Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble

I love spring cleaning. You end up stumbling upon things you forgot you had: like pocket change, a nostalgic photo, a favourite movie or book, or in this case a bag of frozen cranberries. As soon as I saw them, I knew they were destined for a fruit crumble.

Cranberry Apple Crumble - truefoodlove

Cranberry Apple Crumble – truefoodlove

Fruit crumble is amazing because:

  1. It’s versatile. Throw in whatever fruit strikes your fancy.
  2. You can eat the crumble for dessert, snack, or my favourite: breakfast.  Crumble is definitely a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
  3. It makes your home smell heavenly. No need for toxic air fresheners.
  4. It’s healthy. Gluten-free and vegan.
  5. You’d have to try hard to mess up a crumble. Even if you do, there are easy fixes. Not sweet enough? Drizzle finished product with honey or maple syrup. Too dry? Just serve with greek yogurt. No fresh fruit? Use frozen.

There’s really no excuse not to make one. 🙂

Coconut sugar, apples and cranberries - truefoodlove

Coconut sugar, apples and cranberries – truefoodlove

As for the cranberries, I have a special place in my heart for them as they offer amazing health benefits that I have witnessed first hand. Drinking pure cranberry juice (not from concentrate) has helped to prevent the development of a UTI on more than one occasion. Although not very pleasant to drink, it was worth every sip. A relative of the blueberry, cranberries contain proanthocyanidins which prevent the adherence of bacteria to the urinary tract wall and are now being investigated to see if they also help prevent stomach ulcers. Research has also shown they contain many anti-cancer compounds and help to support our liver and cardiovascular system. That is one powerful berry!

This deliciously sweet and tart recipe is modified from Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood with some substitutions.

Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 3-4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • drizzle of maple syrup

Topping:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (if strictly gluten-free, ensure you use gluten-free oats)
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup organic butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw almonds

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash, peel, core and slice apples into 1/8″ slices. Mix apples and cranberries in a baking dish. Ensure you have enough for at least 3/4″-1″ layer. If needed, slice up another apple and toss in more cranberries.

Apples and cranberries ready for spicin' - truefoodlove

Apples and cranberries ready for spicin’ – truefoodlove

2. Mix coconut sugar and cinnamon with apples and cranberries. Stir to coat. Drizzle with maple syrup.

Ready for the crumble - truefoodlove

Ready for the crumble – truefoodlove

3. In a small or medium bowl, mix the oats, quinoa flour, coconut sugar and cinnamon. Drizzle with melted butter or coconut oil and mix to form a crumbly mixture (hence “crumble!”). Mix in almonds.

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4. Distribute mixture over the top of the fruit ensuring there is an even coverage over the fruit. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the fruit is soft.

Ready for the oven - truefoodlove

Ready for the oven – truefoodlove

5. When cooled slightly, scoop out into a bowl and enjoy with greek yogurt or on its own!

By the way, if you’re like me and have always wondered what the difference was between a crisp or a crumble I found some answers here. It determines that a crumble has more of an oat and granola-like topping whereas a crisp contains no oats and uses only flour.

I know, I know. We’ll all be able to sleep much better at night now. 😉

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