With Autumn upon us it’s definitely time for some comforting, warming puds, and for me that means stewed fruit and crumble! Traditional Crumble can be quite high calorie so this is a great option for keeping the calories a bit lower but still just as tasty!
I was lucky enough to be given a haul of apples and pears, and I had some wild blackberries in the freezer form earlier in the summer but you can use any combination of fruit you fancy!
This comes in at about 184 calories per portion (I got 6 portions from mine) but tastes just as great! I didn’t add any sugar to my fruit at all – it was perfectly sweet as it was and with the sweetness of the topping you shouldn’t need to add any, but you can add if you feel you need it.
This makes a fab dessert, snack or even breakfast!
You will need:
3 large cooking apples/ pears (bramley apples work best)
A large punnet of blackberries (approx 200 – 300g) (or use more apples/pears/plums/raspberries/gooseberries/ anything!)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
For the topping:
50g flour (I used rice flour as it has a finer texture but any flour will do)
30g sugar (I used ‘half spoon’)
1 tsp cinnamon
40g non-dairy spread (I used a ‘light’ spread)
Prepare the fruit – peel, core and chop the apples/pears into small chunks and rinse the blackberries. Place the apples in a saucepan with a tbsp of water and start to cook – they need a bit longer than the blackberries so this gives them a head start. Once they’ve started to soften a little add the blackberries and the cinnamon and stir well. Allow to simmer gently until the apples are cooked through.
Pre-heat the oven to 190 C.
Place the oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well. Add the spread and then use a fork or your fingers to rub it in to the mixture creating little lumps.
Pour the fruit mixture into whatever dish you’re using – I made 4 individual portions and one double portion.
Add the topping and then pop in the oven for 15-20 mins or until the topping starts to brown.
Remove and serve warm (or cold!), with a dollop of zero fat total yoghurt, or maybe some low cal ice cream!