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!


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

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


  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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