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Healthy Apple Rhubarb Crumble

So is it possible to make a Healthy Apple Rhubarb Crumble?

It’s that time of year when apple and pear trees are dangling their precious fruit. And you can still find rhubarb growing in the odd backyard. These ingredients are one of my favourite to bake with, apple and rhubarb crumble being my favourite and standby dessert. I tried today to make a variation of this favourite dessert by making a healthy apple and rhubarb crumble.  And yes, it’s possible and yes it tastes really good!  This version is also great for non-dairy and gluten free eaters.


What’s fantastic about this dish was that I made it from fresh apples and rhubarb from my brother’s garden. There is something completely wholesome and fulfilling about baking with fruit that you’ve picked with your own bare hands. There’s this real honest connection with mother nature and I just love that. Only problem is that I now have a huge box of apples that I need make use of. So look out for some more apple featured recipes! healthy_apple_and_rhubarb_crumble_2







I found this recipe, Super Healthy Apple-Rhubarb Crumble and it turned out really well. I’ve now tried serving it with low fat vanilla yogurt and vanilla ice cream, both taste great and provide a low fat or yummy ‘I don’t care’ option. There’s no dairy in this recipe for those dairy intolerant individuals. And for a gluten free option use gluten free oats.

I’ve shared the recipe below, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



2 cups of diced apple
2 cups of rhubarb
2 cups of oats
1 cup of coconut
2 tablepoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of nutmeg
handful of raisins (optional)


Prepare the filling: Wash and dice the rhubarb, then cook until it’s soft. Finely chop the apple and cook that too.

*The easiest way to cook the rhubarb and apple is to microwave the rhubarb on high for 5 minutes, then add the apple and microwave that (with the rhubarb still in the bowl) on high for another 5 minutes.  It will look something like the below picture when it’s done.


Prepare the crumble: Mix the oats and coconut together with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in the olive oil and mix well. Add the honey last by drizzling it over the mix. This step is really easy if you just toss it all in the food processor and whiz it for a few seconds, until the crumble forms.

Assemble the dessert: pout the cooked rhubarb and apple into a 1-litre dish, then top with the crumble. Save any excess topping for another day. It stores quite well in the freezer.

Bake in a 180 degree C oven (350F) for 15-30 minutes, until the crumble is nicely browned.

Serve with ice cream or low fat yogurt or anything of your choice and enjoy!


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Cinnamon Buns

I have to be honest and truthful that cinnamon buns make me weak at the knees. There are few things better than fresh cinnamon buns slathered with cream cheese icing and stuffed with cinnamon, sugar and butter. No, they’re not the pre-workout meal but they are well worth the treat once in a while, especially when they’re home-made.  The below recipe is a Thermomix recipe, sorry non-Thermomix users. However I’m sure with a bit of know-how it shouldn’t be too hard to adapt this recipe to make by hand.  Enjoy and be prepared for a gastronomic experience!


Portions12 portion(s)


240 grams milk
65 grams Butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
650 grams bakers flour
100 grams sugar
10 grams dry yeast


250 grams brown sugar, to taste, dark or light
65 grams Butter,, room temperature
2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon


250 grams raw sugar
55 grams Butter
125 grams cream cheese
1 centimetre vanilla bean
1/8 teaspoon salt


Weigh milk and butter into TM mixing bowl. Heat on 50 degrees C for 3 min on speed 1.  Add remaining dough ingredients in order given. Process 15 seconds on speed 7 to make a rough dough. Then Knead 2 minutes on dough mode.  Turn dough out onto Thermomat or into bowl and let prove for 1 hour or until doubled.  Roll out dough on Thermomat or lightly floured surface to 35 x 50 cm rectangle (love the Thermomat built-in-ruler!). Let rest while preparing filling.

Two options:
a. Spread dough with softened 65 g butter, sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and cinnamon. Yes, this is 2-and-a -half TABLEspoons 😉 This recipe is very caramel-and-cinnamon-y!
OR if you prefer,
b. you can weight the filling ingredients into the TM bowl and mix 10 sec on speed 4 until creamy, then spread the pre-blended filling on the dough: your choice! Whatever you find easiest.

Roll dough from long side and cut into 12 rolls (use your wonderful spatula). Place rolls in a lightly greased 23 x 33 cm baking tin lined with baking paper. Cover an let rise for 30 minutes; meanwhile, preheat your oven to 200 degrees C. Bake in a preheated oven for approx. 15 minutes, or until golden. While baking, prepare the icing.

Mill sugar together with vanilla bean into icing sugar 20 seconds on speed 9. (substitute 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla essence or extract after milling sugar if you don’t have vanilla bean)  Add butter, cream cheese and salt. Heat on 37 degrees for 2 minutes on speed 2.  Spread icing on rolls while still hot out of the oven. Trust me Wink

Optional Make-ahead Method!
Instead of the final “cover and let rise 30 minutes”, after you have placed your big yum cinnamon rolls in the baking tin, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Put them straight from the fridge into the pre-heated oven and enjoy them fresh-baked the next morning.

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Apple Pie

Fresh apple pie makes me think of wholesome eating, country life, whole food and good ‘ol fashion home cooking.  And an apple pie is always welcome and well received. And even more, it’s fun to get creative with the pie crust and make it look real pretty. This apple pie I made was inspired by @thefeedfeed on Instragram. It was the most beautiful pie I’d seen and I thought, I’m going to make that! So I did and it was fun. And I can’t wait to make another one. has amazing recipes and their food photos are completely inspiring.

I don’t have a receipt for this pie as I did a Jamie Oliver and just threw in my ingredients from my head. All I know was that there were apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, bit of flour all mixed together and tossed into the home-made pie crust. The pastry recipe was from the Sweet Apple Pie recipe from the Thermomix Recipe Community, here.  Enjoy!