I decided to recreate the flavours of my Pear & Dark Chocolate Pudding and made this Gluten-Free Vegan Pear Dark Chocolate Crumble, which is also oil-free and low in sugar.
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 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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- 3 (Comice) pears, peeled, cored and chopped into pieces
- Handful of dark chocolate chips or chocolate bar cut into chunks
- 6 tablespoons almond powder
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons oats (gluten-free oats if necessary)
- Optional: Handful of hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- Optional: Few pieces of crystallised ginger, chopped smaller if necessary
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees
- Spread the pears evenly across the bottom of your oven-proof baking dish of choice
- 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)
- Place the crumble mixture evenly over the pears
- Scatter over the hazelnuts (they’ll taste nicer on top of the crumble as they’ll get roasted in the oven)
- Bake in oven for around 30 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown