There is nothing quite like the smell of apple crumble filling a home after baking. It creates a soothing, warming and cozy feeling. I think it’s definitely one of the best desserts out there. It reminds me of old times, a rustic country environment and the simplicity of life.
This dish was actually the first recipe my husband and I tackled before we knew much more about creating recipes. We served it to our friends one late October night while we were hanging out on our terrace and they really liked it. Their praise was an encouragement for me to get deeper into creating my own recipes.
My apple crumble is made of sweet apples, gluten free oats, almonds and walnuts. I sweeten it with medjool dates and add vanilla and cinnamon to create a nice aroma.
Serve warm apple crumble with some cold vegan vanilla ice cream to give it a contrast.
Apple Crumble (V, GF)
- 1 kg apples peeled and chopped into cubes
- 100 g medjool dates pitted
- 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon powder divided
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder divided
- 40 g walnuts chopped into smaller pieces
- 150 g almonds
- 100 g gluten free oats I used Nairs gluten free Scottish porridge oats
- 80 ml (1/3 cup) coconut oil melted
- Peel and chop the apples. You will need 1 kg of apples after they're peeled. I used sweet Gala apples which are my favourite for this dish.
- Make medjool date paste by combining medjool dates (remove their pits before that) and 100 ml of water (if it's boiling water even better) in a blender. Mix on high speed for a few seconds. Scrape the mixture and mix again a little bit.
- Transfer apples to a large pot. Depending on what variety of apples you are using you may need to add some water. I didn't need any. Be careful to not put too much water though. If there's too much water left in the pot you will have to cook the apples for longer and they will become too soft.
- Add to the same pot also 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of vanilla and half of the medjool date paste. Mix together.
- Cook the apples on medium heat for 10 min until they become softer and most of their liquid evaporates. Open the lid a little bit after the water from the apples stars boiling to allow for faster evaporation.
- Crumble walnuts with your hands and mix them into the cooked apples.
- Transfer the apples to a greased baking dish (I used 23 cm round baking dish) and spread them equally.
- Put almonds, oats (it's important that you put almonds in the blender first, since oats are softer than almonds), 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of vanilla, the other half of medjool date paste and melted coconut oil into the blender. Mix together and press the mixture down with a stick. Leave some almond chunks in there for a crunchier crumble.
- Transfer the crumble onto the top of the apples and arrange it equally.
- Bake at 180 °C for 18-20 min. It's done when the top becomes dark brown.
- Serve warm with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream.