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30 October 2014

Apple & Date Crumble

Serves: 2
Time: 25 minutes

Apple & Date Crumble
I made this apple crumble when I was out of bananas one morning, meaning I couldn't have my usual smoothie, but I still wanted something sweet. It was perfect on the cold morning, and though it might seem a bit strange having apple crumble for breakfast, this is a healthy version, without compromising on taste. Since being a vegan I've learned not to worry about what you're supposed to do at meal times; if I want a smoothie for dinner, I'll have one and if I fancy apple crumble for breakfast, then so be it!

I've made this twice now; my first attempt didn't end up crumbly enough, so I added some more almond butter and a little bit of vegan margarine to the crumble mixture - made from oats, almond butter & flax and it went like proper crumble; who says vegans miss out on loads of foods?!
I find that being vegan seems to be more of an inconvenience to others, who seem to want to worry about what I'm going to eat rather than it actually being difficult, I've learned to plan ahead so there's always something to eat, its not complicated, I eat mostly natural and unprocessed foods; whats so difficult about that? There's many people who are genuinely curious about why I'm vegan and I don't mind answering those questions, but what gets to me is those who have done no research and simply try to attack you with ignorance as to why being vegan is a bad idea and continue to tell you what you can't eat, trust me, I already know that, I don't want to eat those foods - I'm doing a degree in nutrition for a reason! The way to deal with people like this is to simply not take it to heart; you know why you're vegan and you know the good you're doing, never feel the need to try and justify it, because people only hear what they understand, there is simply no point, just smile and know whatever reasons this person may be coming out with against veganism; there are a thousand more for it, and you know that!

You'll need:

First attempt apple crumble
  • Small baking dish
  • Food processor
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Chopping board
  • Knife

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, cored & chopped into cubes
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 1/2 inch grated ginger
  • Zest 1/2 lemon
  • 3-4 dates, pitted & chopped
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3 tbsp flax meal
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)
  • Vanilla soy yogurt (to serve)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Add the apples and the rest of the ingredients on the list (down to a cup of water) into a saucepan and simmer on a medium heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile blend up the rest of the ingredients (oats-sugar) in a food processor until a crumbly texture is formed.
  4. Remove the cinnamon & cloves from the apple mixture and add to the baking dish, cover with the oat mixture and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Serve up with vanilla soy yogurt and enjoy at any time of the day! Cassidy xx
Apple & Date Crumble