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Healthy Rhubarb Apple Crumble

Updated on July 29, 2015
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Having a childhood cyst overdosed with Penicillin made Stephen hyper allergic. From this he developed a keen interest in eating for health.

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Rhubarb Apple Crumble Versatility

If you are wanting to restrict the intake of fats in pastries, but still have a weakness for cooked sweet fruity deserts this type of crumble is a good compromise. The recipe can be adapted and used with pretty much any combination of seasonal fruits. Apple Strawberry, Apple Apricot, Peach and Apple, etc.

The secret is to balance a sweeter fruit with a tarter one. I like to cook the filling partially before making the crumble up in my pie dish. That way I can adjust the sugar, and other add ins to balance the taste before cooking the crumble in the oven. The secret to good cooking is to taste regularly and adjust as required. Remember no two apples taste quite the same!

Using the 12 Grain flour is a healthy choice as it contains Quinoa, Spelt and other ancient grains that are better for us that the plain Wheat flours. You could adapt the recipe and use non gluten flour too if there are any people with celiac problems eating this dish.

Rhubarb Apple Crumble Finished Dish

The Completed Crumble
The Completed Crumble | Source

Cook Time For The Rhubarb Apple Crumble

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Approximately 10 to 12 Servings

Ingredients For The Rhubarb Apple Crumble

  • 3 Apples, Peeled, Cored and sliced
  • 3 cups Rhubarb, Cut into 2 cm pieces
  • 2 Tbs Caster Sugar, To Take tartness out
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon, Adjust to taste
  • 1/4 to 1 Cup Water, Adjust to get filling to Reasonable Consistency
  • 1/2 Cup 12 Grain Flour, From Bulk Barn
  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats, Bob's Red Mill or similar
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Demorara
  • 50 grams Cold Butter, Cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, Chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Fresh Ginger, Grated

Suitable Pie Dish For The Rhubarb Apple Crumble

CorningWare 1-1/2-Quart Bake/Serve Dish with Glass Cover, French White
CorningWare 1-1/2-Quart Bake/Serve Dish with Glass Cover, French White

This is the actual dish I used to make this recipe as illustrated in the photograph.


Preparation Instructions For Filling and Crumble

  1. Peel and core the apples, then slice into small pieces.
  2. Wash the rhubarb then cut off the leaves and base of stalk and discard these. Chop stalks into 2 cm long pieces.
  3. Place chopped fruit in a saucepan, add the sugar and cinnamon and water as required. You can add a little lemon juice too to help balance the tartness of the fruits.
  4. Bring the pan to a boil and simmer for about 5 mins.
  5. Place the Flour, Oats, Brown Sugar, Butter, Walnuts and Ginger in a food processor or blender. Pulse two or three times or until the mix is crumbly. This can be done by hand but using the implement saves the butter getting too soft and sticky and makes a more even crumble. Getting it right can take a little practice.
  6. Pour the fruit mixture into your pie dish (see photo). Smooth out the surface then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
  7. Place the finished crumble in a pre-heated oven 350F for 40 to 45 minutes or until topping is golden, and the juices are bubbling around the edges.
  8. Remove from the oven and wait for it to cool a bit before serving. It can be re-heated in a microwave from cold too. Serve with whipped cream or Custard, whichever you prefer.

Nutritional Value Of Rhubarb Apple Crumble

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 portion (1/10)
Calories 149
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 24 g8%
Sugar 13 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 11 mg4%
Sodium 6 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Additional Nutrition Information For Rhubarb Apple Crumble

Vitamin A
Vitamin B12
Vitamin B6
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Pantothenic Acid

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Pie is with pastry, and crumble is butter or margarine rubbed into other ingredients typically whole grain flours and or oats, at least that is how we define it in Britain. I now live in Canada and they see it the same way. Not sure where you are from, but there may be other terms used. There is also something called a cobbler which is covered with a biscuit style batter, perhaps that was what you are thinking of? These are made most commonly in the USA and the UK. Hope that helps.

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    yummy, usually apple crumbly is like a pie type, yours is different

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    You can substitute just about any fairly tart red fruit, strawberries, cherries, raspberries etc.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    It is delicious I am sure you would like it too!

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    Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Yummy...and pretty healthy. I know I would love this. Thanks for sharing it.

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    JR Krishna 2 years ago from India

    Recipe looks promising

    Unfortunately I dont know where to get rhubarb in my locality.

    Thanks for sharing

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    You are most welcome Jackie!

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Sounds fantastic; thanks for sharing it! ^+

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I said it was as healthy as a desert can be. Like Jamie Oliver I realize there are no healthy deserts as they usually contain saturated fats and sugar! This one can be sold as being healthy due to the 12 grain flour and unrefined brown sugar, but it is still naughty, but nice!

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    PaigSr 2 years ago from State of Confussion

    Everything but the word "Healthy" looks good to me. Time to hint to the wife. Maybe email her the link.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    It is quite quick and easy given the right tools! I am sure you underestimate your culinary skills and could if you tried. Alternatively just keep writing the Carriage Driver series sell the rights to TV, and you will be able to have someone cook for you. I love those stories and wish I could capture the essence of what I want to say quite as well!

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    mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Hello Stephen. That looks like quite the ambitiuos receipe. Thanks for sharing. My cooking skills are not advanced enough to undertake this.