Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
Everyone has their ‘go-to’ recipes. You know the ones you pull out when you can’t be bothered creating a MasterChef inspired five-course meal. They’re quick, often thrown together with left overs and, surprisingly, can end up being the best meal of the week.
Our ‘go-to’ meal is a spag bol with all the left over veggies from the far regions of the fridge. If it’s green, grown in the ground or even leafy, it’s in our sauce. It’s a sneaky way to get more vegetables into dinner.
Our ‘go-to’ desserts are usually quick bakes; crumbles, berry pudding and muffins. They’re recipes you can make in a flash when you are craving something sweet without the hassle of layers and setting (like so many of my marathon recipes!). These Mini Apple Crumbles are one of the newest quick desserts on our dinner rotation.
These Mini Apple Crumbles are my take on an individual Apple Pie that I saw in a Taste magazine. I loved the idea of the Apple being both an ingredient and the pie dish; only I was too tired to make the pastry that they required to put on top of the baked apple. That’s when my lazy self decided to make a crumble topping instead, because I could do that in three minutes. Plus, the best thing about apples has always been their ability to feed me crumble!
Mini Apple Crumbles are simple to make. After cutting the top off an apple (most apples will work; I just use whatever is looking the saddest in the fruit bowl), the center of the Apple is removed and then the dried fruit mix is added into the middle. On top of the Apple a simple crumble is added, so simple that it can be made in a bowl with only three stirs. The Mini Apple Crumbles can be baked whilst you enjoy your dinner and are best served with custard, cream, or Ice-cream. Quick, tasty and full of fruity goodness!
- 3 Apples
- 3/4 Cup mixed Dried Fruit (eg sultanas, raisons etc)
- 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
- Zest of 1 Orange
- 1/2 teaspoon Mixed Spice
- 2 Tablespoons Almond Meal
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
- 2 Tablespoons desicatted Coconut
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, softened
- 1/2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup/Honey
- Preheat the oven to 180C/360F.
- Cut the top off each apple, about 1cm down from the top. Using a melon baller or a small knife and spoon remove the inside of the apple, leaving a 5-10mm rim around the edge and bottom of the apple. This keeps the apple sturdy.
- Combine the dried fruit, orange juice, zest and spice in a small bowl and stir until combined.
- Evenly spoon the fruit mixture into the 3 apples.
- Combine all the crumble ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined.
- Place the apples on a baking tray and then evenly spoon the crumble on top of the apples.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the crumble has turned a golden brown and the apple skin has softened.
- Serve hot with custard, cream or ice cream.