Fabulous Fruity Crumble Squares

Crumble squares

This has been such a popular one that I had to post it up here. These little bites are delicious and appeal to children and adults alike. I’ve adapted these over time, reduced the sugar and added some healthy kicks but originally got the idea from a Madeline Shaw recipe and my slight obsession with apple crumble. I mean, who can resist a good crumble and what better than to have it in these handy little squares for instant energy.

They are scrummy and sweet with a tangy, gooey centre and super adaptable to suit your taste and what you have in the fruit bowl!

These ones I made are spiced apple, apricot and turmeric and are gluten free, with anti inflammatory properties. So good! I also made an apple, blackberry and acai berry version for the last yoga retreat at Henham Barns so will give you both the recipes.

If you find you have some strawberries going slightly squishy or some gooseberries in the garden, feel free to have a go with these. As long as you use apple as the base and add other fruits to it, the consistency of the fruit should stay about right.

Spiced apple, apricot & turmeric Ingredients: Makes 16 small squares

4 red / yellow skinned eating apples

4 fresh apricots 

4 dried apricots

Zest and juice of 1 orange 

1/2 tsp turmeric 

1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

200g porridge oats

75g coconut sugar 

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 pinch of salt 

1 tsp baking powder

100g melted coconut oil or organic butter

Chop the fresh and dried apricots into quarters and the apples into small pieces leaving the skin on but removing the core (the skin is where most of the nutrients of the apple are so its important to leave this on wherever possible). Place in a pan with the turmeric, vanilla, orange zest & juice.

Simmer on low for about 15 minutes with the lid on until the fruit is soft and falling apart. If it is still quite runny, continue to cook for a little longer with the lid off to reduce until the fruit thickens up to a more jam like consistency.

apple apricot

While the fruit is cooking, pre heat the oven to 180 C and grease a small roasting tray or ceramic dish around 20x20cm.

Mix the oats, sugar, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and coconut oil/butter together in a large bowl, making sure all the ingredients are well mixed.

crumble

Pour half the oat mixture into the dish and push it down really well using the back of a spoon or your fingers.

Bake for 10 minutes then allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Pour over the stewed fruit followed by the rest of the oat mixture and again push it all down firmly.

Bake for a further 25 minutes until golden and your kitchen smells delicious.

Cool and place in the fridge or freezer to set before slicing up into squares.

Apple, blackberry & acai Ingredients: 

Exactly the same oat mixture but when making the stewed fruit, add the following: 

5 red/yellow eating apples 

1 handful of blackberries

1-2 tsp acai powder 

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

Zest and juice of 1 orange 

Chop the apples into small pieces and cook over a low/medium heat with the remaining ingredients for 15 minutes with the lid on  until soft and squishy. If the fruit is still quite runny, cook for a further 5 minutes with the lid off to allow the fruit to reduce and thicken. Follow the steps for the crumble as above.

acai crumble bar

I’d love to know if you come up with any other magic fruit combo’s. Have fun!