Healthy Apple Crumble with Maple & Quinoa
With temperatures barely reaching fifty degrees this weekend and not a blue sky in sight, I can confidently say that fall is finally here to stay. One of my very favorite autumn desserts is classic apple crumble with a thick streusel topping. Between the freshness of warm crisp fall apples, and the sweetness of a crunchy streusel topping; apple crumble is fall magic in a bowl.
I think I made a classic apple crumble like a hundred times last year. I brought it to every holiday party, every dinner date, and even made it randomly for Sunday night football. It is one of the easiest, yet most delicious desserts that everyone always loves. I decided it was time to breakout the ceramic dish and make my very first recipe of the season. But, and I say this with only the best intentions, I decided to give it healthy upgrade. Although I am always down to enjoy the real deal every now and again, my eating and my personal nutrition has changed immensely from this time last year. I’m not afraid of refined sugar, I am not afraid of calories, and I am not afraid to indulge. I just really, really love eating real foods and ingredients that my body can naturally break down and use.
For this recipe, I omitted everything that is considered empty calories, or have zero nutritional benefits. It still has sugar, it still has fat, and it still has calories – probably a lot of them – but, they are all in their natural glory. I have one treat day a week and I would much rather put natural ingredients into my body than refined, chemically fortified ingredients that are anything but beneficial. Many will argue that sugar in general is not beneficial, however our bodies number one source of energy is glucose (sugar). I won’t get into the gritty details but long story short – if you listen to every nutrition article, you will think that everything is bad for you. When enjoyed in moderation or sparingly, you can have sugar, butter, and salt without any worry.
This healthified apple crumble is sweet, crunchy, cozy, and the best part about fall. It is completely refined sugar free (including brown sugar), can be made dairy free, gluten free and grain free. I added in quinoa for a boost of protein and to help you feel satisfied after just one (or two) servings. This dish can be served as the perfect late night dessert, or even in the morning with a warm cup of coffee. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
Healthy Apple Crumble with Quinoa & Maple
What You Will Need
Warm Apple Center
- 5 medium apples, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. nutmeg
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
Cinnamon Crumble Topping
- 2 cups oats, or quick oats, gluten free oats
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. cold cut butter, or coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, quinoa, cinnamon, vanilla extract and cold butter or coconut oil. Mix well until clumps begin to form and resemble a “crumb” texture. Set aside – if your kitchen is warm, place topping in the refrigerator to keep the butter chilled.
In a separate bowl, combine the apple slices, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and maple syrup. Mix well to fully incorporate all of the spices on to the apples. Pour the apples evenly into a deep baking dish or pie dish and cover with crumb topping.
Bake at 350ºF for 25-30 minutes or until the apples are tender and topping is golden in color. Let cool completely and enjoy!