Sunday, 18 January 2015


It's no secret that I have a sweet tooth, but at the start of the year I made a promise to myself that I would cut down on refined sugar, eventually omitting it from my diet altogether. So far, so good. It's been just over two weeks and I'm starting to feel its positive effects. However I don't think that inkling of a sugar craving will ever go away. And I figured a little bit of what you fancy is okay once in a while, right? That's why I bought an inspired mini Le Creuset casserole dish - which amounts to a single serving of about 8oz! And then that's another classic dietary problem dealt with: portion size. Now I don't feel guilty about feeding my sweet tooth, especially with this much healthier apple crumble recipe! 

Healthy apple crumble, I hear you say? Well, yes. This recipe contains zero refined sugar and no bleached flours - only goodness. You get natural sweetness with a hint of tartness from the Bramley apples, the cinnamon in the filling gives it a lovely spice kick, and the hazelnuts in the crumble mixture provides you with a delicious crunchy crust with all the nuttiness you could want. Not only this, but I also added a little bit of pure maple syrup and this gives the crumble its desired sweetness with a slight bitter edge. It seems like a perfect combination to me!

4 Bramley cooking apples, cored, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup water
1tsp ground cinnamon
A splash of pure maple syrup

The filling is really simple, made up of just four ingredients. Pop the Bramley apples into a saucepan with 1/2 cup of water, and cook on a medium heat until the apples are soft and little bit mushy but still have a bit of a bite to them (if that makes any sense at all). Mix in your cinnamon and some maple syrup, and set aside to thicken while you make the crumble topping.

Note: This makes a whole batch of apple sauce (it's so much better to make in batches, believe me) and you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. We also love using it for breakfast, topped on Greek yoghurt or hot porridge. You'll thank me for it!

(serves one)
1tbsp wholemeal spelt flour
2tsp cold butter
1tbsp organic oats
1tbsp chopped hazelnuts

To begin the crumble topping, whiz up the whole hazelnuts in a food processor until you have a mixture of coarse meal and bigger nut pieces. In a separate bowl combine the wholemeal spelt flour and the cold butter with your fingers until the ingredients resemble fine breadcrumbs. Add the organic oats and the hazelnuts, and mix so they are evenly distributed. 

Spoon the apple sauce into a baking dish. I use a slotted spoon for this, just so the mixture isn't too watery when it's being baked. Top with the crumble - I go about half and half because I think the best part of a crumble is the topping - and place in the middle of a preheated oven (gas mark 6, 200ºC, 400ºF) for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is a lovely golden-brown and the centre is steaming-hot. Serve with more maple syrup and/or, if you're looking for a real treat, cream or fresh vanilla ice cream. Yum!

I really hope you enjoyed reading this recipe and I encourage you to give it a go yourself. It's really very easy and doesn't take too long to cook. It just goes to show that your favourite desserts can certainly be adapted and made much healthier. I'll let you in to a little secret: I ate a portion of this for my lunch yesterday, and I didn't even feel the slightest bit guilty! 

So, after all that, could I sway you with a skinny apple crumble?

You can buy your own petite Le Creuset casserole dish here. 


  1. It looks so good! Such a great idea to make individual portions! x


  2. This sounds delicious, I think I might have to give it a go soon!

    Emma xo

  3. This sounds amazing, plus I already have one of those little dishes so I really have no excuse not to get baking this!

  4. it look so yummy, I'm craving something sweet now!! x

    1. Thanks Ariadna; this one is ever so easy to make and certainly curbed my sweet craving! Xx

  5. Wow I might have to do some light shopping to recreate this now and it looks and sounds absolutely amazing xx

    Blonde Of Carbs

  6. This sounds and looks delicious! The recipe is so simple as well, looks like I'm definitely going to have to try it! :)

    Life As Lissy

    1. Thank you Mellissa - you should definitely give it a go! Xx

  7. This looks so amazing! I'm actually craving something with apples right now. Have to give this a try :)

  8. this looks absolutely delicious! xx

    Ioanna |

  9. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'm trying to cut down on sugar too :) x

    The Belle Narrative

    1. It's harder than you think, isn't it? There seems to be sugar in just about everything! I'm trying to train myself to prefer a savoury palette still! Xx

  10. Ohh yum, this looks SO good! xo

  11. Ooh this looks awesome AND it looks like something I could make without ruining haha. xx


  12. This looks gorgeous, I could definitely be swayed with a skinny apple crumble! And good on you for cutting out refined sugar!

    she dreams


  13. mmm this look deeelish!
    You had me at baked apples
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp


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