The Best Fall Apple Crumble

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A few weekends ago, I went apple picking with a few wonderful friends I have made here in St. Louis. It was a great way to start the fall season, but I also ended up coming home with more apples than I knew what to do with.

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So, yesterday, I became determined to do something that would use up a bunch of the apples. I was trying to think of new fancy things to do, but I ended up deciding to make a staple of mine, an apple crumble. Crumbles are so nice because they come together much more easily than pies but are just as and even more delicious. The top is nice and crunchy and the apples still have some bite to them.

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After photographing this, you better believe I sat down and ate that piece on the plate! It was warm, but not too hot, and so good. I plopped some greek yogurt right by it, put a tiny bit of honey on top and BAM I was in my fall comfort zone. Funny how food can make us feel so happy and comforted, huh? Anyway, I really hope you enjoy making and eating this. Get your hands a little messy when making the top and enjoy the feeling of the oil and flour sticking to your hands. Then share it with some family or friends, because it’s just too good not to share!

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APPLE CRUMBLE

Ingredients:

About 2 pounds of apples (around 5 or 6 medium sized apples)

½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)

3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup

Juice of half a lemon

Zest from half lemon

Crumble topping:

¼ and ¾ cup rolled oats

¼ and ¼ cup almonds

½ cup whole wheat flour

¼ cup hazelnuts, chopped

¼ cup pecans, chopped

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup coconut flakes

Pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Dash of nutmeg

1.5 tablespoons softened butter

3 tablespoons coconut oil

4 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Core and slice the apples into about a quarter of an inch slices (you want them to be pretty thin).
  2. Squeeze in the lemon juice and add the lemon zest.
  3. Add the rest of the spice, salt, arrowroot powder, and maple syrup. Pour the apples into an 11 x 7 oven safe pan.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Place the 1/4 of a cup of almonds and oats in the food processor and process until you’ve made a flour.
  6. Place that in a bowl and add the rest of the oats, nuts, spices, coconut flakes, flour and salt.
  7. Work in the softened butter and coconut oil in with your hands. They should not be melted. You want the flour to stick to and crumble into the dry ingredients.
  8. Add the maple syrup in and work it in.
  9. Spread the crumble topping over the apples and place in the oven for about 35 minutes or until golden on the top.
  10. Let cool a little bit and then enjoy!

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