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Raw vegan raspberry crumble recipe! Mmm...

Sharing a really fun and easy recipe today--this is one of my fave things to make in the summertime when there's delicious fresh fruit everywhere, and it's soooo easy to do with just a couple of healthy, whole food ingredients!

I've talked before about my limited diet, although I don't bring it up much because I worry people may think I'm weird if they don't know the background.  But you don't need to worry about it here; the basics of this recipe are tasty for everyone, and the added benefits are that it's healthy and naturally gluten- and dairy-free! UPDATE: I now eat a balanced real food ("Paleo") diet.

I sort of created this myself, although I'm sure there are other raw vegan desserts very similar; nuts and dried fruits are the basis for pretty much every treat you can make in your food processor for a raw vegan specialty.  You can make the combo into anything you want--I make fudgy brownies a lot--but this had such a crumble/crisp-like texture that I always remember it that way. I think I made it with blackberries first, like a blackberry crisp! But without the butter, brown sugar, flour, etc... None of which I eat!

And I know lots of people eat gluten-free and dairy-free diets, so this is a great recipe for those folks, too, and it doesn't substitute with fake, processed soy butter or anything. All natural!

Without further ado... here's the BASIC, basic version of this. There are tons of add-ins you could do, or things to tweak, but if you're new to food processor desserts, this is a great starter!

Also remember that I don't measure things. Sorry. I'll try to be as close as I can, but just add as much as makes sense! You'll get a feel for it as you go. You'll need:
  • Dates (probably about 1/2 cup, but more if you want it sweeter. You could do half dates/half raisins, maybe, too, or dried apricots or something!)
  • Walnuts (also probably about 1/2 cup. If you don't like walnuts, use pretty much any other nut!)--I buy both of these in the bulk foods section, so just fill the bag till you have a nice full handful, and get a little extra if you want!
  • Raspberries. I got these at the market and then ate several, so it was less than a pint. The fruit is on its own, so you can use as much as you like. This would also be great with peaches, nectarines, blackberries, pretty much any soft fruit!
  • A dash of vanilla
  • A sprinkle of salt
  • And a food processor!
Depending on the fruit you could add some cinnamon, or maybe cocoa powder? Never tried it, but chocolate and raspberry is always a good combo! Ooh, maybe add some raw vegan chocolate ganache on top... mmm...

  • Blend the nuts, dates, vanilla, and salt in the food processor. Blend for about 20 seconds, but keep checking in on it to make sure it makes a fluffy, crumbly, sort of powdery substance. If it's too thick, add more walnuts; if it's too powdery, add more dates.
  • Take HALF of the mixture and pat it into your dish. That's for the crust. So if you don't want a bottom crust, skip this step and make a bigger dish! Or, use smaller, dessert dishes and pat into several small dishes.

  • Put your crust in the freezer for just a few minutes--like, 5 even. 5-10 is good.

  • Add your layer of raspberries or whatever fruit you want.

  • Sprinkle the other half of the topping on top of the raspberries. Lovely!  Put it in the freezer for a little bit to firm up the topping a little. You don't want the berries to freeze, but it is a crumbly dish, so keeping it cold is important.

  • Cut up and serve!

Fresh, tasty, and summery! I love how there's no stale sugary aftertaste after eating something like this, sweetened with dates. Happy summer!

Other modification ideas:
  • Make some raw vegan creme fraiche or ice cream (soak skinned almonds for a few hours, blend in high-speed blender with agave and vanilla! It's more like ice cream if you sweeten more and freeze longer)
  • For less mess, make the layers in individual dessert dishes and serve with a spoon and fruit accent on top!
  • Depending on the fruit you use, add some cinnamon to the topping when you process it
  • I'm serious about the chocolate ganache. Mix some cocoa powder, vanilla, agave, coconut oil, and maybe a little olive oil, and either squeeze out of a frosting bottle or slop on with a spoon. YUM!
Hope you're not too weirded out by the food processor part--these are THE easiest desserts, I swear, and a big hit with everyone regardless of dietary preferences!


  1. Your last comment made me laugh - "I'm serious about the chocolate ganache." We may not share exactly the same diet but we certainly think along the same lines!
    It sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it myself, thanks for the recipe :)

    1. Haha, yep, rich chocolate makes a lot of things better! Hope you enjoy trying it out!

  2. This sounds fantastic. I love that you can split it different so that our whole family could have different flavors since we all have different fruit preferences! Totally pinning this to make soon!

    1. That's a great idea! Individual dishes would be perfect!

  3. Keep your great recipes coming!!

  4. This sounds really good and the ingredients kind of remind me of a Lara bar ;)

    I would love for you to post more recipes!

    1. Good to hear! The ingredients are probably identical to some flavors of Larabars... those are the same concept; just a blend of nuts and fruits. My desserts usually have a little more sweetness, though... hehee.

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  6. I love this idea! I will have a try.Thanks for sharing.

  7. This sounds yummy! I love raspberries, maybe I'll pull out my food processor and try this for myself.

  8. I remember reading about your limited diet, and thinking that I could never ever give up eggs and cheese and meat...but I actually recently became vegan (2 weeks ago) and I have been feeling SO much better! My doctor actually suggested it because i have sever Asthma... and my asthma is totally gone. I haven't had to use an inhaler in a week, and I used to have to use both inhalers twice a day! I find my pallet and taste preferences are changing, and I'm able to pick out the really subtle flavors in fruits and vegetables that I missed before-- and I was NOT a veggie person before. I only ever ate carrots and corn and potatoes, now I get to explore delicious veggies. My new favorite is Asparagus! SO GOOD!

    Anyway, raw veganism intrigues me, but I think I'll get used to this way of eating before I try that! Thanks for the recipe, I'm excited to try it!

    1. Wow, what an amazing story! Sounds like you're doing great, getting more veggies and less animal protein. So glad it's made you feel better. My friend's 3-year-old had severe asthma and when they went vegan her symptoms cleared up a lot. Amazing how much diet affects seemingly separate parts of our bodies! Congrats and best wishes!

    2. I've been trying to go vegan too! My body doesn't like dairy, and I've never liked meat that much. The doc forks over knives changed my life!

  9. That does sound delicious! I'm thinking about going gluten-free so this would certainly help make the transition!

    1. Perfect! There are TONS of great gluten-free desserts out there in the raw vegan realm, and they're so easy! No need to worry about things rising or being too hard...

  10. zanney .... you are an awesome blogger. But, the "I don't measure" thing is gonna cost you a cookbook deal someday... Just kidding. All right, all right ... you've seen me cook. I don't measure too often. ~ Christie

  11. This is definitely something I would try. I am not vegan, but I am paleo, so this would work for me, too. Thanks!

  12. I have really appreciated learning about raw food from you. My reason relates to maintaining a big weight loss I have been able to achieve over the last 2 years (90lbs :)but I can see other benefits too. I am sure you know this blog, but just in case ... http://mynewroots.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/raw-pad-thai-for-potluck-picnic.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+My-New-Roots+(My+New+Roots). Many thanks for your inspiration!



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