Simple Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free, SCD & Paleo)

apple crumble

In the spirit of the season of making and warmth, fruit crumbles are an “instant pie” that, when loaded with nutritious toppings, can easily become a breakfast or brunch dish.  The actual “work” on a crumble is about 10 minutes; the rest is in the baking, bubbling and crumbling that happens somewhat magically once you get it in the oven!

Simple Apple Crumble (SCD, Gluten-Free, Paleo) 

The Apples 

  • 4-5 apples, peeled and cored
  • the juice of a lemon (squeeze over the sliced apples as you peel and core.  it will keep them from browning and it also brightens their flavor)
  • a shake of sea salt

The Crumble

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or a stick of grass-fed milk butter)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • a cup of chopped nuts (your favorites)
  • a half cup of shredded coconut (or add more nuts)
  • 1 cup of almond meal (*I get mine from Trader Joe’s— and I have made this before with almond butter and even peanut butter with apples.  If you use almond butter/ peanut butter, decrease the oil to 1/4 cup)
  • healthy shake sea salt

Put your oven on 350 and let it heat up with you get the apples sliced and tossed with lemon juice and a touch of sea salt.  This apple mix goes into a 9″ pie pan or even a square brownie pan.

Put the crumble ingredients in a big bowl.  If you feel you want more coconut (say, if you are using berries instead of apples, coconut could be soooo great) add it, and just add less of the nuts.

I love the tactile adventure of this part!  Wash your hand super-well… then stick them in to churn all these buts together into a somewhat sticky and delicious mess that will be the crumble.

Use your hands to scoop out the topping and spread it over the apples.  (this is almost as fun as licking your hands when you are done!)   Once the topping is distributed (it will not be perfect, and that is fine) you can add a drizzle more of oil or butter if you’d like.

Bake everything until the apples are bubbling underneath and the crumble top is very brown.  If you use too high of heat your outside will cook before the inside.  Check on it often the first time you make it…. It took over an hour to cook mine since my oven runs very cold, but youu might find yours is cooking like crazy, so keep an eye out.

And I dare you not to eat half immediately!  Crumbles are awesome with ice cream, with a cup of tea or as… as weird as this may sound… a topping for fresh fruit!  xoxo Dana

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Julie T February 29, 2016 at 6:22 pm

I’ve used this recipe so many times, I want to say Thank You! My daughter has Crohn’s, we started SCD about 6 months ago and this is the one thing she asks me to make every week. The only change I made is that I add some cinnamon. It’s the most calorie rich thing shes eats almost every day. So, thank you!

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danaclaudat March 3, 2016 at 6:17 am

oh I am so happy she likes it! there are lots of fun scd recipies and I’m thrilled to hear and hope she’s well. xxoo Dana

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