Fruit crumbles

Fruit crumble is a good way to make the most of seasonal fruit – there are two versions of crumble topping here, one is vegan, sugar free and gluten free, the other is still vegan, low sugar, but not gluten free.

Crumble topping – Vegan but not GF (cheaper)

Serves 50


8 cups wholemeal flour

10-12 cups oats (hearty/jumbo or rolled or a mixture)

1 cup oil

1 cup shredded or desiccated coconut (optional)

½ cup dark brown sugar

5 teaspoons cinnamon

3 teaspoons allspice

2 teaspoons salt


  1. Mix the flour, spices, salt and sugar together in a large bowl.
  2. Rub the oil into this flour mixture.
  3. Mix in the oats and coconut.
  4. Crumble on top of the fruit mixture and bake until golden.
  5. You can reduce the flour a little and use a muesli mix (oil and sugar free) instead. Ideally chop it up a little in the food processor first to make it bind together.

Crumble topping (vegan, GF, sugar free)

Everyone can eat this, but it’s a little more expensive. This recipe is for 20 people, but you can scale up.


2 cups mixed chopped nuts. (ideally chop them yourself in a food processor so you have some larger bits and some that are very fine).

1 cup desiccated coconut

1-2 cups raisins or prunes

1 cup sesame seeds (and/or sunflower seeds)

3 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons allspice

1 teaspoon salt


  1. Blend the raisins or prunes with water to make a puree in a food processor
  2. Mix into the dry ingredients together to make a crumb.
  3. Spread on top of the fruit and bake until golden.

Crumble fillings

Don’t add sugar, do add spices if needed.

  1. Apple – everyone loves apple and you can use frozen chopped apple if you want. If using fresh apples, use any dessert apple (ie NOT cooking apple), core and chop finely, leave the skin on. You don’t need to cook in advance. Add some cinnamon and maybe some raisins for variety. (especially if you are not using the raisin topping).
  2. Pear and orange – Use equal amounts of pear and orange. Can use chopped frozen pear if available, otherwise chopped ripe pears. Leave the skin on, remove core and pips. Chop relatively finely. Zest the oranges and add the zest to the crumble topping. Peel oranges and then chop into approx. 1cm cubes. Mix together. Add raisins if not in the topping. Add 3-5 teaspoons all spice, cinnamon and vanilla essence (natural, not flavour)
  3. Orange and apple works well too.
  4. Apple and feijoa (if you have any frozen feijoas in your freezer they work fine).
  5. Any red fruit – plums are awesome mixed with apple. (Again, can be frozen when in season to use later).
  6. Nectarines are another delicious option…..

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