• Breakfast Fruit Crumble (gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

    by Jon on August 15, 2010 · 12 comments

    One of the hardest things about being diagnosed with Celiac and having to go gluten free had everything to do with breakfast. I mean, I was a creature of habit – if you gave me a New York style water boiled bagel with a smear of cream cheese, I was a happy girl. Of course, I would ALWAYS have a stomachache after eating my beloved bagel and I would always blame myself for eating too much. This went on, my friends, for years. Little did I know that it had nothing to do with quantity and everything to do with gluten.

    Oh well, those days are gone. I still have a bagel now and then, always gluten free and almost always homemade (by me). The cream cheese is another story. I can still eat the gummy white stuff if I want to, but the repercussions are rarely worth it.

    So, where am I going with this? I’m heading straight for thinking outside of the bagel box. For the last 4 1/2 years, I’ve been exploring other breakfast possibilities, including pancakes, and waffles, and hot cereal, and scrambled tofu, and yes, the occasional homemade bagel. But lately, I’ve been obsessed with my Fruit Crumble, inspired by Sweetly Raw, a blog that I’ve just become acquainted with. Heather, of Sweetly Raw, posted about her Mango Berry Crumble, and it might as well have had my name in the subtitle. You see, in the past few years, when I’ve felt ambitious, I would take the time to make Muesli. But it always involves lots of cutting and chopping before the spoon goes into my mouth. And I’m not always in the mood. My iteration of Heather’s Mango Berry Crumble is a simpler version of my Muesli. And so, I couldn’t be happier.

    What I’ve been doing is making the crumble mixture and sticking it in the frig. And then on the mornings when I’m in the mood, I just throw some fruit in a bowl, top it with the crumble, and pour some homemade almond milk over the whole shebang and I’m in heaven. Total heaven, I tell you.

    Heather, we don’t know each other, but thank you!!!! Not only for the recipe, but for the template. I bet you could easily add or substitute other nuts or dried fruits. For example, the original recipe didn’t include pistachios, but they marry beautifully with dates, so it was natural for me to include them.

    One more things….this concoction is equally delicious without the almond milk and would make a great, light dessert.

    Breakfast Fruit Crumble

    click here for printable recipe

    1 cup walnuts
    1/4 cup pistachios
    1/2 cup pitted dates
    1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
    1/3 cup rolled oats (be sure they’re gluten free)
    1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    Bowl of fruit
    Almond milk (or milk of choice)

    Throw all the crumble ingredients (walnuts through vanilla) into your food processor. Combine until the mixture is crumbly. Spoon over a bowl of the fruit of your choice (this morning I used blueberries, strawberries, and mango), add almond milk.

    { 12 comments… read them below or add one }

    Aubree Cherie August 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Ooo YUM! I do something similar with grapefruit as my base, but this sounds so much tastier. I love all the different ingredients, I bet the blend of textures is awesome 🙂

    ~Aubree Cherie


    geraldine August 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    hhmm..eating veggie wouldn't be any problem if they all look that good.. it looks really delicious.. plus it is healthy.. nice post.. thanks for sharing..


    Valerie (m.) August 16, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I'd been eating GF cold cereal with a non-dairy milk on top. Then I ran into issues with our usual non-dairy milks, so I switched to eating dinner leftovers for breakfast instead. I've always thought that breakfast cereal is pretty lacking in nutrition. And the dinners we cook at my house have lots of nutritious food in them. Well, I've been astounded by the change. Since I started eating dinner leftovers for breakfast, I feel *much* healthier, in about five really dramatic ways. I was surprised! But I guess I was eating a lot of breakfast cereal, so it makes sense that switching to healthier food would make a big difference.


    Tasty Eats At Home August 16, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I could really get into a breakfast like this. Yum.


    I Am Gluten Free August 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Aubree – blend of textures and taste is definitely awesome!

    Geraldine – thanks!

    Valerie – do tell! What are the five ways in which you feel healthier?

    Tasty Eats At Home – agreed!


    HONEYYCHILD August 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

    this looks delish! does it fill you up? i'm having issues finding things i can eat for breakfast that doesn't upset my stomach and that keeps me going until mid day! i'll be sure to try this though, thankyou!


    Sophie August 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I have made a similar breakfast like this raw fruit crumble & I also love your one!!

    Pretty & tasty at the same time!


    Kisses from Brussels!


    Kelly Izzo August 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Hey thank you for the comment on my blog yesterday!

    This looks really great, I think I might try it tomorrow. I have been experimenting with overnight oats the last couple days, but I know what you mean about missing certain breakfast foods. I have been craving a bagel for weeks!


    Linda August 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    That sounds like a terrific breakfast. I'll have to give it a try.


    bakingbarb August 16, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Oh this looks great. What an easy way to make a crumble, thank you.


    Alisa August 18, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I concur, breakfast IS hard without grains. But that crumble looks delightful and so fresh!


    Deb Smith August 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    This looks so good, and you posted it just when I was getting desperate for new gluten-free breakfast ideas!


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