Baby, it’s cold outside! I do love the colder days, especially when you’re all cosy indoors Alhamdulilah (thank God) we are lucky enough to be blessed with a roof over our heads! The problem with the colder months is, we tend to eat more & put on more weight because, hey! Nobody will see those few extra pounds when we wear these extra layers – No no!! Winter is not an excuse to let our health slip, but at the same time, we are not expected to eat salads when we need warming, filling, comfort foods! So how do we warm up, besides snuggling under that blanket? By eating hearty foods (& of course desserts)
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That’s where my cheats crumble comes into play. I absolutely adore any kinda crumble.
The beauty of this Great British Dessert, is you can use almost any fruit, rhubarb, pears, peaches, berries & of course the classic apples! Now I know there are plenty of recipes out there, but I have adapted this recipe to be somewhat healthy. I really want my children to benefit from the extra grains & seeds, plus they have no clue I actually put these things into their favourite winter dessert. (let’s keep that one hush hush) Besides a smoothie, it’d be pretty darn hard to get my kids to eat anything with seeds & grains, so …. what they don’t know, won’t hurt em! 😉
Not only does putting seeds & grains make it a much healthier alternative, it also gives the crumble topping an amazingly moreish crunch!
This is a natural warming, comforting dessert that will really satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt
- 4 to 5 Cups Fruit of your choice Enough to almost fill pan
- 2 to 3 TBSP Granulated sugar Depending on the sweetness of the fruit
- 1/2 Lemon squeezed Add to your liking
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon Optional
For the crumble topping:
- 1 Cup All purpose flour, or any flour of your choice
- 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Organic porridge oats
- 1 Tbsp Mixed seeds Sunflower/Pumpkin/Millet Seeds Optional
- 1 Tbsp Organic rye flakes/Buckwheat flakes/Quinoa flakes/Barley flakes Optional
- 1/2 Cup Packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 8 Tbsp (Stick) butter Chilled
To prepare the filling
Chop the fruit small & add it along with the sugar & cinnamon to a non stick pan with lemon juice & a little water to cover. Simmer gently until softened, thickened & sweet
For the topping
Add flour, sugar cinnamon to a bowl & chop the chilled butter into small chunks, either add this mix to a food processor or crumble together in your hands until the mix resembles a sand like texture, then add the oats & seeds (if using)
Once filling is cooked place it into an oven dish & add the crumble topping. Sprinkle an extra light layer of sugar over the top to make it crisp up nicely & bake in a hot oven for 25 minutes, or until topping is golden brown & filling is bubbling.
Depending on the fruit you're using, you will need to adjust the amount of sugar to your own liking, some fruits are more sweeter than others.
Each grain I have added to this recipe has its own special nutritional benefit, as well as texture & flavor, this is why it gives this recipe the most amazing crumble topping, so you can enjoy your dessert knowing you’re eating something healthy & beneficial!
Hey! What’s your go-to winter dessert? Do you have any other sneaky ways to get the family to eat more seeds & grains in their daily foods? Let me know in the comments below & don’t forget to share!!