Sunday, 29 July 2012

Raw crumble topping

Now that it is so easy to prepare 'stewed' fruit in the Thermomix, I find myself regularly cooking up a batch to keep in the fridge and stir through natural yoghurt in the summer or to enjoy warm when it is cold and dreary outside (like now) . . . and what goes great with warm stewed fruit for a winter treat? . . .  crumble of course! I have been making my healthy version of a traditional crumble topping for years . . it is considerably more wholesome with minimal added sugar and of course no white flour in sight! I used a food processor before my Thermie came along and have changed the formulation slightly over the years. 

I would usually top my stewed fruit with a generous sprinkling of this crumble topping and then pop it in a moderate oven to toast up for a warming dessert (lovely with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream). But, lately I am enjoying this topping raw on stewed or fresh fruit and natural yoghurt for breakfast (see the photo below) . You can of course heat up the fruit for a warm breakfast :)  Eating the crumble raw is naturally a healthier way to enjoy it, so that the fragile healthy fats and nutrients in the nuts and seeds are preserved and not destroyed during the cooking process which effectively roasts them  . . but I'll let you decide which way you prefer your crumble! 

Paula's healthy crumble topping
This crumble recipe makes enough to top one large dish of stewed fruit or six large individual ramekins. It is equally yummy toasted or raw. You can omit the added fat if eating raw.

20g flaxseeds 
30g pepitas
50g mixed nuts of your choice ( I love to use hazelnuts, almonds & cashews)
6 dried dates or 1-2 tbsp of sucanat (rapadura)
20g desiccated coconut (or grind your own fresh first)
20g coconut oil
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger

Grind the flaxseeds on speed 9 for 10 secondsAdd all other ingredients to the TM bowl and chop on speed 5 for 5 seconds or longer if you prefer a finer texture.  Sprinkle over your favourite stewed fruit combination and bake in preheated moderate oven for 15-20 mins or until golden (or enjoy raw as discussed above).

Enjoy with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream :) Too easy and so nutritious! Makes a lovely breakfast too, just substitute natural yoghurt for the ice-cream (or not). 

variation ideas
add raw cacao beans or nibs
try blackstrap molasses to sweeten in place of the dates (or sucanat) or omit the sugar if you are sweet enough :)
use any combination of your favourite raw nuts
use sunflower seeds or any seeds of choice in combo with, or in place of pepitas

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