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Winter Spiced Apple & Rhubarb Crumble {Vegan, GF + Sugar free}

Filed in: sweet

Soft, juicy apple and rhubarb, tossed in winter spices, topped with wholesome crunchy crumble and drizzled with maple syrup! All you need is a cosy rug, a good book and your winter nights by the fire are sorted!

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Apple crumble is my all time favourite dessert. The sweet tartness of cinnamon coated apples, the touch of clove & spices, topped with crunchy crumble and drizzled with maple – a comforting dessert you’ll want to eat all winter long.

Traditional apple crumble is made using butter and refined sugar but today’s recipe is much healthier. Using coconut oil, maple syrup and fresh apples – this version is a treat that will nourish and comfort you. No reason to be eating unhealthily just because it’s winter.

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For a twist on my traditional favourite, I decided to add rhubarb to today’s recipe. For two reasons, the tartness marries perfectly well with the truffle ice cream I served it with and the rhubarb creates a rose red colour that presents beautifully. Presentation is half the battle when you’re entertaining!

This recipe is especially good for entertaining because it is super simple to make and can be made ahead and just popped in the oven when you’re serving mains.

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It could not be easier to put together: after preparing the apple and rhubarb, you simply toss them through the maple and spices. I used a big bowl and my hands to ensure the sweet and spices covered all of the fruit. Let the mixture sit and infuse while you work on your crumble.

For the crumble, you just toss the ingredients together, using your hands to rub the oats together to ensure the flavour is mixed through. You can adjust the maple to taste, if you’re serving with ice cream you probably won’t need extra but if you’re serving alone, you might want an extra lug or two.

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To prepare, you just pop the apple and rhubarb mixture into your serving dish and top with the crumble mixture. Pop into the oven and 40 minutes later, you have a delicious, comforting and nourishing recipe to serve your guests!

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What you need:

  • Medium mixing bowl x 2
  • Large baking dish or individual pie dishes

Ingredients (serves 8):

For the filling

  • 1 bunch rhubarb (around 400g) , washed and cut into 2-3cm pieces
  • 3 granny smith apples (around 500g), peeled, cored and sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 3 tablespoons port (optional)

For the crumble: 

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats (use non gluten free if you’re not intolerant)
  • 50g dessicated coconut
  • 50g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4-1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 175°C.

2. Prepare your apples and rhubarb and pop into a mixing bowl. Add all the other filling ingredients and mix through using your hands. Set aside.

3. Put all the crumble ingredients into the other mixing bowl and mix through using your hands. Ensure the crumble is thoroughly combined, it should have a wet, crumbly consistency.

4. Pour your fruit mixture into the baking dish, top with crumble and pop into the oven for 40 minutes. The top should be slightly brown and crispy.

5. Serve with an extra lug of maple syrup and your choice of ice cream.

Storage: in an airtight container for up to a week.

Bon appétit!

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For another comforting winter recipe, try my earl grey hot chocolate.

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Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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  1. It’s almost fall here, and I’m fully embracing it already! I love the addition of rhubarb here. Simple and beautiful!

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