Hi guys, as I’m sure many of you will know, I’ve been cutting out sugar recently. And while I’m eating it again now, cutting it out has made me wonder how many things can be made with no sugar or reduced sugar and still taste just as good. Today’s recipe isn’t added sugar free completely, but it is free from refined sugar. I wanted to keep things nice and seasonal and I thought what would be better than some cinnamon baked apples? The answer was something else baked that included the apples. I settled on these apple crumble slices.
This recipe, as the name would suggest, very crumbly. And although they’re slices, they’re not that portable. It gets messy. This is definitely more of a dessert rather than a baked snack or bar. Best served with some ice cream, cream or maybe even some custard for a proper autumnal dessert.
The slices are prepared in three stages, the base, baked apples, and the crumble topping. Our biscuity base layer holds the apples and keeps it ‘slice’ intact. It’s firm and crunchy, then we have the soft baked apples and the crumble provides another crisp layer to finish it off.
To keep the recipe lower in sugar, I opted for the same date syrup I used in my recent granola recipe. Simply mixing dates and water and heating it up to combine. You could always opt for an alternative syrup like maple or agave if you don’t want to make your own. Or buy date syrup if you live somewhere where a store sells stuff like that. I most certainly do not, so I stuck with making my own.
The recipe says to leave it to cool before slicing. I know all recipes say something like that. I’m also aware it’s really tempting to cut and try something the second it leaves the oven. In this case, it’s important that you leave it. Cut it too early and the entire thing will fall apart due to its crumbly nature. Sorry.
This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, soy free, vegan and contains no refined sugars.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Serves: 9 slices
- 1 cup GF oats
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup almonds
- 4 tbsp sunflower oil
- 4 cups apples, peeled and cubed (approximately 4 medium/ 3 large apples)
- 2 tbsp homemade ‘date syrup’* or alternative syrup of choice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Juice of a lemon
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 tbsp syrup (whichever one you chose before)
- 3 tbsp GF oat flour
- A quarter cup GF rolled oats
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- Preheat oven to 175°c and line a baking dish with greaseproof paper.
- Add apples to a separate baking dish along with syrup, cinnamon, lemon, and oil. Toss to combine.
- Cover with foil and bake for 18 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for 4-5 minutes more or until apples appear slightly caramelized and are tender to the touch.
- While the apples finish baking, add oats and nuts to a food processor or blender until a fine flour forms. Add oil and syrup and pulse a few more times until a dough texture forms.
- Spread the mixture into the lined baking dish and press down into an even layer with your fingers or a flat object.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 175°c, then increase heat to 190°c and bake for 5-8 minutes more, or until the crust is fragrant and the edges are light golden brown. Be careful to check only the edges are golden. If it’s in the oven long enough to be golden all the way through, the base will be too dry. Set aside.
- While crust is baking, prepare crumble by adding all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and using a fork or your fingers to mix ingredients into a crumble. Set aside.
- Add baked apples and their juices/sauce to the pre-baked crust and spread into an even layer. Then top with crumble topping and spread evenly to cover apples.
- Reduce oven heat back to 175°c and bake for another 15-25 minutes or until the apples are warm and bubbly and the crumble is golden brown.
- Remove squares from oven and let cool – about 45 minutes. Once cooled, gently lift bars from the dish. Slice into 9 even slices.
*Date syrup recipe is as follows –
- 75g pitted dates
- 150ml water
- Blend the dates and water together then transfer the liquid to a small saucepan. On a low heat, warm the date mixture through for a few minutes until lukewarm. Stir regularly and do not allow to boil.
Serve and enjoy!
What do you guys think about my twist on a traditional crumble? Let me know your favourite autumnal dessert options in the comments!
Until next time,