Salted Maple Dark Chocolate Raspberry Crumble [Vegan Option] + Raspberry Picking

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Salted Maple Dark Chocolate Raspberry Crumble

Caroline and I took a short drive into the country yesterday in search of an apple orchard that would fulfill our fall fever. We knew the moment we were close because the vast open corn fields were upbruptly interrupted with what seemed like skyscraper-high blow up bounce houses and multi-colored tents popping up in the distance. As we approached the entrance, we realized we had no idea what we got ourselves into with police officers directing traffic and fields filled with minivans. Luckily, the apple orchard was large enough that we could find pockets of solitude to snap some photos of the gorgeous apple trees and our picking adventure. After we had our fill of the apples, we headed back to the entrance to pay and inquired about a ‘Pick Your Own Raspberry’ sign that was near the parking lot. The worker handed us a bucket and told us to head across the street if we were interested in berry picking. To our surprise, across the street was a whole different story; the sound of children squealing and the constant need to dodge groups of people disappeared. Not only was the berry field completely void of cars, but also of people in general. We were shocked to be the only ones out there picking thriving raspberries while hundreds of families pushed their way through the crowds for apple-flavored everything just yards away. It was a small oasis of solitude in an otherwise crazy tourist attraction and we were surprised to unexpectedly stumbled upon it. Cheers to the bright red underdog of the season and here are a few photos from our adventure:

 

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I did not even realize I liked raspberries before yesterday’s adventure. The berries I’ve bought from the stores in the past were always mushy and flavorless but eating them straight from the bush was nothing short of heavenly. The berries we picked yesterday were firm and bursting a slightly tart flavor. Remembering my experience with the berries in the past, I knew I’d have to enjoy them fast before they turned into their grocery-store counterparts so I didn’t delay in whipping up this simple crumble today.

This recipe is so easy that I feel bad calling it a recipe. I used no butter and the only sweetener is maple syrup so it’s basically healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast. Feel free to omit the powdered sugar if eating for breakfast and serve it along a big serving of yogurt. If serving as a dessert, it’s the perfect amount for 4 if you add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream to accompany it fresh out of the oven.

Salted Maple Dark Chocolate Raspberry Crisp recipe below:

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Salted Maple Dark Chocolate Raspberry Crumble [Vegan Option] + Raspberry Picking
A simple crumble to use up the fresh berries that are too fresh to hide in a complicated recipe.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
Ingredients
  • 1 quart of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup , divided + more to top with
  • 1/4 cup almonds , chopped
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil , divided
  • 1/4 cup milk (I'd recommend coconut milk here if making vegan)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the raspberries, dark chocolatelemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine the oats, almonds, baking powder, dash of salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Slowly pour in the milk until the mixture resembles wet oatmeal (you want it to be moist enough for the oats to soak up the milk but not too much that the end product is soggy).
  5. Grease a cast iron skillet or small baking dish with the coconut oil.
  6. Lay raspberry mixture in a single layer on the baking dish and then spoon the oat mixture on top by the spoonful.
  7. Dot the remaining coconut oil over the oats and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the oats on the top are browned.
  8. Remove from oven, drizzle with maple syrup and coarse sea salt, and powdered sugar.
  9. Serve with yogurt or ice cream.

 

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19 Comments

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    October 6, 2014

    Loving the chocolate and raspberry combo. This looks awesome!

  • Alanna Taylor-Tobin
    October 6, 2014

    What a gorgeous dessert, one that I would totally eat for breakfast. I love that it’s super oaty and healthy. Good call on ditching the chaotic apple orchard. The berry patch looks like the epitome of calm. Wish I had been there with ya!

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    October 6, 2014

    This is absolutely stunning, and I love all of the picture of the raspberry picking! I went a few weeks ago, and got probably 5 lbs worth! I’ll have to try this recipe with some extras that I froze!

    • Shellywest
      Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
      October 9, 2014

      Yes — I was so bummed that we didn’t have time to pick more for freezing. I thought we might have some extra but they were gone within two days ha (wishful thinking, huh?).

  • molly yeh
    October 6, 2014

    raspberry picking!!!!! i have never done that before, how fun! this dessert looks deeeeeeeeeelish!

    • Shellywest
      molly yeh
      October 9, 2014

      It was almost as fun as your backyard apple picking adventure looked!

  • Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    October 7, 2014

    Nothing says end of summer like berry picking! Jealous of your pick. Beautiful images, as always.

  • Sandra
    October 7, 2014

    Just the reminder I needed. Not sure how I let my life get so crazy to forget about picking fall raspberries! oh…dark chocolate chips…I need that in my life too!!! Gorgeous photos, always!

  • Sylvie
    October 8, 2014

    There’s nothing quite like fresh picked berries, store bought ones just can’t compete.

  • Sugar and Cinnamon
    October 8, 2014

    I didn’t understand raspberries until we went raspberry picking in New Zealand one year! They were so bright and fresh flavoured I can’t even described it! We packed whole crates of them and the best way to eat them we discovered was mixed through vanilla ice cream 🙂

    • Shellywest
      Sugar and Cinnamon
      October 9, 2014

      I was the same way! Never was into raspberries but eating them fresh from the vine really changed my mind! Might have to steal your vanilla ice cream idea very very soon..

  • Kathryn
    October 8, 2014

    I love autumn raspberries – there’s something so exciting and vibrant about them, in a sea of apples and pumpkins. I also love the idea of this crumble; it’s such a great combination of flavours and you can’t beat that raspberry/chocolate combo.

    • Shellywest
      Kathryn
      October 9, 2014

      So true! There is something about all the other berries being gone that makes the fall raspberries so special… like they were able to stick it out. : )

  • viedelavegan
    October 14, 2014

    Wow, how beautiful to pick your own raspberries! Love the recipe too, I would definitely eat this dessert for breakfast <3

  • erika
    October 18, 2014

    DUDE. I am so soso jealous apple picking is just a short drive away from your living situation and that you discovered this magical secret raspberry field!!!!!! I felt the same way about blueberries as you did about raspberries until we went wild blueberry picking in Maine and then I was like HELLO what have I been missing my whole life!! This crumble looks AMAZING–I’ll definitely have to try this out with whatever fruit comes my way next! <3

  • janet @ the taste space
    November 9, 2014

    Raspberries are my favourite berry and the worst part is that their season locally is too too short. I bet frozen berries would work just as well, though… and perfect for the winter. 🙂

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