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!

  1. Susan

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

  2. 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?

    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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 :)

    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

  3. 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?



    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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 :)

    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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! :)

  7. 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 :-)

  8. 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!!

    1. ellawoodward Post author

      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!

  9. 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!

    1. ellawoodward Post author

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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


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