Grain-Free Autumn Fruit Crumble

Autumn Fruit Crumble2 ricki heller

With the abundance of fall fruit and absence of grains, this dish offers a great lower- glycemic way to start your day. Add a bit more protein, and you’re all set! For best results, select crisp, sweet apples, such as Gala, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady, and firm pears, such as D’Anjou or Bosc. From Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free: Allergen-Friendly Vegan Desserts by Ricki Heller. Photo by Celine Saki. Reprinted by permission of Sellers Publishing, ©2013.

Serves: 6 to 8

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup natural raw walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup natural raw skin-on almonds, preferable organic
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Generous pinch fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil, at room temperature, preferably organic
  • 30 drops pure plain or vanilla stevia liquid, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons water

Filling:

  • 2 medium pears, washed, cored, and diced, peeled or unpeeled
  • 2 medium sweet apples, washed, cored, and diced, peeled or unpeeled
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure stevia powder or1/2 teaspoon pure
    plain or vanilla stevia liquid, or to taste

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9-inch square pan or a 6-cup casserole or soufflé dish with nonstick spray or coconut oil.

Make the topping: Place the coconut sugar, walnuts, almonds, coconut flour, potato starch, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture resembles a fine meal with no pieces of nuts visible.

In a small, heavy-bottomed pot, melt the coconut oil. Whisk in the stevia, vanilla, and water. Pour the coconut- oil mixture in a ring around the dry ingredients in the processor and pulse until it all comes together. It should look like moist clumps. Set aside.

Autumn Fruit Crumble2 ricki hellerMake the filling: In a large bowl, toss the pear, apple, and cranberries together with the cinnamon and ginger. In a small bowl, mix together the coconut sugar, lemon juice, and stevia, and stir until the sugar begins to dissolve. Drizzle over the fruit and then toss again to coat evenly.

Assemble and bake the crumble: Turn the fruit mixture into the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle with the topping. Press down gently on the topping.

Bake for 40 to 60 minutes (depending on the depth of your pan, you will need more or less time for the fruit to cook), rotating the dish about halfway through baking, until the crumble topping is deeply browned and the fruit is soft. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

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