Recipe 63: Apple Crumble - Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, and Vegan

Shall I start about how much I love autumn again, or shall I just start with the instructions for this amazing recipe? I am at my parents' and fall is even more present here than it is at my own city. Their own little organic garden has grown tons of apples, pumpkins, zucchinis, and much more. I am so so so in love with it. I am only here for the weekend, but the first thing my mom told me was that there were tons of apples, so if I could please bake something with apples this weekend. No problem, of course. No problem at all.
I just experimente a little with this recipe, as I had never had or made apple crumble before. And on top of it all, it had to be both vegan and gluten-free, so that was quite the challenge! My parents are just as obsessed with healthy food as I am, so this was the perfect match: sugar free, gluten-free, vegan apple crumble which tastes divine.
For the filling
  • Apples, sweet - 5 medium sized
  • Cinnamon - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp

For the crumble
  • Dates, the sticky kind - 6 pieces
  • Cinnamon - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Coconut oil - 1/3 cup
  • Almond meal - 2/3 cup
  • Coconut, dried, shredded, unsweetened - 1/2 cup
  • Oats, rolled and gluten-free - 1 cup
This apple crumble is high in fats, but very healthy ones for that matter. Do not be afraid of those. They are super healthy for you! Make sure you use sweet apples for this dish, any kind will do. Using granny smiths or another very tart apple will not make it taste amazing, because there is no added sugar. If you have agave or maple syrup, you could add that to the apples if they are not naturally sweet.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C.
  2. Cut up your apples. I made them into relatively thin chunks. Put them into your oven dish; do not bother putting it into another bowl first - it will save you a lot of dishes.
  3. Sprinkle the apple slices with your cinnamon and salt, and give it a good toss so all chunks are govered with the cinnamon goodness.
  4. In a food processor, add the dates (pitted), cinnamon, salt, coconut oil, almond meal, and shredded coconut. Mix untill well combined and sticky. Then add the oats and knead it lightly with your hands until the whole mix is sticky.
  5. Cover the apple mix with your crust. You might think this is a lot of crust, but let's be honest here: could there ever be too much crust?
  6. Bake the apple crumble for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
Okay. I am going to admit it. Mine totally fell apart. The crust would be much better with an egg inside, to keep it together. I wanted to keep it vegan, though, Of course apple crumble is best when served warm. This is amazing just as it is, but it would also be great with some ice cream or caramel sauce. I topped it with a bit of agave, just for extra sweetness and warmth. It is also good without.
I hope you enjoy this, and let me know if you make it! Take a picture and send it to me on Instagram or Facebook!



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