Fruit crumble is the ultimate comfort food dessert, and it’s really easy to make plant-based versions. You can use palm-oil-free vegan butter (or coconut oil) in place of dairy, use wholesome sugar and oats for the crumble topping. Use riper apples for less sugar (choose organic to avoid shellac – a waxy coating made from dead insects). Serve these recipes with vegan cream, custard or ice-cream. Try this mixed berry crumble (Nourish Magazine).
Use vegan butters with no palm oil. Use a reusable baking liner or unbleached parchment paper. Keep recipes away from pets, due to toxic ingredients (including fruit pips/seeds and spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, mace etc).
Vegan Fruit Crumble with Custard (So Vegan) is made with Bramley apples and berries, but you could sub out any seasonal fruit. Flavoured with cinnamon and light brown sugar, the crumble is made with palm-oil-free vegan butter, brown sugar, flour and rolled oats. There is also a homemade vegan custard recipe, although in a pinch you could use ready-made.
Gluten-Free Apple Crisp (Crowded Kitchen) is a comforting dessert for chillier months. Only requiring a few simple steps, it features a tasty apple filling and a vegan butter crispy top. Serve with vegan vanilla ice cream.
Vegan & Gluten-Free Rhubarb Crisp (Bojon Gourmet) combines tangy rhubarb with real vanilla and refreshing lemon. The crunchy crumble is made with oats and almonds. Don’t compost rhubarb leaves as they contain a toxin that can harm garden friends – just bin where they will naturally biodegrade.