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Feijoa Crumble

by Tansy Boggon
Dish with feijoa crumble and an individual serving bowl to the side

   Snuggle up with a warm aromatic feijoa crumble flavoured with orange and cinnamon. Or enjoy it cold. 

[A dairy, refined sugar and flour-free recipe]

So what are feijoas?

If you are asking this question, know that you are not alone! Before moving to New Zealand I hadn’t heard of feijoas. However, here, they’re pretty much a tradition.

Bowl of whole feijoasIn New Zealand, many people have a feijoa tree in their yard and often end up with too many. So many in fact, that people give them away. Although, they can also be purchased at the supermarket.

Back to what they actually are… Feijoas are also known as pineapple guava, which probably helps you to catalogue the flavour and texture in your mind.

They are juicy, sweet and tart, with a jelly-like and gritty texture.

 

They can be eaten with the skin on. However, most commonly the fruit is cut in half to scoop out the flesh. They can be eaten raw, poached, roasted or combined into a variety of sweet and savoury dishes.

Cut Feijoas

Dishes featuring feijoas range from jams, pastes and chutneys to crumbles, muffins and cakes. You can even find it as an ice cream flavour, which you can buy commercially or make yourself. Mmmm… feijoa ice cream. I might have to make that next!

However, as a beginner to feijoas, I thought that a crumble was a safe way to go. I’ve got to admit the flavour of this crumble is to die for—I absolutely love it!

The success of this recipe is not only a consequence of the flavour of the feijoas themselves. It is also the addition of orange juice and zest in the filling and topping. Yummo.

Don’t have access to feijoa to make this crumble?

If you don’t have access to feijoas, all is not lost. You could definitely switch them for soft stone fruit, such as plums or peaches. Or simply make it with 800 g stewed or canned apple. The orange juice and zest will ramp up the flavour of apples, making for a delicious dessert or snack.

Feijoa Crumble

Course: Desserts & Sweet Snacks
Author: Tansy Boggon

Ingredients

Ingredients – Filling

  • 1 kg feijoas, flesh scooped out and roughly chopped
  • 1 can diced apples or pre-cooked apples (~380 g)
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, finely grated
  • 1 orange, juice of
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Ingredients – Crumble

  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons rice bran oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180oC.
  • Combine the honey and orange juice in a medium-sized baking dish. Then mix through the feijoas, diced apple and orange zest.
  • Combine all crumble ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
  • Spoon crumble topping over the feijoa and apple filling. Alternatively, you could make mini crumbles in ovenproof ramekins.
  • Bake until the topping is golden, approximately 30-40 minutes.
  • Serve with yogurt, custard or ice cream.

Notes

Make it gluten-free
Replace the oats with quinoa flakes and check that the spices are gluten-free.

Try this recipe yourself

Give it a try yourself. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

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