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Recipe: Christmas Crumble with Cashew Vanilla Sauce

A few years ago I was with my husband in the USA. The last stop on our honeymoon was Seattle: Here we spent two nights in the Airbnb of an older couple, Don and Sue. The two of them were incredibly nice and not only showed us their hometown, but also cooked for us. It was the end of the year and Sue baked us a delicious Christmas crumble that I will never forget.

A crumble is a dessert from American and English cuisine. Translated from English, the term "streusel" means: It is fruit that is baked with crumble. Crumbles are usually high in refined sugar, but you can also make them healthier - without sacrificing taste! I modified Sue's recipe - her crumble was a healthier option with oatmeal and little sugar, but I made her recipe even more tailored to my tastes and needs.

The Christmas Crumble is ...

  • delicious: sure, right ?! 😉
  • healthy & wholesome
  • a bit more complex, but the work is worth it!
  • flexible
  • sugar free
  • alternatively sweetened (with dried fruits, coconut blossom sugar, rice syrup ...)
  • vegetarian
  • vegan
  • lactose free
  • prepare well

Christmas Crumble - berries as a basic ingredient

For my Christmas crumble I use a frozen berry mix: I really like frozen berry mixes with raspberries, blackberries, currants, blueberries and strawberries, especially now in winter.

Berries are super healthy fruits and real immune boosters: They contain valuable vitamins, minerals, trace elements and secondary plant substances. Since the fruits are flash frozen immediately after harvest, the nutrients are retained even when frozen.

Instead of using a mixture of berries, you can of course also use a single variety of berries. Regardless of whether you use a mixture or just one type of frozen berry: Pay attention to the list of ingredients when shopping, because many berry mixtures contain added sugar. And here you definitely don't need refined sugar, the fruits are naturally sweet and there are other sweet ingredients in the crumble.

Sprinkles made from healthier ingredients

I prepare the crumble or crumble from healthy ingredients - traditionally they are made with flour and lots of butter and sugar. Instead, I use some coconut oil, hazelnut kernels for a great crunch, some hazelnut butter (super delicious !!), oat flakes, some coconut blossom sugar for the consistency and a little sweetness, as well as some spice biscuits for the "Christmas taste". The combination is incredibly delicious!

Cashew vanilla sauce sweetened with rice syrup

Another special feature of this crumble is the cashew vanilla sauce that I make with it. As the name suggests, it is based on cashew nuts or cashew butter. Due to their soft consistency and of course their light color, they are particularly suitable for healthy vanilla sauce. Cashew nuts are also particularly rich in unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. And cashews are also a very good source of phosphorus and magnesium. These minerals are important for healthy nerves, muscles, bones and teeth.

As a healthier sugar alternative, I use rice syrup. It has a very light color and is therefore particularly suitable for sweetening cashew butter. Other alternative sweeteners such as coconut blossom sugar would darken the light vanilla sauce, while rice syrup would not change the color. The sweetness of rice syrup is not as strong as that of conventional industrial sugar, but the aroma is wonderfully mild and therefore perfect for the vanilla sauce.

Here is the recipe:

I wish you a lot of fun trying out and baking and a nice and reflective Christmas time!

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