Paleo Apple & Strawberry Crumble

apple strawberry crumble paleo recipe

When I was a little girl, I would often come home from school to the smell of fruit crumble pie baking in the oven. My grandmother made the most delicious fruit pies: plums, blackberries, apples, peaches; she would use whatever was in season and the aromas would fill our home as well as our neighbours’.

This strawberry and apple crumble recipe is paleo friendly and contains no grains, refined sugars or dairy, but as many of the ingredients still contain natural sugars (dates, fruit, coconut), I would recommend saving it for special occasions or weekends. It’s still a treat!

Cooking notes: I used small individual ramekins but you can easily use one baking dish and serve it as a whole pie.


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Paleo Apple & Strawberry Crumble

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dessert



For the filling

  • 15 strawberries, diced
  • 3 1/2 large Pink Lady or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
  • 1 vanilla bean (seeds scooped out) or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • Pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil

For the crumble

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (or other preferred nuts)
  • 4 dates, such as Medjool (pips out)
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil


  1. Make the filling first.Heat ghee or coconut oil in a medium saucepan. Add all filling ingredients to the pot, stir and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until apples have softened and the mixture has thickened and caramelised slightly.
  2. Half way through cooking the apple and strawberries, pre-heat the oven on 160 / 320 F.
  3. Make the crumbleUsing a food processor, grind macadamia nuts and dates into small crumbs. Add coconut flour and coconut oil and process into moist crumbly mixture. Add shredded coconut and pulse together until well incorporated. Set aside.
  4. Assemble the crumble piesDivide the apple and strawberry filling between four small baking dishes and top with 1 ½ cm thick layer of the crumble mixture. Bake in the oven, middle shelf, for 15-18 minutes, or until the top brows and becomes crispy.

Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author:Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food.More about me here. Sign-up for my newsletter and subscriber freebies.

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  1. Hey, where do you get coconut flour from. I’ve searched high and low around my local area and have come up short. The only place I’ve seen it is online.

    1. Hey Megan, I usually get it from a health food store. I’m in Sydney and Dr.Earth in Newtown and Bondi Junction have it. You can probably order it online as well.

      1. Excellent! Thanks. At least I know it’s somewhere. I’ve had a look through some health food stores in the CBD to no avail. I’m just going to order it online and make this and die a happy woman.

  2. We tried this recipe, but the topping (and I suspect it’s the huge amount of coconut flour) was extremely cakie and dry to eat. It had also absorbed a lot of the liquid from the filling. The topping and hence the top half was almost inedible. The filling was great on its own, but it was a shame to blow so many expensive things in the topping that didn’t work out.

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