I just can’t help myself when it comes to apple crumble (or “apple crisp” – whatever you want to call it!). This is not the first recipe I’ve created for an AIP-compliant apple crumble… in fact, it isn’t even the second! But this is the best one so far… in part because it is scaled to make just two servings, which is helpful when you love this dessert so much that you can’t trust yourself not to eat the whole pan. It’s also the best, because it has the tastiest, best textured, and most nutritious topping yet, thanks to its key ingredient: tigernut flour.
Why tigernut flour?
You actually have many options these days for AIP-friendly flour, but tigernut flour stands apart from them all because it also has some nutritional value. The little “nuts” are actually ancient tubers that contain resistant starch, which is a prebiotic that helps feed beneficial bacteria in your intestines. It’s also a good source of vitamins E, C, and B6 as well as the minerals magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Where to buy tigernut flour?
You will probably find tigernut flour at your natural or organic market, or even a well stocked grocery store (here on the east coast we can get it at Wegman’s). But my favorite place to buy it and other AIP-compliant baking ingredients is the online store, ShopAIP. I like it because I know that every single item is safe for me and my nutrition clients who are following AIP – and it also gives me the opportunity to support a fellow small business owner who is also living with autoimmune disease and not letting it hold her back!
While you are there, be sure to check out the special sales and consider taking advantage of the “subscribe and save” feature to help you stick to your budget even as you stick to your healing protocol and enjoy delicious foods!
What more AIP-friendly recipes that use tigernut flour?
Be sure to check out this post, which I put together when I first discovered this delicious and versatile baking ingredient. It features over 25 different recipes from my blogging friends… for AIP cookies, candy, waffles, donuts and other treats! And please let me know if you have some other favorites I should try myself and add!
AIP Apple Crumble Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Peel apple(s) and cut into chunks no bigger than 1 inch square.
- Toss apple pieces with lemon juice and then place all pieces into 1 large ramekin (16 ounces) or divide between 2 smaller ramekins (7-8 ounces each).
- Place ramekin(s) on a small baking sheet and put in oven for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine tigernut flour, coconut oil or lard, applesauce, and pinch of salt. You may wish to use your hands.
- When 15 minutes is complete, remove ramekin(s) from oven and layer crumb topping evening on top of the partially cooked apples.
- Return ramekin(s) to oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until filling is bubbling and topping is browned but not burnt.
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