Last updated on June 29th, 2022 at 03:24 pm
This is not something I make often, because it takes around 10 years, but last week I made a healthy plum crumble pie. It’s a great meal prep breakfast, so the time will not be wasted. Plus this plum recipe is vegan, flourless, sugar-free and despite that description: delicious. So I want to share…
…the recipe, I mean,
Joey Stella doesn’t share food!!!!
This pie is not quick, but easy to make.
The crust is made with oats, dates, coconut oil and walnuts. The filling, believe it or not, is just fresh plums that I sautéed with coconut oil. And the crumble is the same as the crust.
Making this healthier plum crumble pie takes around 45 minutes, so longer than most of my recipes, but I wouldn’t say it’s hard to make. There are not many things you can mess up here.
Why Plum Crumble Pie? Antioxidants, Guys.
Well, first of all, plums are very cheap, in season right now and I had lots of them.
Also one of the things I know in life is that plums are among the antioxidant richest foods in the world. If you don’t believe me, read more here.
My dad has been telling me stories about how healthy plums are since I was a child. Once he told me the story of how some friend of my grandfather beat colon cancer by eating a ton of plums. Now, I am not sure this is true, but I remember it 20 years later and it’s one of those stories you hear and you just choose to believe is true.
Of course, eating plums raw is better than eating them baked in a pie, but while you’re making that pie, you’ll eat for sure one or two fresh fruits as well. Believe me. And also, some of the health benefits of the plums will still be in that pie.
Also, and I think that’s three: this is a very delicious plum crumble pie. It’s not much of a dessert if you have a HUGE sweet tooth, but if you don’t – it will satisfy your sugar cravings.
Also, it’s really good for breakfast. The day after “refresh” it in the oven for a minute or two to get that crisp crumbly texture again. The crust does get softer after a while.
Now let’s take a look at how to make it.
How To Make A Healthy Plum Crumble Pie With Oats
Before you actually start with the pie, the first thing you want to do is soak dates for 30 min – we need those for the crust.
Wash the plums for the filling, remove pits, and chop. Here I used some type of a purple plum (I am not an expert on plums!). Feel free to use any plum you have. In fact, you don’t have plums – this pie would work with any fruit. For example, I have a very similar recipe for mini apple crumble pies (they’re here if you want to check them out).
Once you have the fruit ready, sauté it in a pan with coconut oil for 5-10 minutes until soft. You could add cinnamon or vanilla – whatever you choose. I used virgin coconut oil because I LOVE the smell of coconut together with fruit.
And that’s the plum filling. You let it cool off and start making the crust.
For the crust, I didn’t use any flour, but ground oats in my coffee grinder into oat flour.
Next, I pureed the dates and then added everything for the crust into a food processor – oat flour, processed dates, walnuts, cinnamon, coconut oil and some water to bind. Process until you get a crumbly mixture that sticks together.
Separate that dough into 3/4 parts to make the crust and 1/4 to make the topping crumble.
Time to assemble the plum crumble pie. I used a springform for this – you can use any type of baking pan. It is not a huge pie, so use a smaller form. I lined my springform with parchment paper the best way I could, because I hate having to wash too much and because it’s the best invention in the world.
Next, take the dough you just made, put it in the middle of the form and press, spreading evenly in the form, just like you would with a regular pie or cheesecake.
Once you’re done with that part add the layer of plums.
Now it’s time for those crumbles! So you take the dough you set aside, form crumbles with your fingers and put on top of the plums. Voila, off to the oven. OMG, I speak French.
In the oven, lower rack and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the crumbles become golden-brown.
That is it.
Not that hard, guys. And much healthier than regular pies.
This is great for meal prep and it’s perfect for breakfast or whenever you need something sweet.
Wait a little bit to start eating to not burn your tongue and enjoy with some honey-yogurt mix or coconut whipped cream on top. Or you know, whatever you want.
- 1 1/3 cup oats, ground
- 6 Tbsp coconut oil
- 4 Tbsp water
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup dates, soaked & blended
- 1 1/2 cup chopped plums
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- If you haven't yet - soak the dates for 20-30 minutes while you're making the filling.
- Making the filling Wash, remove pits and chop the plums. In a pan add about 1 tsp coconut oil and sauté the plums, cover with a lid for 5-10 minutes and cook until soft. Turn off, let cool off.
- Making the crust While the plums are cooking grind the oats into flour and start making the crust in your food processor. Add all ingredients, including soaked and blended dates and process until you get a firm dough that is crumbly, but sticks together. Set 1/4 of the dough aside for the crumble on top.
- Assemble Line a small to medium baking tray (I recommend a springform pan) with parchment paper and start pressing the crust mixture spreading it evenly. I used my hands for this, but you can also use the bottom of a glass or any other tool you have. On top of the crust spread the plum filling. Then form the crumbles using the dough you set aside and put on top of the plum filling.
- Baking In the lower rack of the oven place the spring form and bake at 350 F/ 180 C. The pie is done when the crumble turns golden brown.
- Take out, let the plum crumble pie cool off, release from the springform pan and slice into 8 pieces.
- Enjoy like this or with a topping of your choice - whipped coconut cream or a little bit of naturally sweetened yogurt would go well!
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