As you may recall, I’m not much of a baker. There is way too much measuring and precision, plus most baked goods are filled with not-so-nourishing ingredients. But this cobbler is my ideal baked dessert – it couldn’t be easier, doesn’t require any detailed measuring, is filled with healthy whole foods ingredients, and tastes amazing!
Blueberry Nectarine Cobbler Ingredients:
3 nectarines (or peaches), diced
1 pint blueberries (fresh is best, but frozen also works)
1 cup raw almonds, well chopped
1 cup whole rolled oats
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
dash of salt
Combine washed blueberries with washed and chopped nectarines in a baking dish. I use a 9 inch square glass dish, but you can get creative with whatever you have available. Set the fruit aside while you prepare the crumble.
Chop the almonds well and combine them in a mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients. Mix well until you have a nice crumble.
Spread a thick layer of crumble on top of the fruit. It’s chunky, so you’ll need to use a spoon to get it evenly distributed.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the crumble starts to brown and your whole house smells amazing.
This is a great recipe to have up your sleeve because it works well with virtually all varieties of fruit. You can substitute in apples, plums, pears, peaches – you name it! It also works well for me because all the crust ingredients are things I keep stocked in my kitchen. This is definitely a go-to when I need a fun dessert to bring to a pot-luck, or am looking for something vegan and gluten-free that has real WOW factor.
Blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants and phytonutrients in the fruit world. They have particularly high levels of anthocyanins, which have been found to combat heart disease, cancer, and obesity. But, if you remember one thing about blueberries remember that they are good for your brain. Research has shown significant reduction in normal age related decline in memory and motor coordination in people who eat blueberries regularly. Even better, these powerful benefits aren’t damaged by freezing, so pop some frozen blues into your smoothies or use them to make this cobbler when fresh berries are out of season to keep up your regular intake of blueberries.
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