Greetings, fellow humans!
Summertime berries are abundant right now, and I love that.
If you are looking for something to do with your abundance, I might have a solution... My sweet wife has become quite the creator of delicious paleo and "paleoesque" treats. This one is a sure fire winner. (It also happens to be vegan!)
This dish is quick, easy, and (unlike many over-sweetened recipes) allows the fresh fruit to "shine through" with only 4 tablespoons of maple syrup for the whole dish. If you are used to eating a whole food/paleo type diet, this will be a nice change from most "paleo" desserts. If you are used to eating lots of sweets, this dish may be a little tart, but will still be quite tasty.
Preheat an oven to 375 Fahrenheit while you combine the
- 4 cups fresh berries (blueberries seem to work best, but a mix of anything is ok)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Mix all of these in a 6"x8" to 9"x9" oven proof baking dish.
(below is a picture of the filling in a 6"x9" dish)
- 2 cups almond flour (you can make your own by pulsing in a food processor)
- 1 cup rough chopped nuts (slivered almonds, macadamia, walnuts, etc.)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons grade B maple syrup (grade A will do)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (if your house is cool, you might need to warm it until liquefied)
- Mix all of these in a medium size bowl and then gently sprinkle over your berry filling.
- Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes, until topping is browned nicely. ( See photo below. A wider dish will cook a little faster, as ingredients will be spread in a thinner layer)
- Cool and Enjoy! (In moderation, if you can...) Please, try to remember that this should be considered a seasonal TREAT and not a staple of a healthy diet. Living off of "paleo treats" is not going to yield the the same results as "eating paleo".)
My kids like to eat this as a "breakfast treat" with full fat yogurt and a side of bacon. How do you like to use it?
Ok... now go outside and pick some berries!
Much love, Mo the human