Super Simple Balsamic Plum Oat Crumble

Super Simple Balsamic Plum Oat Crumble (Free From: gluten, dairy, eggs, oils, nuts, and refined sugar. Grain/oat-free option)

My dilemma of how to finish off a basket of less-than-flavorful plums turned out to be good fortune in disguise. What started as mediocre-tasting fruit quickly transformed into the most delicious plum crumble, among other things. This is a quaint, simple dessert, and yet these “homey” recipes always get the best of me… (especially when you throw ice cream into the mix).

Super Simple Balsamic Plum Oat Crumble (Free From: gluten, dairy, eggs, oils, nuts, and refined sugar. Grain/oat-free option)

Of course you don’t have to use flavorless plums. Full-flavored ones would be even better. And you can use different stone fruit as well — cherries or peaches? Excellent choice. Just grab whatever is available / in season. I must say though, something about plums + balsamic vinegar really works… that extra kick imparted by the balsamic vinegar gives an ever-so-slight edge to this otherwise simple, classic recipe.

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Now if you’re a baked crumble purist, I’ll admit I really hesitated to call this dish a crumble… because I lazied out entirely and instead of making a crumble topping just used quick oats. Let’s call it a shortcut crumble for the time impaired. Turned out absolutely lovely nonetheless — much of the oats absorbed the delicious flavor of the plum sauce while cooking, while others became crispy in just the right way. If you prefer a grain / oat-free option, just sprinkle with some nuts instead… But the oats keep the recipe light and cozy.

Super Simple Balsamic Plum Oat Crumble (Free From: gluten, dairy, eggs, oils, nuts, and refined sugar. Grain/oat-free option)

As for the ice cream. That was an improvised last minute addition that turned out to be a keeper for the dish. It just rounds off all the flavors in the bake and adds a comforting creaminess… I used this Vanilla & Salted Caramel Ice Cream since that’s what I had on hand. But a simple banana ice cream would be lovely too, or anything vanilla.. Even some coconut whip would do the trick.

Super Simple Balsamic Plum Oat Crumble (Free From: gluten, dairy, eggs, oils, nuts, and refined sugar. Grain/oat-free option)

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Super Simple Balsamic Plum Oat Crumble (Free From: gluten, dairy, eggs, oils, nuts, and refined sugar. Grain/oat-free option)

Super Simple Balsamic Plum Oat Crumble


  • Author: Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

Cozy, juicy plum crumble recipe made with gluten-free oats and vegan ice cream. Perfect autumn/ winter recipe, refined sugar-free.


Ingredients

Plum Base:

  • 5 medium-small plums, de-stoned and rough chopped
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • ⅛ tsp salt

Oat Topping:

  • 8 tbsp gluten-free quick oats (or use sliced almonds for a grain / oat-free version)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • cinnamon for sprinkling (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Lightly oil a small baking dish (I used a medium-sized ceramic 22 oz / 3 cups oval baking dish, but anything of a similar size will do).
  2. Place all plum base ingredients in the baking dish and toss / stir around to combine (make sure the dish is not filled to the top — you need a good 1″ clearance to the top in there because the mixture will rise and then drop back down as it cooks, so don’t over-fill).
  3. Sprinkle evenly with the quick oats. Drizzle the additional maple syrup on top of the oats. Sprinkle with some cinnamon (optional).
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 1 hour. Remove and allow the crumble to cool off a bit (or a lot of you like it cold). Top with an ice cream of your choice (see notes above recipe for ice cream recipe recommendations) and serve. Enjoy!

Happy baking!

x Audrey

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