I have always loved fruit crumble. Especially my mothers homemade, sugar and butter filled crumble! However that was many years ago, before all my food intolerance’s came to light. Also before we knew the damaging affects of refined sugar on our health.
I don’t know about you, but I find soft caramelised fruit to die for. Top that with some crunchy, sweet crumble, a side of cold ice cream and you have a winning dessert. This recipe definitely ticks all the boxes, it has a great taste and texture, is full of nutritious ingredients and is allergen friendly.
The fruit base of this dessert is made from rhubarb, pear and a mix of dried fruit. Seasoned and baked with a little cinnamon and pure maple syrup, the combination of sweet fruit flavours is divine. It has been many years since I last ate any food that was processed and filled with refined sugar. When delicious desserts can be made with natural, wholesome ingredients, it is not necessary to consume such sugar filled foods . Home made, wholesome foods generally taste a lot better too!
The crunchy, sweet tasting topping is made from the nutritious tigernut, coconut flour and desiccated coconut. Tigernut powder/flour works really well as an allergen friendly flour substitute, I have used it in mostly every dessert I have made. You have probably noticed by now I use tigernut powder a lot! As I don’t tolerate nuts I can’t use any nut flours in my cooking, although I do use them now and again for my better half.
In my opinion crumble is always served best, piping hot, straight out of the oven with a side of cold ice cream. I always loved the combination of hot and cold with every mouthful. Now, I would suggest a plain vanilla or coconut ice cream, not to overpower the fruity flavours. The great thing about crumbles is that if you don’t like or tolerate one fruit I have included in the recipe, you can swap it for another. With this in mind most fruit work well in crumbles. For example; apples, pears, rhubarb, strawberries, banana, dried fruit, if you have tried any others let me know in the comments 🙂
AIP, Paleo, Vegan, GF, DF
Pre heat oven to 180c
Firstly peel and chop pears, chop rhubarb and add to a baking dish. Pop the baking dish into the oven for 15 minutes to soften the fruit. Once soft remove from oven, add the dried fruit, cinnamon, maple syrup and stir well to combine. Then add the rumble topping over the fruit.
While the fruit is in the oven, prepare the crumble. In a bowl add all ingredients and mix well until combined. You can use your hands here to get a crumble consistency. Once combined add onto the fruit base and pop into the oven for 15 minutes. The crumble should be golden brown but not burnt.
Serve immediatley with cold ice cream and enjoy!
N.B. Fruit amount can vary depending on the size of your baking dish. You can add as little or much as you like of each fruit. Or even experiment with the fruit suggestions stated in the blog 🙂
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