A Classic Crumble with a Twist – Gluten-Free & Vegan Makes The Best Lunch Box Treats

As always we celebrate the season of abundance. When plum trees are flourishing we harvest as many as we can (and sharing a few with the birds and pigs) making jams, sauces, and desserts aplenty.

This little recipe is a twist on a traditional crumble. Substituting ingredients to make this a gluten-free and vegan indulgence, this recipe calls for warming spices, coconutty flavours and of course the delectable sweetness of fresh plums.

Instead of tossing the plums straight onto the crumble base we have adapted this recipe to make a spiced plum jam which is remarkably good and worth the effort. It adds to a caramelised, chewy texture that is absolutely scrumptious. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it, so let’s get baking…

Ingredients: (makes approx 16 bars)

For the crust and crumble

  •  cups (168g) blanched almond flour
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  •  cup maple syrup
  •  cup coconut oil softened, texture similar to softened butter, use refined for no coconut flavour
  • ¼ cup almond butter or olive butter (like Nuttlex)

For the plum filling

  • 3 cups fresh plums that have been pitted and chopped into small chunks we used 5 plums
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon



Greece a square tray roughly 20x20cm and preheat your oven to 170 °C.

In a mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients for making the crust and mix through. Add the maple syrup, oil and butter and mix until it sticks together. It will be a little crumbly, naturally. Use approx 2/3 of the mixture to press into the bottom of the square baking tray. Place the remaining in the fridge.

Bake the base for approx 10 mins and then set aside to cool.

Add the plums to a pan, mix in the other ingredients for the plum filling. Cook over medium heat until the plums have broken down, around 20 minutes. When ready put into a food processor or blender to break down the skin.

Take the pureed mixture and put it back in the pan, cook for a further 15 minutes until it thickens into a paste. You can test to see if it is done by dropping a small dollop on the bench and running the back of a spoon through it to see if it gathers, much the same as when making jam. When the consistency is right, pour the mixture over the cooled base.

Sprinkle the remaining crumble mix (from the fridge) over the plum.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until the topping is golden in colour – let it cool before cutting and serving.

Will store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Makes an ideal treat for lunch boxes or a dessert with whipped coconut cream.


Like what you have read? Share it with your friends.



Our Online Community is a collective field open to contributors; an inspirational space for co-creation. We welcome creative writing community contributions; personal stories, poems, vignettes, anecdotes, letters, prayers, etc that inspire Unity, Peace and Love. If you have content that you would like to share please get in touch with our team >

Get inspiration in your inbox!

Receive our monthly enews with the latest articles and free resources for your spiritual exploration and renewal.

608 Manaia Road, Coromandel, New Zealand, 3581

Copyright © 2020 Mana Retreat Center | Developed by Websiteguy | Designed and Created by Jade Feriere & Eli Kliejunas


Subscribe To Our Monthly Newsletter

Stay up-to-date with events and resources to help empower your conscious living.

We value your privacy and your time – guaranteed no spam only uplifting inspiration!

Get inspiration in your inbox!

Join our mailing list to receive monthly newsletters to inspire conscious living.

Virtual Tour

Take a peek at the Mana Experience with a tour of our main centre.