Reach Recipe: Spiced Apple & Pear Crumble

This mouth-watering star anise spiced apple and pear crumble is full of real fruit and high carbohydrate energy to help fuel and recover from your training.

Ingredients

2 tsps organic butter or coconut oil
5 star anise
2 small pieces cinnamon bark
2 large bramley apples, peeled and cut into chunks
2 pears, peeled and cut into chunks
3 tsps ground cinnamon
2 tsps honey
2 tsps organic coconut oil
70g oats (use gluten free if preferred)
2 tsps honey
30g ground almonds
2 tbsps chopped almonds

Serves 4

Per serving:
241 calories
9g fat
37g carbs
3g protein

Method

Preheat oven to 160˚C/320˚F.
Place a small saucepan over a medium heat.
Melt the butter / oil and add the star anise and cinnamon bark.
Stir gently for 1-2 minutes, to release the fragrances.
Remove saucepan from heat and leave to cool for several minutes.
Remove the star anise and bark from the butter.
Place the apples and pears in a large bowl.
Add the melted butter, ground cinnamon and 2 tsps honey.
Stir well to combine.
Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
Add the oats and 2 tsps honey and stir well.
Remove pan from heat.
Stir in the ground almonds and chopped almonds.
Pour the apple mixture into a large ovenproof dish.
Cover thoroughly with the crumble mixture.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until the crumble is golden.

Serving suggestion: Serve with a few spoonfuls of Greek yoghurt.

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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Dan Sroda is a Personal Trainer based in Birstall, serving Leeds and Bradford.

As the owner and lead trainer at Reach Personal Training, I am responsible for the philosophy of the business and overseeing client programmes.

My mission is for Reach Personal Training to be synonymous with a long-term, real-life approach to health and fitness. We help our clients to integrate health and fitness into their busy lives. We don't do fads. We don't do crash diets. We do "Fitness For Life".

I have a family. I’ve always worked (and not always in the fitness industry). I have housework and shopping to do. I have a REAL life. So I know what it takes to balance a real life with a sustainable approach to health and fitness.

If I can do it then anyone else can too. All you need is the desire to make eating healthily and keeping fit a priority in your life. An hour a day, thirty minutes a day, even fifteen minutes a day of exercise, supported with a healthy diet based on whole foods, is all it takes to make steady long-term progress towards looking and feeling fantastic.

I have a few simple values upon which I have built Reach Personal Training. Only personal trainers who share these values will be part of our team.

- Friendliness. Just be a genuinely nice person, it's dead simple and it's the best way to live. Smile as much as possible and try to see the best in every situation.

- No fads. No pseudoscience. My background in academia makes me question everything. There is so much nonsense in the fitness industry, mainly because some people are in it to make money so they'll believe anything and questioning it will mean they can't believe in the product. We are different. We do what works. We use science to create our programmes and we never put profit over effectiveness. You will NEVER find Herbalife or Forever Living in our studio!

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