Fig and I spend most of our time outdoors. During the week you can usually find us hiking in our local canyons, at the beach or playing at our neighborhood park. Both of us pretty much hate to be indoors for more than a few hours a day but during the height of a southern california summer sometimes the heat is simply too intense to go outside. Yesterday was one of those horrifically hot days and after naptime there was just no way we could venture outside without burning to a crisp.
So we stayed inside. And as expected, things went from cray to cray-cray in a hot second.
Fig just isn’t an indoor kid and after he decided to “plant” the mint bush from the balcony into our carpet I decided it was time I occupy his little hands with something useful. So we decided a crumble for
us to share “daddy” was in order.
When baking with little ones who already possess too much energy I generally try to find and prepare baked goods that are mostly plant based, use natural sugars, and have loads of fruit. So when I discovered a crumble from my new favorite cookbook The Vibrant Table, I knew it would be the perfect toddler baking activity.
As is typically the case with impromptu baking sessions, we didn’t have half the ingredients the original recipe calls for. So, with the Vibrant’s Table Crumble as inspiration we embarked on our own version.
I like this recipe for several reasons. First, there are ample opportunities for little helping hands. Secondly, when Fig started double fisting berries and walnuts into his mouth my reaction was meh. (I’ve seen him double fist cake batter into his mouth like his life depended on it, so walnuts and fruit are no big deal). Thirdly, despite an initial feeling to the contrary, the dish is quite simple to make and tastes deceptively sinful.
Berry Apple Crumble:
Ingredients for the filling:
- 5 small apples
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 3 cups of berries ( we used a combo of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
Ingredients for the crisp:
- 1/2 cup of walnuts
- 1/4 cup of ground flax
- 1/4 cup of ground oatmeal
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1/4 cup of carob chips
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds
- Coconut Oil for baking
To prepare the apples: ( I had prepared these the day before)
- Cube the apples into small pieces.
- In a pot combine apples, water, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
- Cook on very low until tender and highly fragrant ( around 20-30 minutes).
To Prepare the Crisp and Berries:
1) Heat oven to 300 degrees F
2) Process the walnuts in a food processor until they are the size of breadcrumbs
3) Process the oatmeal finely.
4) In a bowl, mix the walnuts, oatmeal, flax, flour and honey together.
5) Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Once done, pop the mixture into the freezer until it’s room temperature.
6) In the meantime, combine apples, berries and sugar together in a bowl.
7) Once crumbles are cool increase the oven to 350 degrees.
7) Lightly oil a 9 inch baking pan. Combine the crisp, berry/apple mixture, chia seeds, and carob chips together in pan.
8) Bake for 25-30 minutes.