Sunday, October 28, 2012

Apple delight or healthy crumble for all

Yesterday, when the first autumn snow covered Warsaw, I knew it called for some good old baking recipe. Something to warm up the house and fill it with the feel-good smell of apples and spice. 

As 'intolerant gourmets' (as Pippa Kendrick - one of my favorite cooking authors - beautifully put it), my son and I cannot enjoy all ingredients, so I was looking for an easy and healthy recipe, but without eggs or diary products. Apple crumble can be made this way and its beauty lies in simplicity and quality of ingredients, especially gorgeous seasonal apples. 

Many crumble recipes are rather too heavy and buttery for my liking, so I decided to try a variation (with only slight modifications) proposed by Am Mniam, an inspiring Polish website dedicated to healthy baby food. 
This recipe is suitable for kids 10m+, but please note that the age indication might differ depending on individuals. It is egg-free, diary-free and contains no added sugar or salt. If you want to make it also gluten-free, replace oat bran with ground sesame seeds. 

Best served warm, this crumble will surprise your little one's palate with soft, sweet, yet slightly acidulous apple bottom and crunchy, nutty top. Our baby boy loved it.

Below you can see the results of my baking (oh, so yummy!) and the recipe. 
Bon appétit!

Apple bottom:
sweet apples - 1 kilo or 4-5 medium sized apples
raisins - 3-4 spoons
cinnamon - 1/2 teaspoon
cardamom - 1/2 teaspoon
ginger powder - 1/2 teaspoon
water - 4-5 spoons

Crunchy top:
ground almonds - 100g
oat bran - 70g
agave syrup - 2 spoons
vanilla extract - a few drops
canola oil - 2 spoons

Peel, core and cut apples in 1cm dices, then place in a pan, adding water and spices. Let them simmer on low heat for 8-10 minutes, until apples become soft.
In a bowl, mix together all ingredients for the crunchy top and stir well. When ready, transfer the apples into ceramic or tart pan (I used a 22 cm pan), even the surface and cover with the top mixture.
Preheat the oven to 160ºC and bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown.
Serve warm and enjoy with all your senses. :)


  1. It is! I already ate too much :P

  2. Nice, but as for me, crumble without butter and oat flakes... Well... A big no-no - you know me, i won't bake sweets if the recipe contains less than half pound of butter. ;))

    1. I know, I wouldn't show it to Nigella either ;)) Still, oat bran is a pretty good equivalent for oat flakes (just finer) and almonds give the aroma and moisture that would normally come from butter. It is a compromise, as all diet/special meals, but really a tasty one :)

  3. I would say it's a matter of what you can eat. Without some components it could taste good, I suppose :). Of course I use butter etc. also, but if in some future couldn't - I would be happy with products which will be good for health.

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