end of summer crumble {vegan + gf}


 this "end of summer crumble" really was made at the end of march. and whilst you're all reading this about mid-april, due to the magic of supermarkets, global trading and the fact that the north eastern part of australia is perpetually tropical, hot and sweaty, i was able to access the lovely summer stone fruits and berries almost half-way through autumn. like magic! 

Jess of last week is writing this, so while you are all reading it she's probably drowning in a sea of biology homework and fighting for air under a pile of maths proof tasks. or, more realistically, she's loitering at the local library shamefully hiding from the ladies who work there in fear of an attack at knife point because she has something ridiculous like a $30 overdue loan on books but wants to borrow another one and will they let her?!!?!?!?!?

either way, sit down kids because this crumble is like eating stewed fruit, all warm and tangy and delicious, whilst eating a bowl of your favourite granola at the same time. it's nutty and healthy and weirdly reminds you of bird seed, but also is warm and motherly and sweet and comforting. maybe best of all, it's baked in a pie tin and i think we all know that jess loves pie tins. a lot. so much so that, if she were a kitchenware item,  she'd be a pie dish. or maybe a cake stand. i luurrrve me some cake stands. 

update on the house renovation situation: we've officially started picking things like tiles for upstairs. the thing that's keeping me up at night right now isn't my pile of unfinished holiday homework, the fact that i may not be ready for either of my music exams or how it's mother's day soon and i need presents (also money.....). no, Jess of last week was kept up by bathroom tiles.  marble or subway? dark grout or light grout? wooden or white vanity? shelves or no shelves? black or white bath? hexagons? squares? rectangles? argh!!!!!

it's just an upstairs bathroom. they're just tiles. it's just a bathroom. 

it's more than just a bathroom. 

oh dear.  

i've used summer fruits and berries here, but you can of course swap out the fruits for whatever you like. a cheats way of making quick crumble if you're in a bind is simply using some muesli or granola from your pantry and adding the coconut oil and butter. i prefer to make my own and add a little bit of packaged muesli, for some flavour, but it's totally up to you. this recipe can pretty much be adjusted to your liking. 

{vegan & gf} end of summer crumble

{serves 8 hungry people}


1 1/2 c steel cut oats 

1/2 c muesli of choice 

1/2 c pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/3 c cacao nibs

1/3 c chopped almonds

1/4 c sesame seeds

1/3 c desiccated coconut

1 tb brown sugar 

2 tb coconut oil

1/2 tb vegan butter 

1/4 cup water  

6 ripe peaches

1/2 c blueberries

1 red apple

2 nectarines 

1 cup strawberries

let's bake!

combine the oats, muesli, pepitas, cacao nibs, almonds, sesame seeds, coconut and sugar in a bowl with a wooden spoon. rub the butter and oil into the mixture with your clean hands, until evenly distributed. to check if there are any large lumps still remaining, shake the bowl so all the small pieces fall to the bottom, revealing any hidden butter or oil lumps. 

chop the nectarine, peaches, apple and strawberries into small pieces. transfer them to a medium sized pot along with the water. stew on a low heat until fruit softens slightly, avoiding a mushy consistency if possible. stir sparingly, only to avoid catching. 

transfer the fruit to a ceramic pie dish and cover with the muesli mix. press down firmly, packing the dry mixture into the dish until flat. 

bake for 20 minutes or until golden. 

serve warm with coconut cream or by itself. sneaky spoonfuls at the bench are always a good idea :) 


it may, or may not let's be honest, surprise you that i've hijacked (lovingly hijacked) a friend's computer while she was in the shower to type this post.  thanks freya!!!  also props to madi for helping me make (and eat!) this delicious crumble!!! 

- jess x