Ladies and gentlemen, today I have the honour of presenting you to the lovely blogger Lillian from Sugar and Cinnamon. Yay, this is so exciting. For quite some time I had been thinking of asking Lillian if she would be interested in making a post here on my blog, and I can’t explain how happy I was when I finally pulled myself together and asked and she said yes. I’ve been following Sugar and Cinnamon for a while and it is definitely one of my favourite blogs. Lillian creates the most delicious desserts and cakes (which always are healthy and often vegan) and I absolutely adore her photography. Just look at the gorgeous pics in this post.
Thank you so much, Lillian, for making this wonderful post and creating this lovely crumble for me!
Hello everyone! When Josefine asked me to come here and write something for her blog I was so excited because her blog is just beautiful! She asked me to share a little about my food philosophy behind the blog with you as well as this apple coconut crumble recipe.
My blog is about finding the diet that perfectly suits each individual; what makes you feel as energetic and vibrant as possible. There are so many different approaches to diet out there, each one telling you that theirs is the only way to live! It can be quite overwhelming. It’s taken me a while to find a diet that suits me perfectly; that leaves me feeling energised and happy and healthy every day. I’ve been a vegetarian for four years now, and I couldn’t live any other way.
I know vegetarianism isn’t for everyone. Some people thrive on meat and a heavy-protein diet. And good on them! Just like veganism isn’t for me, I don’t want to encourage people to cut something out of their diet if it makes them feel good. For me cutting out organic and free-range eggs just doesn’t make sense. For a long time when I first became a vegetarian I thought I was eating “healthily”, but I was still tired and distracted a lot of the time. I was actually missing out on all the things my body needed because I just ate cereal and bread!
When I eat now, I try and cram in as much goodness as possible without messing with the natural ingredients too much. The more colourful my plate is, the better. Food that is as simple and as close to nature intended it to be will do the most for your body, so I always try and limit the amount of processed things I eat, instead eating heaps of vegetables and fruit as the base of my food pyramid.
The most important thing at the end of the day though is that it tastes amazing, because life is too short to waste time eating boring food!
This apple crumble has so many good things going for it and the best part is, it tastes like heaven! (Especially with a huge scoop of coconut ice cream, but I wouldn’t know anything about that…) I left some of the apple skins on to boost the nutrients and fibre content, but you can peel them all if you prefer. There is a healthy metabolism boost from the cinnamon and coconut, as well as lots of long-lasting energy and protein from the oats and wholemeal flour.
A warm bowl of apple crumble is comfort food at its finest in my mind. It’s great for dessert, but eaten much more regularly for breakfast in my house. Just bake it the night before and warm it up in the morning! Enjoy J
6 to 7 large apples, (fuji, golden delicious, gala or a mix)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon each ginger and nutmeg
100g (1 cup) wholemeal flour
30g (1/3 cup) desiccated coconut
50g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
3 tablespoons brown or raw sugar
50g coconut butter, cut into small cubes
20-30ml almond milk (or any other plant based milk)
Peel and core the apples and cut into thin wedges. Place in a medium saucepan with the spices and a splash of water. Cover with a lid and simmer on a low heat until the apples are soft.
Preheat the oven to 180C (356F). In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, coconut and sugar together. Use your fingers or a butter knife to either rub the butter into the flour, or ‘cut’ it in with the knife until it starts to resemble breadcrumbs. Pour in a little milk until you have the right crumble consistency. Stir in the oats and set aside. Once the apples are soft but still holding their shape, pour into a medium sized pie dish and top with the crumble. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the juices are bubbling and the topping is crunchy and golden. Serve with coconut ice cream!