It’s berry season and that means it’s time to make crumbles, tarts, and pies. This berry crumble is 100% vegan, gluten-free, and the perfect balance of sweet and tart, tender and crisp. It’s worth making for three reasons: it’s healthy; it’s delicious and it’s easier to make than an elegant pie. In this recipe, the filling has a mix of blueberries and raspberries, but you can use any type of seasonal fresh or frozen berries or stone fruit such as peaches, cherries, or plums.
Berry Crumble [Vegan]
For the Base & Topping:
- 1 1/2 cups natural rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups almond meal (ground almonds with skins)
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 6 fresh Medjool dates, pitted and softened in hot water
- 1 tablespoon light oil (eg: grape seed, canola or vegetable)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Filling:
- 2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar cane (or brown sugar)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
For the Base and Topping:
- Preheat oven at 350°F
- Put the pitted dates in a small bowl and fill with hot water. Soak dates for 5 minutes and then drain & discard water.
- Add all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to obtain a coarse and lightly moist crumb mixture.
- Measure 1 cup of the crumb mixture and set this aside for the topping. Transfer the remaining crumbs into the dish lined with parchment and press it down with your fingers to form a firm and even base.
- Bake the base in preheated oven on the middle rack for 20 minutes until golden. Remove and set aside on a rack when done. While this bakes, make the filling.
For the Filling:
- In a deep saucepan on the stovetop, add the 4 cups of berries, maple syrup, and sugar cane. Adjust the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil while mixing often. Do not put a lid on the pan. As soon as it boils, reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Keep stirring while lightly mashing the berries with a potato masher or a fork. Add the cornstarch in small doses while stirring so that the cornstarch doesn’t clump. Keep stirring the mixture. It should simmer for 5-6 minutes total.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and mix in the chia seeds. Set aside on a cooling rack for 10-15 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken and lightly gel.
- When thick, pour the berry mixture on top of the cooked base and spread evenly.
- With the remaining 1 cup of crumbs that was set aside, sprinkle these on top of the berry mixture leaving some space for the filling to seep through. You can scatter small clusters or clumps of crumbs here and there by squeezing small batches of the mixture between your hand.
- Bake in preheated oven on the middle rack for 20 minutes until the top is golden brown.
- Let the crumble cool completely in the dish and on a rack before slicing. With leftover crumble, cover the dish with foil and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for several days in the fridge.
- Enjoy as is or with ice cream.
Use one 11" X 7" rectangular oven-proof dish lined with parchment paper.