Saturday, November 6, 2010

Apple Crumble

Inspired by my success with the purely fruit sweetened banana date bread, in this recipe I set out to make a purely fruit sweetened apple crumble. The recipe is also gluten free, so I actually got to eat some of it for dessert, and I had the leftovers with a little soy yogurt for breakfast the next morning. It was mighty tasty on both occasions!

For sweetness I once again relied on dates. More specifically, I used date molasses - I picked this up at a middle eastern grocer, it is basically very well pureed dates. I know this product may be difficult for some people to purchase, but the good news is you can very easily make your own! Simply cover chopped, pitted dates with boiling water. Let them soak until they are very soft (30 minutes or so), drain them and then puree them in a food processor or mash really well with a fork. Also, I chose to use a fairly sweet variety of apples, Fuji. Since we are not using any sugar, I would avoid the extra tart varieties in this recipe.

Apple Crumble
1/4 Cup Date Molasses/Puree
2 Tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Cup Almond Meal (I buy mine at Trader Joe's, you can also make your own by grinding almonds in a food processor until you have a fine powder)
1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts

3-4 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 Cup Date Molasses/Puree
1 T. Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg (if you can, buy them whole and use the fine grates of a box grater to grate your own - it really makes all the difference)
1/4 C. Raisin (optional)

For the topping: Thoroughly combine the date molasses, oil, baking soda and spices. Use a fork to mix in the almond flour, then mix in the oats and nuts.

For the Filling: Thoroughly combine the date molasses, arrowroot/cornstarch and spices. Drizzle the mixture over the apples (and raisins if using) and stir until the apples are evenly coasted.

Assembly and Baking: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Pour the apples into an 8 or 9 inch (square or round) baking dish. Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the apples (I find it easiest to use my hands for this). Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour, until the apples are tender.

Serve warm!

*This dessert is perfectly scrumptious on its own, though it is not extremely sweet (which I see as a plus). To make it even more decadent serve with vanilla ice cream or yogurt (dairy free for me!).

As usual, I've also included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Friday Foodie, Family Food Fridays, and Friday Favorites. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!


  1. This sounds absolutely delicious, and I love how you have relied on the sweetness of fruit instead of sugar etc.

  2. At first I thought this was chocolate apple crumble, but now I see it gets its color from the date molasses. Mister would love this with some vanilla ice cream. I like to eat mine warm from the oven and then cold later as a snack. It's good both ways.

    Thanks for linking it to Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  3. I love how you sweetened this with only fruit instead of using sugar. That's just the way I'd want a dessert to be and it looks fantastic too.

  4. Hi all! I have become very fond of dates lately - they are a great way to naturally sweeten just about anything from your morning oatmeal to a fancy dessert (not that this one is terrible fancy). The certainly do add a darker color and as the title reflects, the date molasses produces more of a crumble than a crisp. I really liked this and I'm glad you do to :). I'm even considering making it for Thanksgiving, perhaps using pears in place of the apples, and throwing in some fresh cranberries! As always, please let me know how it turns out if you decide to make it!

  5. Very creative and it looks and sounds delicious. I love dates but never really cook with them!

  6. Indeed. .can't wait to try this! drool:)

  7. Hi Stephanie and Stephen - I'm so glad you stopped by! I hope you give this recipe a try, please let me know how it turns out if you do. Happy Friday! -Ashlie

  8. In the fall I love to try all sorts of new apple dishes. This sounds delicious.