Do you love peaches as much as I do?
Summer is the season for peaches is right now and I want you to take full advantage of them. Peaches are one of those ultra seasonal fruits (along with all stone fruits such as plums) that you will definitely not find in the stores come January. However, you could easily buy frozen peaches and make this a winter dessert, if the mood takes you there.
This Simple Peach and Pecan Crisp is healthy. Okay, I said it. But I am not going to give you one of those healthy desserts that doesn’t taste great, am I? Even though this Crisp is full of fresh fruit, whole grains, minimal sugar and healing spices, the culinary nutrition side of me wants your desserts to be good for you and taste delicious too.
To start, you need the sweetest peaches you can find. Don’t skimp here. Go the farmer’s market and find the best. I only use the minimal amount of sugar because the peaches help out. If you use frozen peaches, that’s fine too. They may not be as sweet but the Crisp will still be great.
The rest is simple. I use coconut oil rather than butter, oats and oat flour instead of white flour, healthy fats from the pecans. It turns out that this is a dish you can literally eat for breakfast. Try it, it will make your end of summer well worth it.
This is the easiest and BEST Peach and Pecan Crisp!
6 large ripe peaches
1 tablespoon organic brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon oat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup oat flour
2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
½ cup roughly chopped pecans
pinch of salt
¼ cup coconut oil, softened or melted
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Roughly slice the peaches and add to a square8x8″ baking dish. Sprinkle the peaches with the brown sugar, vanilla and oat flour and gently toss.
2. Make the topping: in a medium mixing bowl toss together the oats, oat flour, brown sugar, pecans and salt. Add in the coconut oil and combine well. It helps here to use your (clean) fingers to combine.
3. Cover the baking dish loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for another 15 minutes. Serve warm.
Take full advantage of fresh peaches in summer, and if you can’t find them, feel free to use frozen.
This Simple Peach and Pecan Crisp is Gluten free.
This Crisp is great served with either vanilla gelato, coconut ice cream or even a dollop of plain yogurt for breakfast, it’s that healthy!
Keywords: healthy desserts, vegan, gluten free