Classic Blackberry Crisp

This blackberry crisp recipe (aka blackberry crumble) has a crunchy oat topping and sweet berry filling. It’s the best way to end a summer meal! What’s better than a sweet berry crisp on a summer evening? There’s something this simple dessert that’s quintessential summer, the perfect ending to a shrimp boil or grilled meal. Here’s our best nostalgic Blackberry Crisp recipe, aka the Blackberry Crumble! It’s just sweet enough, filled with sweet berries with a hint of orange and vanilla, and a crunchy oat crumble topping. Even better: you can make it with fresh or frozen berries! Use it with fresh summer berries from the market, or try it with the frozen variety. Ready to get baking? Elements in this blackberry crisp (aka crumble) This blackberry crisp (aka blackberry crumble) is easy to make, and it has several great features that take it from good to great. Here’s what to know about baking up this sweet berry dessert: You can use fresh or frozen berries! Fresh blackberries can be expensive, so frozen is a great economical option. Keep in mind fresh berries are slightly sweeter than frozen. The filling features orange zest and vanilla for next level flavor. These make the berry […]

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This blackberry crisp recipe (aka blackberry crumble) has a crunchy oat topping and sweet berry filling. It’s the best way to end a summer meal!

Blackberry crisp

What’s better than a sweet berry crisp on a summer evening? There’s something this simple dessert that’s quintessential summer, the perfect ending to a shrimp boil or grilled meal. Here’s our best nostalgic Blackberry Crisp recipe, aka the Blackberry Crumble! It’s just sweet enough, filled with sweet berries with a hint of orange and vanilla, and a crunchy oat crumble topping. Even better: you can make it with fresh or frozen berries! Use it with fresh summer berries from the market, or try it with the frozen variety. Ready to get baking?

Elements in this blackberry crisp (aka crumble)

This blackberry crisp (aka blackberry crumble) is easy to make, and it has several great features that take it from good to great. Here’s what to know about baking up this sweet berry dessert:

  • You can use fresh or frozen berries! Fresh blackberries can be expensive, so frozen is a great economical option. Keep in mind fresh berries are slightly sweeter than frozen.
  • The filling features orange zest and vanilla for next level flavor. These make the berry flavor pop and add nuance! Take one bite and you’ll be amazed.
  • The crumble is easy to customize to various diets. It’s got butter and flour, but there are easy swaps to make it vegan and gluten free (see below).
  • Pecans and cinnamon are a must! These texture and flavor elements round out the crunchy crumble.
Blackberry crisp

What’s the difference between a crisp and crumble, anyway?

Well, it’s matter of terminology. There was originally a difference between a blackberry crisp and a blackberry crumble. A crisp had oats, whereas a crumble did not (per The Kitchn). So, the crisp topping was crunchier because of the oats!

Today sometimes in the US people are specific about terms, but the difference has really faded over time. You can use either one interchangeably! In the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the term “crumble” is used to encompass both types of desserts.

Mix the layers, then bake until golden brown

The great thing about a blackberry crumble or crisp? There’s no technique involved. Mix the berries and filling ingredients, mix the topping, layer and bake! Easy as that. Here are a few tips to this process:

  • Run frozen berries under warm water. If you’re using frozen berries, this partially thaws them. They don’t need to be fully thawed before baking.
  • Bake time varies based on your oven, baking dish, and berries! Simply bake until golden brown. The bake time will be different every time depending on those variables. Our recipe testers had bake times between 30 minutes and 1 hour, though for most it was around 50 minutes.
  • If it’s not golden, keep going! You’re looking for that golden hue. If the oats look pale, keep going.
Blackberry crumble

Make a vegan or gluten free blackberry crisp

This recipe is very customizable to various diets and preferences. Here are a few substitutes that work just as well as the original recipe:

  • Gluten free crisp: use almond flour. Almond flour works perfectly as a substitute for flour in a crisp or crumble recipe. In fact, it becomes even crispier!
  • Vegan crisp: use vegan butter or coconut oil. Vegan butter is best for the crispiest texture; coconut oil also works.
  • Other sugars also work! Prefer coconut sugar? That works too. Using maple syrup makes for a softer crisp topping because it adds liquid. If you’re ok with a softer crisp topping, you can use it: but we prefer sugar here for the correct texture.
  • Use more orange zest. For a blackberry orange crumble, double the orange zest! It’s deliciously citrusy.

Other variations: berry crisp, peach blackberry crisp, etc!

Other ways to vary a blackberry crumble: change up the berries! There are lots of ways to flex this recipe, depending on the fruit you have on hand. Here are some ideas:

  • Mixed berry crisp: Use fresh or frozen mixed berries instead!
  • Raspberry crisp: Use raspberries in place of blackberries
  • Peach blackberry crisp: Use half berries and half peeled sliced peaches
  • Blackberry basil crisp: Add 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil to the filling
  • Blackberry mint crisp: Add 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint to the filling
Blackberry crisp

Toppings for blackberry crumble

You can eat this blackberry crisp plain, but it’s even tastier with a little topping! Here are some of our favorite ideas:

Freeze the leftovers!

Got leftovers? Freeze them! You can freeze this blackberry crisp for up to 3 months in a sealed container. Reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crispy. It’s not quite as good as fresh, but it’s close!

This blackberry crisp recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the recipe below.

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Blackberry crisp

Classic Blackberry Crisp


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This blackberry crisp (aka blackberry crumble) has a crunchy oat topping and sweet berry filling. It’s the best way to end a summer meal!


Ingredients

For the filling

  • 2 pounds blackberries, fresh or frozen: or a mix of blackberries and other berries or peeled sliced peaches (6 cups)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest* (or 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the crumble / crisp topping

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour or almond flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold salted butter (or coconut oil or vegan butter for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Make the filling: Or if using frozen, run the berries under warm water for about 1 minute in a strainer (they will still be frozen on the inside but starting to thaw). Then mix with the filling ingredients in a bowl, then pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
  3. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nuts and kosher salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and then use your hands to mix it into the oats until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It may take a while so be patient; you can also use a pastry cutter if you prefer. (If using coconut oil, it can be room temperature; use the same method to add it.) Pour the crumble on top and smooth it into an even layer with your fingers.
  4. Bake: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly (this will vary based on your oven and berries: it may be shorter or longer so keep an eye on it). Cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then serve warm. If desired, top with whipped cream and mint leaves. You can leave out your crisp on the counter for up to 1 day (covered, at night) so the crisp topping can stay crisp. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers. This crumble also freezes well for several months in a sealed container; reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.

Notes

*For a very forward orange flavor, use 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon orange zest.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Blackberry crisp, blackberry crumble

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Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

These amazing sweet potato brownies will wow everyone! Fudgy and chewy, they’re loaded with flavor…good stuff, too. One swap and these vegan sweet potato brownies are also gluten-free. They’re fudgy, chewy, chocolaty, and one of the favorite things to come out of our kitchen to date. Try these Sweet Potato Brownies! Why hide vegetables in desserts when you can proudly proclaim them? These brownies could not be more thrilled by their sweet potato interior. It makes the best chewy texture and loads them with nutrients. In fact, these are super plant-powered vegan sweet potato brownies! But most importantly: they’re irresistibly delicious, with a rich nuance in flavor that makes them taste loads better than a standard brownie. Come, see how it’s done! Tricks to the best sweet potato brownies These sweet potato brownies are next level. Everyone who’s tried them comes back with one word: “Wow!” Over here we’re partial to a chewy brownie, and the sweet potato adds just the right moist, chewy texture. It also brings a richness that somehow tastes more real than using loads of butter and sugar. We like these better than a standard brownie: hands down. Here are some of the major ingredients that […]

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These amazing sweet potato brownies will wow everyone! Fudgy and chewy, they’re loaded with flavor…good stuff, too. One swap and these vegan sweet potato brownies are also gluten-free.

Sweet potato brownies

They’re fudgy, chewy, chocolaty, and one of the favorite things to come out of our kitchen to date. Try these Sweet Potato Brownies! Why hide vegetables in desserts when you can proudly proclaim them? These brownies could not be more thrilled by their sweet potato interior. It makes the best chewy texture and loads them with nutrients. In fact, these are super plant-powered vegan sweet potato brownies! But most importantly: they’re irresistibly delicious, with a rich nuance in flavor that makes them taste loads better than a standard brownie. Come, see how it’s done!

Tricks to the best sweet potato brownies

These sweet potato brownies are next level. Everyone who’s tried them comes back with one word: “Wow!” Over here we’re partial to a chewy brownie, and the sweet potato adds just the right moist, chewy texture. It also brings a richness that somehow tastes more real than using loads of butter and sugar. We like these better than a standard brownie: hands down. Here are some of the major ingredients that make this recipe work:

  • Mashed sweet potato brings richness and texture, and stands in for some butter and flour
  • Almond butter adds fat while adding protein
  • Sugar sweetens it just right: you can use granulated, coconut or your favorite solid sugar here
  • Flour is much less than a standard recipe, and you can substitute to make them gluten free
  • Cocoa powder brings rich chocolaty flavor
  • Olive oil is a healthy oil and you’ll only need a touch
  • Dark chocolate chips are required for the final touch of chocolate!
Sweet potato brownies

Roasting the potatoes (and a shortcut or two)

The only difference from these sweet potato brownies and a traditional dump-and-stir recipe? Roasting the sweet potatoes. Here are a few notes on this process, and a shortcut or two:

  • Roasting the potatoes caramelizes them and brings out the sugars. It’s absolutely worth the 30 minutes of roasting time.
  • Cut them in half before roasting! This cuts down on the time needed to roast, versus roasting them whole.
  • You can microwave the potatoes as a shortcut. Prick them all over with a fork, place them on a plate and microwave on high for about 10 to 12 minutes or more until tender, rotating halfway through. But keep in mind: the timing can vary based on size and the microwave can be uneven in cooking. Also, roasting brings out the natural sugars, whereas the microwave does not. So only use this in a pinch!
Sweet potato brownies

Make them gluten free!

Want to make these vegan sweet potato brownies gluten free? It’s an easy swap for the flour! Using the sweet potato lets you use much less flour than a traditional brownie. There’s only 1/2 cup flour in the entire pan! Here are a few swaps for the flour:

  • Try oat flour (or make your own). Oat flour is our favorite gluten-free flour: it makes for beautifully delicious gluten free goods like healthy pumpkin bread or oatmeal pancakes. It’s easy to make, too: just whiz oats in a blender or food processor until they become powdery. It’s an easy swap here.
  • Or use your favorite gluten free flour. Most 1-for-1 gluten free flour blends will work here!

Let us know what you try in the comments!

Vegan sweet potato brownies

Are these vegan sweet potato brownies…healthy?

You’ll never miss the traditional butter and eggs in these vegan sweet potato brownies. Almond butter and olive oil stand in for the butter, and the sweet potato gives them just the right texture. But can they be considered healthy? Here’s what to know:

  • These are a treat: they’ve got lots of sugar! Don’t be fooled: these are a treat food for sure.
  • Sweet potato adds fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Brownies don’t normally have fiber and vitamins, so that’s a plus! One pound of sweet potatoes has 357% of the daily recommendation for Vitamin A and 13 grams of fiber.
  • Almond butter adds protein and heart-healthy fats. Instead of butter, almond butter adds plant-based protein and makes these a filling treat.

Bottom line: These vegan sweet potato brownies are not a health food, but they’re a healthier treat when compared to a standard brownie.

Vegan sweet potato brownies

This sweet potato brownies recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free. For gluten-free, use oat flour.

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Sweet potato brownies

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies (Family Favorite!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These amazing sweet potato brownies will wow everyone! Fudgy and chewy, they’re loaded with flavor…good stuff, too. Vegan with gluten-free swap.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potato (about 1 pound or 2 medium potatoes) 
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar (granulated or coconut)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (dairy free if desired)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash the sweet potatoes and slice them in half. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and rub them with olive oil, just enough to coat. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Place cut side down on the baking sheet. Bake until tender and lightly browned on the edges, about 30 to 35 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes (smaller potatoes may take 25 minutes; prick with a fork to assess doneness).
  2. Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9 x 9 or 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper (allowing it to extend out the sides to lift it out later, or just a square if you plan to cut them in the pan). Then grease the entire pan and parchment paper. 
  3. Pull the skin off of the sweet potatoes and mash them, measuring out 1 1/2 cups. Add the almond butter, cocoa powder, sugar, flour, oil, baking powder, vanilla, and kosher salt until a thick dough forms. Fold in 1/4 cup of the dark chocolate chips. Place the batter in the pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top. 
  4. Bake 30 minutes, until set but soft in the center. Cool 1 hour. degrees Fahrenheit. Store at room temperature for 3 days, refrigerated for 1 week, or in the freezer for 3 months. 
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Brownies

Keywords: Sweet potato brownies, vegan sweet potato brownies

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No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

These no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies are a step above the rest! They’re so irresistible, everyone will ask for the recipe. Much as we love no bake cookies…sometimes they taste a little flat. You know, grainy and sugary, instead of nuanced and irresistible. So we’ve got a new take: these No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are a step above the rest! These are rich and chocolaty, full of dark chocolate peanut butter flavor and sweetened just enough with sugar and maple syrup. They’re beautifully glossy in texture, and the flavor? Let us tell you: when we served them at a party, they went fast. Here are our tricks to the best ever chocolate no bake cookies! Ingredients in the best no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies We took the basic recipe for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies and made them even better. Here are a few of the things that make this recipe stand out: Sugar and maple syrup. Pure maple syrup adds a nuance in flavor, with caramel and brown sugar notes! You’ll still need sugar for the science of these cookies to work, but it’s got less than the standard recipe. Dutch process cocoa powder. Dark cocoa […]

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These no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies are a step above the rest! They’re so irresistible, everyone will ask for the recipe.

No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

Much as we love no bake cookies…sometimes they taste a little flat. You know, grainy and sugary, instead of nuanced and irresistible. So we’ve got a new take: these No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are a step above the rest! These are rich and chocolaty, full of dark chocolate peanut butter flavor and sweetened just enough with sugar and maple syrup. They’re beautifully glossy in texture, and the flavor? Let us tell you: when we served them at a party, they went fast. Here are our tricks to the best ever chocolate no bake cookies!

Ingredients in the best no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

We took the basic recipe for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies and made them even better. Here are a few of the things that make this recipe stand out:

  • Sugar and maple syrup. Pure maple syrup adds a nuance in flavor, with caramel and brown sugar notes! You’ll still need sugar for the science of these cookies to work, but it’s got less than the standard recipe.
  • Dutch process cocoa powder. Dark cocoa powder is another key to the rich, irresistible flavor (see below).
  • Peanut butter. Nut butter adds a satisfying chewiness to chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies.
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats. Use Old Fashioned whole oats for the best texture, not quick cooking oats.
  • Butter. It’s required here, so they don’t immediately melt at room temp. But all you need is 4 tablespoons.
  • Salt and cinnamon: Cinnamon adds one more hint of intrigue!
  • Milk and vanilla: The milk makes just the right liquid to solid ratio, which is important here.

Can you change up ingredients?

You may be tempted to monkey with the ingredients and add your own spin. Outside of changing up the nut butter, please stick to this recipe! The specific ingredients are key to getting the cookies to set with the right texture. However, you can change up the nut butter if you have an allergy, or add toppings. Scroll down!

No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

Find Dutch process (dark) cocoa powder

Make these no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies with Dutch process cocoa powder, and you’ll never go back! This special type of cocoa powder is easy to find at the grocery, and results in the best chocolaty, fudgy desserts. So skip the regular cocoa powder in favor of the good stuff. Here’s more about it:

Can you substitute regular cocoa powder? Yes! They’re not nearly as good, but we’ll allow it.

Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder
Dutch process cocoa powder vs regular cocoa powder

The key to chocolate no bake cookies: let it boil 1 minute!

So: we have another no bake cookies recipe called Bliss Bites that’s massively popular. But unfortunately, bliss bites don’t hold up at room temperature. You need to keep them chilled for storage, which makes them hard to bring parties or a potluck. These no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are just right: they hold up at room temperature and have a laminated texture. Here’s how to get this effect:

  • Add all ingredients except oats to a saucepan and boil exactly 1 minute. The timing is important here! Go too long and the cookies will be too crumbly, not enough and they won’t laminate. It sounds weird, but it works!
  • Remove from the heat immediately and stir in the oats. Be exact about this, and the sugar and butter will essentially caramelize, making a coating that holds up at room temp.
No bake cookies

Flavor variations!

We don’t recommend playing with the ingredients in these no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies, but you can definitely swap out the nut butter if you have an allergy. And, you can add fun toppings! Here’s what to know:

  • Almond butter, tahini, or sunflower butter: Swap out the peanut butter for almond butter or sunflower butter if you have an allergy! The flavor is slightly different but still delicious.
  • Sea salt: Love sweet and salty? We highly recommend topping with flaky sea salt.
  • Toasted coconut + sea salt (Samoa): Do you love Samoa Girl Scout cookies as much as we do? Top these no bake cookies with toasted coconut and sea salt, and they taste very similar. You will be OBSESSED!

Storage info

Got a big batch of no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies? Here’s how long they’ll last…assuming you can keep them around!

  • Store refrigerated. Some people say you can store no bakes at room temp, but we prefer the stability of the fridge.
  • They last up to 3 weeks! They taste best the fresher they are, but ours lasted refrigerated for 1 month. So a conservative estimate for these no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies is 3 weeks.
no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies

This no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free (with gluten-free oats).

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No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 14 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 22 to 24 cookies
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies are a step above the rest! They’re so irresistible, everyone will ask for the recipe.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate or Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except the oats in a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  2. Once it starts rapidly bubbling, set a timer for 1 minute. Stirring continuously with a spatula, boil for 1 minute. Then immediately remove from the heat and stir in the oats.
  3. Make 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized scoops (using a size 40 cookie scoop, if you have it) and them place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten them with a buttered spoon, or press gently with your fingers. (Flavor variations: Top them with flaky sea salt, or toasted coconut and flaky sea salt for a Samoa flavor.)
  4. Freeze the cookies for 10 minutes. Then store refrigerated for up to 3 weeks. 
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Cookies

Keywords: No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, chocolate no bake cookies, no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies, chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies

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Classic Strawberry Crumble

This strawberry crumble (aka strawberry crisp) is the only recipe you need! The big berry flavor and oat topping make a recipe you’ll bake up again and again. Wow. That’s what we hope you’ll say when you taste our perfect strawberry crumble recipe! There’s the strawberry filling, scented with orange zest and vanilla until the berries pop. There’s the crunchy crumble topping, hearty and homey with oats and walnuts. It’s simple, but all together it makes a true symphony of flavor: far greater than the sum of its parts. Even better: you can make it using fresh or frozen berries! This makes it a dessert you can whip up on moments notice. It also works for various diets. Whatever the case: it’s a true stunner. Keys to the best strawberry crumble, aka strawberry crisp Did you grow up with a great strawberry crumble recipe? Or strawberry crisp? The humble crumble or crisp is one of our favorite desserts to make. Why? There’s no precision required and it’s so satisfying. We’d choose it over pie or cake any day. I created this recipe in honor of Alex’s birthday in early spring. I was craving berries but with none in sight, I […]

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This strawberry crumble (aka strawberry crisp) is the only recipe you need! The big berry flavor and oat topping make a recipe you’ll bake up again and again.

Strawberry Crumble

Wow. That’s what we hope you’ll say when you taste our perfect strawberry crumble recipe! There’s the strawberry filling, scented with orange zest and vanilla until the berries pop. There’s the crunchy crumble topping, hearty and homey with oats and walnuts. It’s simple, but all together it makes a true symphony of flavor: far greater than the sum of its parts. Even better: you can make it using fresh or frozen berries! This makes it a dessert you can whip up on moments notice. It also works for various diets. Whatever the case: it’s a true stunner.

Keys to the best strawberry crumble, aka strawberry crisp

Did you grow up with a great strawberry crumble recipe? Or strawberry crisp? The humble crumble or crisp is one of our favorite desserts to make. Why? There’s no precision required and it’s so satisfying. We’d choose it over pie or cake any day. I created this recipe in honor of Alex’s birthday in early spring. I was craving berries but with none in sight, I opted for frozen instead! Here are the keys to this strawberry crisp:

  • Use fresh or frozen berries! This means you can store berries in your freezer and whip up a crumble anytime…no need to wait for strawberry season.
  • Orange zest and vanilla add complexity to the filling. These make the berry flavor pop and add nuance! Take one bite and you’ll be amazed.
  • Butter, nuts and cinnamon make for the best crumble. The crisp topping has the perfect crunch: butter is the crispiest (but see the dietary notes below). A handful of nuts makes it even crunchier, but that’s optional.
Strawberry crisp

Bake until golden brown: timing may vary!

Throw these layers together and bake in a 350 degree oven: easy as pie! (Or crumble. Ha!) There are a few notes to consider around bake time:

  • Bake until the top is golden brown: the timing varies based on your oven, baking dish, and berries! The bake time will be different every time depending on those variables. Our recipe testers had bake times between 30 minutes and 1 hour, though for most it was around 50 minutes.
  • If it’s not golden, keep going! You’re looking for that golden hue. If the oats look pale, keep going.

What people are saying

This strawberry crumble recipe was tested by a few recipe testers (thanks to our Instagram community!). Here’s what we heared:

  • “Wow! This strawberry crumble is absolutely delicious! I love the touch of orange and the vanilla extract in the filling. Delicious!” -Sarah
  • “This is SOOOO GOOOD!!! Perfectly crispy on top and the strawberries were set. Love it!” -Katy

Let us know what you think in the comments below! We can’t wait to hear.

Strawberry crumble recipe

Strawberry crisp variations: vegan, gluten free, etc!

What about dietary variations: can you make a gluten free strawberry crisp, or a vegan strawberry crumble? Yes and yes. Here’s what to do:

  • Use almond flour for gluten free. Almond flour works perfectly as a substitute for flour in a crisp or crumble recipe. In fact, it becomes even crispier than with all purpose!
  • Use vegan butter or coconut oil for vegan. Vegan butter is a bit closer to a traditional crisp texture. Or you can use coconut oil: it’s also delicious, just a little softer.
  • Use coconut sugar or another solid sugar substitute. Use your favorite solid sugar. Using maple syrup makes for a softer crisp topping, so we typically steer away from it: but you can use it if desired! It does work well in the filling.
  • Use more orange zest. For a strawberry orange crumble, double the zest!

What’s the difference between a crisp and crumble, anyway?

Not much! There was originally a difference between a strawberry crisp and a strawberry crumble, but that distinction has faded over time. Today, most people use these terms interchangeably! The original difference between the two was that a crisp had oats, whereas a crumble would not (per The Kitchn). Hence, the crisp was crispier because of the oats! You can use either term for this dessert now: so just pick your favorite!

Strawberry crisp recipe

Toppings for this strawberry crumble

Last up: how to top this strawberry crumble recipe? Let us count the ways. It’s actually extremely delicious without a topping. But you can also add one of the following tasty options to take this strawberry crisp over the top:

This strawberry crisp / crumble recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the notes in the recipe below.

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Classic Strawberry Crumble (or Crisp!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This strawberry crumble is the only recipe you need! The big berry flavor and crisp topping make a recipe you’ll bake up again and again.


Ingredients

For the filling

  • 2 pounds strawberries, fresh or frozen (about 6 1/2 cups whole)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest* (or 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the crumble / crisp topping

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour or almond flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold salted butter (or coconut oil or vegan butter for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Make the filling: Quarter the fresh berries. Or if using frozen, run the berries under warm water for 1 minute in a strainer. Then mix with the filling ingredients in a bowl, then pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
  3. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and then use your hands to mix it into the oats until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It may take a while so be patient; you can also use a pastry cutter if you prefer. (If using coconut oil, it can be room temperature; use the same method to add it.) Pour the crumble on top and smooth it into an even layer with your fingers.
  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly (this will vary based on your oven and berries: it may be shorter or longer so keep an eye on it). Cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then serve warm. You can leave out your crisp on the counter for up to 1 day (covered, at night) so the crisp topping can stay crisp. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers.

Notes

*For a very forward orange flavor, use 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon orange zest.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Crisp

Keywords: Strawberry crumble, Strawberry crumble recipe, Strawberry crisp, Strawberry crisp recipe

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Chocolate Covered Bananas

Frozen chocolate covered bananas are the perfect easy and healthy dessert! Store them in the freezer for whenever you crave a sweet bite. Here’s our new favorite treat that’s simple, healthy, and ultra delicious: Chocolate Covered Bananas! We know, this concept it not new or revolutionary. But man, is it perfect for a sweet treat craving! The crunch of a crisp dark chocolate coating around an icy banana makes magic. Here’s the new thing for us: making small chocolate covered banana bites! It gives you a healthy treat in the freezer anytime a chocolate craving hits. Surprisingly, this tiny bite satisfies like a legit chocolate dessert. How to make chocolate covered bananas Recently, my sister told us she’d been loading up on frozen chocolate covered banana bites from the store. Try them, then make your own recipe for it! she urged us. We grabbed a box and agreed: these are perfection! Dark chocolate plus icy banana is the ultimate treat, and a perfect healthy snack for kids too. The bite format of these is much more satisfying than a large frozen banana on a stick. Here are the basic steps for making homemade chocolate covered bananas: Slice the bananas into […]

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Frozen chocolate covered bananas are the perfect easy and healthy dessert! Store them in the freezer for whenever you crave a sweet bite.

Chocolate Covered Bananas

Here’s our new favorite treat that’s simple, healthy, and ultra delicious: Chocolate Covered Bananas! We know, this concept it not new or revolutionary. But man, is it perfect for a sweet treat craving! The crunch of a crisp dark chocolate coating around an icy banana makes magic. Here’s the new thing for us: making small chocolate covered banana bites! It gives you a healthy treat in the freezer anytime a chocolate craving hits. Surprisingly, this tiny bite satisfies like a legit chocolate dessert.

How to make chocolate covered bananas

Recently, my sister told us she’d been loading up on frozen chocolate covered banana bites from the store. Try them, then make your own recipe for it! she urged us. We grabbed a box and agreed: these are perfection! Dark chocolate plus icy banana is the ultimate treat, and a perfect healthy snack for kids too. The bite format of these is much more satisfying than a large frozen banana on a stick. Here are the basic steps for making homemade chocolate covered bananas:

  • Slice the bananas into 1/4-inch rounds and freeze. Freezing for 45 minutes turns them into a sort of banana ice cream.
  • Melt chocolate. We like using a double-boiler method (more on that below), or you can use your microwave.
  • Dip and top. Use a jar or measuring cup for easiest dipping. It helps to have 2 people for this part: one to dip and one to top, since the chocolate hardens right away.
  • Freeze again! 30 more minutes in the freezer has them perfectly frozen! Then you can store them in container up to 1 month.
Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas

Tips on melting the chocolate

Melting chocolate for frozen chocolate covered bananas might sound easy. But working with chocolate is easy to mess up! The chocolate can seize up if it gets any liquid in it, or if you overheat it. Here are a few things to know about melted chocolate:

  • Use the “double boiler” method. Our preferred method is simmering water, then placing a heat proof bowl or jar into the simmering water and stirring. Just make sure to use hot pads and don’t splash any of the water! Using this method, you can leave the bowl of chocolate in the warm water so it stays warm during the entire dipping process.
  • Or, use the microwave. This also works! Sometimes we accidentally overheat the chocolate this way, so we tend to avoid it. Melt it in a liquid measuring cup, heating for about 30 second intervals and then stirring several times until the chocolate melts.
  • For dipping, use a tall jar or measuring cup. It’s easiest to have a tall bath of chocolate to dip the bites into. So a tall jar is better than a shallow bowl.
Chocolate covered banana bites

Frozen chocolate covered banana toppings

Melting the chocolate is the only tricky part of chocolate covered bananas. Otherwise, it’s pretty simple: dip the banana on a fork, shake off extra chocolate, and slide it back on the parchment. Then add toppings right away, since the chocolate hardens quickly! Toppings are optional, of course. But they add an extra festive layer! Here’s what we used, and a few more ideas:

  • Crushed peanuts: crush them very finely so they’re the texture of confetti
  • Crushed pistachios: we love the festive green color
  • Other crushed nuts or seeds: like pecans, hazelnuts, or pepitas
  • All natural sprinkles: if you can, find a brand that’s colored naturally like these sprinkles: they’re dyed with vegetable dyes like beet and spirulina
  • Shredded coconut
  • Chocolate shavings or chunks
  • Freeze dried strawberries or raspberries
How to make chocolate covered bananas

Storage info

Once your chocolate covered bananas are fully frozen, you can place them in a freezer safe container. Here’s the best part: simply store them in the freezer for anytime a chocolate craving strikes! Homemade chocolate banana bites should be stable frozen for about 1 month. Of course, they’ll probably never last that long!

Let us know what you think about this treat! It’s a great healthy dessert for kids, and they can help with the topping process too. Our 3 year old son loved it! And we rarely feel bad letting him have another banana bite.

Chocolate covered bananas

More chocolate recipes

Are you a chocoholic? (Guilty, as charged). Here are a few more healthy and decadent ways to get your chocolate fix:

This frozen chocolate covered bananas recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free (with dairy free dark chocolate chips).

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Chocolate Covered Bananas (Frozen Bites!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 30 to 35 bites
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Frozen chocolate covered bananas are the perfect easy and healthy dessert! Store them in the freezer for whenever you crave a sweet bite.


Ingredients

  • 2 ripe medium bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips* (5 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Toppings (optional): 2 tablespoons each crushed peanuts, crushed pistachios, and all natural sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Freeze the bananas (45 minutes): Slice bananas into 1/4-inch rounds. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 45 minutes. 
  2. Melt the chocolate: Start a pot of simmering water. Place the chocolate in a glass measuring cup or large wide mouth jar, and place it into the simmering water. Very carefully, stir the chocolate until it melts, using a hot pad or gloves to hold the glass. Do not let any of the water splash, or it will split the chocolate. (You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave in a liquid measuring cup, heating for about 30 second intervals and then stirring several times until the chocolate melts.)
  3. Dip and top the bananas: Make sure your toppings are ready, if using. Leave the jar in the double boiler to keep the chocolate warm. Use a fork to dip each banana slice into the jar, then shake off excess chocolate.  Transfer the slice to the parchment lined baking sheet, using your finger to gently slide off the banana. Add toppings immediately (the chocolate freezes quickly) — this process is easiest with 2 people, 1 person to dip and 1 person to top. This recipe uses only 1 cup of chocolate for the bananas, but it’s nice to have extra chocolate to make the dipping process easier. You can dip pretzels or cereal into the remaining chocolate, or discard it. 
  4. Freeze: Return the bananas to the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes. Then transfer the banana bites to a freezer safe container.  Store up to 1 month.

Notes

*Only about 1 cup is used in the recipe, but you’ll need the extra to make the dipping process easier. Find extra items to dip into the remaining chocolate if you like (like pretzels, cereal, etc). 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: Chocolate covered bananas, Frozen chocolate covered bananas, How to make chocolate covered bananas, Chocolate covered banana bites

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The Ultimate Mug Cake

This is the absolute best chocolate mug cake recipe! Here’s how to make a mug cake in under 5 minutes that’s insanely fudgy. Got 5 minutes? Let’s make a mug cake! We’ll admit, we’re a little late to this trend. But count us as firm believers! This genius method for going from 0 to cake in just a few minutes is absolutely worth a try. This Chocolate Mug Cake recipe comes out insanely fudgy and 100% delicious! It’s got a secret ingredient that makes a delightfully rich flavor. The hardest part? Waiting for it to cool until you can dig in. Here’s our tutorial: all you need to know about how to make a mug cake – and some variations for making it your own! How to make a mug cake…in 5 minutes! The mug cake is a viral internet sensation: simply place a few ingredients into a mug and microwave it! It sounds like one of those Pinterest experiments doomed to fail…only it isn’t. The cake comes out surprisingly moist and fluffy, with a fudgy interior. In fact: we prefer it to a traditional cake that takes hours to make. Here are the basic steps to make this easy […]

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This is the absolute best chocolate mug cake recipe! Here’s how to make a mug cake in under 5 minutes that’s insanely fudgy.

Mug cake

Got 5 minutes? Let’s make a mug cake! We’ll admit, we’re a little late to this trend. But count us as firm believers! This genius method for going from 0 to cake in just a few minutes is absolutely worth a try. This Chocolate Mug Cake recipe comes out insanely fudgy and 100% delicious! It’s got a secret ingredient that makes a delightfully rich flavor. The hardest part? Waiting for it to cool until you can dig in. Here’s our tutorial: all you need to know about how to make a mug cake – and some variations for making it your own!

How to make a mug cake…in 5 minutes!

The mug cake is a viral internet sensation: simply place a few ingredients into a mug and microwave it! It sounds like one of those Pinterest experiments doomed to fail…only it isn’t. The cake comes out surprisingly moist and fluffy, with a fudgy interior. In fact: we prefer it to a traditional cake that takes hours to make. Here are the basic steps to make this easy mug cake:

  • Mix the dries, then stir in the wets. We designed our recipe so you have 2 tablespoons of all of the main ingredients. It makes it so easy to measure out!
  • Add mix-ins. Our base recipe uses chocolate chips. We have a few more ideas below!
  • Microwave for 1 minute, then about 20 seconds. The timing varies based on your microwave.
  • Important: cool it! It’s very, very important to cool your mug cake before digging in. Keep reading…
Mug cake recipe

Timing varies based on microwave

The timing for cooking a mug cake really varies based on the power of your microwave. Here’s how to make this easy mug cake recipe fit any microwave:

  • Cook 60 seconds on high, then check. It’s possible that your cake could be done now, if you have a high powered appliance.
  • When is it done? It looks cooked and spring back when you touch it. It will still look fairly moist on top. But if it’s super gooey, keep going.
  • Cook 20 seconds, then another 10 if not cooked. Ours works with 60 seconds and then another 30 seconds: but find right’s right for you!

Why is it important to cool a mug cake?

Here’s the other most important thing about a mug cake recipe. Make sure to cool it for 2 to 3 minutes before digging in. Why?

  • Cooling the mug cake solidifies the texture. Take a bite too soon and it tastes super hot and well, microwave-y (if that’s a word). Ever taken a bite of something right out of the microwave? Then you know what we mean. You can also burn your tongue if you’re not careful (I know from experience).
  • After 2 to 3 minutes, it’s solidified and still warm. Don’t worry: it will still be warm after a few minutes! It will be amazingly fudgy and delicious…we promise.
Chocolate mug cake

Secret to this chocolate mug cake: Dutch process cocoa powder!

The other secret to this chocolate mug cake recipe is our favorite ingredient for baking chocolaty sweets: Dutch process cocoa powder. This special type of cocoa powder is easy to find and results in the best chocolaty, fudgy desserts. What is it?

Don’t have or can’t find Dutch process cocoa powder? No problem: you can substitute regular cocoa powder! It still tastes incredibly delicious.

Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder
Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder

Mug cake mix-ins!

Another important thing to consider: how to customize your mug cake! The mix-ins in a mug cake recipe are important. They make the final texture and give you a little surprise on the inside! Here are a few ideas:

  • Dark chocolate chips: This is what we used! You can omit, but just 2 tablespoons chips makes a deliciously gooey texture.
  • Peanut butter: Add a dollop of peanut butter to the center of the batter.
  • Cookie dough: Add a ball of edible cookie dough to the center (room temp or frozen). Or try our chickpea cookie dough, a healthy-ish option.
  • Chocolate mint candies like Andes mints

Chocolate mug cake toppings

Last up: the topping! This chocolate mug cake is pretty rich, so you don’t really need the topping. But add a bit of melty vanilla ice cream and it’s heaven. The warm vs cold contrast is truly delightful! Here are a few more topping ideas:

How to make a mug cake

Makes 1 large or 2 small servings

If you’re looking for a big treat, make this easy mug cake recipe for yourself and go crazy! But honestly, it’s so rich that I could barely finish it. Alex and I split one and it was perfect! So feel free to serve this up with your significant other and two spoons.

This mug cake recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based and dairy-free.

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Mug cake

The Ultimate Mug Cake


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large or 2 small
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This is the absolute best chocolate mug cake recipe! Here’s how to make a mug cake in under 5 minutes that’s insanely fudgy. 


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch process /dark cocoa powder (or standard cocoa powder)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (granulated or coconut)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (non-dairy as desired)

Instructions

  1. Mix: In a 12 ounce* microwave-safe mug, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the milk and oil. Add the chocolate chips and stir once.
  2. Microwave: Place a paper towel under the mug in the microwave, then cook on High 60 seconds. Check for doneness: if it’s still gooey and wet on top, microwave another 20 seconds, then another 10 seconds. It done when the top looks cooked and springs back when you touch it (it will still appear moist but will be springy). The exact timing depends on the microwave: ours works well with 60 seconds, then another 30 seconds. 
  3. Cool: Important: wait for 2 to 3 minutes for the cake to cool down from piping hot to warm. Don’t taste right away: it doesn’t taste right. But cooling a few minutes does the trick! Top with whipped cream or ice cream and serve warm. 

Notes

*It also works in an 8 ounce mug (shown in the photos), but it may spill a bit over the sides (hence the paper towel).

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Cake

Keywords: Mug cake, Mug cake recipe, Chocolate mug cake, How to make a mug cake

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Edible Cookie Dough

This edible cookie dough recipe has the BEST flavor and texture, with options for every diet! Here’s how to make this ultimate treat. Calling all cookie dough lovers! We present…the ultimate edible cookie dough recipe. Yes, this tasty mixture has the best cookie dough flavor and texture. Even better, we’ve done all the hard work for you: we’ve tested options for different diets, how to heat treat flour, and found out what makes the absolute best flavor. This recipe came about after trying to recreate a mound of cookie dough we had for dessert at a restaurant several years back. Come along as we teach you the ins and outs of how to make edible cookie dough…our ultimate treat! What’s the difference: edible cookie dough vs cookie dough? Cookie dough fans likely already know this. The difference between cookie dough and edible cookie dough is this: edible cookie dough has heat treated flour (to kill bacteria) and no eggs. This makes it safe to enjoy as dough instead of baked into cookies. Edible cookie dough is a total treat! We like it best with flour and butter, but we’ve tried every variation and have options that work for all diets […]

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This edible cookie dough recipe has the BEST flavor and texture, with options for every diet! Here’s how to make this ultimate treat.

Edible Cookie Dough

Calling all cookie dough lovers! We present…the ultimate edible cookie dough recipe. Yes, this tasty mixture has the best cookie dough flavor and texture. Even better, we’ve done all the hard work for you: we’ve tested options for different diets, how to heat treat flour, and found out what makes the absolute best flavor. This recipe came about after trying to recreate a mound of cookie dough we had for dessert at a restaurant several years back. Come along as we teach you the ins and outs of how to make edible cookie dough…our ultimate treat!

Cookie dough fans likely already know this. The difference between cookie dough and edible cookie dough is this: edible cookie dough has heat treated flour (to kill bacteria) and no eggs. This makes it safe to enjoy as dough instead of baked into cookies.

Edible cookie dough is a total treat! We like it best with flour and butter, but we’ve tried every variation and have options that work for all diets below. The key to working any version of this recipe into a healthy diet is to treat it as the treat that it is: keep serving sizes small and freeze leftovers for later! Ready to get started?

Edible cookie dough

Edible cookie dough is very easy to make. In fact, you don’t even need to whip out a stand mixer! We tested this recipe with a mixer and just a bowl and spoon, and our research found there’s no need for special equipment. Here are the basic steps:

  • Step 1: If you’re using all purpose flour, heat treat it (see the section below). If using almond or oat flour, skip this step.
  • Step 2: Soften the butter in a microwave, then mix it with brown sugar with a spoon. Brown sugar is key to the robust flavor: we tested with granulated sugar and it’s not nearly as delicious.
  • Step 3: Mix in the flour, vanilla, salt, milk and chocolate chips! Store refrigerated or frozen rolled into balls.

Why and how to heat treat flour

Edible cookie dough requires an if you’re using all purpose flour you’ll have to heat treat the flour. We know, it’s annoying to add this extra step of turning on your oven when you’re not even baking! But here’s why:

  • Flour is sold as a raw ingredient intended to be cooked, so there’s not a regulated process to remove bacteria in flour manufacturing.
  • To heat treat flour, spread it on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit until the temperature reaches 165 degrees. This should take about 5 minutes.
  • Cool the flour completely before using. Do not attempt to use the hot flour in cookie dough! The texture of the dough will be off. Be patient (it’s worth it).
Edible cookie dough recipe

Other flour options: almond flour or oat flour!

Don’t want to heat treat your flour? No problem! You can use a few alternate flours and skip the heat treating step. Here are two options and the pros and cons of each:

  • Almond flour: Almond flour is gluten free and easy to find at most grocery stores. It makes a fluffy texture for gluten free cookie dough and doesn’t require heat treating. This is our preferred gluten free flour for edible cookie dough!
  • Oat flour: Oat flour is nut free and gluten free and also works here. Edible cookie dough with oat flour can have a stiffer texture, so we recommend starting with 3/4 cup oat flour and adding more until it comes to the desired texture.

Small serving sizes are key

Most of the recipes on this website are healthy: but we always make room for the occasional treat in our lives. This edible cookie dough is a treat food for us: here’s how to integrate into a healthy diet:

  • The serving size is 1 tablespoon. That’s right! All you need is a few bites. Really!
  • This recipe makes 20 servings, so cut it in half if desired. If you’re worried about having lots around, make a half recipe!
  • Freeze rolled into balls. This way, you don’t see it every time you open the fridge! This dough freezes very well.
How to make edible cookie dough

A few tweaks to this edible cookie dough recipe and it becomes a vegan cookie dough or gluten free cookie dough! Here’s what to do:

  • Gluten free cookie dough: Use almond flour (preferred) or oat flour
  • Vegan cookie dough: Use coconut oil, almond milk or oat milk, and dairy-free chocolate chips. You also may want to add another pinch of salt to mimic the savory flavor of butter.

There’s one more variation on cookie dough…Chickpea Cookie Dough! This is an internet sensation that uses food processed chickpeas to stand in for some of the flour and sugar. Here’s what to know about this variety of cookie dough:

  • Does chickpea cookie dough taste good? Honestly, many recipes don’t. Which is why we developed our chickpea cookie dough recipe! But the edible cookie dough is the absolute best.
  • Is chickpea cookie dough healthy? It’s not a health food, because it has lots of sugar and chocolate. But our chickpea cookie dough recipe does have half the sugar, butter and flour than the standard recipe below. So it’s a less caloric version — and you’re also getting a bit of garbanzo beans.
  • What’s the best chickpea cookie dough recipe? We made a spin that’s healthy-ish but tastes better than the competitors. Go to Chickpea Cookie Dough.
Edible cookie dough recipe

Storage info: refrigerate or roll into balls and freeze

How long does edible cookie dough last? Here’s the storage info:

  • Refrigerator: You can keep it up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
  • Freezer: This is our preferred method! Roll it into balls and place them on a cookie sheet, then freeze until solid (about 30 minutes). Transfer to a container and they last about 2 to 3 months.

And that’s our dissertation: how to make edible cookie dough! Questions? Comments? Tell us in the comments below.

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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*Best* Edible Cookie Dough


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings or 1 1/4 cups
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This edible cookie dough recipe has the BEST flavor and texture, with options for every diet! Here’s how to make this ultimate treat. Or, try our healthier Chickpea Cookie Dough variation.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup white all-purpose flour, almond flour, or oat flour (see the notes below)*
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (do not substitute granulated)
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter (or coconut oil for vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat treat the all purpose flour (skip if using almond or oat flour): If using all purpose flour, heat treat it to prevent bacteria growth. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the flour on a baking sheet and bake for 4 to 6 minutes until the temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, checking every few minutes with a food thermometer. Cool completely before using (be patient: if the flour is warm the texture of the cookie dough will suffer).
  2. Mix the butter and sugar: Soften the butter in the microwave for about 10 seconds until just soft. Mash it with a fork with the brown sugar until fully incorporated. 
  3. Make the cookie dough: Mix in all the other ingredients, using as much milk as you’d like to bring it together into a thick or smoother texture. Eat immediately, or store refrigerated for 1 week or roll into balls and store frozen for 3 months. 

Notes

*The flavor and texture is best with all purpose flour (see above). For gluten-free, almond flour has the best texture and you don’t have to heat treat it. You can also use oat flour which is nut free and doesn’t need to be heat treated. Oat flour makes the texture of the dough a bit stiffer, so try adding about 3/4 cup to 1 cup until you get the desired texture. 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Edible cookie dough

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Iced Applesauce Cookies

No one will be able to stop eating these applesauce cookies! Made with applesauce and oatmeal, they’re laced with an easy icing drizzle. Hello and welcome to our new favorite cookie recipe…spiced Applesauce Cookies! These are so moist and irresistible, you’ll forget about everything else and you savory each chewy bite. (Sorry, not sorry.) The applesauce makes them ultra moist, and they’ve got a little oatmeal to balance the sweet. But make no mistake: these aren’t a health food. They’re more like a lighter version of an oatmeal cream pie: which is AOK in our book. Here’s what to know about them! Ingredients for applesauce cookies These applesauce cookies are perfectly spiced to perfection, and so moist you won’t believe how soft and chewy they are. I always reach for a soft cookie over a crispy one (chewy ginger molasses cookies, any day). So this type of cookie is my ultimate. Here’s what you’ll need for the tastiest applesauce oatmeal cookies: All purpose flour Old Fashioned rolled oats (aka oatmeal!) Light brown sugar & granulated sugar Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves Baking soda Salt Applesauce Neutral oil Egg Vanilla extract When it comes to a neutral oil, you can use grapeseed […]

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No one will be able to stop eating these applesauce cookies! Made with applesauce and oatmeal, they’re laced with an easy icing drizzle.

Applesauce cookies

Hello and welcome to our new favorite cookie recipe…spiced Applesauce Cookies! These are so moist and irresistible, you’ll forget about everything else and you savory each chewy bite. (Sorry, not sorry.) The applesauce makes them ultra moist, and they’ve got a little oatmeal to balance the sweet. But make no mistake: these aren’t a health food. They’re more like a lighter version of an oatmeal cream pie: which is AOK in our book. Here’s what to know about them!

Ingredients for applesauce cookies

These applesauce cookies are perfectly spiced to perfection, and so moist you won’t believe how soft and chewy they are. I always reach for a soft cookie over a crispy one (chewy ginger molasses cookies, any day). So this type of cookie is my ultimate. Here’s what you’ll need for the tastiest applesauce oatmeal cookies:

  • All purpose flour
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats (aka oatmeal!)
  • Light brown sugar & granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Applesauce
  • Neutral oil
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract

When it comes to a neutral oil, you can use grapeseed oil, organic canola oil, or vegetable oil: any oil that has a neutral flavor. Avoid olive oil since it’s rather strong! You can also substitute melted butter for oil if you wish.

Applesauce oatmeal cookies

Add icing for best results!

The best part about these applesauce cookies? The powdered sugar icing! This icing takes them up a notch: both in overall presentation and in flavor! The sweet icing adds just the right additional sweetness to each bite. (Side bonus: it reminds us of an oatmeal cream pie.) Here’s what to know about this easy icing:

  • Mix powdered sugar with milk until smooth (quantities here). Easy as that! Make it dairy free with dairy free milk.
  • Drizzle with a fork, not a spoon! Yes, that’s right. We always reach for a spoon: but it’s the tines of a fork that make the best icing drizzle! Trust us.
  • Add color if desired. We made a cute holiday version by splitting the icing and adding food coloring to make half red and half green.

Tips for making applesauce cookies

Here are a few tips for the baking portion of applesauce cookies. It’s very easy and similar to most standard cookie recipes. Just a few things to note are:

  • The dough will be very sticky. It’s stickier than what you’d expect for say, a chocolate chip cookie dough.
  • Observe the chill time. After you mix up the dough, chill for 10 minutes. Don’t skip this part: it helps so the cookies don’t spread when baking.
  • Use 2 spoons or a cookie scoop to shape drops. Don’t adjust the cookies once they’re on the tray. The dough is sticky, so it’s a little harder to work with and form into a round drop (the cookie scoop is easiest). But never fear: once your cookies are on the try, they’ll bake up nicely.
Applesauce cookies

Vegan variation

Want a vegan variation on these applesauce oatmeal cookies? Luckily, they’re easy to make plant based! All you have to do is substitute the egg with a flax egg. A flax egg is ground flax seed that’s mixed with water. Let it sit and it forms a gel-like substance you can use as a binder in vegan baked goods. It might sound odd but use it once, and you’ll see how easy it is! It works well in quick breads, cookies and pancakes.

Why bake with applesauce?

Why bake with applesauce? Adding this fruit puree gives cake a rich, moist crumb to baked goods. Applesauce is a well-known substitute for butter and oil in baking recipes, an easy way to cut the overall calories. In these cookies it’s used for moisture and overall flavor (the oil is still necessary!). Even though it only uses 1/2 cup applesauce, you can taste it in every bite.

Applesauce cookies

Storage info

These applesauce cookies store well and stay very moist in a closed container. Here’s what to know about storage:

  • Store at room temperature in a cookie tin for up to 5 days. If the cookies are becoming too moist, you can unseal the top and let it loosely cover the tin.
  • Freeze un-iced cookies for up to 3 months.

More recipes with applesauce

Applesauce is one of our favorite tricks in baking! If you love these applesauce oatmeal cookies (which we know you will), here are a few more recipes with applesauce you’ll enjoy:

This applesauce cookies recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the substitutes in the recipe.

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Iced Applesauce Cookies


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

No one will be able to stop eating these applesauce cookies! Made with applesauce and oatmeal, they’re laced with an easy icing drizzle.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purposes flour
  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice (or ginger)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 6 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 1 egg (or flax egg for vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 x recipe of Powdered Sugar Icing

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients. In a separate medium bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until a sticky dough forms (it will be wetter than you expect).
  3. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for 10 minutes. 
  4. Make 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls (using a size 40 cookie scoop, if you have it) and place them onto the baking sheet. Scoop or use 2 spoons to make evenly spaced drops onto the paper — don’t try to adjust or move them once they’re on the sheet. 
  5. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool to room temperature before enjoying. If desired, make a criss-cross icing drizzle with a fork using our 1 Minute Powdered Sugar Icing. Store at room temperature in a cookie tin for up to 5 days, or freeze (un-iced) for up to 3 months.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Cookies

Keywords: Applesauce cookies

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

This mini pumpkin pies recipe makes the perfect dessert! Each bite has just the right creamy filling and flaky crust. Oh hello. Here’s a perfect tiny and cute dessert for Thanksgiving: Mini Pumpkin Pies! Over here Alex and I love anything that’s miniaturized. But these pies are more than just the novelty factor! They’re half the serving of a normal piece of pie, making them a healthy dessert option. They’re also customizable for gatherings of all sizes: you can make a half recipe if you don’t want to be stuck with an entire pie after the holiday! Even better: they’re incredibly tasty. Each bite has the perfect ratio of silky smooth filling to flaky pie crust. Ready to bake up some mini desserts? Filling ingredients for mini pumpkin pies The filling for these mini pumpkin pies is so delicious, you probably won’t be able to resist reaching for another one. Ironically this combats the intention of a small serving size, but since 2 mini pies equals one standard pie piece, we won’t blame you! The filling is creamy and cozy-spiced, with just the right autumnal zing from the spices. You’ll notice that there’s none of the standard evaporated milk here. […]

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This mini pumpkin pies recipe makes the perfect dessert! Each bite has just the right creamy filling and flaky crust.

Mini pumpkin pies

Oh hello. Here’s a perfect tiny and cute dessert for Thanksgiving: Mini Pumpkin Pies! Over here Alex and I love anything that’s miniaturized. But these pies are more than just the novelty factor! They’re half the serving of a normal piece of pie, making them a healthy dessert option. They’re also customizable for gatherings of all sizes: you can make a half recipe if you don’t want to be stuck with an entire pie after the holiday! Even better: they’re incredibly tasty. Each bite has the perfect ratio of silky smooth filling to flaky pie crust. Ready to bake up some mini desserts?

Filling ingredients for mini pumpkin pies

The filling for these mini pumpkin pies is so delicious, you probably won’t be able to resist reaching for another one. Ironically this combats the intention of a small serving size, but since 2 mini pies equals one standard pie piece, we won’t blame you! The filling is creamy and cozy-spiced, with just the right autumnal zing from the spices. You’ll notice that there’s none of the standard evaporated milk here. Here’s what’s in the filling for this mini pumpkin pie recipe:

  • Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • Whipping cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Light brown sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg

Whip them up in a blender, and you’re done! Easy peasy.

Mini pumpkin pies

How to make mini pumpkin pie crust: some tips!

The most involved part of making mini pumpkin pies is making the pastry crust! Here you’ll make a variation on our Homemade Pie Crust, then cut it into 4-inch circles. Here are a few notes on the technique:

  • Chill for 30 minutes while making the filling. Chilling the pie crust dough makes it easier to work with, with less risk of sticking.
  • Roll it out in an even rectangle: a pastry cloth can be helpful. It’s not required, but a pastry cloth is helpful for rolling out the pie crust. This is a canvas cloth that’s made for making pie crusts and cookies because again, it reduces sticking.
  • Use a 4-inch circular cookie cutter or glass, or free-hand it. You’ll need to make 4-inch circles in the dough. We already had a 4-inch circular biscuit cutter, but if you don’t you can use a glass that’s 4-inches in diameter. Or, you can use a ruler and approximate it free-hand!

Use a mini pie pan or muffin tin

There are two types of pans you can use for this mini pumpkin pies recipe: and both work great! Here’s what to know:

  • Mini pie pan: We used this mini pie pan. The advantage to this is that it has ridges so that the edges of the dough form into scallops as you see in the photographs. This is really only possible with this special pan!
  • Standard muffin pan: You can also use a standard muffin pan: which you likely have on hand! The edges will be straight and not crimped as you see in these photos.
Mini pumpkin pie recipe

Variation: vegan mini pumpkin pie recipe

Do you eat plant-based? No problem! You can make vegan mini pumpkin pies by following our Vegan Pumpkin Pie recipe! The vegan pastry crust is made with coconut oil or butter, and for the filling you’ll use coconut milk instead of whipping cream. It’s extraordinarily delicious! It tastes so good, no one will know it’s totally plant-based.

Topping for mini pumpkin pies

Of course, mini pumpkin pies are best when topped with a dollop of whipped cream! And the best whipped cream is homemade. We promise: its light and airy texture and rich flavor will blow you away! Here’s our recipe for whipped cream, and a tasty variation you can use to take it over the top:

Mini pumpkin pie

More mini pie ideas

There are lots of mini pies you can make using this formula! In fact, just make up the filling for your favorite pie and pop it into this crust. Here are some ideas:

Mini pumpkin pie recipe

This mini pumpkin pies recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use the crust and filling from this Vegan Pumpkin Pies recipe.

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Mini Pumpkin Pies


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This mini pumpkin pies recipe makes the perfect dessert! Each bite has just the right creamy filling and flaky crust. Want a vegan variation? Bake up this Vegan Pumpkin Pie as mini pies.


Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons ice water

For the mini pumpkin pies

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, kosher salt, and baking powder. Cut the butter into chunks, then use a pastry blender or fork to cut it into the flour mixture until a coarse meal texture is obtained. Sprinkle 6 tablespoons ice water over the flour, mixing gradually with fork until the dough sticks together. Add additional water by the tablespoon until the dough comes together with your hands, but is not sticky (add a bit more water or flour if necessary). Form the dough into a ball and refrigerate in a covered container until the filling is ready, or at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Make the filling: Combine all of the filling ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 
  4. Roll out the crusts: After the 30 minute rest, if you have a pastry cloth, set it up and dust it with flour; otherwise, flour a clean work surface. Put on a rolling pin cover (optional) and coat the pin in flour. Roll out the dough into a thin 13” x 18” rectangle. Cut into 4” circles (using a circular cutter or ruler) and gently press into pan. Gently encourage the edges of the dough to scallop.
  5. Add filling and bake: Pour the filling into each crust, letting it slightly mound on the top (a little will remain, which you can discard). Bake the pies for 24 to 26 minutes until the filling cracks and the crust starts to brown. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a baking rack and cool 30 minutes before serving.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Mini pumpkin pies

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Classic Vegan Apple Pie

No one will know this vegan apple pie recipe is plant-based: it’s just as good! The flaky lattice crust encloses a cozy-spiced apple filling. Want to make a show-stopping apple pie…that’s vegan? It’s 100% possible…and delicious. Meet this Classic Vegan Apple Pie! No one would guess that this pie is fully made of plants, because it’s so satisfying. A flaky, golden crust encloses a filling that’s so full of cozy spiced flavor, you won’t want the bite to end. Many of our meals are plant-based around here, so we thought it would be fun to try a vegan spin on our Best Apple Pie. Here are all the tips and tricks for making the most classic apple pie…with no butter to speak of. The key to vegan apple pie: vegan pie crust! The key to this vegan apple pie is vegan pie crust! Turns out, apple pie filling is easy to make with just sugar and spices. Where you need a little help is the buttery pie crust! You can use either coconut oil or vegan butter as a butter substitute in this pastry crust. Here’s what to know about each: Coconut oil vegan pie crust (preferred): The pastry comes out […]

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No one will know this vegan apple pie recipe is plant-based: it’s just as good! The flaky lattice crust encloses a cozy-spiced apple filling.

Vegan apple pie

Want to make a show-stopping apple pie…that’s vegan? It’s 100% possible…and delicious. Meet this Classic Vegan Apple Pie! No one would guess that this pie is fully made of plants, because it’s so satisfying. A flaky, golden crust encloses a filling that’s so full of cozy spiced flavor, you won’t want the bite to end. Many of our meals are plant-based around here, so we thought it would be fun to try a vegan spin on our Best Apple Pie. Here are all the tips and tricks for making the most classic apple pie…with no butter to speak of.

The key to vegan apple pie: vegan pie crust!

The key to this vegan apple pie is vegan pie crust! Turns out, apple pie filling is easy to make with just sugar and spices. Where you need a little help is the buttery pie crust! You can use either coconut oil or vegan butter as a butter substitute in this pastry crust. Here’s what to know about each:

  • Coconut oil vegan pie crust (preferred): The pastry comes out beautifully crisp and crunchy! We recommend using refined coconut oil, which has less of a coconut-y flavor. This is our preferred method because it’s very consistent.
  • Vegan butter pie crust (optional): The pastry comes out flaky with a little more of a savory, buttery flavor than coconut oil. The exact texture and flavor depends on the brand of vegan butter and what it’s made of. When you’re shopping for vegan butter, check the ingredient lists and find one that is minimally processed with real food ingredients. We like Miyoko’s Vegan Butter, which is made with mostly cashews and coconut: it happens to be organic, too.
Vegan apple pie

Equipment you need for this vegan apple pie recipe

Outside of the butter substitute, making vegan apple pie is exactly the same as standard apple pie! The required equipment is simply a standard pie plate and a rolling pin. But a few additional items can be helpful to this recipe:

  • Standard pie plate: Use a standard 9-inch pie plate, not a deep dish pie plate! If you have one, a metal pie plate can help the bottom crust to come out crispier.
  • Pastry cloth and rolling pin cover: These can help to avoid sticking when you’re rolling out the dough. If you don’t have one, dust your work surface and rolling pin generously with flour as you go.
  • Food scale: In baking it’s helpful to weigh flour because it can change based on environmental conditions. If you don’t have one, just measure the flour in cups and adjust the water as needed.

Variation: vegan apple crumble

Feeling overwhelmed by the process? Here’s an idea: make a Vegan Apple Crumble instead! Apple crumble has a very similar flavor to this apple pie, and it’s loads easier to make. No dough rolling or lattice work necessary! But want to keep going? Keep reading…

Classic vegan apple pie recipe

Best apple for pie: Granny Smith!

What are the best apples for apple pie? We’re glad you asked. First off: if you can, use organic apples. Apples are one of the best fruits to buy organic due to the way that pesticides are used (see the Dirty Dozen list for more). Our favorite type of apple to use for pie is Granny Smith. It’s got the perfect crisp texture and sweet tart flavor. It’s what we recommend hands down. If you prefer using another apple, here are our favorites in order of preference:

  • Granny Smith
  • Honeycrisp
  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Gala
  • Ida Red
  • Golden Delicious (do not use Red Delicious)

How to slice apples…fast

Once you’ve got your apples for this vegan apple pie recipe, it can take a while to peel and slice them. But here’s a trick for how to cut them quickly! This method for slicing apples is so slick, you can slice one up in just a few seconds. Review the video below for how to do it:

How to slice apples

How to blind bake the crust

Blind baking is baking a pie crust without the filling. Why do this? It makes sure that crust is perfectly firm before you add the filling. This avoids the soggy bottom problem! It makes a pastry that’s firm and flaky. Here are a few things to know about blind baking this vegan apple pie:

  • Prick holes with a fork all over the crust. This helps it to puff up less while in the oven.
  • Add pie weights: like dried beans or rice! For the baking step, you’ll need pie weights to weigh down the crust so it doesn’t get too puffy. Guess what? You don’t need to buy anything! Use dried beans or dry rice to fill up your pie crust before blind baking. (It doesn’t harm the beans or rice: you can still cook them as normal.) You can also use ceramic pie weights.

How to make a lattice pie crust topping

The main part of this vegan apple pie recipe that requires technique is making the lattice pie crust. Once you’ve done it once, it’s easy to do; but lattice work can be daunting if you’ve never tried it before. Here’s a video showing how to do the lattice weave for the crust. The pieces in the video below are thicker than you’ll use for this pie, but it gives you an idea of the process.

How to make a lattice pie crust

Serving vegan apple pie

What’s the best way to serve this vegan apple pie recipe? It’s actually extremely tasty as is! The crunch of the pie crust with the tangy brightness of the apples doesn’t need much in the way of improvements. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or as a summer dessert! But if you’re a person who loves apple pie toppings, here are a few vegan ideas for topping it off:

  • Vegan whipped cream: This Dairy Free Whipped Cream is made with coconut milk: and light and airy! It has a faint fruity coconut flavor, but that doesn’t overwhelm the dish.
  • Vegan ice cream: There are lots of options for store-bought vegan ice creams these days. Even better, make our Cinnamon Vegan Ice Cream! It’s extraordinary.

This vegan apple pie recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Vegan apple pie

Classic Vegan Apple Pie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

No one will know this vegan apple pie recipe is plant-based: it’s just as good! The flaky lattice crust encloses a cozy-spiced apple filling.


Ingredients

For the crust

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup refined coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup water + 3 ice cubes

For the pie

  • 3 pounds organic Granny Smith apples (10 to 11 small)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)

Instructions

  1. Make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix the all purpose flour, kosher salt, and baking powder. Drop small blobs of the coconut oil into the flour mixture. Then use a pastry cutter to incorporate it into the flour until pebbly (try to make sure there aren’t any large chunks of coconut oil).  Drizzle about 1/2 of the ice water into the flour and bring together with a fork. Continue drizzling until a dough is formed. Use your hands to make it into a dough ball, not too sticky (add a bit more water or flour if necessary). Divide the dough in two and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling: Peel and core the apples, then thinly slice them about 1/4 inch thick (see the “How to slice apples” section above). Place the apples in a large pot with a lid or in a Dutch oven. Add in the cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, lemon juice and zest, and vanilla. Stir apples to combine. Cover and cook on high heat for 2 minutes without stirring. Remove it from the heat, remove the lid and cool the apples until the pie crust is done blind baking. 
  4. Roll out the first dough: If you have a pastry cloth, set it up and dust it with flour; otherwise, flour a clean work surface. Put on a rolling pin cover and coat the pin in extra flour (optional). Remove one ball of dough from the refrigerator and roll it evenly from the center to the edge, until the dough is a large circle about 1/8-inch thick. If it starts to get sticky, dust lightly with flour. Rest the dough for 3 minutes. Then trim the dough to an even 12-inch circle with a pizza cutter (this corresponds to the 9-inch circle on the pastry cloth).
  5. Blind bake the crust: Gently place the dough into the center of the pie plate, using the rolling pin to transfer it. Use your fingers to press the pastry into the form of the pie pan. Then fold the excess dough around the edges under itself, so that it sits evenly on the rim of the pie plate, then crimp the edge with the tines of a fork. Prick the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork, then cover it with a sheet of parchment paper. Fill the inside with pastry weights like dried beans or rice (or another type of pie weight). Bake the crust for 18 minutes.
  6. Increase the oven temperature: Remove the blind baked pie crust from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Add a baking sheet to a center rack and increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  7. Assemble the pie: Spoon the apple filling into the pie plate with a slotted spoon, leaving the liquid inside the pot. Heat the pot over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes to thicken the remaining liquid until thickened and syrupy. Then pour the syrup over the apples.
  8. Make the lattice: Roll out the second dough ball into another 12” circle. Cut into 1” strips and use 7 strips to make a lattice. Carefully lay out 4 strips of dough in the same direction on the pie (see the “How to make a lattice pie crust” above). Be careful to place the strips down without stretching. Weave the strips together to create the lattice with the remaining 3 strips. Trim the lattice on the pie to the edge of the pie, then place the remaining strips of the dough around the outside to form an edge around the rim of the pie.
  9. Bake the pie: Place the pie on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a baking rack. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour until warm, or a few hours until it is room temperature. Then slice into pieces and enjoy! The pie is best eaten the day it is made. For make ahead and reheating instructions, see below.

Notes

Make ahead instructions: Pie is best eaten the day of making it. You can make the pie dough in advance: make it up to 3 days ahead, wrap well and refrigerate. Or, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze it for up to 3 months. When ready to use, remove from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours.

Leftover / reheating instructions: Store leftovers at room temperature loosely covered with foil, plastic wrap, or with an overturned bowl. Reheat at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. 

  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan apple pie, Vegan apple pie recipe

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