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Healthier Apple Crumble for Two

Posted on: 28th April 2013

Posted in: Recipes, Soups

This is my homemade apple crumble recipe. It only takes 15 minutes to prepare, and then needs 35 minutes in the oven on gas mark 4 (180 degrees C). It is a healthier twist on a classic, using reduced fat spread, using half oats/half flour and less sugar. The oats also increase the amount of fibre in the dish – good for the digestive system, and will keep you fuller for longer.  I used a 10cm x 15cm ceramic gratin dish and my husband and I shared this as two very generous portions on our anniversary! I have included the calorie and fat content and also the cost to make it for those of you eating on a budget.


  • 2 apples (any eating apple will do)
  • 50g flour (plain or self-raising – it doesn’t matter)
  • 50g oats (fine or jumbo porridge oats are fine)
  • 30g reduced fat spread (I used Flora Light, but any low fat spread will work)
  • 20g sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated / powdered sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)


  • Peel and chop the apples and place them in a small saucepan with 4 tablespoons of water
  • Gently bring the apples to the boil and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes
  • Place the apples in the gratin dish
  • To make the crumble topping, put the flour and oats into a mixing bowl
  • Add the spread and rub in until the mixture ressembles breadcrumbs
  • Add the sugar and sweetener and stir to mix
  • Spoon the crumble topping over the apples and press down gently over the surface with the back on a metal spoon
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top of the crumble (if using)
  • Place the crumble in the centre of the oven and cook as per instructions above.
  • Enjoy your crumble with a healthy accompaniment, if needed (see serving ideas below)


This crumble will make 2 very generous servings, or 3 standards servings

Cost per serving

The entire crumble ingredients cost 60p – that’s only 30p per serving!

Nutritional information

This crumble contains 360kcal and 6g fat per serving (no including accompaniments)

Tips / Serving suggestions

  • Be wary of high fat/sugar traditional crumble accompaniments (like cream, custard and ice cream) – if you use these, aim for small portions. Healthier alternatives include ‘no added sugar’ custard, creme fraiche, quark, reduced fat/sugar ice cream, reduced fat cream or light evaporated milk
  • You don’t have to use apples – other fruits which work well include pears, plum and peaches. Tinned versions in natural juice can be used instead of fresh fruit
  • This pudding is a great healthier alternative for people with diabetes. This is because of the reduced sugar and fat content
  • If you need/want to gain weight, simply substitute the lower fat ingredients with standard ingredients (e.g. use butter instead of low fat olive spread, and include more sugar). Also, add plenty of double cream, dairy ice cream or custard to the pudding

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