Crumble is a wonderfully warming, simple and nutritious pudding and can be made with literally any fruit. Whether you’re a fan of apples, pears, berries, peaches, plums – they can all make a delicious crumble. So below is a basic crumble recipe using blackberries and apples, (it’s also gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free!) but feel free to swap around the ingredients depending on what you have in your kitchen, what’s cheapest to buy or what’s in season. Likewise with the topping – you can use oats, seeds or just nuts, or a mixture of the three.

If you don't have an oven, just stew the fruit as below, and then top it with granola. This also makes a deliciously nutritious breakfast too and a nice variation on your regular cereal or bowl of museli.


For the filling:

4 apples

1 1/3 cups of blackberries

¼ cup (4 tbsp) of honey

2 tsp of cinnamon


1 cup ground almonds or oats

½ mixed seeds

½ pistachio nuts / brazil nuts / almonds (finely chopped)

½-desiccated coconut

4 tbsp coconut oil (melted)

¼ cup (4 tbsp) of honey

½ tsp cinnamon

pinch of sea salt


1.     Preheat your oven to 160°C.

2.     Chop up the apples so the pieces are about 2cm wide (removing the core/pips) and place them in the baking dish. For this recipe I used one that holds about 1.5 litres so a bit bigger than an A4 sheet of paper, but if you are cooking for one you can just use 1 apple, a handful of blackberries etc. and use a smaller dish.

3.     Cover the apples with the blackberries and pour over the honey, coconut oil and cinnamon.

4.     While the over is heating you can make the crumble topping. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until all combined.

5.     Sprinkle the filling over the fruit and pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes until the top starts to go golden brown.

6.     Remove from the over and let it sit for 2-3 minutes before you eat it. Serve with yogurt or just on it’s own – the juices from the blackberries will have made it nice and moist.