Gruffalo Crumble

In this blog we’re bringing you a very special apple and blackberry crumble… A Gruffalo inspired crumble in fact, adapted from the Gruffalo Cookbook. It’s the perfect recipe if you’re craving warm food, especially on a dreary weather day!

“But now my tummy’s beginning to rumble.
My favourite food is – Gruffalo crumble!”

Wellbeing and Nutrition Team- Gruffalo Crumble

You can download the recipe card here!


  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring jug/scales
  • Chopping board and knife
  • A baking dish (about 15 x 20cm)


  • 3 eating apples
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of 100% pure apple juice
  • 300g of fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • 50g oats
  • 50g brown sugar

(no added Gruffalo- phew!)

Making your Gruffalo Crumble

Step 1-

Pre heat your oven to 180c/ gas mark 4.

Step 2-

Peel and core the apples, then chop them into little bite-size pieces.

Step 3-

Put the chopped apples and blackberries in a large mixing bowl. Set aside a few of the apple pieces for the decoration at the end.

Step 4-

Add the cinnamon, caster sugar and apple juice together, giving everything a good stir. Tip the fruit mixture into the baking dish.

Step 5-

Cut the butter into small cubes of around 1cm and add to the other mixing bowl. Add in the flour.

Step 6-

Use your fingers to rub the butter and flour together until the mixture looks like crumbs. If you need to add a little more flour to get the desired crumbly texture that’s fine.

Step 7-

Stir in the oats and brown sugar.

Step 8-

Sprinkle the mixture over the fruit in the baking dish. Try and cover it as evenly as you can.

Gruffalo Apple crumble Cookbook Recipe steps- Wellbeing and Nutrition Team

Step 9-

Cook for around 40 minutes. If you used frozen berries it may need cooking for a few minutes longer.

Step 10-

Now for the Gruffalo’s face! Cut out the ears, teeth and eyes of your Gruffalo from the leftover apple. Arrange on the crumble, based on our picture above . Slice a grape in half, or any other fruit you have in the house. Add two raisins for eyes.

Steps 11- Serve and enjoy your scrumptious Gruffalo Crumble!

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