This Gluten-Free Quinoa Chocolate Chip Apple Crumble is a healthy, high fiber dessert option for your holiday gathering. It’s great by itself, with additional fruit, or melted ice cream on top! It’s packed with quinoa, oats, apples, chocolate and a touch of love.
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This month’s theme for the Recipe Redux is to “healthify” one of our favorite holiday desserts. Typically, I tell people that if there’s a dessert you enjoy, just have it, but in a moderated portion. But, I’m always up for the challenge of making classics healthier to provide some more options at the table, especially for the typical heavy-laden Thanksgiving gathering.
So, I set out to create a healthier apple-focused dessert. Scratch that. Actually, it can be for breakfast, lunch or even a snack.
When it comes to favorite holiday desserts, I go back and forth between apple pie and pumpkin pie. Ultimately, apple pie wins over for me. It’s just an American classic, isn’t it? I did a little googling and found out that the concept of apple pie has been around since the Middle Ages. Plus, it really is acceptable for any holiday, not just Thanksgiving.
I knew I wanted something crumbly, having been wildly obsessed with apple crumble recipes this fall. When the opportunity arose to create a healthy fall dessert, my mind went right to a combination of apple pie and apple crumble. I wasn’t sure what to call this at first – a pie or a crumble?
It’s not as solid and stout as your typical apple pie, but there’s more cake to it than your typical crumble. So…err…it’s kinda in the middle of a cake, pie and crumble. And that’s not weird at all. It’s just delicious.
So, there you have it. You can eat a slice of it like pie, or crumble some of it over your yogurt, whip cream or ice cream. Or, you can eat it like cake and throw a scoop of ice cream on there.
Really, the best of all worlds. Am I right?
Unlike your typical store bought pie, there are no refined grains or sugars in this pie! And, there is an abundance of fiber from whole grains. The sweetness comes from maple syrup, which bonus, even has small amounts of calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium!
While I’ve been thinking up this pie for quite some time, most of my attention recently has been devoted to this little nugget.
If I’m spending time in the kitchen, she follows. Therefore, I have to be extra cautious that no crumbs fall on the floor. Coming from the clumsy chef, that is a challenge!
Another reason I really love this recipe is because you can mix it all in one bowl. I THRIVE on recipes with easy clean up, so I try not to experiment with ones that require multiple bowls and tinkers. After cooking the quinoa, just mix it in with the flour, oats, spices, syrup, oil and apples and then transfer it to your baking dish.
This Quinoa Chocolate Chip Apple Crumble is
Full of Fiber
Free of Refined Sugars
Ready in under 50 minutes
Perfect as is, or crumbled over ice cream
Now, I had the most success using a 9 inch pie dish, similar to this one. It will work well in a cast iron skillet if you have the right size. Since mine was a little too big, the pie was very thin. However, if you have a skillet close to 9-10 inches, it would be perfect! Here’s a glimpse of what it will look like!
And, when I say chocolate chips are optional, are they really ever optional?
Additionally, I highly recommend adding a scoop of your favorite ice cream!
- 2 apples, diced
- 1 cup quinoa (cooked)
- ¼ cup oats (plus 1 tbsp for topping)
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup almond or coconut milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (slightly melted but somewhat solid)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- pinch salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2-3 tbsp mini chocolate chips
- Pre heat oven to 350.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, leaving one apple and 1 tbsp oats out for topping. Fold in chocolate chips last.
- Pour batter into small cast iron skillet or 9 inch pie bowl
- Top with remaining oats, apple, and additional cinnamon and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Check out some of the other healthy dessert options by other Recipe Reduxers!
Favorite apple based dessert? Apple pie
Apple pie or pumpkin pie? In an ideal scenario, I’d have a slice of each!