Berry-Nut Crumble

It was around this time last year that I made my own apple crisp, do you remember? This was before I met Divya from Flavour Fiesta! Wow, how much things have changed in just one short year. I’m so happy to be sharing some even yummier treats with you this holiday… of course, all with a ‘good-for-your-skin’ twist!
Today’s recipe was taken straight out of the holiday issue of Flavour Fiesta Magazine. Check it out if you haven’t done so already. The talented Divya has really outdone herself!

Berries aren’t exactly what you think of in the winter, but what’s wrong with having some summer fruit when it’s cold outside? Fresh berries may be hard to come by and they don’t always taste the same in the winter, so choose frozen berries to get a bit of summer in your winter diet. One of my favorite ways to eat berries is on top of my morning yogurt or in a shake, but nothing beats a warm berry crumble with some ice-cream on top! But, berry crumble isn’t always a healthy choice with all the butter and sugar, so I came up with this healthier version.
Since berries are usually quite sweet on their own, I try not to add too much to the crumble. Let the natural sugars work their magic! As for a replacement for butter, well there isn’t one. You’re not going to get the perfect golden brown top with ample crunch without any butter. Sometimes I like to use it, but other times I replace it with coconut oil. It doesn’t give it the same crunch, but it sure does add to the flavour. To add some crunch, I used toasted almonds, which are a great source of healthy fats. So now berry crumble can be somewhat healthy too!

serves 3-4

2 tbsp goji berries
4-6 ripe strawberries, chopped
¾ cup blueberries
¾ cup raspberries
¼ cup chopped almonds
¼ all-purpose flour
¼ cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup toasted rolled oats
3 tbsp unrefined sugar
3 tbsp coconut oil*
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
Probiotic yogurt (to serve with the crumble)

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 360 degrees F.
Step 2: Rehydrate the goji berries in some hot water for 5 minutes. Strain.
Step 3: Mix the goji berries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, 2 tbsp sugar, lemon juice and ½ tablespoon of the flour.
Step 4: Place the berry mixture in individual ramekins or mini-tureens.
Step 5: Prepare the crumble mixture by mixing the remaining flour, almonds, cinnamon, toasted oats, 1 tbsp sugar and coconut oil. Mix well until fully incorporated.
Step 6: Sprinkle a thin layer of the crumble mixture on the berries and bake for 40 minutes. Broil for the last 2 minutes for a browned top. Serve topped with yogurt.
* Coconut oil is used as a replacement for butter. It’s a healthier option, but won’t result in the same crunch as butter.

I’m sure you’ve read about all of the following ingredients and why they are ‘shining stars’ when it comes to optimizing skin health, but in case you need a quick refresher, here it goes…

Mixed Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, goji berries): Brimming with youth-promoting antioxidants, these super berries are some of the best ingredients for gorgeous skin.
Cinnamon: Known as a ‘warming’ spice, cinnamon may help boost circulation, which will help bring nutrients to the skin and flush away toxins. Bonus – your fingers and toes might just feel a little toastier this winter.
Probiotic Yogurt: Do you suffer from skin sensitivities? New studies are being released regarding the possible benefits of probiotics and its ability to strengthen the skin barrier, making one’s skin more resilient against potential irritants. The Chinese believe that nurturing gut health is the best way to ensure healthy skin.

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