AIP Spiced Fruit Crumble

By: Kate Jay, NTP, CGP

Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo, AIP

This delicious and comforting dessert has all the hallmarks of winter and, warm from the oven, it’s the perfect end to a chilly day. I used to eat a lot of crumbles as a child growing up in England, so this is pretty nostalgic for me. The humble crumble actually originates from Britain’s Second World War years, when rations meant desserts had to be simplified. Apple was the first fruit of choice; however, I’ve enjoyed versions made with plum and cinnamon, as well as apricot and ginger.

My version contains a range of warming and healing spices in a topping that’s unlike other crumbles. The extra preparation makes it totally worthwhile because the mix of flavors produces a dish that’s fairly addictive. I had to fight my family off with a spoon!

Hot, warm or cold from the fridge the next day—however you eat it, I hope you enjoy this festive dish of AIP sweetness.

Here’s some info about the thyroid-friendly nutrients in this dish:

4 from 8 votes

AIP Spiced Fruit Crumble

Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo, AIP

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8


for the topping -

  • 3 oz semi-dried apple rings
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut butteraka coconut manna, softened
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch ground mace
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1/4 cup cassava flour
  • small pinch crushed sea salt

for the base -

  • 3 gala applessliced
  • 2 bartlett pearssliced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • juice of 1 large navel orange


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. First, prepare the base. Remove the cores from the apples and pears and cut into wedges, lengthways. Put into a large bowl along with the cranberries and orange juice, and toss to coat.
  3. Transfer the fruits to a large skillet or pie dish. Take a piece of parchment paper, a little larger than the dish, run under the cold tap and give it a quick squeeze to remove some of the moisture. Place this parchment on top of the fruits to cover and pop the dish into the oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the topping. Soak the apple rings in hot water for five minutes and then drain. Place onto absorbent paper for a few minutes to soak up the excess liquid. Roughly chop the apples.
  5. Now put all the topping ingredients into a food processor and blitz for a minute or so, until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  6. Remove the dish from the oven and discard the parchment paper. Spoon over the topping and place the dish back into the oven. Cook for 25–30 minutes until the fruits are cooked through, and the crumble is piping hot and golden. Check the crumble halfway through cooking time to ensure it’s not burning.
Nutritional Info Print
Nutrition Facts
AIP Spiced Fruit Crumble
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 7.9mg10%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was featured on the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable from Phoenix Helix.

About the Author

Kate Jay, NTP, RWP, CGP, is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Certified AIP Coach, trained chef and author of the eBook, Healing Eats: 25 Recipes to Heal the Gut while Soothing the Soul. In 2014, Kate founded HealingFamilyEats.com, a website sharing recipes with those following the Autoimmune Protocol, in addition to other healing diets such as GAPS and SCD. Kate practices Nutritional Therapy, specializing in gut health, blood sugar balance and autoimmune disease wellness, working with clients both online and in Vancouver, BC where she lives. She also runs a 5 Week RESTART® Program, which is part nutritional education, part sugar detox and part support group. The interactive in-person and online courses are kept deliberately small to ensure results.