This recipe for Paleo Apple Crumble is about as easy as it gets when it comes to making dessert from scratch. You’ll need only a handful of ingredients, 5 or so minutes of easy prep work and 45 min in the oven. It’s wheat, grain, gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free, but you’d never know it!
This Apple Crumble recipe is an adaptation of Donna Hay’s classic version. As someone who can’t bake to save their soul, I truly love the simplicity of Donna Hay’s Classic Apple Crumble. With only a few modifications to the ingredients and measurements, I was able to pull off a very delicious and seasonal dessert (it’s Fall and Ontario is overrun with delicious apples!).
In the place of wheat flour, I used Cassava Flour. I imagine the first question people will have is, “can I use almond or coconut flour?” To which I would answer, I’m sure you could but, personally, I’m not a fan of the texture.
In the place of caster sugar, I used Maple Syrup because Canada, and because delicious! I imagine the second question people will have is, “can I use coconut sugar, agave or honey?” To which I would answer, yes! You’re the boss, applesauce! Though you may have to tinker with the volumes if switching from wet to dry.
In the place of rolled oats, I used chopped walnuts. I think you see where I’m headed here, so yes, you can use your favourite nut. Pecans or slivered almonds would be delicious as well!
I replaced the butter with ghee. I imagine coconut oil would work as well but it would likely impart some coconut flavour, which I know from many emails is not everyone’s favourite!
Lastly, I think you could use just about any apple you like. The first time I tested this recipe, I used Granny Smith exclusively. The second time, I made it with an assortment of Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Macintosh, because that’s what I had on hand. I have to admit that I preferred the tartness of the Granny Smiths against the sweetness of the crumble. But both were very delicious!
One of the things I love about making this Paleo Apple Crumble is just how forgiving it is. In terms of the recipe, precise measurements are not as critical to a crumble as, say, pastry. Likewise, you can be as ‘rustic’ with the presentation as you like. Have fun and get the kids involved, I say!
Even if you do mess things up beyond repair, simply top the Paleo Apple Crumble with some scoops of your favourite dairy-free, vanilla ice cream (I like Coconut Bliss).
Cobbler, Crisp, Crumble?
One thing I will confess to, is the confusion I have between crumbles, crisps and cobblers (not to mention Pandowdys, Bettys, Grunts and Slumps). After a deep dive into the dark web of baked desserts, I have emerged with only relative clarity. It seems they are all more or less the same but distinguished by their topping.
Cobblers have a dropped-biscuit or pie dough topping.
Crisps often contain a topping of sugar, butter, flour, nuts and oats. The oats are the ‘crisp’ part.
Crumbles, unlike crisps, rarely contain oats and instead rely on a streusel-like topping of butter, flour and sugar.
Since this Paleo Apple Crumble is oat-free, and indeed based on an authoritative crumble recipe, I feel fairly confident in titling it as such. Then again, what do I know?
Paleo Apple Crumble
For the Filling:
- 6 Medium Granny Smith Apples peeled, cored, and diced
- ½ cup 100% pure organic Maple syrup
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
for the Crumble Topping:
- 1 cup cassava Flour
- ¼ cup 100% pure, organic Maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 cup walnuts – roughly chopped
- ½ cup ghee - melted
For the Filling:
- Preheat oven to 350F. Add apples, maple syrup, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large bowl and toss to combine. Transfer filling to a 10” cast-iron skillet or ovenproof dish.
For the Crumble Topping:
- Add cassava flour, nuts, maple syrup, cinnamon, and ghee to a large bowl and toss until combined.
- Spoon the crumble overtop of the apple filling and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake for 40–45 minutes, or until crumble is golden brown and the apples are bubbling.
- Serve immediately with dairy-free, vanilla ice-cream.