Wheat & Sugar-free Apple & Plum Crumble

Wheat & Sugar-free Apple & Plum Crumble

Apple crumble is one of my husband’s favourite desserts. I try to avoid grains for most of my meals, as I always feel better when I eat a higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet. I have tried a few grain-free crumble toppings that I haven’t been happy with, so as a treat I still make us a crumble topping from Oatmeal & gluten-free flour. As you can see in the pictures, it turned a beautiful golden colour. Even better, without all the refined sugar that is normally in a crumble topping, and nutritious coconut oil (all good fat!) instead of butter you can happily tuck in knowing you are having a treat that still provides your body with plenty of goodness.


For the crumble:

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 3 tbsp gluten-free flour
  • 2 tbsp honey/sweet freedom/maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • About 1/4 cup coconut oil or enough for the mixture to not be dry
For the filling:
  • 350g  apples, cored and cut into 1cm/½in pieces (I like the apple peels left on, you can peel yours if you prefer)
  • 150g  plums, with pip removed, cut into slices
  • handful of raisins or sultanas
  • drizzle of honey, maple syrup or Sweet Freedom
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free flour
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. If you live in a cold climate, melt the coconut oil over a low heat on the stove. Place the oats and gluten-free flour  in a large bowl and mix well. Pouring in a little bit of coconut oil at a time rub into the oat mixture. Then mix in the honey/sweet freedom or maple syrup.
  3. Place the fruit in a large bowl and drizzle over your sweetener of choice (I prefer honey with the plums), gluten-free flour and cinnamon and stir well.
  4. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom of an ovenproof dish, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling.
  6. Serve with coconut cream, or try this recipe for coconut custard from the “Not just a Man’s World” blog.


    I’d love to hear from you if you have tried this recipe and liked it.

    Banjo loves to lick up any spare coconut cream after we have finished our portions.

    Have a lovely Friday evening.

    Hanri & Banjo