A classic heart-warming dessert sure to
please just about everyone!
Prep & Cooking: 45-60 mins.
Pairs well with: Coconut Whipped Topping
3 medium sized apples – I don’t peel my apples, but if you prefer, you can
2 ½ cups fresh or frozen berries of your choice – I used a mix of strawberries, blueberries & blackberries
1 ½ tbsp flour – use what you have; gluten free blend, whole wheat or all purpose
1/4 - 1/2 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
½ cup plant-based butter
¾ cup flour of your choice
¾ cup rolled oats
1/3 cup walnuts chopped (optional)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add salt, cinnamon, flour, oats and chopped nuts, stir to combine. You may find it easier to work the ingredients together by hand or with a fork to ensure that the oats are evenly distributed. Set this mixture aside while you prepare the fruit.
If you are using frozen fruit, allow it to sit out for 10-15 minutes or thaw it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, this will help to release some of the fruit’s juices which will help with combining flour with the fruit. If you are using fresh berries you may wish to mash a few pieces with the back of a fork in order to create some juice.
In a large bowl combine apples, berries and 1 ½ tbsp flour, stir until all of the fruit has been coated. This will thicken any fruit juice and will create a less liquid finished product. Transfer fruit mixture to a 9x9 baking dish. If you do not have a 9x9 baking dish use an oven safe container that will hold the fruit, creating approximately a 1 ½ - 2 inch layer of fruit. You can also use multiple smaller containers, baking times will vary, but not enough to worry about. As you can see in the photos for this recipe I used a loaf sized pan and a small circular dish.
Layer the crumb topping evenly over the fruit mixture and place on the middle rack of a preheated oven. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes. When finished the topping should be golden and the fruit mixture will be bubbling. Allow the crumble to cool for 15 minutes or more before serving.
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