Blackberry, Apple and Maple Crumble

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!


Serves 4

For the topping:

– 1 and a 1/2 cups of oats (180g)

– 1 cup of almonds (200g)

– 1/3 of a cup of pure maple syrup (100ml)

– 3 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil

– 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

For the fruit layer:

– 6 red apples

– 2 cups of blackberries (400g)

– 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!


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  • 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.

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  • Anna

    Ella, thank you very much for the recipe! it tastes amazing!!! my favourite dessert from now on! and it is such an inspiration – it may vary depending on what nuts, beries and fruits you take

  • Karen Zaklama

    Hi Ella,
    I really love your recipes and I get so excited when I make them! I am wondering if I can make the topping of this recipe into a granola. Also, is it possible to grind the nuts till it is more of a coarse meal than a flour?
    Thanks and Merry Christmas!!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Karen,
    Yes that should work fine I imagine! Happy new year x

  • Louisa

    Does anyone have the number of calories per portion for this? Thanks! x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Louisa, sorry I don’t focus on calorie content, I prefer to count goodness instead! X

  • Natasha

    I made this tonight for my family, and my dad was a bit sceptical as in his eyes healthy doesn’t mean tasty. However it went down a treat! I used a forest fruits mix in place of the blackberry which was delicious. xxx

  • Megan Lamb

    I tried this delicious recipe today and it went down a treat! I really look forward to trying more of the recipes on here – they all look so good. Thanks Ella :) x

  • ellawoodward

    The baked apples recipe in my book, the stewed breakfast apples recipe on the blog and even the chewy sultana cookies would all work well with cooking apples too! Hope they turn out delicious! X

  • Celia

    I can’t have nuts, is there something I could substitute for the ground almonds?

    • ellawoodward

      You could try using pumpkin seeds instead x

      • Celia

        Ooh thank you I will! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Loretta, I haven’t tried freezing the crumble before but I imagine that should work. Things like the chilli and bolognese from the book are awesome to freeze. The curries in the book and on the blog are also great to make a big batch of and then freeze. The superfood bread is also a great one to try! Hope you start to feel better soon and enjoy lots of the recipes x

  • Jessica Jones

    Hey in not a fan of maple syrup can I use something else instead or can u not taste it

    • ellawoodward

      Yes honey or date syrup works really well too! X