Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Strawberry Crumble

You guys.  It’s strawberry season!  I’ve been shoveling them in my mouth by the handful.  They are so good already.

But instead of just posting some pictures of some really beautiful strawberries, I decided to make you a crumble.  I’m beyond a fan of fruit crumbles.  Actually, top anything with an oat-brown sugar-cinnamon topping and I will inhale it.  I love the way fruit bakes up and contrasts with the texture of the crumble topping.

I literally threw this recipe together for a quick dessert one night.  It was so fast and baked while we ate dinner.  It’s dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free (with GF oats), and with just a little bit of sugar and oil, it’s fairly healthy.  So feel free to eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.  Or all of the above.

Your summer-craving taste buds will thank me.

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Strawberry Crumble Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Quick crumble recipe with sweet strawberries and a vegan streusel topping.


1 1/2 cups strawberries, (fresh or frozen and thawed)
Juice of half a lemon
3 Tbs. flour, divided
1 cup old fashioned oats
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. grapeseed oil
2 Tbs. maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray four-1/2 cup ramekins with non-stick cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix the strawberries, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of flour until blended. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix oats, the remaining flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt together until mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Stream into the oat mixture and stir with a fork until all the liquid is well-incorporated into the dry. Spoon 1/3 cup of the topping ingredients into the strawberry mixture and stir.

Divide the strawberry mixture evenly among the ramekins and divide the oat mixture evenly on top of the strawberries.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the strawberries are tender and the topping is golden brown and crisp.

Cassie' Notes:
Swap out the strawberries for any fruit that you like. A mixture of various berries would be delicious!

Gluten-Free Adaptations: use gluten-free oats and a gluten-free flour mix or use half the amount of gluten-free cornstarch in place of the flour.


60 Responses to “Strawberry Crumble”

  1. #
    Joan Hayes@chocolate and more — May 23, 2012 @ 6:27 am

    This sounds perfect, and as the season progresses, I can use any fruit. Our blackberries are already close to picking. Pinned this and will be making soon!

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 10:35 am

      I hope you enjoy Joan!

  2. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — May 23, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    I have a bunch of fresh strawberries in the fridge right now…this is the perfect way to use them up! 😀 Mmm!

  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 23, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    So easy! Love this idea!

  4. #
    Blog is the New Black — May 23, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    This sounds amazing!

  5. #
    Kathryn — May 23, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    A crumble topping makes everything better!

  6. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Love strawberries! And LOVE crumbles!!! This looks perfect for summer! 🙂

  7. #
    Maria — May 23, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    I want this for breakfast!

  8. #
    Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — May 23, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    I’ve got to make this. You are so clever!

  9. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — May 23, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    We are a month away from strawberry season up here and it is a fabulous time of year. I eat so many as well. This crumble looks outstanding!!

  10. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 23, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    this looks awesome! i am all about the fresh, local strawberries this time of year, too. they are just too delicious!

  11. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — May 23, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    So simple. Love it!

  12. #
    Bev Weidner — May 23, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Look at that!

  13. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — May 23, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    This sounds like a perfect breakfast to me! Love fresh strawberries!!

  14. #
    Anna — May 23, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Mmm, I love crumbles sooooo much, and this looks amazing! Gorgeous fresh pictures!

  15. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 23, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Strawberries and individual crumbles are my fave!

    Totally off topic, but I love your nail polish!

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 10:35 am

      Haha! Thank you, lots of people have said that. It’s an OPI polish called Cajun Shrimp. One of my favorites!

  16. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — May 23, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    I love this! It looks so simple and like you said, fairly healthy. 🙂 I think I might try it with raspberries because baked strawberries aren’t my favorite thing. They just shouldn’t be mushy! Mushy frozen raspberries are okay, though. 🙂 The topping looks so yummy!

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 10:36 am

      I think it would be amazing with raspberries. I’ve also made it with a frozen mixed berry blend and it was great!

  17. #
    Katie | Healthnut Foodie — May 23, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Yum! Love crumbles. We make one that is very similar but includes rhubarb.

  18. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 23, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    A perfect breakfast treat if you ask me 😉

  19. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 23, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Yep. so making this. Adorable!!

  20. #
    Jill | Dulce Dough — May 23, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    I love crumbles too! Looks like the perfect summer dessert!

  21. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 23, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    anything with a crumble topping and I am sold! love it!

  22. #
    Eric Harper — May 23, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    So does this work with a GF flour blend? The writeup mentions this is gluten-free, but there is flour in the ingredients. If you mean GF flour blend, will that adequately thicken the strawberry mixture or will I have to substitute some cornstarch in there instead?

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

      Hi Eric, oops! I just realized that I hadn’t added the adaptations. I have tried it both ways and GF flour blend works but cornstarch works better, just use half of the amount of flour in place of the cornstarch. Thanks for bringing this up!

  23. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — May 23, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    i love the sound of this! simple berry desserts are my fave!

  24. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 23, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Anything with “crumble” or “crisp” or “streusel” has my name written all over it! And I just bought a HUGE carton of strawbs at the market. Love this Cassie!

  25. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — May 23, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    I love crumble! I would be whipping this up for dessert every night if I could! I love that its strawberry season too!

  26. #
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom — May 23, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    I could eat this all day long! So summery and refreshing!

  27. #
    leslie — May 23, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    Any crumble is a crumble friend of me

  28. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 23, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Yum! Anything with a crumb topping is a good thing!

  29. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — May 23, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    So perfect! I love strawberry season, it’s like christmas!

  30. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — May 23, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    This looks so good! And the pictures are beautiful!

  31. #
    Angela — May 23, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try! If I don’t have grapeseed oil, could I use canola? Also, would a 8×8 glass baking pan work in place of ramekins?

    • Cassie replied: — May 23rd, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

      Hi Angela, yes, canola is a great sub for grapeseed oil. And if you use an 8×8 dish, I would double the recipe just to make sure that it’s not too thin. Hope you enjoy!

  32. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 23, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    you know I love crumbles 😉 anything with that crumb topping, I’m all over — especially in ramekins!! these look great, cassie! i love that they were impromptu too!

  33. #
    Tracey — May 23, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more – put a crumble topping on anything and it instantly makes it about 100x better 🙂 I have a ton of strawberries in my fridge so I just might need to whip this up one night soon!

  34. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 23, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    I love strawberries too! And crumbles!! Perfect dessert for this time of year! The smell of a crumble baking is just heavenly!

  35. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — May 23, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    Seriously, I’ve been non-stop eating market fresh strawberries all week. But this crumble – I want it for breakfast right now… which is weird since it’s 12:27 am. Maybe I can convince the man to make it tomorrow – here’s to hoping!

  36. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 24, 2012 @ 4:45 am

    Who doesn’t love a good crumble! This looks marvelous.

  37. #
    Alyssa — May 24, 2012 @ 5:23 am

    Strawberries are crazy expensive here, so they are a big treat when we get them. This would be a great way to use them though! I agree, crumbles are the best. They are so much easier than pie, and the topping is to die for. I’ve never thought about using grapeseed oil, but it sounds likea great idea!

  38. #
    Kate — May 24, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    These photos are gorgeous and a lovely recipe too. Healthy and seasonal, which I just love.

  39. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — May 24, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    I ADORE strawberries in any baked goods, so this has definitely made its way to the top of my dessert rotation.

  40. #
    Lizzie — May 24, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    I whipped this up for our dessert last night, and like you said, it baked while we ate dinner. Perfect! I made it with a combination of strawberries and blueberries. It was really easy to halve the recipe for just two servings, and I found the recipe to be perfectly, not overly, sweet.

    • Cassie replied: — May 24th, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

      Thanks for commenting Lizzie! I am so glad you enjoyed it, and glad to hear that you added blueberries!

  41. #
    Jessica — May 24, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    This is one of my all time favorites. Looks amazing!

  42. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — May 25, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    I’m eating this right now! And taking pictures and will post it if it’s okay with you. 🙂 It’s delicious! I only made half of it which is perfect because there’s no chance of me eating more than I’m supposed to. I went with raspberries and had to add a little sugar to the fruit and it’s still a bit tart, but not too tart. Thanks for the recipe! It’s awesome. And the topping is so yummy! Oh, and this doesn’t taste healthy at all. 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 8:18 am

      Yes, please do! I would love that!!

  43. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — May 25, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Thanks for the permission! I’ll probably post it on Tuesday. 🙂

  44. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — May 25, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I love how quick and easy crumbles and crisps are to throw together! This looks delicious Cassie! May I ask you which “Share” widget you use that pops up at the bottom of each post? Thanks and have a lovely long weekend!

  45. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — May 25, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    I love how quick and easy crumbles and crisps are to throw together! This looks delicious Cassie! May I ask you which “Share” plugin you use that pops up at the bottom of each post? Thanks and have a lovely long weekend!

    • Cassie replied: — May 25th, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      Hey Mercedes! I use AddThis. It’s actually a code that is imbedded instead of a plugin, but I think that they also have plugins. Let me know if you have any questions, I can try to help! 🙂

  46. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — May 25, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    OOOhh… I love any type of fruit crumble or crisp. Looks great Cassie!

  47. #
    Deborah — May 25, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    The strawberries get really good here in June – I can’t wait! And I love a good crumble!

  48. #
    Kristen — May 29, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    This looks so good, Cassie! Where in KC are you finding good strawberries? I still have yet to get some really great ones!


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