Butter, sugar, flour – what’s not to love?!
Apple crumble can be a great step in a new direction for an apple lover. Or even tempting for a child not quite sold on apples.
There are some interim steps we can take if we have a food hesitant child:
– If cooked apples are going to be difficult, we can start by using uncooked ones and adding the topping.
– If soft apples are a challenge, then we can cook for less time, so they are still crunchy
– If mixing is currently a no-go, we can serve the apples and the crumble topping separately.
As always making a small portion is advisable.
I love a low-sugar version so have included options in the recipe.
(For a mini-portion)
¼ cup flour (I used wholemeal)
1/8 cup oats (I use wholegrain and put in the spice grinder/coffee grinder to make into flour – perfect if you have a child not yet eating oats. For a chewier topping leave oats unground)
37 gm butter
1 dst spoon sugar (optional)
Half an apple cored and diced or sliced (which would your child prefer?)
I use apple juice rather than adding sugar for sweetness. Or use sugar, to taste.
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
To make topping – I place all the ingredients in the food processor and blitz until a crumb forms. If making by hand, mix dry ingredients then rub in butter
For the apples – wash, core and then slice or dice
If cooking together I place apples in an oven proof bowl and add apple juice or sugar.
Bake at 180˚ for approx. 30 minutes (until crumble is browning).
If cooking separately I spread the topping on a baking tray and cook at 180˚ stirring occasionally until browning
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/