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"Personal Pan" Apple and Berry Crumble (lower-carb and glulten-free)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A mini version of the quintessential fruity British dessert, but with a much lower carbohydrate count. Instructions for a family-size crumble also given.

Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: British, Gluten-free, Low Carb
Keyword: apples, berries, fruit crumble
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: kellie anderson
  • 100 g frozen or fresh blackberries or sour cherries, chopped plums or blueberries
  • 30 g apple, chopped
  • 1.5 tsp low-carb brown sugar or t tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp orange juice or water; as needed only
  • tsp ground psyllium or arrowroot; optional for thickening
Crumble Topping
  • 20 g pecan or almond flour toasted if you wish
  • 4 walnut halves, chopped
  • 1 tsp ghee (solid) butter or coconut oil (solid)
  • 1 tbsp low-carb brown sugar or ¾ tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon scant measure
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C fan/180C/350F.

  2. Add the berries, apple pieces, low-carb brown sugar, orange zest and cinnamon to a saucepan and heat gently. Cook - adding water or juice as necessary - until the apple breaks down a bit and softens. The timing and need for extra liquid will depend on the type of apple you use. Add in psyllium or arrowroot if liked to thicken a bit, but it shouldn't be necessary. I don't use them.

  3. Add the crumble ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Use a fork or your fingers to mix together to a sandy-textured mixture. You should be able to squeeze it into small, dryish clumps. If not, add a little more ghee (not more than half a teaspoon).

  4. Scrape the fruity filling into a small personal sized skillet or dish - or two ramekins. Crumble over the topping, pressing it between your fingers to make clumps as you add it - these bits are the tastiest once baked! Pop in the centre of your oven and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Serve on its own or with a dollop of ice cream, yogurt or créme fraîche.

Recipe Notes

Family-sized apple and berry crumble: 

400-500g frozen or fresh "fruits of the forest" mixture, chopped plums, or all one berry

2 small apples, chopped

1.5 tbsp low-carb brown sugar

Zest of 1/2 orange plus a little juice

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

100g almond flour

1 tbsp sesame seeds

12 walnut halves, chopped

4 tbsp low-carb brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instruction: Proceed as above, but use in a 10 x 7 inch pan, or thereabouts.


Need it suitable for a soft food diet? Whiz up all of the crumble ingredients in a food processor or mini chopper to the desired texture. And serve with plenty of cream.

Nutrition Facts
"Personal Pan" Apple and Berry Crumble (lower-carb and glulten-free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.