Recipe: Gluten free, Dairy free, Guilt Free Fruit Crumble

This recipe has saved me many a night when those dangerous sugar cravings come on.  Currently I am not eating any refined white sugar (protecting my study brain from the wrath of chocolate covered almonds!) at all so I had to find a dessert that would be satisfying but not contain white sugar (ie sugar, cane sugar, etc).  I am allowing myself a little honey as my added sweetener of choice.  Obviously this means that I am not going to find many store bought things that meet this criteria so I dug deep in my overused brain (with Kate's help initially) and decided to do a fruit crumble.  I have never made a crumble, so this is where Kate came in.  I happened to have all the necessary ingredients (most of them are staples in my house) and so together we created probably the best fruit dessert I've had.  I have since then reproduced this recipe and gotten the approval of my Italian friend's family, including the papa who groans every time he has to eat something gluten-free.  So I think I would call this a success! Enjoy!

Ingredients (serves 4):
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 8 strawberries, sliced
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg/all-spice
For the actual crumble part:
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour (or other gluten free flour should work)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (make sure it is sugar free)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 3/4 cup of oats (gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (crush them by hand)
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg/all-spice
  • Honey (for drizzling; don't add if you are on an elimination diet)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place fruit in a baking dish.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice in, add in lots of cinnamon (I like to make sure all the apples and pears are covered) and some nutmeg or all-spice.
  4. Get a bowl for the crumble mix and add in all the ingredients except the honey.
  5. Mix well with a fork--the coconut oil and almond butter help make little cluster pieces.
  6. Cover fruit evenly with the crumble.  Drizzle some honey over top (don't go crazy...)
  7. Put in the oven for 30 min (will depend on how thin the fruit is sliced).
  8. Enjoy!

Feel free to comment below on any additions or recommendations you have to share!

All the best,

Dr. Cho, ND is a naturopathic doctor based in Pickering, Ontario and Richmond Hill, Ontario.  She maintains a private practice focused in pain management and sports nutrition, in addition to a general family practice at Durham Natural Health Centre.  To learn more about Dr. Cho, book a complimentary 15 minute consult by clicking here.  Not in the Durham Region?  Contact her through to learn about more options.


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