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September 1, 2013 / mintcustard

Blackberry and apple crumble bars

Blackberry and apple crumble bars.

Blackberry and apple crumble bars.

Back to school for some of us here at Mintcustard Mansions. I’ve been on the lookout for a healthier alternative to a piece of cake or a cookie to take for my lunch. I was also looking for a nutritious snack that might double up as a portable breakfast for a truculent teen.

I think I may have found what I was searching for. Blackberry and apple crumble bars. I have used and adapted a Rachel Allen recipe for the oaty crust but the filling is all my own.

6″ x 11″ tin lined with baking parchment


  • 100g blackberries, rinsed briefly to remove dust etc,
  • 100g chopped bramley apple, about 1 medium apple, cored and peeled
  • 1 dessert spoon caster sugar

Biscuit base and topping

  • 175g plain flour
  • 175g  soft brown sugar
  • 175g butter,
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt

Heat the oven to 350f/gas mark 4/ 180°

Line the tin with baking parchment

Add the apple and the blackberries to a saucepan cook over a low heat and leave for 10 mins, or until the apples and blackberries have become soft and pulpy but not a puree, then leave to cool.

In a bowl add all the dry ingredients and mix well, add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients with your fingers (the same way you would with a crumble).

Add half the mixture to the bottom of your prepared  tin, then spread on the fruit mixture (the back of a dessert spoon works well) over the base, finally add the rest of the mixture and press over the top of the pulp with your fingers.

Base, puree and topping.

Base, puree and topping.

Bake on the middle shelf of your oven and cook for 40 mins, until golden brown.

waiting to be cooked

waiting to be cooked

Leave to cool inside the tin. Once cooled cut into slices, I manage to get 15.

Cooked and cooling.

Cooked and cooling.

Fortuitously these Blackberry and Apple Crumble Bars can be linked up to two blog hops this month, September’s Feel Good Food, feel good foodsfrom a Kick At The Pantry Door,  which is apples.








Also I’m entering it into Tea Time treats which this month is hosted by Karen at Lavender and Lovage  and What Kate Baked and must contain oats. Excellent! Tea Time Treats



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  1. riversidebaking / Sep 2 2013 11:23 am

    These sound dreamy, oats are so good for you with their low GI and I can’t get enough of them. I look forward to trying these in my packed lunches 😉

    • mintcustard / Sep 2 2013 11:30 am

      They are delicious if I say so myself, the only problem is they are moreish so you can over do it a little!

  2. Karen / Sep 2 2013 3:01 pm

    This sounds amazing Becky and you cannot beat a classic combination like blackberry and apple!

    • mintcustard / Sep 2 2013 3:17 pm

      Blackberry and apple is a lovely combination, as I have a secret blackberry patch too they are fairly cheap to make as well.

  3. Victoria Lee / Sep 2 2013 6:53 pm

    I love this, although you’ve now sent my mind down a path of trying to decide how to make all my other favourite winter puds into portable format too! mmm! Thanks so much for linking into Feel Good Food! 🙂

  4. Choclette / Sep 8 2013 9:10 am

    They look scrumptious and just the sort of more substantial food wanted at this time of year. It’s definitely the flavour of the season too – I’m just about to make blackberry and apple jelly.

    • mintcustard / Sep 8 2013 4:57 pm

      They are quite light in texture but they do fill you up, which in my case is always a good thing! I’m busy making as much using blackberries as I can. Love them.

  5. Alison / Sep 9 2013 12:41 pm

    Oh these look lovely

    • mintcustard / Sep 9 2013 3:11 pm

      Thank you, there were very tasty, when the rain stops I’m off out to pick more berries and possibly get a few windfalls from the apple tree too.

  6. Gourmandize UK (@GourmandizeUK) / Sep 11 2013 1:53 pm

    These look lovely with the strip of blackberry running through the middle, gorgeous colours.

    We’d like to know if you’d be interested in entering this recipe into our Gourmandize Giveaway – the theme is apples so it would be perfect! Take a look:

    • mintcustard / Sep 11 2013 6:13 pm

      Thank you, I’ll think seriously about doing this.


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