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Cherry Crumble – Paleo – Dairy Free – Gluten Free

If you love chocolate and cherries like I do, check out these chocolate cherry macaroons for a lighter Christmas sweet treat.It’s cherry time! I love the summer months when all sorts of fruit is available.  For today’s dessert recipe, we’ll be making this delicious cherry crumble that fits right into a Paleo or gluten free diet plan.This cherry crumble is a great summertime dessert. Whip some coconut cream to serve on top.

Making baked goods when you are trying to follow a clean eating plan can be a challenge.  There are several Paleo baking tips that make the job easier though. I am putting many of them to use in this cherry crumble recipe.

Fruit crumbles are some of my favorite summer time desserts.  See this fresh fig and blueberry crumble for another tasty option.

If you love cherries like I do, check out these chocolate cherry macaroons for a another light sweet treat idea.

Making a Paleo Cherry Crumble

Paleo baked goods can have a tendency to be a bit dry.  Even though almond flour and coconut flour work well to substitute for normal wheat flour, they still tend to use up the available moisture quickly. Making sure that you use very ripe cherries so they will have lots of juice in them will go a long way towards making this cherry crumble a more moist dessert.Bowl of ripe cherries

Be sure to pit the cherries before you use them, or you’ll have a lot more crunch than you bargained for! I didn’t have a cherry pitter, so I used a paper clip for the job!

Mix together the filling ingredients in a large bowl.  Coconut milk will add some moisture and arrowroot powder is used in place of corn starch to thicken the liquid. I used just a small amount of maple syrup to keep the sugar load and calories down.Adding coconut milk to cherries

The filling mixture gets placed in a large oven proof casserole. cherry cobbler mixture

The crumble topping is easy to make.  It’s made the same way as any streusel topping is, except that I used coconut flour and blanched almond flour in place of white flour, and clarified butter in place of normal butter to keep it dairy free.  A small amount of granulated maple sugar adds some sweetness. A bit of water helps to keep the coconut flour from drawing out too much moisture.Making the crumble topping.

Spray with coconut oil spray to help it to brown and bake for about 20 minutes in a preheated oven.Baked cherry crumble

Making the whipped coconut cream.

Whipped cream is a no no on a Paleo or dairy free diet.  So, let’s make some whipped coconut cream instead. There are a couple of ways to do this.  You can start with a can of chilled coconut cream or if you can’t find this at the store, you can put a can of coconut milk in the fridge for 24 hours before whipping. Some tips:

  • chill your beaters and bowl.
  • Remove only the coconut cream solids from the can and use the coconut water for another time
  • Sweeten with coconut sugar, granulated maple sugar or stevia leaf extract

Beat for about 7 minutes until stiff peaks form.Whipped coconut cream with this sweet cherry crumble. What a prefect summer time dessert!Serving cherry cobbler with whipped coconut cream

Time to take a bite!

This cherry crumble is tart/sweet with a crunchy topping. The whipped coconut cream adds a nice silky and decadent touch to this lovely dessert.take a bite of this cherry cobbler

Yield: 8

Cherry Cobbler - Paleo - Dairy Free - Gluten Free

Cherry Cobbler - Paleo - Dairy Free - Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the filling

  • 3 cups ripe cherries, pitted and sliced be sure to keep the juices that form when you pit them
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (more or less depending on the tartness of the cherries)
  • 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp clarified butter
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp granulated maple sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of pink sea salt
  • Coconut oil spray

For the whipped coconut cream

  • A can of full fat coconut cream chilled, or coconut milk refrigerated over night
  • 2 tbsp granulated maple sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 º F.
  • In a bowl, combine the cherries, cherry juice, almond extract, arrowroot powder coconut milk and maple syrup. Make sure the cherries are pitted Mix well.
  • In a good processor combine all of the topping ingredients and pulse well until crumbly.
  • Pour the cherry filling into an oven proof casserole.
  • Top with the crumble mixture, spray the top with coconut oil spray and bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove and let cool before serving. Yum!
  • To whip the coconut cream, be sure the can has been chilled.
  • Place a metal mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator or freezer 1 hour before making whipped cream. This helps the topping to whip up more thickly.
  • Open the can of coconut milk, making sure not to shake it. Scoop the coconut cream solids into cold mixing bowl. Reserve remaining coconut milk for another use.
  • Beat the coconut cream using electric mixer with chilled beaters on medium speed; turn to high speed. Beat until stiff peaks form, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the granulated maple sugar and pure vanilla extract (if using) to the coconut cream; beat 1 minute more.
  • Serve on the cherry cobbler.
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