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Vegan Cranberry Apple Crumble Recipe | Desi~licious RD

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This Cranberry Apple Crumble recipe is a sweet and tart delight! It’s easy to make, vegan, gluten-free and packed full of nourishing ingredients. Yup, it’s my Desi~licious healthier spin on dessert, using wholegrain oats, relying on the sweetness and flavour of dried cranberries, apples and coconut. And guess what? It isn’t loaded with added sugar either! No matter what season, this luscious recipe will satisfy that sweet tooth.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 people
flat-lay image of dish with cranberry apple crumble topped with sliced apples with dried cranberries in a bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup almonds plain
  • ¼ cup coconut oil cold-pressed, organic, melted
  • 1 cup water
  • cups dried cranberries
  • 2 apples fuji, washed

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the oats, coconut flour, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, coconut sugar, and chopped almonds. I've kept the almonds rough and rustic to enjoy the crunch.
  • Now mix in the melted coconut oil until well combined. The mixture should be crumbly, but the coconut oil should be evenly distributed.
  • In a small saucepan, add dried cranberries and water. Bring to boil and simmer on low heat for 4-5 minutes or until the cranberries are soft and plump. 
  • Now prepare the apples. Core, and chop into small/medium pieces.
  • Transfer the chopped apples to a 12 X 8-inch rectangular covered baking dish or pan. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon.
  • Right about now, your cranberries should be done - Time to blend! Add to a small blender and use the pulse function. There's no need to over blend, some lumpy, soft bits are absolutely fine and add to the personality of the dish. You should end up with a jam-like consistency - which is perfect because we're going to spread this on the apples.
  • Now it's time to add the crumbly oaty coco-nutty mixture on top of the apples. Use your hands to flatten the topping, so it's nicely packed.
  • Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on. Then remove the lid and bake for an additional 15 mins to get a heavenly golden topping.
  • Cool for 5 minutes. Serve while warm and savour every bite!

Notes

  • When making the cranberry sauce, avoid drying out the liquid completely. Cook the cranberries on medium heat and simmer. Some leftover liquid is great. It will help when blending the cranberries. 
  • Reduce the added sugar further in this recipe by adding less brown sugar to the crumble topping.
  • Let's not waste the important fibre by peeling the apples. Core and chop them into small/medium pieces. Once they bake, they'll be nice and soft.
  • Chop the almonds by hand instead of using a food processor. Trust me, you'll love the crunch!
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. 
  • Looking for a nut-free alternative? Swap the almonds for chia or hemp seeds.
  • I like my cranberry and apple crumble to have slightly crunchy apples, so 45 mins in the oven is enough. If you prefer soft apples, bake for longer.
  • Store apples in a cool, dark place or keep them in the refrigerator crisper, in a plastic bag. The saying one bad apple spoils the bunch is true. If you notice one is bruised, pull that out to eat first; simply cut away the bruise.
  • Lighten up your baking: when a recipe calls for oil, substitute half with smooth applesauce. There will be fewer calories and no difference in taste although baking times may vary slightly.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Cranberry Apple Crumble Recipe | Desi~licious RD
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Sodium 14mg1%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Please note the nutritional analysis values are estimates and suggestions. This nutrition facts table does not know your life - your body, including your hunger and satiety cues, change daily. It's okay to eat more or less. Say no to food guilt and instead embrace mindful eating.