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Feijoa Crumble

by Tansy Boggon

   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 feijoas

In New Zealand, many people have a feijoa tree in their yard and often have too many. So many, in fact, that people give them away. However, you can also purchase them 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, the fruit is usually cut in half to scoop out the flesh.

They can be eaten raw, poached, roasted or combined into various 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 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 but also the addition of orange juice and zest in the filling and topping. Yummo.

Don’t have access to feijoa’s?

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 this crumble 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.

Another option is to make a stewed rhubarb and raspberries crumble for a delectable tart dessert.

Did you try this feijoa crumble recipe?

Give it a try yourself.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Dish with feijoa crumble and an individual serving bowl to the side
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Feijoa Crumble

Course: Desserts & Sweet Snacks
Author: Tansy Boggon


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


  • 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.


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


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1 comment

Miguel Roache January 17, 2023 - 4:23 am

5 stars
Great article, just what I was looking for Feijoa.

Thank you for sharing.


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