Mini Grain Free Apple Crumbles
As you may have realised by now, I love food. Not in a weird way, just I find that my meals are pretty much always the highlight of my day so I spend a lot of time thinking about them! Anyway, a few weeks ago I was dreaming up a whole selection of new delicious desserts for you when I realised that I needed to come up with more simple desserts. Sweet treats that are really easy to make for one person. I know that dessert for one sounds a little sad, but how often do you crave something sweet and then decide that making something super healthy yet really sweet is either too hard or too complicated, and of course you probably don’t want to end up with a whole fridge full of cake at the end! Maybe you reach for something unhealthy instead, or just end up feeling deprived and jealous that you can’t eat what everyone else does? I know I’ve been in that position a hundred times. So I want to help us all out and share with you more of my tricks for staying healthy when these cravings strike, and these mini crumbles are the perfect way to do this. Each crumble is the perfect size for one, and even better, they are so easy to make. To be honest, the recipe really makes itself. You just have to add the ingredients to the food processor and chop an apple. How wonderfully easy is that?
Not only are the ingredients really simple, but they are also all available at your local supermarket – at least they are in my sainsbury’s local. Yet despite being so simply they are outrageously delicious when mixed together. The combination of almonds, dates, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and agave really create a layer of heaven that sits perfectly on the deliciously sweet, soft baked apple. Little bites of nuts and seeds give this sweet crust a wonderfully crunchy texture that contrasts perfectly to the moist and ever-so-slightly sticky consistency created by the dates and agave. The flavour that echoes most of all, however, is the cinnamon which really dominates every bite adding its own deliciously unique aroma. Even better, as the crumble cooks the cinnamon will make your kitchen smell totally divine.
It’s a perfect no fuss recipe for quick and delicious healthiness! And as you may have noticed from the ingredients list – this dessert is totally grain free! I know a lot of you like to avoid grains all together so I wanted to make something that would suit everyone. I hope you love it as much as I do!
– 1 red apples
– 1/3 a cup of almonds
– 4 medjool dates
– 1 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
– 1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds – these are optional, I add them for all their insane health benefits, but if you don’t have any omitting them won’t change the taste or texture
– 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
– 2 teaspoons of raw agave syrup
Start by peeling the apple, then slice it into pieces, discarding the core. The size of the slices isn’t especially important, I normally chop mine into about 10 pieces.
Place the apple in a sauce pan with a shallow layer of boiling water. Put the lid on and boil for 10-15 minutes, until the apple pieces are really soft. Then drain the water.
While the apple cooks, place the almonds and pumpkin seeds into a food processor. Blend for a minute, until they break down. Then add the pitted dates, agave, cinnamon and chia seeds. Blend for another minute or so until a sticky mixture forms.
When the apple is cooked put it in the bottom of a small baking dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with half a teaspoon of agave, before placing the nut mixture on top.
Then bake at 180C for about 10 minutes, until the crumble is wonderfully hot and your kitchen smells like heaven!