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I’ve been on a mission for a while to educate people about the virtues of raw food. For some, it’s difficult to commit to eating raw food. I must admit that in the cold, winter months there’s something really comforting about eating a big bowl of piping hot veggie stew and with the inevitable glut of the end of harvest crops it can sometimes be hard to get inventive and come up with new and interesting flavours that the whole family will enjoy.

In keeping with my take on incorporating “more raw” I whizzed up an apple crumble today in no time at all. It’s been another bumper year for apples this year and the cupboards are full of dehydrated apple rings.

I adore apple crumble and have done since childhood. I have passed this love onto my daughter (it must be in the genes). So however you take it, apple crumble is awesome. I cooked 3 small Bramley apples with a little water and added some golden sultanas and cinnamon. Once it was cooked down, I left it to cool slightly and then added some grated, fresh apples. I used Russets as that’s what we grow ourselves, but any flavourful apple would do. Remember, the more perfumed the apple, the more flavourful the result will be. Stir the grated apple into the mix and sweeten with honey or maple syrup. You could use coconut sugar just be aware that the colour of the apple mix will darken considerably.

I topped off the apple mix with a combination of oats, sunflower seeds, coconut chips , coconut oil and dates and quickly put it under the grill to gain some colour.

No self respecting apple crumble would be complete without custard. You can make a raw vegan version by using 1 cup young coconut meat or soaked cashews. I added a persimmon, but 1/2 mango works just great, one date and 2 drops of vanilla extract. Blitz together in a high speed blender and there is your free-from custard.

Plate up, find a comfy chair and enjoy. A super healthy alternative to a childhood classic.

Have a go and tell me what you think. The recipe is below. As you can see, upping the amount of raw food in your diet isn’t as hard as it might seem. Make sure you get the latest news on diet and nutrition by joining the lifetrainme programme. You get access to our great tips and must-have information at the push of a  button. lifetrainme is always by your side.

More Raw Apple Crumble Recipe

 3 peeled cooking apples

¼ cup sultanas

½ tsp cinnamon

2 tbs honey

Cook the apples with a small amount of water until soft.

Add 3 grated fresh apples

Stir and place in the bottom of a glass/metal heatproof dish

 

To make the topping

1 cup oats

½ cup dates

¼ cup sunflower seeds

Combine in a blender( or by hand) until the ingredients come together to from a loose mixture.

Add 1/2 cup coconut flakes and ½ cup melted coconut oil and mix together.

Place the crumble mixture on top of the apples and grill at 180°C until slightly brown ( it won’t take long, so keep an eye on it, otherwise the coconut flakes will burn)

Serve with the raw custard as above and go and find a nice comfy chair, preferably in front of a roaring fire. Take a big spoon and enjoy.

Written by: Mimi

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