After I get past the initial shock and drenching sweat it brings, I remember all the things I love about summer. Summer produce (arguably the best all year round) explodes at the farmer's markets. I buy way too many blueberries and peaches, but I always seem to end up eating them all or making them into jam before they go bad. Ominous storms roll through in the summer, bringing beautiful grey clouds and a welcome temporary drop in temperatures. Sometimes there's nothing better than a good summer storm to drench the earth and cool it off for a bit. Life seems to become less complicated and focused on simpler things like good ice cream and lounging in the shade.
Although I tend to rely less on my oven and more on raw foods and un-fussy preparations during the summer, I couldn't resist making up a quick crumble with the trio of berries resting in my fridge last weekend. I had a lime lying around, so I combined the zest with the berries to give it an extra punch of flavor. And, to cool things off a bit, I served it with a spiced coconut yogurt. I baked up the crumble just in time to enjoy a fleeting summer storm, rolling through and offering a bit of relief from the sun.
notes: I made my crumble in my cast iron pan, but feel free to use any baking dish of a similar size. Just make sure to lightly grease it with oil. You may have some crumble topping left over, but don't throw it out! You can freeze it and save it for the next crumble or for adding to the top of muffins, pancakes, etc. The crumble should serve 6 people.
3 1/2 to 4 cups mixed berries (I used blueberries, raspberries, and cherries)
6 tbsp coconut sugar, divided
zest of 1 organic un-waxed lime
3/4 cup whole rolled oats
1/2 cup of oat flour (or any flour of your choice)
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp ground cloves
heaping 1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup coconut oil at room temperature (solid)
spiced coconut yogurt
1 6 to 8 oz container plain coconut milk yogurt
1/2 to 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (or honey if not making it vegan)
1/8 tsp each of ground cloves and ground cardamom
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Toss the berries, 2 tbsp of the coconut sugar, and lime zest together in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, flour, salt, sugar, ground cloves, and pecans until combined. Add the coconut oil and mash it into the dry mixture with a fork or your fingers until the crumble topping forms. Pour the berries and their accumulated juices into a seasoned cast iron pan (or a lightly greased baking dish) and spread them out into an even layer. Spread the crumble mixture over the top of the berries in an even layer (you may have some left over). Bake the crumble at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbly.
While the crumble is cooling, combine all of the ingredients for the spiced coconut yogurt. Taste and adjust for sweetness or spices. Serve along side or on top of the crumble. Enjoy!