Apple and banana "not so naughty" crumble...

Crumbles are, in my personal opinion, the most versatile baked desserts. Perfect for summer and winter times alike! Soft, sweet fruit, covered with crumbly and crunchy layer, all served steaming hot with a side of cashew cream or coconut yogurt.... What's better way to use up a splurge of summer or winter fruit?! 
I like to have more than one kind of fruit when making a crumble, it makes it that bit more interesting, and each time it introduces to us to a different taste and flavour combos.


Why this crumble is a "not so naughty"? Why do I believe that it's a bit "healthier" than all the others?
It has way less sugar than I would normally use, you have an addition of sultanas, oats, almonds and coconut and... It feels much "lighter" when you eat it, not as "stodgy" and filling as crumbles can sometimes be.


How to make it...

Ingredients:
Filling:
- 5 apples, peeled, cored and cut into quarters
- 1 banana, peeled and sliced into 1 cm slices
- 1/2 cup sultanas
- zest of half lemon
- lemon juice of half lemon
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup

Topping:
- 75 g whole meal flour
- 60 g vegan butter or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 25 g desiccated coconut
- 30 g almond flakes
- 50 g rolled oats
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 40 g demerara sugar

Method:

- Preheat the oven to 170 C (340F). 
- Put the apples, sultanas, maple syrup, lemon juice and lemon zest in a saucepan.
- Simmer the fruit on low heat for about 5 minutes, until the apples begin to soften. 
- Transfer the fruit into a pie/oven proof dish and place the banana slices on top of it.
- For the topping: take a bowl and mix the flour with melted butter and melted syrup, keep "kneading" using your fingers only, until it forms small crumbles. 
- Add the rest of ingredients for the topping and mix well together. You'll have quite a loose consistency crumbles. 
- Scatter the crumble mixture evenly over the fruit. 
- Place the dish in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until golden on the top, the fruit is steaming hot and soft.
- Serve preferably warm, with a vegan cream, vegan custard or ice cream, or simply on it's own.


Smacznego!


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