Dairy-free Berry Crumble

Here is the recipe for a delicious, healthy and beautiful berry crumble for your dessert (or breakfast or lunch or snack, I don’t judge…) eating pleasure. It tastes like a mixed-berry pie, except with a nutty, toasty top, a touch of protein and none of the guilt. This recipe is dairy-free, and almost sugar free. I used just a touch of coconut sugar for the crumble topping because powdered stevia doesn’t quite have the texture that I was going for – you can of course substitute the same amount of stevia if you want to go totally sugar free, just be aware that your crumble may not be so crumbly after all.

Ok, here we go!

Ingredients:
For the Berry Filling:
32 oz frozen mixed berries
½ cup 100% juice apple juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lime juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup granulated stevia
3 Tbsp. cornstarch

For the Crumble Topping:
1 cup quick oats
3 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp. coconut sugar
4 Tbsp coconut oil, softened
2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
2/3 cup ground almonds (blanched, slivered almonds work best!)

What to Do:
Combine all ingredients for the berry filling (minus the cornstarch) in a medium pot and heat over medium heat until berries thaw – keep stirring as they may start to stick.

You want to cook them down until all the berries are thawed and there is a good amount of juice. Add the cornstarch, stir thoroughly and turn the heat down to a slow simmer – you don’t want it to stick and burn but it does need to thicken a little more. While its cooking, go ahead and make the crumble topping.

In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, coconut sugar, flaxseed and ground almonds – stir to be sure everything is totally incorporated. Add the coconut oil and toss with a fork until everything is mixed and crumbly.

Spray a 9” pie plate with cooking spray and pour in the berries. (Pro tip – put your pie plate on a cookie sheet so if anything bubbles over, it doesn’t make a mess of your oven). Spoon the topping over the top and smooth until its even.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until the edges are bubbly and the top looks toasty and brown, but be sure it doesn’t burn!

Check out those beautiful berry bubbles!

Let it cool a few minutes before serving – perfect on its own, or add a dollop of coconut whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if you’re feeling sassy (and obviously no longer dairy concerned…) Enjoy!

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