This recipe came about one evening when I felt like something decadent, warm and chocolately for dessert. After looking through the ingredients we had on hand: frozen berries, nuts, seeds, thread coconut and dark chocolate, all signs pointed towards a fruit crumble which isn’t usually a dessert associated with the word decadent…unless you add chocolate! The resulting crumble was so delicious I had to share.
The crumble topping is made from a base of nuts and seeds as opposed to the usual oats and flour. There is no butter or refined sugar in this recipe either, instead the butter is replaced by the natural fats present in the nuts, seeds and thread coconut, and coconut sugar is used as the sweetener. The pièce de résistance however, is the dark chocolate pieces scattered through the crumble topping. The chocolate magically transforms it from a humble crumble into something quite decadent. Of course, if you prefer to keep your desserts on the healthy spectrum leave the chocolate out and you’ll still have a delicious dessert.
This crumble is super easy to prepare. No softening butter, rubbing between fingers or even mixing. Simply throw all the crumble ingredients into a food processor and blend for a minute or two. Pour the crumble topping over the fruit and place it in the oven to bake for half an hour or so.
If all that hasn’t convinced you to give this crumble a try, this recipe is completely gluten free, dairy free (if you choose a chocolate without milk solids) and paleo friendly. Best of all, with all its the nuts and seeds this fruit crumble has a healthy amount of protein, good fats and fibre, so it will leave you feeling satisfied without a massive sugar rush or heavy full feeling. Enjoy!
Black Forest Fruit Crumble
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup thread coconut
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup coconut sugar
125g 70% dark chocolate (I use Whittakers Dark Ghana 72%)
600g frozen berries (I used boysenberries, blueberries and raspberries)
Preheat your oven to 160ºC.
Place all the ingredients except the berries in a food processor and blend for a minute or two until the nuts and chocolate have broken down into small pieces.
Spread the frozen fruit over the bottom of your pie dish and top with the crumble, ensuring it covers the fruit evenly.
Place the crumble in the centre of your preheated oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
The crumble is ready when the fruit is steaming hot and bubbling up the sides. The chocolate should be just melted and the nuts will turn a light brown colour.
Remove the crumble from the oven and allow to cool a little before serving.
Dish the black forest fruit crumble up into serving bowls and serve with a dollop of yoghurt or your favourite ice cream.