Whole Grain Strawberry Oat Crumble

A sweet and simple strawberry oat crumble with a buttery brown sugar oat crumb topping, and jammy berry filling. Easily adaptable, gluten free and vegan friendly.

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A sweet and simple strawberry oat crumble

Apparently Seattle missed the memo that it’s still April, instead skipping straight ahead to Summer, with nothing but blue skies, abundant sunshine and highs in the mid-eighties this week. So while our homegrown snap peas are just beginning to blossom, and local asparagus has yet to appear in the market, the dogwood flowers are crisping in the heat, and I’m craving all kinds of berries.

I baked this strawberry oat crumble in celebration of these Summer-y vibes, but mostly the end of tax season and a few other all-consuming side projects finishing up. After a couple of months of spreading myself waaay too thin, it feels utterly indulgent to be leisurely cooking and baking again.

Crumbles are an obvious favorite around here – there’s just something so utterly perfect about sweet, juicy, bubbling fruit nestled under a blanket of crispy, crumbly, oat goodness. I go weak at the knees…

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This strawberry oat crumble is a mix of a few of my favorites – these strawberry crumbles and the topping from these jammy crumble bars – but I swapped out the all-purpose flour in those recipes for whole grain sprouted spelt flour, for a more nutritious boost and a nuttier flavor. You’ll hardly know the difference, promise.

Since strawberry season is still several weeks away – ahem, still April – some of last year’s beauties made an appearance (pictured here), thanks to my always at-the-ready freezer supply.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

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Whole Grain Strawberry Oat Crumble


  • Author: Laura Bolton
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A sweet and simple strawberry oat crumble with a buttery brown sugar oat crumb topping, and jammy berry filling. Easily adaptable, gluten free and vegan friendly.


Ingredients

Scale

Strawberry Filling

Oat Crumble Topping


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉. Lightly grease a 9×9-inch baking dish with butter or baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, toss together the strawberries, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and arrowroot starch, if using. Set aside.
  3. Make the crumble topping: In a small mixing bowl, stir together the oats, flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and cardamom until combined.
  4. Add the butter, and use a pastry blender or your fingers to cut the butter into the dry ingredients. Continue until the butter is completely incorporated, and the mixture comes together into a chunky crumb.
  5. Pour the strawberry mixture into your prepared baking dish. Top with the crumble topping and bake for 25-35 minutes, until the crumble topping is golden brown and the berry juices begin to bubble. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm with scoops of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!!

Notes

¹ Arrowroot starch is my favorite pie and fruit filling thickener. It creates a smooth, shiny sauce without a noticeable added taste. As a second choice, you can also substitute (blended) instant tapioca pearls or cornstarch. Or, omit the starch, and enjoy a saucier crumble!

² Make this crumble gluten free by substituting all-purpose gluten free flour and making sure your rolled oats are also GF Almond or oat flour would likely work as well.

³ Make it vegan by using vegan butter (such as Earth Balance buttery baking sticks), or room-temperature unrefined coconut oil and be sure to use sugar produced without the use of animal products.

  • Category: Baking, Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: strawberry oat crumble, whole wheat, strawberry crisp, oat crumb, easy

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6 Comments

  1. 4.24.16
    Katrina said:

    Really love the sound of a strawberry crumble!! Looks awesome!

    • 4.25.16
      Laura said:

      Thank you, as always, Katrina!!

  2. 4.21.16
    Aysegul said:

    Just gorgeous Laura. What a creative and delicious looking crumble. Well done!

  3. 4.21.16
    Liz said:

    Sounds nice Laura. Thank you.

Hi! I'm Laura, the food-obsessed cook, writer, and photographer behind Fork Knife Swoon, where you'll find mostly sweet, seasonal recipes and stories from my Northern Virginia kitchen.

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