Of late all my food has the most important “free” word of which butter-free, sugar-free, oil-free and flour-free are my favourites. But to be able to use all these ‘frees” and turn around a traditional dessert into something refreshingly fabulous is an uphill task that requires several rounds of R&D.
For years together the apple pie has been my go to food. Be it a happy occasion or a pick me out of the dumps cooking session, the flavours wafting from the cinnammony-applee-buttery- pie cooking in the oven do things to the mind beyond one’s imagination. So to take this dish and convert it into something my diabetic husband could enjoy was always one of my goals. When we decided to cut away from self rising flour, I resorted to the humble oats and almonds to create the right bite. It tastes as good as the traditional version, what it lacks is the buttery crumble, but if you don’t mind add a dollop of butter when you bring the crumb together.
Healthy Apple Crumble
- 5 green apples, cored, peeled and cut into tiny slices
- 3 teaspoons Cinnamon powder
- 100 grams cranberries
- 2 cups of oats
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 4 tablespoons sugar free sweetener of your choice
- 4 tablespoons milk powder
1. To a pan add the apples and 2 tablespoons of water. Cook till the apples are soft to touch. Add the cranberries, cinnamon powder and vanilla essence, and the sugar free sweetener. The filling should be sweet and tangy to taste. Make sure the mixture does not dry up but is pulpy.
2. In a mixer pulverise the oats with the almonds till you have a rough consistency. To this you could add the milk powder and cinnamon powder, or if you are not on a diet, 3 tablespoons of butter. Mix it till you get a bread crumb consistency.
3. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Centigrade.
4. Grease a glass dish, add the apple and cranberry mix and top it with the oats mix. Level it out. Bake it for 30 minutes in the oven. Should you wish you could brush the top with milk or butter for it to crisp up, but it tastes fine even without that. The top should be gently golden.