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Vegan, Gluten-Free Apple Crumble

Dairy-, Gluten-, and Sugar-Free Apple Crumble

The following post was written by Jessica Murnane, a member of POPSUGAR Select Food, whose clean and health-focused recipes can be found on One Part Plant.

Apple Crumble with Coconut Cream

The first Thanksgiving after I my changed diet (to a plant-based one) was sorta awful. I thought I'd wing it. I'd just show up to my in-laws hungry, and there would for sure be something I could eat there. I wasn't going to be picky about what my host was serving, and I certainly didn't want to be the pain in the butt with the "dietary restrictions." And so I sat there. Holding back the tears. Trying to act like I was totally cool with my plate of cranberry sauce and a few pieces of lettuce.

Four Thanksgivings later, it's quite a different story. I don't ever just wing it anymore. I plan ahead. I've gone from feeling like I'm the pain-in-the-butt guest to the one that is going to bring an interesting dish to the table (literally). I offer to make the mashed potatoes now, help with the some other sides, and I'll always make a dessert (like this apple crumble). Not only do I take the pressure off the host of making something plant-tastic, but I can help her out with some of the kitchen duties too. 


To me, it's not about making "healthy food"; it's about making food that everyone can enjoy together. And isn't that what Thanksgiving was supposed to all about in the first place? 

Keep reading for the recipe.

Apple Crumble

Flax mixture:
1 tablespoon flax meal
3 tablespoons water

8 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (peeling is optional, I like to do half and half)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup applesauce
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup rolled oats

How to make: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix together flax meal and water, and place in the fridge to thicken.
  2. Peel half your apples, and then core and slice them all. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together your apples, cinnamon, maple syrup, clove, and walnuts until the apples are covered in the mixture. Spread the apples into a medium-sized baking dish.
  3. In the same bowl you used for the apples, mix together the wet ingredients for the topping — maple syrup, flax mixture, vanilla, and applesauce. In a large bowl, whisk together brown rice flour, almond meal, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and rolled oats. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry. With your hands, take quarter-sized chunks of the topping, and place on top of the apples until they are covered.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, and bake another 15 to 20 minutes until topping is browned. Don't let it cool. This tastes best served warm. Top with whipped coconut cream or almond ice cream.


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