Healthier apple and blueberry crumble

Apple pie must be one of the most baked desserts in my family’s kitchen! There are no words that can describe the sweet cinnamon and apple smell baking in the oven.

Most crumble recipes, contain a ton of added sugars and dairy. I had to reinvent something tastier and of course healthier.

The crumble came out really fluffy, nutty and light with a slightly sweet taste. I think this is my favorite recipe of the year! Yes you read that right, my favorite recipe so far this year!

Healthier apple and blueberry crumble

Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Vegan


1kg frozen blueberries

1kg apples, cored, peeled and cubed

1/2 cup black chia tea

2 Tbsp cornstarch

10-15 drops stevia

Dash of cinnamon to taste

For the crumble

80g pecan nuts, slightly roasted

65g gluten free self raising flour

50g gluten free rolled oats

1 lemon zested

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla essence

A pinch of salt

85g agave syrup/ maple syrup

3 Tbsp coconut oil


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the fruits, spices and stevia. Add the tea and cornstarch to a mixing bowl and whisk to ensure there are no lumps. Allow the filling to simmer over low- medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Fold in the tea and cornstarch mixture. Stir to combine using a wooden spoon, once the mixture is thick and syrupy take off the heat. Add a bit more water if the mixture is too dry.

Place the gluten free oat in a food processor or blender until coarsely chopped. Add the oat flour into a large mixing bowl. Add in the nuts, gluten free self raising flour and spices.

In a small bowl add the rest of the crumble ingredients and mix well. Fold into the dry oat flour mixture.

Prepare an ovenproof pie dish by greasing with a bit of coconut oil or vegan butter. Pour the cooked filling into the dish and top with the crumble mixture.

Allow the crumble to bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until lightly golden on top. Remove from oven and let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with decadent vegan ice cream to make this summertime treat extra special.

Have you tried this recipe?

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Qualified chef, Health Coach and Nutritionist based in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

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