Gluten Free Mixed Berry Crumble22
I just can’t eat enough nuts and berries. They would dominate my desert island food list of “can’t live withouts”. I would go berry nutty, but I would be berry happy. In fact I almost did go berry nutty -- all the way to the bathroom and back a few summers ago by over-indulging in this gluten free vegan mixed 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 too berry wide. This gluten free 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 gluten free 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 yoghurt and raw nuts) every night after dinner like clockwork. It is almost like he can’t sleep berry 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 gluten free vegan 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 berry nutty beast.
Everyone made their own versions to share, and we all had a berry blast of a Summer. The recipe humorously landed up in a home-made recipe wedding gift that Summer 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 berry well warned.
Gluten Free Mixed Berry Crumble
- 1 cup of organic blueberries
- 1 cup of organic raspberries
- 1 cup of organic blackberries
- 1 cup of organic strawberries
- ¼ cup organic cloudy unfiltered apple juice
- 1 pinch of Celtic sea salt
- 2 Tbsp arrowroot starch dissolved in ¼ cup cold water.
- ½ cup white rice flour
- 1 cup organic gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup raw organic walnuts
- 1 cup raw organic almonds
- ½ cup raw organic sunflower seeds
- ½ cup raw organic pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup cloudy unfiltered apple juice
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F
- 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.
- Pour the fruit mixture into a well greased baking dish.
- 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.
- 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!
Piggy Cooking Tips
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.