This Sugar Free Apple Crumble is an easy and delicious healthy dessert for any time of the year or season. With rich plump granny smith apples, warming spices and the slight tang of lime, this is one of my all time favourite desserts and one I have made dozens of times over the years.
One of the reasons this recipe has always been something I’ve gone back to time and time again is that it’s really easy, yet looks like it was a lot of effort, and honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who didn’t like apple crumble. This version is just healthier and more waistline friendly. Similar to my healthy apricot glazed apple tart on puff pastry
A few tips to getting the perfect sugar free apple crumble:
- Keep the apples “chunky” like in this apple pie apples. If you cut them too small they will lose their shape when they are cooking
- Don’t overcook the apples. They should be lightly stewed but not mushy otherwise it might be like you’re eating applesauce instead of apples
- Measure the spices. The apples are delicate and you don’t want the spices overpowering them
- Go easy on the lime. The lime is meant to work in conjunction with the natural sweetness and tartness of the apples and the granulated stevia that is being added. Altogether the combination should be sweet and tangy
My husband and I often find ourselves eating sugar free apple crumble both in the winter months curled up in front of the TV watching our favourite moving on a Saturday night, as well as in summer out by the pool after enjoying a BBQ and salad for dinner.
That’s a truly versatile dessert when you can eat it all the time and know that it will work.
TIP: For the crumble, I prefer to use the bigger oats as opposed to the small quick oats. I just find I like the texture better, and they are also less processed, so better for you in the long run.
Need a Substitute For Granny Smith Apples?
If you can’t get Granny Smith apples for this recipe, then I recommend you try and find an apple that is has tart/tangy qualities and is good for cooking. Out of all the times I have made apple crumble, I’ve always used granny smiths, never any of the sweeter red apples. Not sure how that would go. Might be interesting to try though.
How about you? Are you an apple crumble fan like me?
If you have any ideas for different spice combinations I’d love to hear them.
By the way, if you;re sticking to the sugar free theme, check out my Sugar Free Custard made From Scratch. It's way better than store bought, and way less sugar too.
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Sugar Free Apple Crumble
- 6 medium Green apples I use Granny Smith
- 6 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon Lime juice
- 2 tablespoons Granulated stevia
- 1 teaspoon Mixed Spice
- ½ teaspoon Ginger spice powder
- ½ cup Rolled Oats the big ones, not instant
- ¼ cup Walnuts diced
- ¼ cup Desicated coconut
- 1 tablespoons Low Fat Butter
- 2 tablespoons Granulated Stevia
- Peel apples and cut into chunks
- Add to saucepan with water, lime juice, 2 tablespoons granulated stevia, mixed spice and ginger spice.
- Good on medium to low heat for approx. 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and place equally into four ramakins or teacups.
- Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in microwave for 10 seconds.
- In a bowl, mix the oats, diced walnuts, coconut, butter and remaining stevia. Use a spoon or fingers to bring it together
- Bake in oven at 180 degrees c/350 F for 15 minutes.
- Let it cool before eating. Serve with Sugar free vanilla icecream, low fat greek yoghurt, or sugar free custard.
- The 28 grams of sugar in this recipe is from the natural sugars in the apples.
- Apple crumbles will keep in the fridge covered in an air tight container for upto 3 days.
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