Coconut Almond Peach Crumble

This end-of-summer peach crumble is free of refined sugars and is gluten-free! Great for those moments when you're trying to stay healthy but really want a sweet treat. 

One of the things I have a real love/hate relationship with in dieting is that I obviously hate having to give up indulgent desserts, but I also have a weird love for testing out new recipes that sort of cheat the system. I don't know that I'd go so far as to call this recipe 'healthy', however it's certainly a lightened up treat to satisfy that sweet craving, especially when there's an overabundance of drool-worthy, decadent desserts on social media this time of year.

Talk about feeling left out.

I had some peaches that were free-falling into use it or lose it territory (I HATE losing it), and so I thought it would be fun to play around with baking them up with a gluten-free topping. On a whim, I purchased almond flour a couple of weeks ago but hadn't really had a reason to use it. Well, I found a GREAT spot for it...right in this crumble! 

I also had some unsweetened coconut on hand which added a little oomph to the recipe, breaking up the almond flour in both taste and texture. I can't wait to try this recipe with fall fruits like apples...and maybe even a pumpkin crunch version? Stay tuned!

Coconut Almond Peach Crumble
*serves 4
3 peaches, very ripe, sliced
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
3/4 C almond flour
1/8 C unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 C butter, cold & cut into cubes
1 Tbsp baking sweetener (ex: Splenda baking blend)*
non-stick cooking spray
Greek yogurt & ground cinnamon, for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a small baking dish with non-stick spray. Toss the sliced peaches in the baking dish with the maple syrup.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, coconut and sweetener (if desired). Cut the butter into the mixture, using a pastry cutter or 2 butter knives, until the butter is incorporated and crumbly. Sprinkle over the peaches.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until browned and bubbly. Let cool slightly and serve with a scoop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon (or ice cream! or whipped cream!)

Enjoy while it's warm! It also keeps in the refrigerator and reheats nicely in the microwave.

*I used Splenda baking blend which made the crumble topping very sweet (which I don't hate). For a less sweet version, which I'm sure would also be amazingly delicious, just use less or eliminate all together

Five Things Friday

Hi friends! Sorry I left you hanging yesterday. I just don't really know where this week has gone! I've been incredibly busy at work and at home, so I'm sorry for choosing to sleep in my poor planning skills of late.

But anyway.

It's Friday! Hooray! I'm doing the happy dance up in here. And the long weekend is making me super happy, not to mention that the Giants AND the Golden Globes are on Sunday evening. Yay! And because it's Friday, here are my five things!

A-mazing readers

My blogging platform doesn't allow me to respond directly to comments when you leave them, but I just want to say that your kind words on my 'In 2012' post still have me smiling from ear to ear. Thank YOU for reading and for making my blog one that I love to write everyday. I heart you :)

Maybooks Agenda

My mom gifted me with this for Christmas and I love it so much. It's personalized and the pages are outlined by day of the week with spaces for mini-lists. Not to mention that its a skinny book that can fit in just about any purse without taking up a ton of room.

 

Under Armour Running Capris

I've been wearing these to the gym and loving them. They are fitted but not too tight. It feels like you're wearing...well, nothing. And that's how I like it ;)

 

Low(er) carb dinners that rock

We whipped up this roasted chicken breast with pesto (frozen from the summer days) and a bit of mozzarella cheese. Mixed with some roasted asparagus, it was a fantastic meal. It's all low carb and low fat. And 100% delicious.

Essie Cocktail Bling

I have a weird obsession with all things gray, but I love that this is slatey but happy. If that makes sense. I'm rocking it right now and can't help but stare at my own nails.

So there you have it! My five things for today.

Questions of the Day:

What are your things this week?

What are your weekend plans?

I have a dentist appt, will be watching the Giants & Golden Globes and then going out for restaurant week lunch with Shaun on Monday. All good things! Well, except for that whole dentist thing...