Gluten-Free Vegan Pear Dark Chocolate Crumble

Gluten-Free Vegan Pear Dark Chocolate Crumble

This Gluten-Free Vegan Pear Dark Chocolate Crumble is perfectly sweet, so comforting and really warming. 

Gluten-Free Vegan Pear Dark Chocolate Crumble

I wasn’t actually expecting a gluten-free AND vegan crumble to taste so good, but the combination of flavours here work really well, and I think you’d be able to enjoy it even if you’re not gluten-free or vegan, as the alternative tastes and textures of this crumble are quite new and exciting. Neither me nor anyone else in my family is gluten-free or vegan, but we still really enjoyed it! The almond butter adds a lovely depth of flavour and a buttery (without butter) richness, whilst the almond powder adds moisture in contrast with the crisp oats.

And what’s more, this version here is actually easier to make than a regular crumble! You don’t have to spend ages crumbling butter into flour and sugar with your hands, just put all of the ingredients (which are all basic ones that you will be able to find at your local supermarket) in one bowl in any order and mix together.

I love the combination of pear and dark chocolate, which I used in this Pear Dark Chocolate Pudding, and knew that it would be delicious in a crumble.

I added some crystallised ginger to the crumble because I think gingery spice is a welcome addition to the other flavours, but I’ve left this as optional because not everyone likes ginger and it’s not that crucial a part of the crumble.

Likewise for the hazelnuts, I think they add a lovely crunchy texture and add further depth to the overall flavour, but not everyone wants that in a crumble so I’ve left them as optional too.

And if you’re the type to fuss about what variety of fruit to use, I’d recommend Comice pears as they tend to remain firm during cooking and don’t leak out too much water, but it doesn’t really matter, it’ll still taste the same.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Pear Dark Chocolate Crumble
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Gluten-Free Vegan Pear Dark Chocolate Crumble
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This Gluten-Free Vegan Pear Dark Chocolate Crumble is perfectly sweet, so comforting and really warming. 

Course: Dessert
Servings: 6
Author: Rhian Williams
Ingredients
  • 3 (Comice) pears, peeled, cored and chopped into pieces
  • Handful of dark chocolate chips or chocolate bar cut into chunks
  • 6 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons oats (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • Optional: Handful of hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • Optional: Few pieces of crystallised ginger, chopped smaller if necessary
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (350 degrees)

  2. Spread the pears evenly across the bottom of your oven-proof baking dish of choice
  3. Place all the ingredients for the crumble (apart from the hazelnuts) in a bowl and mix well – make sure to get rid of any lumps of almond butter (you can do this by pressing them with the back of a spoon)
  4. Place the crumble mixture evenly over the pears
  5. Scatter over the hazelnuts (they’ll taste nicer on top of the crumble as they’ll get roasted in the oven)
  6. Bake in oven for around 30 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown
  7. Best served warm from the oven, maybe with a scoop of (dairy-free) ice cream. It's also delicious for breakfast with some coconut yogurt

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