Gorgeous vanilla apple crumble (wheat free, sugar free, and gluten free)
It’s Day 5 of Oat Week at The Curious Giraffe!
One of my favourite ways to use oats is in an apple crumble. The trouble with most crumble recipes is the addition of wheat flour, sugar, and margarine. This recipe cunningly sidesteps these harmful ingredients, while offering a satisfying mouth feel and rich apple vanilla-spice flavouring. I’ve cut out the normal first step in crumbles which is to cook your apples first in a pot before baking the oat crust in the oven. In this case, we are going to simplify and cook everything together in the oven in one step. For this to work best we need very very thin apple slices and I’ve recommended a tool below to help with this.
Apples are the stars of this dish, and oats are merely the side players! Apples are very high in polyphenol antioxidants, and have a high antioxidant or ORAC score. They are full of insoluble and soluble fibre that works to remove cholesterol from your body, as well as containing a long list of other health benefits including the reduction in risk for cancer, asthma, diabetes, and osteoporosis. A study by the Journal of Functional Foods showed that eating one apple a day can cut your heart disease risk by almost half! I added apples to my “eat this daily” list about 18 months ago. Now I have at least one every day in my morning signature green smoothie!