Blackberry, Apple and Maple Crumble

This crumble may be my go-to dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner all winter. It’s just so delicious and so wonderfully quick and easy to make, plus the leftovers seem to get more and more amazing as each hour goes by! I’ve always been a huge crumble fan, even when I didn’t like fruit or vegetables I still loved crumble – although I did quite often leave any larger pieces of fruit to one side and focus on the topping! The topping is still my favourite part though and I’m especially obsessed with the bottom part of it, you know the part that soaks up all the rich purple juices that ooze out of the blackberries and apples as the crumble bakes infusing the oats with a delicious fruity goodness? That part is the best! The rest is amazing too though, the soft sweet slices of apple, the melted wild blackberries mixed with cinnamon, the subtle caramel touches of pure maple syrup and the browned crispy layer of oats on the top – those are all pretty amazing. Nothing about this crumble tastes healthy either really, which is kind of fun, but trust me it really is so good for you and it’s filled with just a few, incredibly simple ingredients: apples, blackberries, oats, almonds, coconut oill, cinnamon and pure maple syrup. That’s it. So you can enjoy your dessert any time of the day knowing that you’re taking in so many vitamins and minerals as well as fibre, healthy fats, anti-oxidants and plant-protein. The final piece of awesome news about this dish is that both blackberries and apples are in season in England right now, which means that not only do they taste better than ever but you can go pick them too, which is really fun – there’s something really magical about collecting your own wild, organic food and turning it into something totally delicious!

On a totally separate note I was nominated for the best blog in the Free From People’s Choice Awards, which is pretty awesome and I would so love it if you would vote. It literally takes two minutes and I would so appreciate it! Just click on this link, scroll down the page a little and then choose Deliciously Ella from the drop down menu on the bottom row under the heading Best Free-From Food Blogger 2013. Thank you so much! bb pickingIMG_8314IMG_8407IMG_8271

Serves 4

For the topping:

- 1 and a 1/2 cups of oats

- 1 cup of almonds

- 1/3 of a cup of pure maple syrup

- 3 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil

- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

For the fruit layer:

- 6 red apples

- 2 cups of blackberries

- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (optional)

- 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon


Start by making the crumble layer. Simply place the almonds in a food processor and blend for a few minutes until a flour forms, then add this flour to a mixing bowl with the oats. Next place the coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon in a saucepan and gently heat until the coconut has melted and everything has mixed nicely – pour this over the oaty almond mixture and stir well until all the dry ingredients are coated with the maple mix. Then leave this bowl to one side.

Next peel the apples and remove the core, cutting the remaining section into roughly 8-12 pieces. Place these in a sauce pan along with the blackberries and a enough boiling water to just cover the bottom of the pan, probably about a cm’s worth. Then add the extra maple syrup if you’re using it plus the cinnamon before putting the lid on the pan and allowing it to simmer for about ten minutes, until the fruit is nice and soft. While this cooks pre-heat the oven to 180C.

Once the fruit is soft transfer it into the bottom of your baking dish and layer the topping above it. Then bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is nicely browned. Finally serve and enjoy!

  • Susan

    Just voted. Love your blog. Can’t wait to try this crumble. Also…LOVE those green shoes! Where did you get those??

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Susan, that’s so kind! So glad that you love the blog so much too! The shoes are from an amazing company called My Chatelles –

  • Wonderlusting

    How spooky – I made apple and blackberry crumble (my topping was oats and coconut instead of almond) last night! Guess it’s the season. Your recipes always look so great.

    • ellawoodward

      Great minds think alike! So glad that you love this combination of crumble too! :)

  • Marlies

    yum!! i just bought a ton of apples at the farmers market – now i know how to use them! :)

    how large was your baking dish?

    • ellawoodward

      That’s awesome, I hope you love the crumble! I’m not sure exactly the size of my dish but I would say it was 10-12 inches long :)

  • Teresa Valentina

    The pictures look great, I can’t wait to make one! I absolutely adore your shoes!
    Lots of love, Teresa

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Teresa! I hope you love the crumble! The shoes are from an awesome company called My Chatelles :)

  • Vicki Edgson

    LOVE this Ella – your enthusiasm for real food is infectitious. Sent to by the nutritionist who co-authored Honestly Healthy – Eat with your body in Mind.

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Vicki! It’s such an honour to hear that from you, I love Honestly Healthy so much so it’s amazing to hear that you love this!

  • Vicki Edgson

    Your enthusiasm for Free From Food is Fantastic!

  • Vicki Edgson

    Your enthusiasm for Free From Food is Fantastic – posted from the nutritionist co-author of Hoesntly Healthy -Eat with your Body In Mind, the Alkaline Way

  • Hannah Ross

    Hi Ella,

    Have voted for you. Love this blog but this is the first recipe I am going to try. Have been to the supermarket (Sainsbury’s) to try and get the ingredients but I couldn’t find any Coconut Oil. Any idea where I get this from?



    • ellawoodward

      Hi Hannah. Thank you so much for voting, you’re so kind! So glad that you love the blog too! I normally get this coconut oil by Lucy Bee at Sainsburys but maybe not all of their stores stock it –
      Holland and Barrett always have it though, as does any other health food shop. If that’s not easy then online is good, my favourite place is Hope that helps. Enjoy the crumble, hope you love it! x

  • Eli

    what could i use instead of blackberries?

    • ellawoodward

      Any berry would work amazingly – blueberries or strawberries would be my favourites though!

  • Robyn B | Modern Day Missus

    That looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it.

    Robyn xx

    • ellawoodward

      Thanks Robyn! I hope you love it! xx

  • Heather

    Hi Ella! I made this just now! It is soo yummy and smelled great in the oven! I am going to stop and get some vanilla ice cream later to go along with it. Hopefully I can find one without any added ingredients! Thanks for the recipe, I am loving your blog!

    • ellawoodward

      That’s great, I’m so glad that you loved it so much – thank you!

  • The Dame Intl

    Totally into those shoes too!

  • Dana

    Hi Ella, this looks sooo delicious!
    Do you think I could use agave syrup instead of maple syrup?

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, so glad that you love it! Yes you can absolutely use agave, that will be great!

  • Francesca

    Ella please can you just come and live with me so you can cook all these delicious recipes for me!!haha This looks insanely good :) can’t wait to give it a go xxx

  • Sarah Bengochea

    I just made this but without the maple syrup! I didn’t have anything sweet to add so i left it out. It was delicious, my husband and I literally polished the whole thing off!

    You should have a warning next to this…… Make at your own risk as you will eat it all in one go!

    Thank you

  • McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped

    Ella, these blackberries are gorgeous and this recipe seems divine!

  • http://none Anto

    Nice slippers too!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you! They’re from an awesome company called My Chatelles :)

  • Amanda

    Hi Ella,

    Do you think I could use frozen blackberries just the same way you used fresh?

    LOVE your blog! Your positive attitude and excitement for healthy food is truly inspiring :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Amanda. Sadly frozen berries don’t really work in this as they have way too much water in them, you can use any other fresh berry instead though! :)

      • Amanda

        Ok, thank you!

  • lucy penney

    looks like a winner for the family suday lunch i am hosting this week. Thanks for sharing and i will let you know how i get on :-)

  • Emily

    Hi Ella! I’m trying to put as much of this together in advance of a get-together tomorrow and then bring it to bake there. One question – do I have to cook the berries & apples beforehand? Or can I just bake it a bit longer? The few times I’ve made something similar, I’ve never pre-cooked the apples (never made it with berries before – yum!) I also tried your Almond, Quinoa & Pumpkin Seed bread and I’ve got Sweet Potato Brownies in the fridge for tomorrow as well. I’m really enjoying your site – thank you!!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Emily. You don’t have to cook them before but it makes it more delicious as the fruit softens much more. So glad that you’re loving all the recipes!

  • ivetta

    Dear Ella,

    This cake is amazing! Love it! I would like to ask you how do you store it? In a refrigerator or just outside without any cover? And how long does it last?
    Looking forward to try more of your recipes!

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you love it! I store it in the fridge and it lasts about five days in an airtight container!

  • Alex

    Hi Ella! Could you use single serving ramekins to bake this? If so, would you change the cooking time? Thanks and can’t wait to try this!

  • Sara

    Ive just tried this recipe and it really is amazing! Its been so easy changing my lifestyle. …its because of wonderful recipes like this :)!!
    Thanks Ella x

  • Terina

    Hi yummy – do you need to cook the oats.?

  • Sarah

    Hi Ella,
    Making this for my friend who said he wants an apple crumble and an ‘apple’ crumble only!
    Do you think I could just leave out the blackberries and add more apples?
    Thankyou xx

  • Cathrine

    Hey Ella!

    I’ve recently discovered your blog and I love it! I was just wondering what I should do if I don’t own a food processor… what would be the best alternative to blend the almonds? :-)

    • ellawoodward

      You could try a blender but food processors work best!

  • Katie

    Hi Ella! This looks amazing – crumble is my all time favourite pudding! I can’t wait to make it! Do you have any recipes for any ‘clean’ custard style sauces to go with it at all? xxx

  • Marion

    I’ve made a rhubarb and apple crumble in the past and as I am gluten intolerant, I replaced the oats for the crumble with quinoa flakes. Your recipe sounds devine and I can’t wait to make it. I absolutely love your blog.

  • Michal

    Amazing cake!!! Thanks so much, we all LOVED it, and it’s so easy to make!!!!!

  • Mariam Ayaz

    Awesome recipe! I have about 6 recipes opened in multiple tabs now and I cannot decide which to make first! This looks extremely delicious though.