Apple And Raspberry Crumble Recipe – Healthy Version Of Classic English Pudding

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Apple and raspberry crumble

Apple and Raspberry Crumble

Apple and raspberry crumble are such a comforting dessert. It’s an after-meal pudding for when you want to treat yourself with some indulgence.

You can enjoy the fruity crumble with a drizzle of custard or vanilla ice cream. And you can just have it as it is if that’s what you prefer.

Apple and raspberry crumble

What Apple and Raspberry Crumble is

The pudding is basically a combination of fruits and some crispy floury clusters on the top. I believe in the USA, it is called apple and raspberry crisps

It’s pretty easy to make it. But I used to find it too floury or too sweet. 

Having been a native Indonesian who doesn’t like a sickly sweet dessert, I’m not really keen with apple crumble that use a lot of sugar. So after trying and tweaking so many recipes, I now use this apple and raspberry crumble recipe that not only yields in a delightful pudding but also doesn’t make me too guilty for having it. Because I put less sugar, and I use some superfoods in the ingredients such as oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds

And now this raspberry and apple crumble have become one of the favourite desserts in my household. The kids love it so much that whenever I made it, it always went quickly. My elder one always helps himself with such a big portion of the dessert that it looks like a meal. 

But I don’t mind. Because my raspberry and apple crumble are less naughty compared to some other recipes

What you put in it

As mentioned above, there are two main parts of this apple and raspberry crumble, i.e. the fruits mix and the buttery floury clusters. And to make these two you need apples, raspberries, plain flour/ all-purpose flour, butter, oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, ready-made caramel, vanilla extract and cinnamon powder

When I decided to try putting the good stuff in this pudding, I was thinking about those healthy cereal bars that are now very popular.

I thought, just because we want to indulge ourselves with some delectable dessert, it doesn’t mean the dessert can not be reasonably healthy. Don’t you think?

So created this recipe with the goal to make the crumble crispy with buttery flavour, with the fruits that taste refreshingly tangy. But most of all, the whole apple and raspberry crumble has the right sweetness. Because I didn’t want to overload the sugar in my pudding. 

Besides, this fruity crumble is more delicious to enjoy with drizzles of luscious vanilla custard or a dollop of vanilla ice cream. So you don’t want your apple crisps to be too sweet. 

As for the apples, I love using granny smith apples because I think they’re more flavourful. But you can use the ordinary cooking apples such as Bramley apples

And for the raspberries, you can either use fresh raspberries or frozen raspberries. They both work fine. I personally often use the frozen ones now. Simply because I almost always have them stocked up in my freezer. Besides, they’re cheaper as well. 

How to make Apple and Raspberry Crumble

It doesn’t take a genius to make this crumble. It’s so simple and easy. 

But I prefer forgiving recipes. Recipes that do not require a strict rule of applying to the letter. To me, cooking is a self-exploration. It’s a journey of your tastebud’s adventure. 

So I’m keen on recipes that allow you to tweak according to your moods — and availability of ingredients sometimes ? — more than anything. But of course without losing the good taste that makes your heart smile and content.

Therefore, I sometimes prepare the apples in different way from before then. Depending on my mood, the ingredient and time. So there are two methods in preparing the apples. Both methods make a deliciously comforting pudding, I promise you.

Chopping the apples into big chunks

This method is the traditional way of making apple crumble.

You peel, core and chop the apples. Then in a saucepan, melt one tablespoon of butter with 3 tablespoons of shop-bought caramel. Next, place the chopped apples in the saucepan, give it a good stir until all the apples are coated with buttery caramel. Cook until the apples are slightly softened. Take care not to let them break and mushy. Add in a pinch of cinnamon powder.

Then grease your dish with butter and put the apples in it. Add and scatter the raspberries over the apples. 

apples and raspberries

Grating the apples

I use this method if I don’t have the caramel, or I feel lazy to pre-cook the apples.

So you neeed to peel, core and grate the apples. Sprinkle one tablespoon of sugar and a pinch or cinnamon powder in the apples. Stir well.

Then grease the dish with butter and place the apples in it. Add in the raspberries and sprinkle one tablespoon of sugar over the fruits. 

Preparing the crumble/ the crisps

Cut the butter in small pieces and rub it with flour between your fingers. You can use a food processor to do it. Just give it a few blitzes until the flour and butter look like breadcrumbs.

Then put the oats in. Stir well but don’t mix or try to knead it.

Next, add in the sugar, cinnamon powder, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds. Again, lightly stir and mix but don’t try to knead. We don’t want it to become a dough. 

Spoon the crumble/ crisps mixture over the fruits. Ensure it covers all the fruit surface. Then lightly press the crumble with the back of a tablespoon until it looks set and solidified. 

plain flour, butter, oats, and seeds mixture
ready to bake crumble

Baking the apple and raspberry crumble

Bake the crumble in preheated oven at gas 3.5/ 330℉/ 170℃ for about 45-60 minutes until the top looks lightly golden and crispy. 

The less naughty apple and raspberry crumble

Top Tips

  • I personally prefer Granny Smith apples, but you can use any type of apples that you like. Just make sure to reduce the sugar when cooking the apples and squeeze in around 1-2 tbsp of lemon juice, if your chosen apples taste sweet. 
  • If you don’t have ready-made caramel, you can always substitute with 2 tbsp butter + 2 tbsp sugar. Melt the butter, and put the sugar until all dissolved and caramelized. Then follow the next steps of the method.
  • You can substitute Oats with other types of grain flakes such as Barley, Rye, or Spelt. I’ve done it, the crumble tasted equally nice.
  • Feel free to choose any seeds you like. You can also replace it with coconut flakes or nuts if you prefer. I’ve personally tried Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Chia seeds, Sesame seeds, Coconut flakes, Almonds, and Brazil nuts. Just make sure the measure is the same as the one you substitute with.
  • If you use nuts, chop them into small pieces.

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Yield: 10

Apple and Raspberry Crumble

Healthy apple and raspberry crumble recipe

A dessert that packed with goodness for when you want a comfort food

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 800 gr/ 28.22 oz Apples (Granny Smith)
  • 150 gr/ 5.29 oz Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 tbsp Ready-made tinned caramel (optional, see the notes)
  • ½ cup+1 tbsp/125 gr/ 4.41 oz Butter, cut into small pieces
  • 4 tbsp Sugar (preferably demerara sugar)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup/ 90 gr/ 3.17 oz Oats
  • 1 ¼ cup/ 150 gr/ 5.29 oz Plain flour
  • ¼ cup/ 35 gr/ 1.23 oz Sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup/ 33 gr/ 1.16 oz Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Grease a medium-size baking dish with butter.
  2. Peel, core, and cut the apples into cubes.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt 1 tbsp of butter and the caramel. If you don’t use ready-made caramel, melt 3 tbsp butter with 2 tbsp sugar until the sugar is dissolved and caramelized.
  4. Put the apple cubes in the melted caramel, stir and make sure all pieces are coated with the sugar. Leave to cook at low heat for about 10 minutes.
  5. When the apples are done, pour them in the greased dish and spread evenly. Scatter the berries on the top.
  6. Or, you can peel, core and grate the apples. Add in a tablespoon of sugar and cinnamon. Stir well. Place the apples in a greased ovenproof dish. And add in the berries all over the apples. 
  7. Preheat the oven at gas 3.5/ 330℉/ 170℃.
  8. In the meantime, rub the butter with the flour between your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. If you wish, you can use the food processor to speed up the process. Blitz the butter and flour just until they look like fine breadcrumbs. Take care not to blitz too much nor too long. Or you will get a dough instead of the crumbs.
  9. Then add in the 4 tablespoons of sugar, the cinnamon, and all the seeds to the flour mix. Stir until all mixed well. Don’t try to make them stick together though. The mixture should stay crumbly.
  10. Lastly, put the flour mix on top of the fruit. Spread it evenly until it fully covers the dish. Then gently press the surface with the back of a spoon until the top looks firm.
  11. Bake the crumble for about 45 minutes or until it looks golden and crispy.
  12. Enjoy the crumble with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, or pour it with delicious homemade custard. You can also have it with ready-made custard. It doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy it.

Notes

  • I personally prefer Granny Smith apples, but you can use any type of crispy apples that you like. You can choose Cox, Gala, or Pink Lady. Just make sure to reduce the sugar when cooking the apples and squeeze in around 1-2 tbsp of lemon juice, if your chosen apples taste sweet. 
  • Although I put ready-made caramel in the ingredients, you can always substitute with 2 tbsp butter + 2 tbsp sugar. Melt the butter, and put the sugar until all dissolved and caramelized. Then follow the next steps of the method.
  • You can substitute Oats with other types of grain flakes such as Barley, Rye, or Spelt. I’ve done it, the crumble tasted equally nice.
  • Feel free to choose any seeds you like. You can also replace it with coconut flakes or nuts if you prefer. I’ve personally tried Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Chia seeds, Sesame seeds, Coconut flakes, Almonds, and Brazil nuts. Just make sure the measure is the same as the one you substitute with.
  • If you use nuts, chop them into small pieces.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 200Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 3mgSodium 225mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 5gSugar 18gProtein 4g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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2 Comments

  1. Made this on a couple of occasions using the recipe and it came out lovely! I don’t feel guilty eating it as it has so many healthy ingredients.

    1. I’m glad that you like it. Yes, I love it too. Such a delightful dessert on cold weather.

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