28 January 2023 — Recipe

Recipe: Coconut Chia Crumble

Coconut Chia

This is serious feel-good food, not just because stewed apples are delicious, but the cashews in the topping contain amino acids that convert to serotonin. Load into a glass jar for a warm breakfast on the go.



  • 4 green apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1–2 cm cubes
  • 1/2 cup white chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, your favourite yoghurt, to serve (optional)


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup natural cashews
  • 1 cup flaked almonds
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon pinch of ground or freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted



  1. PREHEAT the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. 
  2. PLACE the apple and 2 1/2 cups water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cover and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. 
  3. REMOVE the apple from the heat and stir in the chia seeds and cinnamon. Cover and set aside. 
  4. MEANWHILE, to make the crumble mixture, combine the almond meal, cashews, almonds, coconut, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. Stir through the coconut oil, ensuring the dry ingredients are well coated. 
  5. SPREAD the topping over the prepared tray and bake for 5–10 minutes until golden brown and nicely toasted. 
  6. SPOON 1 cup of the apple mixture into a glass jar and top with a tablespoon of the toasted crumble. This can be made in advance and reheated before serving. 
  7. SERVE just as it is or with your favourite yoghurt.

Tip: You can easily make this into a dessert crumble. Spoon the apple mixture into a small baking dish  and spread the crumble over the top. Bake in a preheated 180°C oven for 20-25 minutes or until the topping is toasted and golden. Serve with a dollop of your favourite yoghurt.


Source: 7:2:1 Cookbook by Tim Robards

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