In my home, food has always been a love language, and nothing says "I love you" more than freshly cut fruit and baked goods. As someone who is gluten-free but still remembers the "before time" when desserts filled with all-purpose flour and wheat were always up for grabs, I tasked myself with re-creating one of my favorite desserts: apple crumble.
The recipe did take some experimenting to perfect (much to my family's delight), but a couple years ago, I finally got it down to a few simple ingredients that only take a few minutes in the oven before they're ready to enjoy. You can even substitute apples for raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or the fruit of your choice. From start to finish, I can whip one of these up in under 30 minutes and have a delicious dessert to enjoy throughout the week. Here's how to make the Snow White-worthy crumble for yourself.
- 2 Granny Smith apples or about 2 1/2 cups fruit of your choice
2 cups gluten-free oats
1/4 cup avocado oil
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons honey
- Optional: 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and spray an 8x8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray before lining with parchment paper. Tip: Crumple the parchment paper in your hand first to make it easier to line the paper around the shape of the pan.
- Add 1 1/2 cups of the oats to a blender or food processor and mix until the oats have turned into a fine flour, about one to two minutes.
- In a large bowl, add the remaining oats, oat flour, avocado oil (or oil of your choice), four tablespoons of honey, salt, cinnamon (optional), and baking powder.
- Combine the mixture using a spatula until a moist and crumbly dough has formed.
- Next, press 3/4 of the dough into the lined baking pan and use your fingers to form a crust around the edges.
- Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
- While the crust is baking, wash, dry, and cut your fruit. Coat the fruit in one tablespoon of honey and set aside. Tip: For apples, adding one teaspoon of cornstarch and a squeeze of lemon juice can also brighten the flavors of the finished crumble.
- Once the crust is done baking, fill it with the fruit you've prepared and crumble the remaining dough evenly on top so the fruit is still showing underneath.
- Bake for 10 more minutes and cool before enjoying with a scoop of ice cream or on its own.
- Desserts, Pies/Tarts
- About 8 servings
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 20 minutes
- Total Time
- 29 minutes, 59 seconds