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Saturday 8 September 2018

Apple Crumble : Perfect Autumn Dessert : The Lower Carb Way

Autumn is definitely the right season for delicious apple crumble, and I can remember my dear Mum making a wonderful variety of crumbles using fruits appropriate to the season. She made it 'the traditional' way with flour, sugar etc. which if you have a look around the many recipes available on the 'net' you will see the carbohydrate content could be anything from 65g to 90g per serving! 

Now, if you are diabetic this would have your blood sugars rising, (best avoided!) and if like me you choose to eat the LCHF way and restrict your carb intake to no more than 50g carb per day a 'traditional' crumble is best avoided! 

However, fear not, Apple Crumble - which really is a symbol of great family meals and togetherness - has a lower carb version! Yes fellow low carb blogger Julia McPhee has a 'low carb' version of this family favourite and she says ' No McPhee family gathering is complete (without her version) of Apple Crumble'.  

6 (Granny smith) apples, peeled and sliced
50g Butter
1 cup Almond meal
1 tbsp. Natvia
½ cup chopped nuts or Crunchy Grain Free Granola

1. Boil apples until soft in a small amount of water. Place in a baking dish.
2. Place softened butter, almond meal, Natvia, and nuts in bowl and mix together (real crumble requires mixing by hand), until well combined but still crumbly.
3. Spread over cooked apples and bake at 180 for 30 minutes or until crumble is golden brown. 4. Serve warmed with fresh cream or yoghurt.

Note that nutritional information is calculated for 1 serve of crumble and does not include cream or yoghurt.

Serves: 8
Serving size: 1
Fat: 27.3g
Carbohydrates: 14.9g
Protein: 7.1g

Recipe suggestion from Julia McPhee's blog here

If you need help with measurement and conversion please see here

There is a variety of recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Jo said...

Yum. One of my all time favourite puddings and perfect for the cooler days.

mxtodis123 said...

That apple crumble looks delicious. Heading out to the fruit stand in a few. Planning on buying some apples, only I'm too lazy to cook them most of the time.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How did you know that I had several last week apples that I was wondering what to do with Jan.. having visitors for lunch tomorrow, now I know what's for dessert, merci beaucoup again ☺

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love anything with apples. This looks and sounds delicious!

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Valerie-Jael said...

Oh how yummy this sounds! Hugs, Valerie

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Deve de ser delicioso adoro maçã.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Does it matter how much of this you eat? heehee! I would LOVE this and I have some wonderful 'local' apples now too! Hugs!

Tom said...

...a treat for the season.

Martha said...

A very delicious recipe! Can't wait till apple madness begins at the markets :)

JFM said...

Definitely has autumn written all over it...yummm!!!

Dewena said...

I smiled when I saw the name of today's dish, Jan. My little granddaughters introduced me to The Gruffalo last weekend and giggled when there father asked them if they wanted some Gruffalo Crumble for dessert.

I must get some almond meal!

Revrunner said...

Uh, oh! One of my weaknesses.

William Kendall said...

Very tasty!

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds really good.

Bill said...

An autumn favorite!

Jules said...

I do love an apple crumble, especially at this time of year. I made one yesterday with some 'help yourself' apples, I usually add a little ground cinammon to mine. X

DeniseinVA said...

I have bookmarked this recipe. Storm is brewing, temperature has dropped and it has gone very dark. I think this would be ideal for a stormy night. Thanks Jan and hopefully you are enjoying nice weather this weekend.

happyone said...

Ah, now this looks and sound delicious.

Our photos said...

Mmm, that was nice !

Elephant's Child said...

Mmmmm crumble.

Lowcarb team member said...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said:
Does it matter how much of this you eat? heehee! I would LOVE this and I have some wonderful 'local' apples now too! Hugs!

Hello Diane, and thanks for your question and comments.
Desserts can be so yummy! But it's best to eat just one serving!
If you don't want to make eight servings just amend the ingredients … I'm sure your local apples will taste delicious.

All the best Jan

DMS said...

This sounds tasty. I am excited to try a healthy version of apple crumble. I try to keep my sugars and carbs down- and sometimes seasonal foods get tricky because you want to indulge. Thanks for the recipe!

Izaa said...

I really like crumble

Iris Flavia said...

This sounds yummy (minus the oven) buuuut.
Before I go and google and get "some stuff" I prefer to ask you: My Niece (8 years) has diabetis 1. Is this relevant to her, too? She wears a permanent device on her arm to check.

Magic Love Crow said...

Yummy! Thank you Jan! Big Hugs!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I'm always looking for variations on the traditional apple crumble (my partner's Mum has an apple tree that seems to produce an infinite number of apples at ths time of year)

Lowcarb team member said...

Iris Flavia said:
"This sounds yummy (minus the oven) buuuut.
Before I go and google and get "some stuff" I prefer to ask you: My Niece (8 years) has diabetis 1. Is this relevant to her, too? She wears a permanent device on her arm to check."

Hello Iris,
First I must make it clear, I am not a medical expert, nor is any member of the low carb team, we share personal experiences and where necessary links to helpful posts.

However, the traditional crumble recipe's that are around the internet so often use all purpose flour and sugar - meaning that the carb count is high. If you are a diabetic Type 1 or Type 2 this will affect your blood sugars, raising them, which really is best avoided.

If someone is a diabetic who uses insulin (your niece would as she is Type 1, and she also wears a glucose monitor, from what you describe)) you can adjust the insulin dose to counteract the affect. This can often mean increasing the amount of injected insulin. Some people may not mind this but many of our diabetic friends prefer to keep their diabetic medication to the absolute minimum.

This is where the lower carb, higher fat lifestyle comes in (LCHF). By eating whole real foods that are lower in carbs, higher in healthy fats and moderate protein, which does of course have to suit the individual and their lifestyle, many have found that medication can be reduced. (please note, any changes in medication should be done involving a medical health-care team).

More guidance can be found here

and here

and here

Back to the recipe … this lower carb crumble can be enjoyed by all the family, and does not cause the spike in blood sugars that a higher carb recipe does. Speaking personally as a non diabetic but someone who lives the LCHF lifestyle, I feel much better living this lifestyle, but of course it is a personal choice.

Again speaking personally if I am cooking for a diabetic, which my husband Eddie is - a Type 2 - then this crumble would be on my menu plans.

I hope I have answered your question for you, but please come back if any further clarification may be needed.

All the best Jan

Iris Flavia said...

Thank you, Jan, I have to do some reading!
Thank you, I think you help a lot here!