Gluten Free Mixed Berry + Pistachio Crumble

It's entirely possible that I have already eaten my weight in berries this summer. Every time I go grocery shopping they catch my eye and I feel like they are basically staring into my soul. They're so fresh and juicy this time of year that it's hard to resist. Especially when Whole Foods is marking their organic strawberries on sale every other week. I am perfectly content eating berries on their own (who isn't?) but I really wanted to create a gluten free dessert to use them in. Better yet, a dessert that could use a combination of fruit. Because who really wants to decide between blueberries and raspberries? Not me! 

I love a good berry crumble. It combines naturally sweet fruit with a tasty crumb topping and I can't think of any better dessert combination for the summer. When I made this grain free dessert, I decided to add some pistachio meat to the crumble to give it a unique spin on the traditional topping. I also added in some unsweetened shredded coconut for a fun flavor and texture.

This dessert is free of refined sugars and contains hardly any added sugar at all! Just four tablespoons of maple syrup/honey are in this whole dish so it keeps it from being overly sweet. I love recipes that make use of fruits natural sweetness - just like with my dairy free banana bread muffins!

I made this mixed berry crumble with a combination of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, but you can switch it up to combine any fruit that you'd like! It works for fresh fruit at peak season and also frozen fruit so you can keep it on your menu all year long. I ate my first piece or three with the crumble still slightly warm, dreaming of pairing it with some dairy-free coconut milk ice cream. After that, Chicago experienced an insane heat wave and I tried cooling off with some cold crumble. Man was it good! Serve it either way and it's sure to be a hit.


Gluten Free Mixed Berry + Pistachio Crumble

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Gluten Free Mixed Berry + Pistachio Crumble
Berry crumble with naturally sweet fruit and a tasty crumb topping

Filling Ingredients:
  • 4.5 cups (2 16oz bags) fresh or frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Crumble Ingredients:
  • 1 cup pistachio nutmeat
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Very lightly grease a 7x11 baking dish or two smaller baking dishes.
3. Combine all filling ingredients in a bowl and pour into baking dish(es.)
4. Now, mix all crumble ingredients in a separate bowl.
5. Spread them over the top of the fruit filling.
6. Bake for about 45 minutes until the filling has started to bubble and the top is slightly browned.
7. Serve warm with ice cream or cold on a hot day!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings


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