As someone who has maintained a 100% gluten-free lifestyle for over 10 years and is constantly making major and minor shifts to my diet and lifestyle, in efforts to heal my body, I find great inspiration in the work that my peers do. As I have navigated my way through various elimination diets and protocols, oftentimes it’s other bloggers who have come to the rescue for me in these most challenging times. Sharing their research and their own personal experiences and of course, delicious recipes. Lauren of Empowered Sustenance is the perfect example of this. As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Lauren’s approach to holistic wellness has not only allowed her to heal her ulcerative colitis, but to also share her knowledge and experiences in this journey on her website for the rest of us, no matter what our diagnosis.
When Lauren asked if I would guest post on her site and share a grain-free, nut-free, dairy-free recipe with her audience – I jumped at the chance. Though I am fortunate to not have to avoid these items 100% of the time, I prefer to avoid all three in large amounts, my gut is happier that way and a happy gut = a happy Beth. Additionally, I also really empathize with those that do need to avoid these 100% of the time. Restrictions to your diet, no matter what they are, can be a challenge, I know this all to well. So, if this recipe can brighten just one day, if it can take the burden off just one person – than my work here is done.
This end-of-summer inspired peach and fig crumble is a beautiful, sweet treat, perfect for celebrating the best of what the season has to offer. It’s also quite forgiving and it allows for lots of room to play. One of my favorite attributes in a recipe. If figs aren’t available near you, opt for additional peaches or another stone fruit, nectarines, apricots or plums. As we ease into autumn, swap out the peaches and figs for apples and/or pears. In the spring, try berries. If you can tolerate nuts, try adding roughly chopped toasted pecans, walnuts or almonds to the crumble topping. If you don’t have cassava flour, try your favorite all-purpose blend, you might also try tigernut flour and if you can consume nuts, try almond flour. If grains agree with you, try a small amount of gluten-free oats. For fats, you can use coconut oil as the recipe calls for, grass-fed butter or ghee.
This Grain-free Peach and Fig Crumble is delicious served fresh from the oven as dessert, a la mode with your favorite ice cream (check out my tutorial for homemade dairy-free ice cream here) and it also makes a really great breakfast, too – just sayin’.