Oh, the humble apple crumble. Healthier than apple pie but sweet enough to satisfy a dessert craving, this fall dish is full of skin-friendly vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Whether you’re celebrating fall in America with an apple-picking weekend, or using fresh apples out of your CSA box here in Australia, this is one treat you can feel good about eating!
Most of an apple’s nutrients are contained in the skin, so I’ve chosen not to peel the organic apples in this recipe. It makes the apple crumble slightly chewier but maintains the fruit’s high phytonutrient and Vitamin C count – important for anti-aging and clear skin! The addition of hydrating coconut oil and Vitamin E-filled almond meal gives skin a boost, while the tiny bit of added sugar (less than most typical recipes) keeps this apple crumble recipe tangy and fresh. Enjoy!
Beauty Food: Coconut Apple Crumble Recipe
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
5 medium-size organic apples (I used a combination of green and red apples)
½ cup almond meal
½ cup flour
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup traditional rolled oats
½ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup shredded or desiccated coconut
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wash the apples and cut them into bite-size cubes. Do not peel the outer skin. Place the apples in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer for five minutes. Scoop out the apples and arrange in a standard pie or 8″ X 8″ square casserole dish. Squeeze the lemon over the apples.
Melt the coconut oil and combine with remaining ingredients in a bowl. Mix thoroughly until everything is coated and has a ‘crumbly’ appearance. Spread evenly over the apples.
Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes until the top has a nice, slightly browned crust. Enjoy with Greek yogurt for a healthy, skin-friendly treat!