I’ve always loved all kinds of apple pies, so I set myself a goal: to make the best apple pie! However, I’m not a big fan of baking so the recipe had to be so simple that it would be impossible to mess up. It was also important to me that the apple pie was gluten-free because so many of my patients are gluten intolerant. The end result was more of an apple crumble full of apples and blueberries, rather than a traditional apple pie (I guess I like to do things my way). So far, this apple pie has been a raging success and that’s why it’s still the only cake I know how to bake. It’s simply the best!

Apples

Apples are full of antioxidants and contain both Vitamin A and C, both of which are beneficial for the skin. Furthermore, the water content of apples helps moisturize the skin.

Blueberries

Blueberries aren’t just tasty, they’re also incredibly healthy. They’re full of antioxidants that strengthen the immune system and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Also, they’re anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins and good for eyesight and digestion. I could go on forever! Blueberries have been used for medicinal purposes for at least a thousand years. Here you can read more about the health benefits of blueberries.

Blueberries101: Health Benefits and Research

Oats

Oats are gluten-free, high in fiber, and rich in important vitamins and antioxidants. They have a high content of beta-glucans, which is a type of soluble fiber. Because of this, oats can lower blood sugar, support a healthy gut and have a positive effect on cholesterol.

Almonds

Almonds are very nutritious, contain healthy fats, are full of antioxidants, and are a great source of Vitamin E. They’re rich in magnesium, which can lower blood pressure. Almonds are high in protein and fiber but low in carbs.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is known for lowering blood sugar and for having a positive effect on diabetes. It’s high in antioxidants and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Since time immemorial, cinnamon has been considered beneficial against colds and the flu and it’s good for digestive issues such as colon spasms, diarrhea, and nausea. Furthermore, research has shown that cinnamon can slow the growth of cancerous cells. Here you can read about whether cinnamon is healthy or harmful.

The Best Apple Crumble with Blueberries

  • 3-4 large, sour green apples
  • 1-2 dl blueberries
  • cinnamon sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 3 dl almond flakes
  • 3 dl oat flakes
  • 2,5 dl muscovado sugar

Peel the apples and cut them into thin slices. Grease a baking dish (approx. 15 x 25 cm) with extra virgin olive oil or butter. Put the apples in the dish, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar in between the layers, and add the blueberries. Combine the dry ingredients with the butter and spread over the apples. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake at 220°C  for 30-40 minutes. Once the apples are soft, remove the foil and bake for a few more minutes or until the crumble is golden brown. Allow it to cool down a bit and then serve with whipped cream.

About the Author

Anna Rósa is a medical herbalist and author of the bestselling book Icelandic Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses. She’s the CEO and founder of Anna Rósa Skincare and a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in UK. It’s the oldest herbalist institute in the world, founded in 1894.

Anna Rósa CEO and Founder of Anna Rósa Skincare