Until I realised that white bread and copious amounts of butter are the devil when it comes to my hips.
All toast is boring without lots of butter. Cereal? Full of sugar and as bad for me as eating white bread. Yogurt? Makes me gag after eating it for a few days in a row. Porridge? Same as the yogurt. Eggs? Ditto.
The base is stewed apples with a touch of cinnamon.
The apples are topped with an oat and walnut crumble, which is bound together with just a little butter and some maple syrup and honey.
Serve this with a little yogurt or with a glass of milk and you have a healthy breakfast (or dessert!), full of fruit, fiber and low GI carbs.
(Recently, a reader asked for a recipe that was healthy and had fruit in it. This is it!)
HEALTHY MAPLE WALNUT APPLE CRUMBLE
I have used a bunch of healthy things like flax meal, bran and ground up oats in my crumble. If you don’t have these on hand, you can replace them with flour or omit them altogether.
For the apples
4 green apples
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp water
Peel, core and chop the apples into small cubes. Place in a small saucepan and mix in the cinnamon and water. Cook, covered, over a low heat for about 20 minutes, until soft, stirring every so often.
For the maple walnut crumble
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup oats, finely ground in a food processor
2 tbsp unprocessed bran
2 tbsp flax meal
1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp milk
Preheat the oven to 180 C.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, oatmeal, unprocessed bran, flax meal, walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and salt.
Add the maple syrup, honey, melted butter and milk and stir to combine.
Spoon the apples into small ramekins or a larger serving dish. Cover with the crumble mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes. Serves 6-8.