Banana Berry Crumbles for Breakfast and Dessert

and they’re vegan too!

Dessert for breakfast.

It’s not even as rebellious as you might think. (Although, I do like to be rebellious.)

If it has fruit, oats, cinnamon, nuts and maple and goes well with both ice cream and yogurt it can be both, right?

I made these one night after a long and horrendous rainy-day commute home. I’m pretty sure the notion of warm, baked fruit carried me that whole extra hour it took to get to my door.

I realized that if I made a crumble on the healthy side of the dessert spectrum, it could also be a completely appropriate balanced breakfast. Win win win. All nonsense is kept to a minimum – the only sweetener is the natural fruit and a little maple syrup or honey and the result is a perfect little ramekin filled with warm, gooey berries with a crispy cinnamon-oat topping.

It can be made ahead and popped in the oven in the morning. Or whipped up quickly for a special after dinner treat.

Breakfast crumble. For breakfast or dessert. It’s totally going to become a thing.

Vegan Breakfast/Dessert Crumble
for Two

Adapted from Joy the Baker

– 2 small bananas, mashed
– 1 1/2 blueberries or other berries (if frozen, thawed and drained)
– 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey)

– 3/4 cup rolled oats
– 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– pinch of nutmeg
– pinch of salt
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
– 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
– 1 teaspoon water
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
– 1-2 tablespoons of walnuts and sunflower seeds (or whatever nuts you have)

Grease 2 1 cup-sized ramekins and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 F/180 C.

Combine fruit with cinnamon and maple in a bowl.

In another bowl combine rolled oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix together. In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, oil, water and vanilla. Pour maple mixture over the oats and mix well until oats are covered and a little sticky.

Divide the fruit between the two ramekins and top with the oats. Sprinkle with nuts, and extra cinnamon (and even a little brown sugar if it’s definitely dessert) if desired.

Place on a baking tray and bake for about 35 minutes.

If you’re not vegan, I strongly suggest serving this with good Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream.


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