Healthy Apple Crumble (Apple Crisp, Apple Cobbler) Whole-Foods Plant-Based, Vegan, Gluten Free Dessert

Healthy Apple Crumble (Apple Crisp, Apple Cobbler) Whole-Foods Plant-Based, Vegan, Gluten Free Dessert

Whole-Foods Plant-Based Apple Crisp / Crumble No-Oil, Nuts Instead of Butter

This is a yummy, healthy and satisfying plant-based vegan dessert, after school snack for kids, bedtime snack for yourself, mid-day treat… Whatever you prefer, so many options!

To make an apple crumble / apple crisp recipe that is more whole-foods plant-based, this recipe uses nuts instead of butter, in the oat topping.

With pecans, or cashews, you will still get that mouth feel, and satisfaction, that fat gives, but in a healthier delivery package (the natural whole nut).

Nuts have antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients that margerine, oils and butter do not have.  Plus, nuts are crunchy, a great texture for a crispy apple oat topping. 


How Do You Get the Apple Crumble Topping to Stay Together Without Butter?

Lemon juice.  Fat free lemon juice.  Use a food processor, oats, spices, nuts, sugar, and lemon juice.  So easy, and if you don’t over process them, you’ll get a healthy vegan crumble fruit dessert that’s  just right.

The lemon in the topping and spices on the apples, help this last for days on the counter, natural preservatives I suppose.  Lasts longer in the fridge, the topping stays firm.

If you use freshly squeezed lemon juice, you are again increasing your antioxidants and other nutrients.

What Kind of Apples to Use in Apple Crisp?

You can use peeled apples, or leave the peels on your apples (will result in a drier fruit filling, but still tastes good).  You can use green apples, or red, or crabapples.  Each type of apple will taste a little different.  

If you make apple dessert often enough, you might start to adjust the sugar content lower, or higher, when you know the apples are sweeter or more tart.

Cornstarch Makes it Gluten Free

To thicken the apple filling, follow the instructions to sprinkle the cut apples with a lovely blend of warming spices, cornstarch, and a small amount of your favourite sugar. Makes for a decent consistency, rather than being too juicy, and cornstarch is gluten-free.

Oats are naturally gluten free as well.  If you are super sensitive, you can buy some that are also labelled gluten free – meaning they have not been processed in a facility that processes grains with gluten.

Whole Foods Compared to Traditional Desserts 

This recipe won’t taste as sweet, or as buttery, as a traditional apple crisp, but it allows you to gently enjoy the natural taste of the apples.  

Also you won’t have a sugar crash, or regret eating this vegan dessert.  It should make you feel really good in your tummy, and in your body, after eating! 


Healthy Apple Crisp (Apple Crumble) Gluten Free, Vegan, No-Oil

Incredibly simple to make, and very tasty! This low-calorie, healthy, gluten-free, oil-free, no-butter apple crisp / apple crumble recipe has an oat crumble topping that is crisp, not soggy, and is held together by lemon juice and enhanced by nuts (without butter or margarine).

For this recipe, I often use crabapples from my apple tree, but green apples and red apples work as well.  

A touch of cornstarch in the filling ensures your apple crisp is not watery, it will thicken, and  have a consistency like apple pie, but be gluten-free.

Even sour tasting apples transform into a delicious healthy dessert, or snack, without much added sugar. The nuts taste so good, you won't miss the butter at all!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Canadian, Plant Based, Vegan, Western
Keyword apples, crisp, crumble, gluten free, gluten free dessert, gluten free snack, healthy dessert, healthy gluten free apple crisp, no-oil, nuts, oats, pecans, Plant Based, quick, vegan, vegan dessert, Whole Foods
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 238 kcal
Author Jeanette Whitten


For the Apple Filling:

  • 9 cups apples Green or crabapples work well. Sliced (I use an apple slicer) peels on or off. A large apple yields approx. 1 1/2 cups. Better to use more apples than not enough.
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar white sugar mixes in well, that's what I prefer

For the Oat Topping:

  • 3 cups oats rolled, quick cooking
  • 1/3 cup sugar or dry sweetener of your choice. Lately I use brown sugar (packed), for the color, white also works.
  • 1 1/4 cup pecans I keep my pecans in the freezer.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice fresh squeezed or bottled, about 2 lemons.
  • 2 tbsp water if needed - see notes about how to process the topping for the consistency you want.


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F, take out a 3 Qt, or 9 x 13 casserole dish, no lid required.  

Prepare the Fruit Filling

  1. Peel and cut apples, into evenly sized cubes, or thin slices.  The smaller you cut the apples, the juicier it will be. Also it will cook faster.

    Time saving tip: You can push a slicer through each apple to make 6 or so pieces, then cut each slice lengthwise in half.  

    Option: leave the peels on. Note: It will take longer to cook this way.

  2. Spread apples evenly into the casserole baking dish, with love. 🙂

  3. Use a fork, in a small bowl mix: cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar until well combined and lump free.  

    Sprinkle evenly over the apples.

    No stirring required.

Prepare the Crumble Topping

  1. Process Dry Ingredients: In a food processor, on med-high speed, blend oats, sugar, pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg just until mixed, the pecans should still be a bit chunky. About 15-20 seconds.

    You aren't trying to turn the nuts into flour.

  2. Add Water to Lemon Juice: While processing on medium, or low, slowly add the lemon juice and water to make the mixture crumbly, sticky, and moist. The mixture should start climbing the walls.   About 1-2 minutes on low.

    Important: stop processing before it gets too lumpy / stuck together, or it will be too wet to sprinkle easily.

    Moisture content of your nuts / oats makes a difference, so this takes some technique and adjustments here!

    To make the topping lumpy (I like clumps, but my kids don't), process longer on fast speed, with more liquid, and it will form into little balls.  

    To make the topping more even, process less and don't add any extra water.

    You are in control of your topping consistency!

  3. Spread the oat topping crumble evenly over the apples.  If you did over process, don't worry, you can break up any lumps with a large spoon, in the food processor, then spread it over. It will still taste great!

  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes, uncovered.

    Check at 20 minutes, and every 10 minutes after, to make sure the topping isn't burning. I think fresh lemon juice might burn more easily than bottled lemon juice. Still testing this out...

    The apple crisp is done when the fruit is bubbling and the topping is light brown in the center. 

Recipe Notes

I'm learning, the smaller / thinner the apple pieces are cut, the more juicy it will be.  

One time I used old apples (had been in my fridge for about 8 weeks, yes a little embarrassing, but this happens to me).  They were dried out, and didn't produce enough juice to mix with the sprinkled cornstarch mix.  I ended up adding about 1 cup water in the bottom of the dish and finished it in the microwave.  Lesson learned - don't use dried out apples!  Or put water in if you do.

We don't mind it being a little different each time!  Always gets all eaten up!

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Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp, low-fat, vegan, gluten-free, low FODMAP, healthy dessert

Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp, low-fat, vegan, gluten-free, low FODMAP, healthy dessert

Healthy Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp – gluten-free, low FODMAP – With Oats and Pecans

Our family loves fruit crisps and fruit crumbles, they are naturally vegan, and here is a method to make rhubarb crumble, with no-added-fats, but healthy nuts instead.  

Mmmm mmm!  In this easy recipe, I used rhubarb and strawberries on the bottom, quick cooking oats and ground pecan nuts on top, with no-butter, no-oil.  The topping is crispy, not soggy, and the ground up nuts make it healthier, while adding flavour, depth and fibre!

So delicious with the warm, juicy, soft, sweetened fruit, slightly spiced, and the crispy oat topping.  

Lemon juice makes the topping stay together, and adds a wonderful delicious zing.  I was worried that lemon wouldn’t work with rhubarb, since rhubarb is sour, but the lemon/light sugar mix in the topping tastes soooo good!  It’s like rhubarb lemonade!

You can use a food processor or blender to mix the oats, lemon, nuts and sugar together to make a crumbly, crispy, tasty rhubarb strawberry fruit gluten free crisp topping.

This recipe has garam masala spice in the rhubarb, it’s lovely.  Allspice also works.  Or just cinnamon and nutmeg would too.  

Why garam masala with the strawberry and rhubarb?  Typical garam masala contains cardamom pods, black peppercorns, cumin, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.  These spices complement rhubarb, with a warmth that is still welcome on a summer day.  Also, according to my research, the taste of strawberries is enhanced with pepper. Ok, great!

I hope you enjoy your rhubarb in this delicious healthy dessert or satisfying snack!  It’s easy to make a homemade strawberry rhubarb crisp that is gluten-free, plant based, vegan, healthy, and low fodmap (see IBS notes below)!

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Healthy Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp/ Crumble, Gluten-free, Low FODMAP, Vegan, Dessert

This healthy rhubarb strawberry crisp recipe is incredibly simple to make, and very tasty.  The crumble on top uses nuts instead of oils (whole food), and is slightly crispy, it is pleasurable to eat the crunchy topping with the soft fruit.

For this recipe, I added frozen pre-sliced strawberries. Fresh would work also.

Rhubarb is sour like a lemon, and strawberries are naturally sweet and together they transform into a comforting and delicious dessert or healthy snack. 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Western
Keyword crisp, crumble, gluten free dessert, healthy dessert, healthy gluten free rhubarb crisp, low fat, low fodmap dessert, Plant Based, rhubarb, strawberries, vegan, vegan dessert, Whole Foods
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 266 kcal
Author Jeanette Whitten


For the Fruit Filling:

  • 7 cups rhubarb diced
  • 3 cups strawberries frozen or fresh, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala spice mix (or allspice, or cinnamon and nutmeg)
  • 1/4 cup sugar or dry sweetener of your choice: white sugar also works well.

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 3 cups rolled oats quick cooking
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar I use brown sugar in the topping for the color.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh or bottled, or orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F

Prepare the Fruit Filling

  1. Wash and dice rhubarb into evenly sized , 1/2 inch (1.5cm) approx slices.  Wash and slice strawberries.

    Rhubarb Strawberry
  2. Place fruit into a 9x13 ungreased baking dish.

  3. In a small bowl mix cornstarch, filling spices (garam masala or your substitute), and sugar until well combined and lump free.  Sprinkle evenly over the fruit. 

Prepare the Oat Crumble Topping

  1. In a food processor, on high speed, blend oats, spices, sugar, pecans and salt.  

    Once the nuts are finely ground, while processing on medium, slowly add the lemon juice to make the mixture crumbly.  

    Do not over process, or the mixture will form into balls/ be too mushy.

  2. Sprinkle oat topping crumble over the fruit.  Use a spoon to break up chunks first. 

  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes. The crisp is done when the fruit is bubbling and the topping is light brown in the center.

    You can opt to brown the top by broiling on low for 3 minutes, I didn't.

Recipe Notes

If you have less fruit, adjust the amount of oats to be less as well. 

Fresh lemon juice seems to burn more easily, watch your topping for burning if you used fresh. 

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Butternut Squash Apple Galette – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Butternut Squash Apple Galette – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Whole-Foods Plant-Based Galette with Whole-Wheat Pastry – Creamy Tofu, Apple, Fennel Filling

Are you looking for a whole-foods plant-based butternut squash galette recipe?  I couldn’t find one, so I created this for us to enjoy.

This vegan galette recipe has butternut squash, sliced and roasted, then layered beautifully over a soft filling made from food processing, or blending a fennel bulb (or dried fennel), crabapples (or regular apples), extra firm tofu, and yummy sage, rosemary, nutmeg and other fall flavours.

All snugly embraced in a galette dough pouch, for a cozy harvest meal.

Basic vegan galette dough:

Whole-wheat whole-grain flour, almond flour (healthy unprocessed fat, replaces margarine), non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, and some seasonings.   Made in a food processor.

The dough is easy to handle, rolls out fine, but was a little tough right out of the oven – due to lack of oil I expect, and potentially I cooked it too long.

The pastry softened up in the fridge and was nicely tender as leftovers.

  • Next time I’ll blend 3-4 dried prunes into the dough for moisture.
  • I’m confident prunes will make it great, because I use prunes in my oil-free pizza crust and it is really fantastic,

BUT I haven’t tested prunes in the galette dough yet.

I’m posting the version I did test, next time I’ll add prunes and update the ingredients.

Think of a galette as a lazy pie, or a lazy quiche.

I was surprised how easy it was to roll out the dough, spread the ingredients on it, wrap it gently and pop it back in the oven.

I used a large oven safe wok, which shaped the sides nicely.  An extra-large skillet would also work, as would a baking sheet.

We got easy to pack galette leftovers, perfect for school and work lunches.  I can see how little mini galettes would make great individual servings.

Butternut Squash Dinner Idea That is Vegan

This galette is wonderful at the end of summer, since you make it with autumn harvest vegetables, helping you use up that butternut squash on your counter.

I will definitely be making this again throughout the winter. 🙂 

Vegan Butternut Squash Galette - Whole-Foods Plant-Based

With butternut squash, and a savoury tofu filling with fennel, and crabapples (or regular apples), this galette is simple, satisfying, and a great way to use up food harvested from your backyard.  

The soft creamy tofu filling is delicate and tasty, the pastry complements the ingredients well.  Butternut squash is the perfect not too sweet, firm colourful topping.

Let this vegan galette cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Egg Free, French
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 217 kcal
Author Jeanette Whitten



  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour or other whole grain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional, adds flavour and nutrition
  • 1/3 - 2/3 cup soy milk or other non-dairy milk


  • 1 butternut squash peeled and sliced, see instructions
  • 1 1/2 cups fennel bulb small sized, sliced
  • 2 cups apples crabapples, cored and sliced
  • 340 g extra firm tofu
  • 1 teaspoon sage dried
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary fresh, or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed


  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt


Bake the Filling (Squash, Apples, Fennel)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Take out an extra-large oven-proof skillet with high sides or a wok.  A baking sheet can work too.

  2. Peel the entire squash, you can roll and peel lengthwise.   Then cut the squash into two pieces to separate the bottom rounder part from the narrower top section. 

    Cut both parts in half and remove any seeds. 

    Cut all four pieces into 1/4-inch-thick slices. 

    Core and slice the apples, slice the fennel into small pieces (it will be food processed anyways).  Note: if you are short on time, you could add the apples raw to the filling in the food processor instead of baking.

    roast butternut squash no-oil
  3. Spread sliced squash, apples, and fennel on baking sheets.  Place the apples and fennel together, you will scoop them up with a spatula to move to the food processor. 

    I didn't line or oil my sheets, some of the squash edges stuck, but was easy to scrape off.  

    Bake until the squash, apples, and fennel are tender, about 25-30 minutes. 

Prepare the Pastry (Food Processor)

  1. While the squash is baking, put the flour, almond flour, nutritional yeast (if using), and salt in a food processor. 

    Pulse to combine.  Add 1/3 cup of the non-dairy milk, process, it should still be floury.  Add additional non-dairy milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough sticks together (to test, remove the top and gather the dough in your fingers. If it sticks together without crumbling, it’s ready). I ended up using another full 1/3 cup of milk.

    Be careful not to over mix once it is doughy, it makes it tough. 

    Soak or clean the food processor, you will need it again to finish the filling.

    whole-wheat fat-free galette dough
  2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured board or counter, and shape the dough into a disk. 

    With a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a very large circle about 1/4-inch thick. 

    Transfer dough into the large skillet, baking sheet, or wok, let the dough hang over the edges if necessary, you will fold it over the ingredients.

Prepare the Tofu-Filling (Food Processor)

  1. Add extra firm tofu, sage, rosemary, salt, nutmeg, pepper and lemon juice to the food processor.  You could also add the apples raw at this stage if you chose not to bake them, say maybe because you ran out of time to slice them :o.  

  2. When the vegetables are done baking, scoop the apples and fennel with a spatula and add them to the food processor with the extra firm tofu.  It's fine/better if they are still hot.  Blend until well mixed. Taste test and adjust seasonings.

Assemble the Galette

  1. Spread the apple-tofu (ricotta) mixture over the top of the pastry, leaving a 1-inch border. 

    Arrange the squash prettily, in a spiral pattern, over the apple-fennel-tofu-ricotta mixture and fold the edges of the pastry toward the center of the galette. 

    whole-foods plant-based galette
  2. Sprinkle almond flour, garlic powder and salt over the center of the galette and optionally onto the crust.

    vegan whole foods plant based galette
  3. Bake until the crust is crisp and golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

    vegan butternut squash galette fennel apple whole-wheat crust

Recipe Notes

Serve with a bright green salad, also goes well with steamed brussels sprouts.  


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Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash – Stuffed With Cranberry Rice

Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash – Stuffed With Cranberry Rice

Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash With Cranberry Rice & Garam Masala

Oh acorn squash – how I thought you were disgusting when I was a child, and, now I know what it takes to make you delicious!

Many adults aren’t squash fans, probably because their family didn’t serve it very well.  This recipe can change all that.

Healthy Vegan Baked Acorn Squash – No-Oil, Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Most people don’t know how to stuff vegetables, do they?   The ones I know anyways, are wowed when presented with a flavourful rice filled acorn squash.

No need to be impressed folks, because this stuffed acorn squash recipe is a dead easy meal to make.

Downright relaxing for the cook actually.

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Roasted With Wild Rice, Dried Cranberries, Garam Masala, Spinach and Black Beans

This whole-foods plant-based (wpb) oil-free roasted and stuffed acorn squash is extra deliciously complex, because the whole grain wild rice (any nice healthy whole grain rice should do) has extra scrumptious dried cranberry bits in it, plus the east Indian dessert pepper spice Garam Masala.

You can buy Garam Masala in the ethnic section of your grocery store.  I have a large bag of it, it goes nicely with fruit as well, like apple slices before bed, or on oatmeal.

Garam masala, cranberries, and acorn squash are a great combo.  Very romantic.

Plus, I’ve stirred some spinach ribbons, and optionally black beans, through this sticky sweet, spicy, rice, making things very much more interesting.

Can You Eat the Skin of Acorn Squash?

I looked it up and people said that the skin of acorn squash is edible if cooked long enough, so I announced this to my family, when serving them, they promptly all said “no thanks”.

Then I proceeded to try some of the skin on my squash, spit it out, and declared it was much too tough.

“Told you so” my husband said.

I would not encourage others to enjoy eating the skin.

Do enjoy the rest though. 🙂

FODMAP rating – without the black beans this recipe is Low FODMAP.  With the black beans, be sure to used canned, eat 1/4 cup or less of the canned beans and it is moderate FODMAP.

Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash - Stuffed With Cranberry Rice

Stuffed acorn squash presents well at any family gathering or dinner party, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  The warm, peppery and sweet seasonings pair perfectly with fall and winter weather.

I can't over-emphasize how easy this dish is to make, but makes you look like a fairly accomplished cook.  As long as you have time to cook rice, it will come together 5 minutes after the rice is done.

This vegan no-fat version has dried cranberries, rice, spinach and optionally black beans, so it can easily serve as your entire meal.  

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Western
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 568 kcal
Author Jeanette Whitten


  • 2 cups wild rice or other healthy whole grains, like short grain brown rice, brown basmati rice, or quinoa
  • 4 cups water or as per rice package instructions
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup dried cranberries I use Craisins (sweetened)
  • 2 acorn squash small, or 1 large, washed and halved
  • 5 cups spinach finely chopped
  • 398 ml black beans, can small can, optional - if you are serving as a meal rather than a side dish


  1. Preheat oven to 400F

  2. Add rice, water, salt, garam masala and cranberries to a pot on high heat.  Bring to a boil, immediately reduce to low simmer, and cook for 45 minutes, or as per rice package instructions.  Check and stir often, to prevent the cranberries from burning.   If the rice is not soft once the water is gone, add more water and cook longer.  The dried cranberries can absorb liquid the rice needs.

  3. Break stem off acorn squashes (if there is one).  Cut in halves.  Scoop out the seeds and strings.  Sprinkle with pepper and salt, place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30 - 45 minutes (timing will depend on the size of the squash).    

  4. Once the rice is done, turn off the heat.  Stir chopped spinach into the rice so it 'melts'.

  5. If using, drain and rinse black beans, add to rice mixture.  Let sit for a few minutes to warm the beans.

  6. Once done, remove acorn squash from the oven.  The squash should be soft all the way through.

  7. Spoon spinach, black bean, cranberry, rice mixture into squash, you should be able to pile it quite high, serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Omit the black beans to make this recipe a side dish. 

Goes well with lentil loaf at holidays.

Cut large squash into quarters before serving.



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Ginger Pear Fruit Crisp – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Ginger Pear Fruit Crisp – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Healthy Vegan Pear Fruit Crumble – No-Oil, Fat-Free

Our family loves fruit crisps and fruit crumbles, they are naturally vegan, and easy to make oil-free.  Here, I used almond flour and ground cashew nuts in the crumble topping.  It tastes decadent.  Lemon juice is a perfect binder, it makes the topping clump together and become crumbly, crispy, and tasty fruit topping.

Whole-Foods Plant-Based Fruit Crumble/Crisp Topping

You can use this wfpb topping for apple crisp, berry crisp, or other fruits too. I just made a crabapple crumble with it, I swapped apple pie spice for the ginger.  Tastes great.

In this recipe, I added ginger – it is lovely with pears, and did you know studies found ginger is a very effective pain-killer?  Especially for migraine headaches and menstrual cramps.  A teaspoon a day of ginger powder does the trick, takes the pain away plus tastes great added to tea.

I hope you enjoy pears in this delicious homemade healthy dessert,  or snack!

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Ginger Pear Crisp

This whole-foods plant-based oil-free pear crisp recipe is incredibly simple to make, and very tasty.  The crumble remains crisp, not soggy, it is pleasurable to eat slightly crunchy topping with the soft pears.

Different varieties of pears have different flavors and textures, each could lead to an entirely different finished pear crumble. For this recipe, I used Packham Pears from Australia. They are green and hard, and don't seem to ripen much, so I thought they would be great for baking. 

Pears are naturally sweet and transform into a decadent and delicious dessert without much added sugar. 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Western, Whole Foods
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 300 kcal
Author Jeanette Whitten


For the Filling:

  • 7 pears Green Packham or other firm variety, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks or thin slices.
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar

For the Topping:

  • 3 cups oats rolled, quick cooking
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cup cashews or pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh or bottled


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F

Prepare the Fruit Filling

  1. Peel and chop pears into evenly sized cubes, or thin slices.   I pushed a slicer through each pear to make 6 pieces, then cut each piece in half lengthwise.

  2. Place pears into a 9x13 baking dish.

  3. In a small bowl mix cornstarch, ground ginger, salt, and coconut sugar until well combined and lump free.  Sprinkle evenly over the pears. 

Prepare the Crumble Topping

  1. In a food processor, on high speed, blend oats, coconut sugar, almond flour, cashews, ground ginger, cinnamon and salt.  Once the cashews are finely ground, while processing, slowly add the lemon juice to make the mixture crumbly.  Do not over process, or the mixture will form into balls.  

  2. Spread oat topping crumble over the pears.   

  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes. The crisp is done when the fruit is bubbling and the topping is light brown in the center. You can opt to brown the top by broiling on low for 3 minutes, I didn't.

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Lovely Lentil and Brown Rice Soup

Lovely Lentil and Brown Rice Soup

Vegan Lentil and Brown Rice Soup With Tomatoes and Zucchini

Brown rice and lentils make for a chewy and filling base in this delicious soup, without any of the cholesterol or fat that meat has, and plant power means no acid reflux or indigestion either.

The tomatoes, basil, oregano, and thyme will fill your kitchen with comforting and inviting aromas.  If you don’t have zucchini, carrots also work well.

This vegan lentil rice soup is so easy to make, with only a single pot to clean up, yet looks and tastes complex and divine.

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Lovely Lentil and Brown Rice Soup

Soup can definitely be a meal, and this soup will nourish and delight with it's deliciousness.  

Course Main Course
Cuisine Western
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 297 kcal
Author Jeanette Whitten


  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups dried lentils
  • 1 cup brown long grain rice long grain tends to have a faster cooking time than short grain
  • 796 ml can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 onion large, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk large, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves medium, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups zucchini sliced in half circles, 3 small to medium
  • fresh ground black pepper


  1. Add vegetable broth and water to a large soup pot on medium high heat.

  2. Add ingredients in order listed: lentils, brown rice, undrained can of diced tomatoes, chopped onion, diced celery stalk, minced garlic cloves, basil, oregano, thyme, bay leaf, parsley, salt and zucchini.

    Reducing heat to medium once bubbling.

  3. Once all ingredients are added, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 more minutes or until the lentils and rice are both tender.  Remove and discard the bay leaf.

  4. If necessary, thin the soup with additional hot broth or water or ice cubes when serving.

    Serve with fresh ground black pepper, salt to taste, and optionally whole grain crackers.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have zucchini, carrots also work well.



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Cream of Cauliflower and Potato Soup (with Tofu)

Cream of Cauliflower and Potato Soup (with Tofu)

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Cream of Cauliflower and Potato Soup (with Tofu)

You should make this vegan cream of cauliflower and potato soup because it uses tofu for a fat-free, dairy-free, high protein, creamy, hearty, and healthy soup.  This soup is fast, it only takes 45 minutes to make.  Plus kids love it, if you know any of those.

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Do you love chowder?

I do.  A chowder is a type of soup often prepared with milk or cream, and thickened with broken crackers, or flour and fat, cooked together.  Not really healthy.

I wondered, could I make a healthy low-fat, but creamy vegan cauliflower chowder that uses tofu instead of dairy and that would be fat-free?


I used potatoes and soft silken tofu instead of milk, flour and fat to make this a healthy, tasty, thicker soup.

Close Up Image of Tofu Cream of Cauliflower and Potato Soup - Healthy, Low Fat, Dinner

Potatoes and silken tofu worked like a dream.

Also, tofu makes this vegan cream of cauliflower and potato soup a completely balanced and satisfying meal with carbs, vegetables, and protein – this cauliflower soup is a meal.

Also, as usual I was in a rush to get dinner on the table, this soup is straightforward and easy, and takes only 45 minutes, 15 minutes of which you don’t have to do anything while it bubbles away creating savoury aromas.

This vegan cream of cauliflower and potato soup with tofu has a gentle flavour that is delicious whether it’s a nice day and the sun is shining, or if you are looking for some warm comfort food because you have a chill.

Get those onions and carrots going in the pot, then chop your potatoes and cauliflower.

Add the cauliflower after the potatoes, it fills up the pot, without room to stir, but don’t worry, the cauliflower will settle into the broth, as it cooks down with the lid on.

Cauliflower Chowder Before Tofu Cream

Before we get too far into how to make this, can we take a moment to learn about cauliflower?

Is cauliflower healthy?  What about compared to other vegetables?

Cauliflower is very white – can it still be full of important nutrients?  YES. VERY MUCH SO.

Here is a chart with levels of antioxidant activity scientists observed from 27 vegetables in human liver cells.

Cellular Antioxidant Activity From Vegetables

Vegetable Antioxidant Chart

Why should we care about antioxidants?

Antioxidants prevent cellular damage, they stop free radicals from damaging our cells, which stops pathways for cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases.

Free Radicals = Very Bad = Cause Disease and Aging.   Antioxidants = Get Rid of Free Radicals in our body.

Free radicals come from either normal essential metabolic processes in the human body (like digestion) or from external sources such as exposure to X-rays, ozone, cigarette smoking, air pollutants, and industrial chemicals.

Cauliflower, from an antioxidant perspective, is better for us than spinach. Cauliflower is 10th in this list of 27 common vegetables.

Looks like we should focus on more beet recipes, since they rank at the top of this list.  Eggplant is third, wow, who knew?  Cucumber is pretty useless at antioxidants apparently. :0

Now, that you know if you eat cauliflower it will:

  • help your cells defend themselves against antioxidants,

let’s continue: with the rest of the steps to make this healthy vegan meal.

Your blended tofu should look like this:

Blended Soft Silken Tofu

Pour the blended tofu into the soup pot once the cauliflower and potatoes are soft.

Blended Silken Tofu

Stir to mix in the blended tofu, now the soup is getting creamy.

Cauliflower Chowder Soup with tofu cream

Serve it right away, with some ground pepper.

Both my daughters cleaned out their bowls.  Amber likes it with more broth, I prefer it a bit thicker.  Either way, this chowder is a hit in our family.

My husband suggested adding chopped mushrooms in the future,  an untested variation for you to consider.

Why don’t you boil up a quick batch and let everyone here know how your friends and family like it? 🙂

Vegan Cream of Cauliflower and Potato Soup (With Tofu)

This cauliflower and potato chowder recipe is a vegan soup that is creamy and satisfying, even though it is oil free and dairy free.  You can whip this up in less than 45 minutes.  The secret to this tasty, low-fat recipe is silken tofu as a substitute for dairy, sour cream, or butter.  

Serve this easy, fast and complete fat-free dinner tonight with whole wheat crackers and a leafy green salad for even more satisfaction.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Silken Tofu, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 183 kcal
Author Jeanette Whitten


  • 1 onion medium, chopped
  • 2 cups (500 mL) carrots in rounds or chopped
  • 2 celery stalks sliced
  • 3 garlic medium cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon (3.75 mL) dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) black pepper
  • 4 cups (1 L) vegetable broth low sodium
  • 1-2 cups (240 - 480 mL) water
  • 4 cups (960 mL) potatoes peeled and cubed, 3 medium
  • 2 small heads of cauliflower or 1 large, roughly chopped
  • 600 g silken tofu 21 oz, blended, two 10.5 oz (300 g) packages

Optional Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) nutritional yeast

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  • nutritional yeast


  1. In a large pot add the onion and cook on medium for 2-3 minutes. Add carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

  2. Add broth a splash at a time when the onion starts sticking.

  3. Pour in the rest of the vegetable broth plus the water, and turn to high, and bring to a boil.  Add the potatoes, and cauliflower to the pot.  

  4. Turn down to medium high and then medium and hard simmer, covered, for 12-15 minutes until potatoes and cauliflower are soft - test with a fork. 

  5. Blend Soft Silken Tofu in a small blender or food processor or whisk by hand and add to the pot.  It should look like sour cream before you add it.  

  6. Optionally add nutritional yeast, it adds a cheesy flavour, and makes the soup more orange. My kids prefer this chowder without it. Depends on your tastes.

  7. Stir until chowder is creamy and the tofu is hot.

    Serve immediately, season with fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste.

Recipe Notes

Ladle steaming chowder into bowls, and serve - with crushed whole wheat crackers, and a side salad of dark greens.

Variation Ideas:

  • add 1 cup chopped mushrooms when you add the carrots.
  • add chopped, dried, seaweed to give more of a clam chowder flavour.

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