The best part of the beginning of each season is all the new flavors for cooking and baking that come along with it. The fall brings pumpkin and spices, the winter brings peppermint and nutmeg, the spring brings fresh mint and lemon, and the summer brings berries and fresh fruit. Each of these amazing flavors creates a bold and exciting experience for every season.
In the summer all the access to fresh fruit creates a wide variety of options when it comes to baking. Farmers markets and grocery stores seem to be packed with fresh, ripe, and juicy fruits that cannot always be found in great condition year-round. So, the summer is the perfect time to take advantage of there availability.
One of my favorite summer desserts is a good cobbler or berry crumble. But this modified gluten free and vegan blueberry crumble delivers all the perfect berry taste as a healthier alternative.
- 3 ½ cup frozen wild blueberries (keep frozen they will thaw as they bake)
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup natural or organic maple syrup
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ cup melted refined coconut oil
- ½ tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Spray 8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, add blueberries along bottom spreading evenly, and drizzle with vanilla.
- In bowl, combine almond flour, oats, pecans, cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut oil, and sea salt. Add crumble to the top of blueberries, gently packing down the crumble on top of the berries.
- Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes until topping is hard and a golden brown. Let cool for 10-12 minutes then serve.
This dish is great plain or with some vanilla ice cream as a nice added bonus.
* I chose to use wild blueberries as a flavor enhancement because of the intense flavor they contain. These blueberries contain a higher pulp to skin ratio allowing them to deliver more flavor in the flesh of the berry and the juice they release upon cooking. They tend to be juicer than normal blue berries and have more antioxidants as an added health benefit which makes them one of my favorite fruits to use in baking. They help lower cholesterol and are a heart healthy food making them a good addition to any diet.