Rhubarb & Pear Coconut Crumble

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Prep 20minBake 35-40 minMakes 8 serves

Rhubarb and pear make wonderful partners and when teamed with a coconut and macadamia nut crumble topping in this dessert it brings sunshine to the table. The coconut sugar lends a lovely rich caramel flavour but can be replaced by brown sugar if you wish.


1 bunch rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 4cm lengths (you should have about 500g trimmed and chopped rhubarb)
750g (about 4) firm ripe pears (such as Josephine, Williams or Packhams)
2 tablespoons coconut or brown sugar
Coconut or Greek-style yoghurt, to serve

Crumble Topping
50g (½ cup) rolled oats
30g (½ cup) flaked coconut
55g (⅓ cup) macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
50g coconut or brown sugar
2 tablespoons LSA (ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds)
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
60ml (¼ cup ) sunflower or light olive oil
½ teaspoons natural vanilla essence or extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (160°C fan-forced).
  2. To make the Crumble Topping, place oats, flaked coconut, macadamias, sugar, LSA and cinnamon in a bowl, mix to combine. Combine the oil and vanilla, drizzle over the oat mixture and toss to combine evenly. Set aside.
  3. Peel, quarter and core the pears and then cut each quarter lengthwise into three slices. Place the pear slices, rhubarb and sugar in a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Transfer to a 1.5 litre (6 cup) ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with the Crumble Topping.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until the crumble is crisp and golden and the fruit is tender when tested with a skewer.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature with the coconut yoghurt.

Baker's Tips

  • Store any leftover crumble in the ovenproof dish covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Serve cold or reheat in an oven preheated to 180°C (160°C fan-forced) for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
  • This crumble can also be baked in eight 185ml (¾ cup) ramekins or ovenproof dishes at 180°C (160°C fan-forced) for 25-30 minutes.