Refined-sugar-free crumble

2016-01-07 20.52.47Gruffalo Crumble, as it’s known in our house. This is still naughty enough for the whole family to enjoy, but avoids refined sugar.

Ingredients (makes enough for 5 adult portions of crumble)
2 cups jumbo oats

1 cup ground almonds

1 cup buckwheat or wholemeal flour

1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (if your baby is old enough)

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon mixed spice

100g unsalted butter

1 tablespoon smooth nut butter or tahini (any type is fine)

3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey, or a combination of both

1 tablespoon agave

Seasonal fruit of your choice – e.g. apple and blackberry, pear and apple, rhubarb and pear, plum… enough to fill your crumble dish once cooked!


  1. Cook your fruit in a pan, with a little water if necessary, until just soft, then spread it out in your ovenproof crumble dish. I sweeten my fruit mixes by combining very tart fruits like rhubarb with sweeter ones like pear, or by adding cinnamon, or a handful of sultanas or dates.
  2. While the fruit cooks, melt the butter and nut butter in a pan with the honey/maple and agave.
  3. Mix in the other crumble ingredients.
  4. Spread the crumble over your fruit and bake in the oven at 180c for about 25 mins until golden brown on top.
  5. Serve warm with thick natural yoghurt (or owl ice cream…).

Alternatively, if you want a granola-style crunchy crumble, pop your crumble mix on a baking tray after step 3 and toast in the oven at 180 for about 5 minutes until golden brown, watching carefully and shaking it a couple of times so it doesn’t burn. This is a great alternative if you already have some fruit or yoghurt for dessert and just want to pep it up a bit.

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