Who would’ve ever thought that peaches and blueberries would come together and create wonderful flavor.
I find the most challenging thing to do in cooking and baking is to take comfort food or really unhealthy desserts and make them healthy but without a loss of flavor. This is not always easy to do and may require a dish to be made several times before getting it right, but it is possible. I am not the healthiest person on the planet. I am a very healthy eater just not consistently. I believe in eating burgers and fries every now and then. However, I am aware of healthy lifestyle changes. One of the biggest healthy lifestyle changes that I have and continue to try to implement is eliminating white sugar and white flour. I have gotten so good with this change that I feel bad, physically and mentally, anytime I eat white bread or white pasta. Sometimes you don’t have a choice depending on where you are and the options that are available and that is okay. However, I don’t buy those things at the grocery store nor will you find it in my house. If you do, it is for a specific and good reason. In my effort to try to cut or keep at a very low-level the amount of white sugar I intake in my regular diet, I try to replace sugar with honey, agave, or stevia. I did just that in this Peach and Blueberry Crumble dessert.
Instead of using sugar in the fruit filling I used honey and a bit of maple syrup. I just wanted to give it enough sweetness that will allow the natural sweetness of the peaches and blueberry to come out. The crumble, that is the best part, I used rolled oats and Grape Nuts! That’s right. I used Grape Nuts the cereal for some extra crunch and texture. There is a little flour but its only about 1/4 cup to bind it all together. To give the crumble some sweetness I used 2 packets of pure can sugar. I was really nervous about it because I didn’t know how the combination of peaches and blueberries would mix together and I didn’t know how the Grape Nuts would come out but it all came out very, very good! This is the best healthiest dessert I have ever made so far. If you put this crumble in front of a kid or someone who really likes sweets, I promise you they won’t know the difference. Instead of topping the crumble off with ice cream, use frozen Greek yogurt like I did. I’m telling you, you will find a new appreciation for eating healthy.
- 1 lb. frozen or fresh peach slices, thawed
- 1 c. fresh blueberries
- ¼ c. honey
- ⅛ c. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ c. rolled oats
- ½ c. Grape Nuts
- ¼ c. flour
- 3 packets Turbinado Sugar + 1 for sprinkling (5 gram packets)
- 3½ tbsp. cold unsalted butter (you can use vegan butter if you have it)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
- In a large bowl, add the pound of peach slices and blueberries inside. Drizzle with the honey, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Sprinkle with cinnamon and set aside.
- In a separate bowl add the rolled oats, Grape Nuts, 2 packets of turbinado, cinnamon, pinch of salt, and flour and mix together with a whisk. Cut in the cold butter and use a fork or a pastry cutter mix until course lumps begin to form. All ingredients should be mixed well.
- Take 4-6 small ramekins and begin filling with the fruit filling (8 oz. ramekins).
- Once the ramekins are filled, top off with about ¼ c. of the crumble for each ramekin. If there is more topping left over then go back and top off more of the ramekins. Take the last packet of sugar and sprinkle a little on top of each crumble. Place on a baking sheet, place in the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes.