Low Calorie Apple Crumble

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This low calorie apple crumble is like an apple pie without the pastry – or the guilt! The crumble topping and the fresh chunks of apple make it the perfect mix of sweet and sharp. A dessert your whole family will love and one you can feel good about eating. This apple crumble only has 188 calories per serving, but it tastes just as good as a full calorie version would. This one is better for both you and your waistline.

OATY APPLE CRUMBLE

Soft and sweet cinnamon apples combined with a crispy oat topping make this Oaty Apple Crumble a comforting and warming dessert that the whole family will love and it’s lighter than most desserts too! Healthy apple crumble, that still has all the flavour.

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Deliciously sweet apples mixed with some cinnamon and topped with a crispy oat topping. Forget traditional crumble topping – this apple crumble with oats has a lovely crunch to it and makes it a Healthy Apple Crumble. It is also vegan and gluten free too!

The perfect comforting dessert on a cool day. Whilst we used apples, you could swap them for pears, or use a mixture of both. But this is a great way to use up lots of apples.

Ingredients needed

  • Apples – The star of the dish. We like to use Granny Smith or Honeycrisp, but you really could use any apple.
  • Cinnamon – Apple and cinnamon is such a classic combination. You could swap the cinnamon for nutmeg or ginger, or even a mixture of all three.
  • Brown sugar – You might not expect to see sugar in a “healthy” recipe, but it really does add so much flavour and we have only used 1.5 tablespoons.
  • Oats – Although crumble topping isn’t usually made with oats, we find it gives it such a nice texture and gives it a fibre boost too. We use rolled oats. Don’t use the quick cook porridge oats, because they will become mushy and don’t use jumbo oats as they will still be too chewy.
  • Maple syrup – We used this instead of sugar for the topping as it has lots of flavour, so you can use less of it.
  • Coconut oil – This is used instead of butter in the topping. Don’t worry, it doesn’t give it a coconut flavour. You could use butter if you prefer, and it will give a more golden colour to the apples.

A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.

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How to make oaty apple crumble – Step by step

One: Mix together the oats, maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.

Two: Add one tablespoon of coconut oil to a pan and melt. Add the apples and gently cook for 5 minutes until softened. Put the sugar and cinnamon in the pan, stir and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Three: Put the cooked apples in a baking dish.

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Four: Top with the oat mix.

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Five: Put in a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.

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Six: After 20 minutes, remove from the oven.

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Why should you try it?

  • Healthy comfort food – This is total comfort food, but made a little bit lighter.
  • Just 177 calories a portion – A filling portion for less calories than a more traditional apple crumble.
  • Easy to freeze the leftovers – This stores well so make a big batch and freeze for quick and easy desserts.
  • Can be done with pear instead of apples or a mixture – This is versatile and different fruit can be used.

Healthy Apple Crumble

This is a hearty and comforting dessert, that doesn’t over-do it on calories and fat either. We are all about the desserts at the moment, and finding ways to make them lighter so they can be more of an every day thing, rather than a once in a while thing.

We have used a little bit of brown sugar and maple syrup to give it some extra sweetness, but not as much as you would usually find in an apple crumble. Apples are so good this time of year, that we wanted to let the natural sweetness shine through.

Just 6 ingredients go in to making this healthy apple crumble, so you can be sure exactly what has gone in to it, compared to buying it in store. And it’s only 177 calories per portion too.

Health benefits of apples

They are a good source of fibre, potassium and vitamin C and K. Apples have also been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. One reason for this may be that apples contain soluble fibre, and this can help lower your blood cholesterol levels.

Apples also contain polyphenols, which have antioxidant effects. However, many of these are in the peel, so if you peel the apples they they won’t have the same benefits.

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What to serve with a healthy apple crumble

Now it comes down to a debate that will turn your dinner table lively – what do you serve with a crumble? Ice cream or custard? We went with a good quality vanilla ice cream, but a good custard is another perfect side to a comforting crumble.

Storage

Store: We hardly ever have any leftovers of this, as we can happily eat double portions. But if so, it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

Freeze: You could freeze it in containers, but the oats would go a little soggy once defrosted. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Defrost: Defrost in the fridge overnight, or in the microwave until fully defrosted.

Reheat: You can put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes to reheat, or put it in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Low Sugar & Low Fat Apple Crumble

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Apple crumble is one of the most delicious, comforting desserts there is – perfect in winter and perfect in summer with a scoop of ice cream.
The sweetness of the apples works brilliantly with the sweet yet savoury flavour of the crumble topping, and the crispiness of the topping works brilliantly with the softness of the filling. It’s the perfect pud – but how do you make it low fat and sugar free so you can still have it on your Lose Baby Weight healthy eating plan?
Apples are naturally fairly sweet – so make sure you pick a normal apple variety rather than a cooking apple variety, as cooking apples are quite sour and they do need sugar to make them sweet. Using a normal apple means that you could get away with adding no sweetener of any kind to the crumble – and the ground almonds in the topping help to sweeten things up whilst also adding crunch. Here’s how to make a low fat, sugar free apple crumble.
Ingredients

  • 4 large apples
  • Juice and zest of ½ a large unwaxed lemon
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

Optional: 2 tsp. natural sweetener such as honey, agave nectar or stevia

  • 100g rolled porridge oats
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 2 tsp. flour
  • 50g low fat butter

Optional: 3 tsp. natural sweetener such as honey, agave nectar or stevia
Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Lightly grease an oven dish.
  2. Wash the apples and peel. Remove the core using an apple corer, or chop into quarters and remove the core carefully using your knife. Chop the apples into small slices.
  3. Combine the apples, lemon juice and zest, 2 tsp. cinnamon and if desired, the sweetener. Spread into the bottom of the oven dish.
  4. In a blender, place the porridge oats, almonds, flour, butter and if desired, the sweetener. Pulse until blended – the mixture should resemble coarse breadcrumbs. If you don’t have a blender, place the oats, almonds and flour into a bowl. Rub the butter and sweetener into the mixture. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the apples.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes until the top of the crumble is golden brown. Leave to cool for around 10 minutes before serving so that you don’t burn yourself on the hot fruit.

Variations:
Some people like to stew their apples before using in a crumble – this recipe will give you apples that are still firm, but if you prefer them softer, you might want to cook them down before putting them into the crumble. Simple place them into a saucepan, along with the cinnamon and a few tbsp. of water. Cook down gently for 20 minutes or so or until the apples are soft – you won’t need to mash them too much as they should soften on their own.
You could also omit the cinnamon and use a different spice, or you could add raisins or another dried fruit to the apple filling. For a lower fat and calorie content, omit the almonds and use more rolled oats or flour. This will make the crumble less sweet, which means you should probably add a sweetener.
Serve With:
You can serve this crumble with anything – low fat Greek yoghurt, low fat ice cream, low fat custard – or you can serve it just as it is.
Recipe serves 4. Calories per serving: 294. Fat per serving: 5.8g.

Low Calorie Healthy Apple Crumble

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Eating healthier doesn’t mean missing out on your favourite desserts! If apple crumble is your thing, try our low calorie, low fat healthy version of this classic British dessert!

Ingredients and Method

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Lemon juice
  • 3 sticks Cinnamon
  • 3 cups Sliced apples, with the skin
  • 12 tbsp Quick cooking rolled oats
  • 6 tbsp Wheat bran
  • 6 tbsp Chopped almonds
  • 6 tbsp Chopped walnuts
  • 6 tbsp Raisins
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3/4 tsp Vanilla essence

Method

  1. Combine the sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks and ½ cup of water in a non-stick pan, mix well and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the apples and simmer until soft. Carefully remove the cinnamon sticks and put the mixture to one side.
  3. Combine the oats, wheat bran, almonds and walnuts and lightly roast them on a nonstick pan on a slow flame for 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Cool completely, add the raisins, cinnamon powder and vanilla essence and mix well.
  5. Lightly crush the mixture and keep aside.
  6. Place the stewed apple slices evenly on a greased baking tray or oven dish and sprinkle the crushed muesli on top.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°c (360°f) for 5 minutes or until the muesli turns golden brown in colour. Serve immediately with low fat custard.

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