Skinny Apple Crumble Recipe


     We all have those moments where we crave something sweet and cravings can be hard to battle. We often then have the guilt to deal with after succumbing to our cravings, so I am sharing with a recipe which will satisfy your cravings without adding the guilt. 

Using fruits as the main ingredients is a good way to satisfy the sweet attack without remorse. Fruit pies are ideal but preparing the short crust, rolling, blind baking etc takes time and who has so much time on their hands when the craving is NOW? 

My ideal solution is a fruit crumble, it hardly takes any time to prepare and ticks all the boxes. This apple crumble is a favorite with friends and family. It is my ideal dessert when I am running against time which is often, and it is dead easy. 15 minutes of preparation plus 30 minutes of baking time - this is what I call “dessert on cue”. 

The beauty of making a crumble is that you can really control how much sugar goes in without stripping it of the feel-good factor. My children would have leftover apple crumble and ice cream for breakfast (although with this recipe, I rarely get leftovers). And why not? It is a complete meal after all, fruit, carbs, cereal, nuts and milk!! At 231 calories per serving, don’t deprive yourself, just roll up your sleeves and start baking. 


Don’t forget to send me your pictures. 





Servings: 10

  • 10 granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped in 1" cubes 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1/2 cup raisins 
  • 100 grams flour, all-purpose 
  • 50 grams butter, cubed 
  • 50 grams brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped 



* Preheat oven to 180 C fan setting. 


* Peel and cut the granny smith apples* to the size seen in the picture and place them in a bowl of water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon. 


* Place the apples with 2 tablespoons of sugar and the raisins in a pan and cook covered on medium heat for 8 minutes, then uncover and cook for a further couple minutes until the juices have evaporated. Place in an oven proof casserole dish and leave aside to cool. 


* In a bowl place the flour and butter cubes and work with the tips of the fingers rubbing them together so they resemble bread crumbs. Add the brown sugar, walnuts, oats and cinnamon and mix with the tip of the fingers. 


* Sprinkle the crumble mix over the cooked apples and bake on the middle shelf of the oven and for 30 to 35 minutes until the surface is lightly golden brown. 

* Serve hot with custard, ice cream or as it is. 




* For a vegan crumble substitute the butter with margarine or Crisco. 

* This can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge for last minute baking, just bring to room temperature before hand. 

* Soaking apples and pears in water and lemon juice helps prevent oxidation and keep the fruits from turning brown. 

* You control the amount of sugar for the recipe, the less sugar the fewer calories the dessert will contain. 

* You can use different fruits such as plums, berries and rhubarb. You would need to adjust the sugar added to fruit depending on tartness. 

* For the fastest dessert use peeled cubed peaches as they do not require precooking. 

*Granny smith apples are tart hence the balance between sweet and tart would be achieved. 



Per Serving (excluding ice cream): 231 Calories; 8g Fat (29.7% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 39g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 11mg Cholesterol; 47mg Sodium.