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Recipe Redux: Sunflower Seed Apple Crumble

sunflower seed apple crumble // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #dessert #apples

Hey friends! It’s been a while. But I’m back!

Three weeks ago I arrived in Portland, where I started the best road trip ever down to San Francisco with Lewis. The Pacific Coast was breathtaking, and we got to stop and camp in the California Redwoods and Big Sur, both of which have been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I’ll save the details of my trip for another time, because today is Recipe Redux day. The theme? Freezer-friendly meals.

Having just spent three weeks away from home, I really haven’t done much cooking nor have I spent much time planning blog posts. I really wanted to take the time off to enjoy myself and appreciate the time I had with Lewis, since we’ll be spending the year apart. When I got home two days ago, I immediately went to work on my favourite freezer-friendly meals. I made some dumplings, but those didn’t work out. I wanted to make a homemade pasta dish, but didn’t have the right ingredients. So I settled on dessert, because my number one rule is to always keep dessert in the freezer. I originally planned on doing an apple and pear crumble, but alas, I forgot to buy pears. So apple crumble it was.

sunflower seed apple crumble // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #dessert #apples

sunflower seed apple crumble // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #dessert #apples

This sunflower seed crumble was, for me, unexpectedly delicious. I had never made crumble with sunflower seeds before, and decided to use them in place of other nuts due to my overwhelming curiosity and a shortage of time. A generous pinch of salt goes a long way with the topping and you get that beautiful salty sweet combination in the first bite. It’s almost like eating a peanut or sunflower seed brittle, but with apples that have been cooked down in apple cider vinegar and sugar beforehand. I took a page out of the Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book by starting the crumble on the stovetop by sautéing the fruit. The result is a glorious crumble filled with flavourful, evenly cooked apples. This recipe is only very slightly adapted from the Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book, and I couldn’t recommend the book more if you want to learn more about the science and technique behind baking.

NOTES: You can make this a “one pot” project by using a cast iron skillet or dutch oven. You can also cook the fruit in a pan and transfer them to a baking tray or ramekins like I did. I put them in ramekins, which are easy to freeze and equally easy to take out and pop into the oven when you feel that dessert craving.

sunflower seed apple crumble // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #dessert #apples

sunflower seed apple crumble // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #dessert #apples

SUNFLOWER SEED APPLE CRUMBLE
Yields 5 servings.

INGREDIENTS
For the topping:

  • 1 1/4 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut or brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4-5 tablespoons coconut oil

For the filling:

  • 3 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut or brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • juice of a quarter lemon
  • pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 232ºC/450ºF. In a large bowl, toss the apples together with the sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and salt. Let the apples sit for five minutes. In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients for the topping together and set aside.
  2. In a large pan, bring the apple cider vinegar to a simmer. Pour the apples into the pan.  Don’t cook the apples completely and remove from the heat when they begin to soften. If you are using a skillet or dutch oven, sprinkle the topping on top and place in the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes. If you are using a baking tray or ramekins, spoon the apple mixture into the tray/ramekins and top with the crumble. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow the crumble to cool.

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen.

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18 Comments

  1. Serena
    September 22, 2015

    Totally going to try this. We adore sunflower seeds in our house! And of course it’s apple season. Glad you had a great Cali vacation!

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  2. Marjory @ Dinner-Mom
    September 22, 2015

    Love the creative sunflower seed topping!

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  3. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    September 22, 2015

    That crumble!!! That would make amazing breads and muffins too! O my goodness, I am in love <3

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  4. Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    September 22, 2015

    Loving this. Especially the freeze for later aspect. Your trip sounds so wonderful and restorative. I’m glad you took the time to really be with Lewis and all the amazing places you visited. I am sure this next year is going to be quite the challenge. The Beatles, “Lean on Me” is playing in my head, but it is too corny to say that. But I do mean it. Happy to have you back!

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  5. Alanna
    September 22, 2015

    Apple crumble is one of my favorite fall treats ever! I’m absolutely loving the sunflower seed topping. Big Sur has been on my travel list for years now – nothing like northern CA :)

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  6. Rebecca
    September 22, 2015

    I never would have thought to try sunflower seeds as a crumble topping! And I love Cook’s Illustrated for their food-nerd wisdom too–they are such a great resource for the why of baking/cooking.

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  7. Natalia
    September 23, 2015

    Wow, this sounds interesting, i have never tought of the freezing! Thank you, Gen!
    Can’t wait to see the pics of your trip!

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  8. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    September 23, 2015

    I’m so sorry that I didn’t get to meet up with you when you were in CA! I’m soo glad you had a great time, though! I try not to worry about the blog too much when I’m traveling, too. You cooked up a lovely crumble when you got back!!

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  9. Sarah | Well and Full
    September 23, 2015

    Ooohh Gen this looks so yummy!! I’m going to try to convince my mom to make this for thanksgiving instead of non-vegan apple pie ;) I actually gave her The China Study and she’s been cutting back on animal proteins!! So I think it’ll be super easy to convince her to make this :D

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  10. Julia | Orchard Street Kitchen
    September 23, 2015

    Hi Genevieve! This crumble looks absolutely delicious. I’m a huge fan of salty and sweet too, and I bet that sunflower seed topping was perfect with the apples. I’m so glad to hear your road trip was fun! I wish we had time to meet up in SF, but maybe another time :)

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  11. Sydney | Modern Granola
    September 23, 2015

    This looks so good! I love that you can take a ready made ramekin of gorgeous apple crumble and bake it off for an instant, single serving treat! That’s amazing. And what a lovely way to kick off fall! I can’t wait to try this :)
    xx Sydney

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  12. Anne|Craving Something Healthy
    September 23, 2015

    This looks so yummy, and I love how you just rolled with the punches to make it! Hope you had a wonderful vacation!

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  13. Wendy @ WendyPolisi
    September 23, 2015

    This is just the kind of dessert I love. I’ve never thought to do a crumble with sunflower seeds, but it sounds amazing. Can’t wait to give this a try.

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  14. Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
    September 23, 2015

    Mmm… I love apples, sunflower seeds, sweet & salty… and I’m loving this crumble big time <3 I'm sort of glad you forgot the pears — I think the apples on their own in combination with everything else you've got in there sound incredible!

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  15. Farrah
    September 25, 2015

    Ahhh, this looks so good! <3 Apples are probably my favorite everyday fruit, and I love that it can be frozen for later (this month's theme is so perfect for recipe inspiration when super-busy)! :D

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  16. California: San Francisco + Big Sur City Guides
    September 25, 2015

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  17. Alison @Food by Mars
    October 11, 2015

    What a great combo! I love these ingredients, it sounds perfect for a crisp fall day :)

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  18. Rohan Singh
    June 9, 2016

    Apple crumble is one of my favourite, the recipe looks good – I’m gonna try this
    and I’ll also go for road trip in San Francisco someday (hehe).

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