By Shalini Kolluri
Kicking back with a plate of warm crumble and custard while watching Netflix is one of my favorite things to do. I love how the whole house gets filled with the delicious aromas of vanilla and cinnamon and how cozy the house gets from a day spent having fun, baking this recipe in my kitchen.
Not only is this recipe healthy, it is 100% vegan. Apples are high in fiber as they contain both soluble and insoluble fiber which is great for a healthy digestive system. Added to that, rolled oats increase the fiber content which help you poop like a champion and control your apatite.
There’s just enough oil and sweet in there to make sure this recipe tastes like a treat, but it’s pretty light and healthy compared to most holiday desserts.
6 medium sized apples (I used Fuji)
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 table spoons orange juice
A little orange zest
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
50 g organic flaked coconut
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, paste
3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
3 tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil
1/2 cup walnuts
Wash the apples. Cut them into wedges with the skin left on – make sure to remove the center. Place the apples into a large heavy based pot.
Combine with the apple juice, vanilla, cinnamon and orange zest.
Cook over a medium – low heat for about 20 – 30 minutes – stirring occasionally until the apples have completely softened and collapsed. I like to cover the pot for the first 10 minutes of cooking, which allows for more liquid to be released from the apples and helps to keep them moist. Remove the lid for the last 10 minutes of cooking, if necessary which helps some of the excess moisture evaporate.
To make the crumble
Combine rolled oats, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, oil and walnuts into a food processor.
Process for a few seconds or until mixture is combined and lovely and crumbly. Taste and adjust if necessary.
Preheat your oven to 160 C / 315 F. Pile your apple mixture into a suitable sized pie dish or baking dish.
Scatter the crumble over the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crumble is golden and delicious looking.
Remove from the oven and serve alone or with your choice of custard, yogurt or coconut cream.