Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Recipe: Gluten-free Strawberry Rhubarb Buckwheat Hemp Crisp

I recently held a Vegan Potluck Picnic at the Well on Wheels world headquarters to celebrate the Summer Solstice.  Not only was it awesome to get together with some fabulous vegan friends I hadn't seen in awhile -- years even! -- but of course, there was the delicious food... glorious, glorious food... that we feasted on all afternoon.

A favorite was the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp that I made.  I had picked about 7 pounds of strawberries earlier that week and was excited to use them in a recipe.  Well... actually, I realized I wasn't going to eat 7 pounds of strawberries on my own, so I NEEDED to find a recipe for them.  I also had some rhubarb in my freezer from earlier in the season, and since the two balance each other perfectly in that sweet and sour way, I was thinking I'd make a pie.  But the pressure of coming up with a reliable gluten-free pie crust while prepping food and getting my place all neat and tidy for 20 guests made me opt for something simpler:  a crisp.

I've made an apple crisp with this recipe that came out really good, so I figured I'd give it a shot with the strawberries and rhubarb.  I think it was successful.  The fruit became a little bit saucy after cooking, so I think I'd add a bit more cornstarch to the filling next time.  The topping gets its crispiness from a combination of Erewhon Buckwheat Hemp Flakes that have been lightly pulsed in the food processor, then mixed with hemp seeds. It's a streusel-like texture that's not too crunchy, and it pairs well with the creamy fruit.

I served mine with a couple scoops of So Delicious sugar free butter pecan coconut milk ice cream.  It was heavenly and had me dreaming of long summer vacations swinging on porch swings, relaxing by the pool, and falling asleep listening to ocean waves.

Gluten-free Strawberry Rhubarb Buckwheat Hemp Crisp

3 cups strawberries, sliced, reserving about 1/2 cup for garnish
1 cup rhubarb, diced into 1-inch pieces (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup organic coconut sugar or Sucanat
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp corn starch
pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup almond flour (Bobs Red Mill Almond Meal)
1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free flour (I use Bobs Red Mill)
1 Tbl hemp seeds (Bobs Red Mill Hemp Seed)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup organic coconut sugar or Wholesome Sweetners Sucanat
1/3 cup coconut oil (Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil)
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbl sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In an 8"x8" pan, toss together filling ingredients, then set aside.  In a food processor, pulse buckwheat hemp flakes, almond flour, gluten-free flour, and hemp seeds several times until flakes are slightly crushed.  Add cinnamon, sugar, coconut oil, and sea salt and pulse until they begin to clump together.  Sprinkle topping loosely over the filling mixture, leaving spaces around the edges of the pan, then sprinkle with sliced almonds. Cover with foil and place on cookie sheet to catch any drips.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until fruit filling is bubbly, then remove cover and bake an additional 10-15 minutes to crisp the top.  Remove and let cool before serving. Garnish with fresh strawberries and edible flowers.


Joanna said...

Your gluten-free strawberry rhubarb crisp looks so mouth-watering. I'd like to try it but have a couple of questions. Are there any substitutions for the hemp flakes and seeds? Can you substitute canola oil for the coconut oil? Hopefully, the taste wouldn't be compromised too much.

Mary Lawrence said...

Good questions, Joanna. The Erewhon Buckwheat Hemp cereal is not yet available in stores, but you can substitute quinoa flakes or cream of buckwheat dry cereal. If you don't have an intolerance to oats, you can also substitute oatmeal. As for the coconut oil, you could use a non-hydrogenated vegan margarine like Earth Balance. It will achieve the same consistency, though the flavor may not be as decadent. :-)

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Mary Lawrence said...

Thank you for your comment, Jhon. You're so correct about the importance of conducting an in depth client assessment - it's a free service I provide every client in order to customize meal plans based on the their tastes and dietary needs!

Humphrey Addison said...

Wow! What a wonderful piece of recipe shared. It give really a great look and mouth watering. It looks like will be delicious to enjoy with family and friend at weekend. There is a one question that "can I use olive oil" because I like it too much.
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Mary Lawrence said...

Yes, Humphrey. Yes, you certainly can use olive oil in place of the coconut oil if you'd like. I find that the coconut adds a nice flavor and richness to the topping, however. But if you're more of a fan of olive oil, go for it!!