Vegan plum and berry crumble

Baking or dessert is not my forte.  Growing up, mum served sliced fruit as a palate cleanser after our meals, and desserts never featured on the menu.  So, as with most things noted on this blog, I’m a late bloomer where sweet treats are concerned.

I wanted to make a good effort for my friend Anna, who was invited to my dinner party over the weekend.  Anna is an accomplished cook, and I have attended a few of her macrobiotic cooking workshops featuring delicious vegan recipes.  So I googled online and found a vegan berry crumble recipe at Joy the Baker. I used plums instead of peaches, and added in blueberries and strawberries as well.  Instead of maple syrup, I used malted rice syrup.

Here is the recipe, modified slightly,  for ease of reference. Credit to Joy the Baker.


A) The fruit

  • 8 ripe plums, cored and cut into chunks
  • 150g blueberries
  • 150g strawberries
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup malted rice syrup
  • zest of a lemon

B) The crumble

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp malted rice syrup
  • 1 tbsp water


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees
  2. Mix the fruits and lemon zest in a bowl with the flour and spices
  3. Pour the contents of the bowl into a round baking dish
  4. For the crumble, mix the oats, flour, spices and salt
  5. Mix the wet ingredients together in a bowl (oil, rice syrup, vanilla, water)
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Ensure all the oats is mixed in with the wet ingredients (otherwise, mix 1/2 tbsp of oil with 1 tbsp syrup and add to the mixture as required)
  7. Press the crumble onto the fruit, ensure even coverage as you wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on crumble!
  8. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes
  9. I served the crumble on its own to Anna, but some of the other guests had it with some cream/ice cream

I really enjoyed this dish. The fruits were soft, but not mushy, sweet with a slight hint of tartness from the berries. The oats topping provided a nice crunchy texture. More importantly, Anna even had seconds which was a great compliment.  Definitely a keeper.


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