Good morning loves,
I don’t know about you, but I seriously have the impression that the cold weather is hiding in my kitchen as I find myself raiding the fridge and pantry in the hopes of eating away the autumn blues…
And as much as I love fall & winter fashion, I really hate the colder months – well at least my waistline does. Lol.
For some odd reason, and I’m sure many of you will agree, all things carb seem so much more appetizing and irresistible at this time of the year.
Paris is NO exception!
I wake up to the smell of croissants, crispy baguettes and chaussons aux pommes everyday!
Had I had little resolve, I’d have ditched being a fashion blogger a long time ago. Lol!!
So, with this seasonal food dilemma, I thought it would be a good idea to come up with relatively easy-to-prepare, weight-friendly recipes to maintain our weight til spring – I hear optimism is a very good start!
Okay, first up ; a warm and savory Blueberry Apple crumble.
It’s moist, sweet & sour center and crunchy, biscuity topping will have you itching for more…
Nota Bene : this is not a calorie-free fest, but they’ll definitely be less damage than a breakfast at Ladurée.
Time : 35 mins
Yield : one medium crumble or 4 mini crumbles
2 red apples chopped
1 cup frozen mixed berries
15g butter / coconut butter
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 packet / 1Tbsp vanilla sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup homemade granola (see recipe here)
2 Tbsp butter or coconut butter
1 packet / 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Lightly butter one medium baking dish or 4 mini baking dishes.
2. Prepare the filling:
In a bowl, mix the berries, cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla sugar with a spatula, leaving the berries whole. Set aside.
3. In a saucepan, melt the butter and add in the chopped apple, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook on medium heat until soft but not mashed.
4. Add the mixed berry mixture to the soften apples and cook lightly until juicy, but not runny, about 5 minutes.
5 : For the topping :
In the bowl, mix the homemade granola, vanilla sugar and melted coconut oil until the mixture looks mealy or crumbly. (This can be done by hand.)
6. Spoon the mixed berry & apple filling into the baking dish or 4 mini baking dishes and evenly distribute the granola topping over the fruit.
7. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling on the sides (Do not overtake).
8. Cool slightly and serve warm with a cup of warm tea or your choice of hot beverage.
For a richer (slightly higher calorie!) meal, serve with a scoop of light vanilla ice-cream or some low-fat custard.
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Photos credits by Teekay
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