Sunday, September 21, 2014
FRUIT CRUMBLEThe nutritionist's way
It’s commonplace to have my weight management clients disclose to me their food vices: bread, potatoes, crisps and chocolate to name a few of the more common ones. Some of my clients are shocked to hear that I, as a nutritionist, have some of these food vices as well; mine are of the sweet kind with chocolate, sour sweets (think Haribos) and desserts being my biggest weakness. I deal with them by following an 80/20 dietary regime, which involves eating/drinking ‘healthily’ 80% of the time and ‘treating’ my palate to the less healthy food 20% of the time; I often suggest it’s okay to occasionally indulge your guilty food pleasures because denying yourself them could potentially lead to overeating.
This weekend I decided to make a dessert that would fit into my 80% regime: fruit crumble which traditionally, with its buttery, sugary and white flour-base crumble, would feature in the 20% regime. I decided to make the crumble with whole-grain oats, nuts, almond butter and a sugar substitute made from 100% fruit, and I used a combination of mixed berries and apple for the fruit base which are naturally sweet. This is not necessarily low calorie, but the ingredients I used turn the crumble into a dessert that is rich in whole-grains (oats), healthy fats (nuts, almond butter, rapeseed oil) and low in refined sugar.
Do you have any food vices? What is your favourite dessert?
1 apple (Granny Smith or a cooking apple)
1 handful of mixed berries
3oz of rolled oats
2oz mixed nuts
1 heaped tbsp of almond butter
2 tbsp of rapeseed oil
1 tbsp Sweet Freedom sweetener
- Throw some mixed berries and a chopped skinless apple (I didn't have a cooking apple to hand) into a saucepan and heat gently with 15mls of water to soften the fruit.
- Blend the rolled oats, nuts, oil, almond butter and Sweet Freedom in a blender until crumbly. Add more oil/butter if it is a little too dry
- Spoon the fruit into an oven-proof dish and add the crumble topping
- Bake for 20 minutes on gas mark 4 and voila!
- I made a simple home-made vanilla sauce using cornflour, Sweet Freedom, vanilla essence and milk.
labelsalmond butter, dessert, fruit crumble, health, nutrition, NUTRITION AND HEALTH, rapeseed oil, Recipes, sweet freedom
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