Vegan, Gluten Free Ah-mazing Strawberry Crisp

This dish is certain to unite foodies from all sectors. Vegans, gluten avoiders, refined sugar haters, carnivores, and herbivores will all come racing to the table for this strawberry crisp. Add ice cream, whip cream or cashew cream at your leisure, eat it for dessert or even as a guilt free breakfast – for there is no judgement when it comes to how you choose to indulge with this scrumptious summer treat.

Ingredients:

Filling

6 cups strawberries – washed and sliced

pinch of salt

2 Tbsp arrowroot flour (powder)

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

4 Tbsp maple syrup

Topping

1  2/3 cups almond flour (meal) OR 1 cup almond flour and 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans.

2/3 cup oats (if you want the dessert to be a true gluten-free dish, ensure oats are processed in gluten-free facility).

2 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Tbsp coconut butter

3 Tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Method:

Putting this recipe together is as easy as, “one, two, three…..”

One – Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your baking dish (9 x 13 or similar) with a little coconut oil.

Two – Mix the filling together and place in bottom of dish. Mix together topping and sprinkle over top of filling.

Three – Bake for 25-30 minutes until fruit starts to bubble and topping turns golden brown. You may wish to broil for 2-3 minutes at the end to achieve a golden brown crust (do not leave the oven on broil unattended – unless you like a crispy crumble…)

There you have it, it really is that simple. Please note that this recipe is best with in-season super sweet local strawberries. If you are making this recipe with the traditional store bought variety you may wish to add more maple syrup or sugar….but notify the sugar haters of your indiscretion.

I have only made this dish a handful of times but I would love to experiment with flavor combinations such as balsamic vinegar, black pepper and even a chiffonade of basil for garnish. Each of these savory flavors pairs well with strawberries and I am interested to know how the dish would turn out if I added a pinch of this or that. If you get around to experimenting before I do, please leave a comment below with your measurements.

Now, the real challenge at hand is not eating the entire dish in one sitting! You may find the need to make sure the bottom of the dish is crumb free and thoroughly “clean”… “Leave no morsel behind” is my motto – but do yourself a favour and make sure you tuck a little away for breakfast. 😉

 

 

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