG from friends and friends of friends of their own versions of my crumble! I loved watching so many people enjoying one of my favourite recipes and given they all loved it, I figured I needed to share it here!!!
Sweet, seasonal fruit is obviously what makes this special and I love mixing up the flavours depending on what's in season: in spring rhubarb is my favorite – mixed with apples and/or berries. In summer, I mostly use fresh berries and/or peaches. In autumn and winter, I largely stick to apples and pears with lots of spicy cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
As a starting point you need about six cups of bite sized fruit of your choice. Usually this means about 6 apples or peaches and whatever other fruits you want to throw in.
After chopping the fruit into small bite sized pieces, I mix it with half a lemon (more if it isn't very juicy), 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, but we love it), and half a cup of coconut sugar (of course you can use white sugar here but I like to make it a bit healthier).
Mix all the fruit with the lemon and the sugar and fill up the bottom of the baking dish.
For the crumble topping you will need:
- 1.5 sticks softened chopped butter
- 3/4 cup gluten free flour ( any flour is fine - I use spelt when we are out of gluten free)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar) + 2 tablespoons sugar (white or coconut here)
- pinch of sea salt (no more than a teaspoon max)
Mix these ingredients together until completely blended
Then add 1 - 1 & 1/4 cups gluten free oats (regular oats also work obviously)
Mix with the original flour / butter / sugar until completely mixed
Layer over the top of the fruit
Bake at 350 for about 50 mins or until golden brown.
Delicious by itself....even better with some vanilla ice cream! And of course, if you try this at home please send us a photo tagging @foundglobal !!!! ENJOY!!!