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Quick and easy wholegrain apple crumble

Have a try of this healthy twist on a dessert classic

Apple crumble on silver plate with spoon
Apple crumble on silver plate with spoon

Apple crumble is always a dessert winner. And with more fibre and less added sugar than the traditional dessert Grandma used to make, this recipe adapted from No Money No Time, opens in a new tab earns points in the health department too.  

The benefits 

The addition of oats makes this apple crumble better for your health. Oats are a good source of fibre, which is essential for our digestive health. Fibre can also improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels, can assist in preventing some chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer, and even helps you feel fuller for longer. To make this recipe gluten friendly, make the oats gluten free ones. (May not be suitable for coeliacs). This recipe suggests leaving the skin on the apples, for an added hit of fibre. 


Serves: 7 people  Time: 30 minutes 

  • 4 medium-sized granny smith apples (leave the skin on) 

  • ½ cup almond meal 

  • 2 teaspoons of flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds) 

  • ¼ cup of hemp seeds 

  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds 

  • 1¼ cup rolled oats 

  • 2 tsp brown sugar (optional) 

  • ½ cup desiccated coconut 

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 

  • 3 tsp olive or macadamia oil 


  1. 1

    Heat the oven to 170°C (fan forced). Cut the apples up into small rough slices or chunks, leaving the core and seeds behind, and spread the apple out into a baking dish. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly on top of the apple. 

  2. 2

    Grab a mixing bowl and add the almond meal, flaxseeds, hemp and sunflower seeds, rolled oats, and desiccated coconut. Mix well. 

  3. 3

    Add the oil of choice to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Use your hands to rub the oil into the dry ingredients, until it is all rubbed in and evenly distributed. If you feel the mix is a little dry, add a small amount more of the oil. 

  4. 4

    Sprinkle over the sugar (if using). 

  5. 5

    Pour the crumble topping onto the apples and spread it out evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes (the crumble topping should be lightly browned).  

To serve 

This dish is best served with ice-cream or yoghurt.   

Allergy information 

This meal contains gluten and FODMAPs.  The recipe in this article has been adapted from No Money No Time, opens in a new tab, supported by nib foundation. No Money No Time is a web-based personalised nutrition platform helping Australians to adopt healthy eating behaviours.  Please note: The tips throughout this article serve as broad information and should not replace any advice you have been given by your medical practitioner. 

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