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I just can’t eat enough nuts and berries. They would dominate my desert island food list of “can’t live withouts”. In fact I almost went berry nutty -- all the way to the bathroom and back a few summers ago by over-indulging in this berry crumble. If I had to pick a dessert of choice, it would have to be anything berry – berry smoothies, berry pancakes, berry pies, berry strudels, berry cakes, berry muffins. Oh, the list of pleasures is endless. But the list of calories would also be too, if I allowed my mouth to open that wide. This berry crumble is the Switzerland in my war of heart and mind. It satisfies the need for a berry blast, but doesn’t blow up the hips.

I started making this crisp many years ago to keep in the fridge for a power brain study snack, and I revisited it a few years ago, much to my husband’s delight. Rob eats his “Blueberry Smash” (frozen blueberries, cottage cheese, natural yogurt and raw nuts) every night after dinner like clockwork. It is almost like he can’t sleep well without it. I gently suggested that there might be some berry good variations. He happily embraced this alternative, and there was soon a fresh baked berry crumble moving into the fridge every second day. All of our friends and family caught the berry nutty bug at our July 4th firework feast, and it quickly created a beast.

Everyone made their own versions to share, and that Summer was a blast. The recipe humorously landed in a homemade recipe wedding gift with a disclaimer! You see, as we were all championing the berry nutty movement, our bowels were down there revolting with a berry butty bomb. It wasn’t long before my pooh literally turned blue! Sorry to be gross, but there it is. The good news was that my “shit literally didn’t stink”. It smelt like fragrant berries. However, I quickly decided to take the path of least resistance, and that moderation was the key to the longevity of this recipe. Rob’s gone back to smashing instead of crumbling.

It turns out that too much of a good thing can make you blue! All joking aside, this recipe is quick, easy, healthy and delicious. It is a nutritional powerhouse with all of the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and protein. It is ok to be berry nutty; just not all the time.

You have been well warned.

Gluten Free Vegan Mixed Berry Crumble

Berry Good Crumble With a Disclaimer



  • ¼ cup cloudy unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 pinch of Celtic sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch dissolved in ¼ cup cold water


  • 1 cup cloudy unfiltered apple juice
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • ½ cup white rice flour
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F
  2. To prepare the fruit mix – put all ingredients except the arrowroot in a saucepan on low, and simmer until reduced. Stir in the arrowroot and stir until thickened.
  3. Pour the fruit mixture into a well greased baking dish.
  4. To prepare the topping: put all of the dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse just a few times to get a crunchy texture – you want lots of big pieces for the texture. Fold through the sweeteners and essence to combine.
  5. Spoon over the fruit and bake for about half an hour or until golden brown. Serve with vegan cream for a quick, healthy breakfast, sweet snack, or easy dessert. Yum!

Tip: the best way to clean your blender

After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage. 
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water. 
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.

This is really good. I made it for dessert the other night, and have been eating the leftovers for my breakfast!


Thanks Melissa!
I am glad you enjoyed it :)

This is such a great guilt-free treat. I can’t stop eating it.


I KNOW! The only unfortunate thing about this recipe. SO BERRY GOOD!


LOL! Loved the story and I am eating my crumble for breakfast as I am typing. YUM….


Yes! I had fun sharing that story!
ALL true!!!

LOL! That story was SO funny….and I can see why you couldn’t quit eating this crumble. We are on our third “guilt-free” batch and NO sign of the blues yet! You are SO awesome….


LOL! Oh Brooke!
I LOVE IT!  Enjoy :)

My family and I enjoyed this the other night and we ate the leftovers for breakfast with some yoghurt. It was really delicious. I am going to try the same principle with apple and rhubarb next.


Apple and Rhubarb is DELICIOUS with this topping.
Thanks for sharing your experience.

Wow- what a wicked tasting crumble- 11 out of 10. Am defiantly making again- Next time im halving the recipe for 2 people- in that way we can contol our portion sizes! We have nearly eaten the whole thing! arrrahhh


LOL! Yes Tash, that is the danger of this recipe!
It can make you “berry crazy!”

Great Crumble! I was the most popular wife at the potluck the other day when i walked in with this crumble. Thanks Blender Girl. I told everyone there about you too!


Aw, thankyou Lisa…
That just made my day.
SO happy to have you here!

This crumble is so good, Tess and the filling it to die for! I really love it!


Thanks Cathy!
Yes, I love this recipe.
So glad you did too :)

Made this for a brunch and served it with some Greek Yoghurt and it was a bit hit. Thanks again.


Yes! Yoghurt or cream is DEELISH with this!

My whole family and all of my friends loved this crumble when I took it for dessert the other night. This is a favourite for sure.


It is always a favourite when I take it too.
Hence the berry nutty story!!!!

WOW!  I have made a few of your recipes , but this is my favorite by far.  I had a ton of fresh fruit in the fridge from making Vegan Berry Bombs and was about to head out on a business trip and was concerned about all that fruit going to waste, so I made this and had some for breakfast.  I doubled the fruit and omitted the coconut from the topping, but did everything else as instructed.  Needless to say, my wife and daughters will undoubtedly ask for this one again and again.  I may have to read them your disclaimer!


Yes! I LOVE this recipe.
It is SO easy and SO delicious.
SO glad you enjoyed it.
But you have been “Berry Well Warned…..”

Looks wonderful!  Wondering if I could use frozen berries when out og season?


Yes. You can absolutely use frozen defrosted berries. You may just have to adjust the sweetener to taste. Enjoy :)

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