I prefer to eat fruit and veg when it’s in season, especially berries! They are so much sweeter, juicer and just all round more delicious!! I eat berries like I do sweets in the summer they’re so good and they do a fabulous job of satisfying my sweet cravings. So when Seasonal Berries asked me to get involved in their Berries Say Summer campaign I didn’t hesitate to say yes.
When I think of blackberries I think of summer/early autumn evenings blackberry picking in our garden and crumble making! My mum has always made amazing crumbles, I can remember the sweet fruity smell wafting through the house when I was younger always filling me with excitement. We used to have crumble after a Sunday roast with my Nan and I’d always have seconds!
This summer berry crumble is slightly different to your traditional blackberry and apple crumble as it has the addition of blueberries which add lovely little bursts of flavour in every mouthful. It’s also healthy as it’s butter, gluten and refined sugar free, but it tastes just as good!! The topping is much lighter than the rich butter crust traditionally used so I don’t just have this for desert, I have it for breakfast too with a little coconut yoghurt! YUM!!
Naturally sweet and lightly spiced, my Healthy Apple & Summer Berry Crumble tastes like the epitome of summer. Topped with a little ice-cream, it’s a positively irresistible sweet and luscious treat!
An easy summer recipe full of juicy seasonal berries and a crunchy oat, nut and maple crumb topping.
- 1 large cooking apple peeled, cored and chopped into large cubes,
- 1 cup blueberries,
- 2 cups blackberries,
- 40g + 3 tbsp coconut palm sugar,
- 2 tbsp water,
- 2 cups rolled oats,
- 1/2 cup cashews,
- 1/2 cup almonds,
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup,
- 1 tsp vanilla essence,
- 2 tbsp coconut oil,
- 1 tsp cinnamon,
- 1 tsp ginger.
- Add your apple chunks to a pan with 40g coconut sugar and water. Cook on a low heat for 7-10 minutes until slightly soft but not completely cooked. Then place in an oven proof dish.
- Add your blueberries and blackberries making sure they evenly distributed. Sprinkle over 3 tbsp coconut sugar onto the fruit.
- Preheat your oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
- Next make the topping. Add your nuts to a food processor and blend until a flour forms. Add to a mixing bowl along with the oats.
- To a pan, add the coconut oil, maple syrup and spices and melt on a low heat.
- Pour the liquid onto the oats/flour and stir until everything is evenly coated.
- Sprinkle your oat mixture on top of your apple/berries evenly and press down slightly with the palm of your hand.
- Bake in the middle of your oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and serve immediately with coconut yoghurt or ice cream! Enjoy :)