August 14, 2011

Summer Berry Coconut Crisp

I made this recipe for my family supper tonight.  My mom suggested something light, so I decided that a summer berry crisp would fit that request.  This time of year can change how we think and feel about food.  In the summer there is a wider selection of fruits and vegetables to choose from and buy at local Farmers' Markets (and grocery stores).  I tend to be less hungry throughout the summer and usually lean towards lighter meals (rarely followed by a dessert).  Sometimes a dessert during the summer can be as simple as some blueberries and heavy cream, which I used to eat with my grandmother in Saskatchewan in the summer. 

I adapted the following recipe from Alana's The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

Summer Berry Coconut Crisp

Preheat oven to 350'F.  Grease a 7"x11" baking pan with grapeseed oil or butter.

4 cups of frozen berries (I used Saskatoons and blueberries)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp arrowroot powder (thickens the mixture)

Place berries and lemon juice in the pan.  Sprinkle the berries with the arrowroot powder.  Gently toss together.  Bake for 40-50 until it is slightly thickened.

1 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup melted (over low heat) coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup agave nectar or honey (optional)

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  Melt the coconut oil in a sauce pan and whisk in the vanilla and agave.  Stir the wet and dry ingredients together to form a crumble.  Sprinkle the topping over the fruit. Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Topping will be slightly brown and the berry juices will be bubbly.

Let the crisp cool for 30 minutes and serve warm with organic whipped cream (optional). 

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