Fruit Crisp Theme and Variations

By the Gracious Vegan

Fruit crisp is successful in so many different ways: I couldn’t pin down just one favorite recipe for this one. I’ve presented a number of mix-and-match alternatives—choose one topping and one filling. Try them all!

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Preheat the oven to 350˚.

Topping (choose one)

 Option 1: Almond Goodness

In a medium bowl, combine almond flour and sea salt.

  • 1.5 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

In a small bowl, combine oil and agave. Stir wet ingredients into dry and set aside.

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar

 Option 2: Traditional Strudel

Mix until crumbly

  • 1 cup flour (or ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour and ½ cup instant oats)
  • 2/3 cup evaporated cane sugar

Use a pastry cutter to cut in. Set aside at this point or after stirring in the optional add-in.

  • 5-6 Tablespoons margarine

Optional: stir in

  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds or chopped hazelnuts or chopped walnuts

 Filling (choose one)

 Option 1: Pear Cranberry

Place all these together in a large bowl; toss together until fruit is coated.

  • 4 ripe, medium pears (about 1.75 pounds), each peeled and each cut lengthwise into 16 thin slices
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar

Place mixture in an 8×8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish or equivalent size.

Option 2: Keeping it Simple

Cut up fruit and put in a baking dish

  • 4 cups fruit (apples, blueberries, pears, peaches, raspberries, etc.)

Toss fruit with

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Place mixture in an 8×8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish or equivalent size.

Spread brown sugar over the top of the fruit

  • 1/3 to ½ cup brown sugar

Option 3: Strawberry

Toss together

  • 3 pints strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered
  • 1 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt

Place mixture in an 8×8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish or equivalent size.

Option 4: Cranberry Orange

Toss together

  • 3 cup cranberries (one 12-ounce bag)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • Finely grated rind of one orange
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-2 Tablespoon orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier)
  • ½ teaspoon minced, dried orange peel (optional)

Place mixture in an 8×8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish or equivalent size.

Sprinkle topping over fruit. Bake for 45–60 minutes (for pear-cranberry version, cover for first 45 minutes), until fruit is soft and bubbling and topping is lightly browned.

Timing: 60-120 minutes

Nutrition: About equal processed/unprocessed

Gluten-free

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