When I first created this gluten free vegan berry crumble, I wanted to make a dessert that would be rich in vitamins and fibers but low in added sugar. And most importantly, I needed it to be delicious enough that kids would gobble it up.
It also needed to be quick and easy to make so even the busiest parents could throw it together at a moment’s notice. Mission accomplished, as this gluten free vegan berry crumble is a definite winner and a regular guest in our after-school snack time menu.
Key Gluten Free Vegan Berry Crumble Ingredients
Mixed berries: The great thing about berries is that they freeze well and can be enjoyed year-round. In the summertime, one great activity kids love is going berry picking. If you can manage to save some, spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet, and freeze them until solid.
Then, transfer the berries into a resealable bag or box, and enjoy any time. This method works especially well with blueberries, which you can easily add to green smoothies. When making smoothies with frozen fruits, be sure to add fresh ingredients as well or they will be very difficult to blend. If all you have our frozen fruits, warm water can help get things moving while keeping the drink cold.
Almond flour: Almond flour is a great ingredient in gluten-free baking because it adds bulk and texture as well as protein and healthy fats. It also tastes delicious. Almond flour is made from blanched and ground almonds, so just grinding almonds won’t work in this recipe.
Almonds are loaded with health benefits. They are rich in fiber, protein, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, and more. Don’t hesitate to have them whole as snacks with some dried fruits, or chopped on top of salads.
Rolled oats: Old-fashioned rolled oats are not just good to make oatmeal, they also add texture and nutrition to many different types of baked goods. They are also naturally gluten-free, although some facilities might process them alongside wheat. Be sure to check the label if you or your loved ones have celiac disease. You can also
Coconut or avocado oil: You do not need butter to make deliciously rich vegan food. Coconut oil and avocado oil and convenient and easy-to-find substitutes. In addition to being heart-healthy, they are rich in antioxidants and their mild flavor makes them a great cooking fat in both sweet and savory dishes.
Gluten Free Vegan Berry Crumble Variations and Substitutions
You can of course use other fruits instead of berries. Peaches and blueberries are a common combination many children love. Apples and pears are great in the fall and strawberries and rhubarb are a Spring classic. Or shake things up by using different spices like nutmeg and cinnamon with apples, or ginger with pears.
This Gluten Free Vegan Berry Crumble is low in added sugars, rich in fiber and nutrients, and packed with flavors. It is a favorite with kids, especially when topped with vanilla ice cream!
Gluten Free Vegan Berry Crumble
1 lb mixed berries, frozen is fine (I like to use strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
1 tablespoon non-GMO cornstarch
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil or avocado oil
Pat of vegan butter
- Grease a 9 or 10-inch pie pan with vegan butter.
- Toss the berries with the sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl. Spread them evenly in the pie pan.
- In a small food processor or using your hands, combine the other ingredients until they start to stick together. Press small handfuls together and crumble them over the fruit.
- Cover the pie pan with foil, and cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
- Uncover and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is golden.
- Let it cool until it is just slightly warm.
- Serve Gluten Free Vegan Berry Crumble with coconut milk-based ice cream on top. To make it sweeter, add more strawberries to the berry mix or other sweet fruits like peaches.