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Gluten-free, low-sugar fruit crumble recipe

Cook: 1 hour

This gluten-free fruit crumble recipe makes an ideal warming pud for winter. This tried-and-tested recipe from Liz is not only gluten-free, but low in sugar and low in histamine. Opting for a lactose-free butter makes this crumble recipe dairy-free too.

Baking with fruit is an easy way to bring sweetness to recipes, reducing the need to reach for refined sugar. Along with a delicious pop of sweetness, some of the dietary fibres found in fruits contain a rich source of prebiotics. These help to fuel good gut bacteria. What’s more, you can easily adapt this gluten-free fruit crumble recipe to suit whatever fruit you have at home.

Serve your crumble warm and – even better – alongside lashings of fresh cream. For a gut-friendly twist, add a generous dollop of kefir or crème fraîche. This makes for a delicious way to top up on beneficial gut bacteria.

Looking for ways to make gut-friendly food at home? In collaboration with Freshly Fermented, the Liz Earle Wellbeing Good Gut Box contains six fabulous ferments for you to make at home. From kefir to kombucha, help populate your gut with beneficial bacteria and reap the myriad health and wellbeing benefits that come from having a healthier gut.

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Wellbeing Wisdom

This lower-sugar crumble topping also freezes well, so make in batches and freeze raw for instant fruit toppings all-year round.
Almonds and macadamia nuts provide healthy prebiotic fibre, vitamin E and extra protein.

Recipe by Liz Earle


  • 900g stewed fruit (e.g. blackberry and apple, plum, cherries etc), sweetened with a little sugar to taste
  • 150g oats
  • 50g gluten-free flour
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 150g macadamia nuts
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 100g butter (or lactose-free butter)
  • 25g chia seeds (optional)


  1. Pre-heat over to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4
  2. Place the stewed fruit into the bottom of a oven-proof serving dish, leaving room to add the crumble topping mixture.
  3. Sprinkle with the chia seeds to form a layer over the top (optional)
  4. Place the oats and gluten-free flour into a food mixer, add the ground almonds, sugar and macadamia nuts and whizz until all combined and the macadamias are chopped small. Add the butter (or butter substitute) and cinnamon (if liked). Whizz up again for 20-30 seconds to combine until the mixture is crumbly.
  5. Sprinkle this mix on top of the fruit and chia seeds and place into the pre-heated oven for approx. one hour or until the topping is golden brown and crispy.
  6. Serve warm with lashings of fresh cream, creme fraiche, dairy-free alternative or kefir.