The best way to use up the last of the summer fruits is to make crumble bars! There are so many ways to make them and create them, and the best part is they’re super versatile. This means you can mix up the variety of flavors depending on what you have on hand! If you’ve got peaches, berries, nectarines, or even raspberries, you can make some crumble bars!
Crumble bars use oats and flour as a crust and have a fruit-based center. These make a wonderful dessert, but you can even eat them as a snack! They’re different from a pie because they have a crumble top, usually made of sugar, oats, and vegan butter on top rather than a crust all the way around. Think of crumble bars like pie filling with a crunchy top. This wonderful dessert is easy to recreate vegan or plant-based since you can just switch out the butter you use for vegan butter. For everything else, these ingredients are usually ones found in a typical pantry and you can use frozen berries or fruit for these, making these bars wonderful to whip up all year round.
Feel free to top it with non-dairy ice cream, whipped cream, or even a homemade fruit compote. You can even get super creative and combine flavors like these 4-Layer Blackberry Jam and Chocolate Crumble Bars by Margaux Mouton. If you’re already excited for fall, you can try out these pumpkin crumble bars, or even check out our crumble bar roundup for more ideas!
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This week, we’re bringing delicious, fully vegan, and plant-based ways to enjoy the last fruits of the summer with crumble bars!
Using Summer Berries
Source: Blueberry Hazelnut Crumble Bars
If you’ve got extra berries on hand from your summer produce haul, try out making these berry-based crumble bars!
- Berry Crumble Bars by Zuzana Fajkusova and Nikki Lefler
- Turmeric Blackberry Crumble Bars by Anarki “AJ” Tjon Affo
- Blueberry Hazelnut Crumble Bars by Mitra Shirmohammadi
- Blueberry Walnut Crumble Bars by Caroline Doucet
- Mixed Berry Crumble Bars by Danielle Clark
Using Summer Fruits
Source: Cherry Chia Jam Crumble Bars
Using the last of the summer harvest is a bittersweet moment, but these crumble bars are wonderful to try with summer fruits! They’ll have an amazing flavor since they’re still in season, and also are a wonderful way to eat seasonally without much food waste.
- Apple Crumble Bars by Julia Shannahan
- Cherry Chia Jam Crumble Bars by Caroline Doucet
- Healthy Peach Jam Crumble Bars by Hayley Canning
- Nut-Free Strawberry Vanilla Crumble Bars by Caroline Doucet
- Mixed Berry Crumble Bars by Danielle Clark
You don’t have to make bars if you don’t want to! You can try making a crumble, which is just leaving the fruit bottom as the base and topping it with a delicious crumble. This is also an easy way to use up wilted or just-about-to-overripen fruits!
- Summer Strawberry Coconut Crumble by Planted and Picked
- Summer Pineapple Crumble by Andri Neocleous
- Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble by Julie Zimmer
- Berry Crumble by Julie Zimmer
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