This Chai Oat & Flax Fruit Crumble topped with chopped pistachios is a delicious and healthy breakfast or brunch option. Fruit crumble is very easy to make and only requires a handful of ingredients. This particular crumble consists of oat flour, flax seed powder, chai spice, cinnamon and coconut oil. So simple, right? For the fruit filling, you can honestly use whatever kind of fruit you want. I decided to go for a variety of fruits, including berries, apples and pears.
Benefits of Flax Seeds
Flax seed powder is one of the main ingredients in this healthy fruit crumble recipe. Flax seeds are extremely high in plant based omega-3 fatty acids. The reason why omega-3 fatty acids are so important is because they are essential for your body to function. The body does not naturally produce omega-3 essential fatty acids. It is recommended that you get either plant based omega-3’s through nuts, seeds and plant oils or animal based omega-3’s found in seafood. Omega-3’s play an important role in cardiovascular function, both brain & skin health, and many other bodily functions.
Supplementing Omega-3 Fatty Acids
I try to get my omega-3’s in through food whenever I can, but I also supplement occasionally. I like to do a combination of both plant based omega-3’s and animal based omega 3’s, so I can ensure I am getting the benefits from both types of food. This easy, healthy fruit crumble recipe is a great way to add in those plant based omega-3’s to your diet!
Storing Your Seeds & Nuts For Optimal Freshness
Flax seeds are a really easy way to ensure you are getting some omega-3’s into your diet. It’s important to make sure that you keep your flax seeds in the fridge (as with most types of nuts and seeds) to prevent them from going rancid. They will stay fresh for much longer when kept in the fridge. You can buy flax seeds in their whole form or ground. You can also ground them yourself using a food processor, which is what I did for this fruit crumble recipe.
A tip for getting the most nutrients out of your nuts and seeds: try soaking them overnight or longer (if you can). Sprouting them is also another fabulous way of getting the maximum nutrition out of your nuts and seeds.
Fruit Crumble Recipe Notes
This fruit crumble recipe is definitely not as sweet as your traditional fruit crumble. Most of the sweetness comes from the fruits in the filling, and there is some maple syrup in the crumble topping, which means that this dish is completely free of artificial sweeteners. Personally, I find the level of sweetness to be just right. Sometimes when food is too sweet, you lose many of the flavours in the dish. Less is more! Of course, if you want to add more sweetness, feel free to do so!
The recipe for the crumble topping definitely makes more than what you will need to create this recipe. I suggest storing the leftover crumble in a reusable ziplock bag or container and storing either in the fridge or freezer for the next fruit crumble you make. Technically, you could probably use ALL of it for this recipe. You would just be left with a very crumbly fruit crumble, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. I’m not judging! 😉
Can we talk about the chai flavour in this fruit crumble? CHAI ANYTHING is delicious in my books. Huge chai lover over here. I’m always looking for recipes to infuse chai spice into, since it is one of my favourite spices. The chai flavour is subtle, but it is noticeable. It just adds a little something extra to this wonderful and healthy flax fruit crumble!
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Chai Oat & Flax Fruit Crumble
- 2 cup oat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup golden flax seeds, ground
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp chai spice
- 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 4 tbsp pistachios, chopped
- 2 gala apples, cubed
- 2 bosc pears, cubed
- 2 cups mixed fresh or frozen berries
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp chai spice
- Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
- To make the crumble, combine oat flour, oats, ground flaxseed, pistachios, cinnamon, chai spice & salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in coconut oil and maple syrup. Use your hands to combine the coconut oil & maple syrup. You want the crumble to be crumbly!
- For the filling, add apples, pears berries, water, lemon juice and lemon zest to another bowl and mix.
- Grease an 8×8 baking dish or cast iron skillet. Add the fruit to the bottom of the dish and then top with crumble. (You will most likely have some leftover crumble. Store in a ziplock bag and freeze for the next time).
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until the top is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.
- Serve warm with a dollop of Greek yogurt or as is for a vegan version.