Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Amazing vegan crumble topping....

This is, in fact, rhubarb crumble, but the toppings look pretty similar...
My husband suggested last Sunday that we should make a crumble together; he insisted, in fact! I was to prepare the fruit and soya custard, and he would mix up the topping then let me get on with putting it together. I chose about 7 Pink Lady apples and a pineapple, and the whole thing made 8-10 good-sized portions. It was without doubt, the tastiest crumble yet to emerge from our little kitchen, and I grabbed my notebook fast to write down the recipe before it was forgotten. There are some seriously nutrient-rich ingredients involved here, such as hemp flour with its omega oils and pumpkin seeds with minerals such as zinc and B-vitamins. If you think that addition of sugar as a sweetener spoils its otherwise ultra-healthy credentials, you could try xylitol, date syrup or suchlike for a more natural alternative. The photo of the crumble is not actually the one we made, as it got eaten before I could get a pic; it's Gingery Rhubarb Crumble, which is slightly different, but looks quite similar on top.


To the prepared (and pre-cooked fruit) add this topping: (1 cup=250ml)
1 cup jumbo oats
1 cup porridge oats, partly ground
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup ground pumpkin seeds
1 cup hemp flour
2 cups demerara or other raw cane sugar, ground to the consistency of caster sugar
50ml extra-virgin olive oil

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Rub in the olive oil
  • Mix in a little water; just enough for the mixture to start to stick together
  • Spread on top of the fruit in a large rectangular baking dish
  • Bake at 200C until the top is just starting to brown
  • This crumble is really delicious served with custard made from soya milk, and, as my husband pointed out, means the dessert contains all four vegetable sources of protein: seeds, nuts, grains and pulses!





3 comments:

  1. I've never made crumble before would love to try this out with custard...

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  2. YUMMO..Thanks for the recipe..This looks mouthwatering..I have bookmarked it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  3. Thanks for your comments ladies :) Crumble is a great dessert especially in cooler weather, as it is usually served hot. But in our house, because we make crumble with some nutrient- dense ingredients like seeds it can end up being a meal in itself! I think pineapple and banana is a great combo, and of course apple is a classic- but you can use any fruit you like. Berries don't need pre-cooking. Some people have their crumble with cream or icecream rather then custard.

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