With its emphasis on whole grains (oats, barley and wholemeal flour), fruit (apples and berries) and nuts (almonds), this could be the ideal health dessert. Top off the crumble with a dollop of low-fat vanilla yoghurt or reduced-fat custard.
Patsy Jamieson, Diane Temple
5 small apples (about 800 g), peeled, quartered, cored and sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons caster sugar
200 g frozen mixed berries
⅓ cup wholemeal plain flour
⅓ cup traditional rolled oats
¼ cup barley flakes
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon (cassia)
30 g mono- or polyunsaturated margarine
¼ cup flaked almonds
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Preheat the oven to 190°C. Coat eight ¾-cup capacity ovenproof bowls with cooking spray.
Place apples, lemon juice, sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 12 to 15 minutes, until apples are just tender. Drain, pour into a bowl and mix with berries. Spoon apple mixture evenly into prepared dishes.
Meanwhile, mix the flour, oats, barley, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the margarine and mix in with your fingertips until well blended.
Sprinkle the oat mixture evenly over the fruit. Sprinkle with the almonds. Bake, uncovered, until the fruit is bubbly and the topping is lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature.
This simple tasty dessert was Gr8. I didn't have time to do fresh apples so I used tinned pie apples and it was just as good if not better as there seemed to be a bit more syrup and was not dry at all. I also didn't have Barley flakes so I used a further 1/4 c of oats (I used Minute Oats) and the topping was not at all coarse but very good. I made a nice thick boiled custard to go with it, thumbs up! - 02 Aug 2013