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Winter warmers: the humble berry nut crumble

Winter is in full force. So much so, even the thought of leaving the house without a big scarf and warm boots is enough to send shivers down my spine.

Fortunately, with the frost also comes the excuse to eat hot, scrumptious desserts whenever a little warmth is needed (ahem, all the time). Our freezer is currently stocked full of organic frozen berries and as a result the humble berry nut crumble is quickly becoming a winter staple.

The recipe for this warmer is incredibly simple. The below deconstructed version also keeps all week (crumble in an air-tight container, berries in the freezer) so if you can resist eating it all at once, it’s a handy one to have ready for lunchboxes.

Other than being delicious, berries are also antioxidant powerhouses. Their superpowers include the ability to improve mental dexterity and heart health all while reducing the risk of cancer. Which is amazing! They’re also low in fructose and calories (if that’s your thing) so there’s no need to stress about eating too many.

The nuts on the other hand can pack an energy punch, so be careful not to get too heavy on the crumble side of things.

Tip: If you’re feeling like an extra health kick, warm the berries on the stove top and mix in a quarter of a cup of chia seeds. Let them soak up the berry juice for ten minutes or so.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  2. 1 tablespoon of rice malt syrup
  3. 1 cup slithered almonds
  4. 1/2 a cup chopped macadamias
  5. 1 cup shredded coconut
  6. 1/2 a cup puffed quinoa
  7. 1/2 cup puffed amaranth
  8. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  9. 1/2 cup pepitas
  10. 1/2 – 1 cup of berries (I prefer a mix of raspberries and blueberries)

Method:

  1. Preheat your over to 180 C
  2. Put the coconut, puffed quinoa, puffed amaranth, sunflower seeds and pepitas in a large bowl
  3. Add the coconut oil and rice malt syrup (melt the coconut oil if it’s in solid form)
  4. Mix till well combined
  5. Spread the mixture on a large baking tray lined with foil
  6. Bake for 10 minutes (or until lightly brown) then remove tray from the oven and stir up the mix, turning over any cooked bits and breaking down the delicious clumps
  7. Bake for another 5 minutes until golden brown
  8. Once out of the oven and the mix has cooled down, add in the almonds and macadamias (they’re added later to help avoid oxidisation)
  9. Place half a cup of berries in to a saucepan or microwave to heat up (you don’t need any oil or butter)
  10. Once warm and in a bowl, add the desired amount of crumble on top and enjoy!
  11. Store remaining crumble in an air tight container (preferably glass or stainless steal) until you want another serve
  12. Warning, do not keep crumble on your desk at work – you will eat it all in one day. 😉

Also, try use organic ingredients where possible! Particularity the berries. You can buy frozen organic berries from all big supermarkets and health food stores all year round.

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