Apple & Berry Crumble

Hello again!

I’ve been house sitting my parents house down in mandurah for the past week and a half while they’re in the US (lucky ducks! Can’t wait until that’s me next year!) and I think the winter weather plus being back in my family home has got me craving classic winter desserts! When I used to live here and I didn’t live the clean eating lifestyle, I used to always eat the Nanna’s Apple Pies with ice cream during the winter months for dessert and being back here is making me crave it!

So, to satisfy my cravings without resorting to the packaged pies I know are sitting in the freezer, I decided to whip up my own yummy dessert! Instead of a pie, I’ve made a crumble but I’m happy with that coz I’m a sucker for those types of desserts (warm pies and crumbles are seriously my dessert weakness – give me them over cakes and brownies any day!).

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I looked to a few recipes online for guidance, but in the end I winged it and created my own recipe! They’re pretty easy things to make your own so you can change it up as you please, especially with the topping. You can add chopped nuts and dried fruit, use maple syrup or honey and the list goes on! Add more syrup to make it sweeter. The possibilities are endless! πŸ˜‰ so without further ado, my version of clean eating …

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Apple & Berry Crumble
Serves 2

Ingredients
1 apple, chopped
1/2 cup mixed berries
2 tsp organic agave syrup
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp wholemeal flour
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp desiccated coconut
1 tsp cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Add apple and berries in a medium pan with enough water for them to stew in.
  3. Simmer apple and berries for 5 or so minutes, or until soft.
  4. Mix together the oats, flour, coconut, oil and cinnamon with your fingers until it becomes crumble like in texture.
  5. Pour apple and berry mixture into a ramekin dish (you may want to grease it but mine was fine).
  6. Drizzle agave syrup over the mixture.
  7. Spoon crumble mixture over the top. Sprinkle with more cinnamon if desired πŸ˜‰
  8. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden on top.
  9. Serve while hot with a side of plain Greek yogurt (as a substitute for ice cream, otherwise it tastes great on its own!).

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Enjoy your classic winter comfort dessert, minus the guilt! I’m eating mine wrapped up in a blanket watching masterchef which is what generally makes me crave yummy food! At least I have my own tonight and don’t have to sit here drooling πŸ˜›

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xo

Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Woke up at 7am to a beautiful Autumn day in Perth. The sky is beautifully clear but there’s a definite chill in the mornings! So the fluffy slippers and apron went straight on and I headed to the kitchen to make a delicious comfort breakfast. I don’t know about you, but the smell of baking apples and cinnamon is one of the best smells in the world when the weather starts to turn cold.
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Last night I was browsing through Pinterest and came across this ‘Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal’ and I knew I would be eating it for brekkie in the morning! The original recipe is by Food, Fitness & Family but I’ve adapted it to make it completely clean [and swapped an ingredient because I didn’t have it ;-)]

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Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (I just used literally a dash of salt coz I try to limit added salt)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (I didn’t have these so I left them out)
  • 2 tablespoons Stevia (swapped for pure honey)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (added a little bit more than that coz i luuuuurve cinnamon!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup egg whites (4 whites) (I used three whole eggs in total – so three eggs including the one above)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (swapped for woolworths macro light soy drink)
  • 1 cup water
  • dash of organic vanilla essence

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, salt, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds, and flax. Stir in the apples and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs. Add the milk, water, and vanilla. Pour over the dry mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Pour everything into a glass 7x11in baking dish or an 8x8in baking dish.
  5. Cook for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.

The smell was incredible – one of those things you wish you could capture but just cant; there is no way to recreate or describe an amazing smell and give it justice.

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I served mine with Greek yogurt (Chobani 2% low fat plain is the BEST greek yogurt I have found – can buy it at Woolworths) and mixed frozen berries (Season’s Choice Four Berry Mix).

I sat outside and savoured every mouthful I ate, it was really that good! Exactly what I needed to start my Friday morning. You could also have it as a dessert too, curled up on the couch with a good book after dinner!

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Happy baking! xo