Want to make a delicious vegan apple crumble for the family?

Ok it’s not a skincare recipe but it’s scientifically accepted that everything we eat has an impact on the health of our skin. It’s harvest time for apples here in England and eating seasonally is an important and easy way to harness the powerful nutrients in fresh food. With an abundance of apples at I Am Natural HQ this year, I am sharing my much-loved homemade apple crumble recipe.

Ingredients for Organic Vegan Apple Crumble

  • 650g Organic apples (any variety. I like to include a couple of cooking apples for extra sweetness).
  • 50g Organic sugar
  • 100g Organic brown sugar
  • 100g Organic wholemeal flour
  • 100g Organic plain white flour
  • 100g Vegan margarine e.g Vitalite
  • 25g Organic ground almonds
  • 1 tsp Organic ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Baking powder

Instructions:

Gather your ingredients, a deep baking dish, scales and a tsp spoon. Pre-heat your oven to 180c degrees.

I like to start by preparing the crumble mix. Measure 100g of organic wholemeal flour into your scales. Add 100g of organic plain white flour. At this point you can also add the 1 tsp of baking powder.


To give the crumble a bit of texture (and to sneak in some extra healthy goodness for kids) add 25g of organic almonds to the flour mixture. I find it’s easier to grind up a bigger amount, approximately 100g and then save the remaining 75g in a Tupperware container to use in other recipes later.


Next, measure out 100g of vegan margarine. I like to use Vitalite but any sunflower based margarine will work. (Did you know I use food grade high oleic sunflower oil in several skincare formulations? It’s naturally high in Vitamin E and very gentle on sensitive skin).


Add the flour, baking powder, ground almonds, margarine, 100g of dark sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg altogether in one bowl. You are now ready to rub!


With clean dry hands rub the mixture together using your fingers tips until you have a crumbly consistency. It should be light and run through your fingers when done, like breadcrumbs. Put aside.


Next, weigh out your apples. Any apples will work in an apple crumble, use what you have. I like to use a mixture of Bramley cooking apples and eating apples.


Roughly peel and chop the apples into square chunks. Transfer them to your baking dish. I use a glass baking dish and find there’s no need to grease it beforehand.


Sprinkle the 50g of sugar over the apples. I’ve used various types of sugar for this and it really doesn’t matter, just use what you have in your cupboard. If you want to reduce the amount of sugar you can even skip this part as the crumble topping will very sweet.


Carefully add the crumble mixture to the chopped apple and pat it down a little to make it nice and firm. Place in your pre-heated oven at 180c degrees and cook for 35-40 minutes.


After 35-40 minutes your crumble will be ready. Make sure you don’t let the crumble mixture brown too much to avoid burning (mine was left a few minutes longer than it should have been, it still taste great though!).


Serve while still hot with your favourite vegan ice cream, yoghurt or dessert. I’ve used a chocolate cashew cream which is similar to a chocolate custard. Everyone in my house loves it!

Finally, don’t forget to delegate the washing up to someone else!