Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Easy Vegan Apple Crumble

                                    Ingredients for the filling
                                  Filling all mixed together
                                Dry ingredients for the crumble
                            Crumble topping is loaded with almonds
                              Out of the oven and ready to enjoy!

Ugh! I indulged so much on my six month trip that I'm going VEGAN! Just kidding! I love meat and butter too much to give it all up. But I do have a crazy sweet tooth and fruit desserts are my vice. As much as I love apple strudels and tarte tatin aux pommes, I just crave a good ol' apple crumble or crisp. But a traditional crumble or crisp is loaded with butter and processed sugar. So I devised a healthy yet scrumptious and satisfying apple crumble recipe that won't disappoint. This recipe won't take you longer than 45 minutes (including baking time) and you probably have all these ingredients on hand. The recipe only serves one in a medium sized ramekin. Multiply accordingly for multiple servings.

Easy Vegan Apple Crumble

1 medium sized apple-cored and cubed (preferably Gala or Pink Lady)
1/4 cup of raisins (soaked in water and drained)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of maple syrup

1/4 cup of rolled oats
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1/2 cup of slivered almonds
2 pitted dates

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss the apples, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon juice, and maple syrup in a bowl. Place the oats, cinnamon, coconut oil, and half (1/4 cup) of the slivered almonds, and dates into the food processor. Pulse the mixture a few times until it clumps together. Mix the oat mixture with the remaining 1/4 cup of almonds. If needed, add more coconut oil to the mixture.

Transfer the apple filling into a medium sized ramekin and sprinkle with the oat topping. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10 minutes or until the topping is slightly brown and crispy. Serve warm. :)

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