When cherries are in season (okay, or whenever you are craving it) this gluten-free cherry crumble is a crowd pleaser. Enjoy with a #sassyapproved Whipped Greek Yogurt too for an added cherry-on-top finishing touch.
I love to cook foods that are in season. This wasn’t always the case. Frankly, I never really thought about what foods were in season because I just ate what I felt like or what I had access to. Living in Upstate New York has changed my view on that. Foods are not as readily available HOWEVER you have far more access here to Farmer’s Markets and local produce, so it’s not really a loss.
I signed up for Field Goods a few years back and it helps me support local farmers while also educate myself on what is in season. It not only supports the local farming industry it also improves my taste bud’s experience. Why? Because the foods that are in season are FAR more tasty and enjoyable. They are not flavorless and instead taste almost like candy. When cherries come in my Field Goods bag I am beyond excited. While I could just eat them as-is I also like to make them into desserts, like this gluten-free cherry crumble.
Cherry On Top
Okay, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention some health benefits of cherries while I’m here. Cherries have been on my radar for a while because Tart Cherry Juice was touted as a great recovery drink to us swimmers while I was at Cornell University. I never really got behind tart cherry juice because it’s a pretty expensive drink and not ALL that enjoyable after exerting yourself, however, there are known benefits and if your tastebuds and wallets allow, not a bad option for recovery.
That being said, you don’t have to have tart cherry juice to reap the benefits. Instead, you can gain benefit from eating fresh cherries (frozen–are okay too) too. Some of the benefits of eating cherries include:
- Reducing overall inflammation and decrease oxidative stress
- Helping to regulate blood sugar levels
- Lowering risk of heart disease
- Improving memory & sleep
Now, those are some great reasons to start adding cherries to your diet. Don’t take my word on it, try eating them yourself and see if you like the way cherries taste and how they make you feel.
Whipped Greek Yogurt
Um, what?! Did I just say whipped Greek Yogurt? I sure did.
When I was making this crumble, it seemed like it would go well with whipped cream. Well, being a dietitian and recipe developer, I decided to try something different. I first learned about whipping greek yogurt a while back when I first used Whipped Cream chargers. I thought you could only use them for whipped cream but it turns out, you can use them for sauces, mousse and other pastes! I went a bit crazy and developed a bunch of recipes that highlighted the whipped element. I feel like I may have hit jackpot with this addition. I always have greek yogurt on hand, so why not add a bit of extra protein to my dessert, ya know?!
Certainly the dish is fine without any whipped cream, HOWEVER, it does add a magical touch that I’m not in anyway sad about, and instead incredibly proud of.
Gluten-Free Cherry Crumble
Okay, time for what you all came for, a delicious recipe. This gluten-free cherry crumble is incredibly easy to throw together and is very tasty. I brought it to the gym and it was gone by the time I left. The best part about a crumble is that you don’t have to worry too much about presentation because it’s just going to be slopped on a plate or in a bowl. Taste (okay, and quality) are what are key here.
Pro Tip: Grab yourself a cherry pitter (affiliate link) so that you can use fresh cherries in this recipe. If not you can use an empty wine bottle, place the cherry on top and use a chopstick to push pit into wine bottle.
This gluten-free crumble is a simple and delicious way to enjoy fresh cherries this cherry season.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- pinch salt
- 1 lb cherries (whole & pitted)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp water
Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream
- 3/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Lightly grease an 8”x8” baking dish wit cooking spray and preheat oven to 375°F
- Combine all ingredients for crust/crumble in a medium bowl, reserve 1/2 cup in a small bowl
- Place the rest of the crust in the bottom of greased baking dish and using hands press to cover the entire bottom in one even layer.
- Meanwhile make Cherry Pie Filling by placing all ingredients in a small pot over medium heat, cook for 10 minutes or until cherries are starting to gel. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Pour cherry pie filling over crust then top with reserved 1/2 cup of crust/crumble
- Bake in oven for 40 minutes, remove and let cool for 5 minutes before enjoying
Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream
- Use hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment and mix until stiff peaks form. Top crumble with whipped cream or refrigerate until ready to use.
What is your favorite way to enjoy cherries?!
Would it be helpful if I created a in-season list?
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