Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vegan, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Palisades Peach Crisp. Or Make It With Nectarines To Avoid Peeling!

This warm and delicious peach crisp makes the perfect dessert! And it's less than 150 calories per serving!

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My Visit to Grand Junction, Colorado
My good friend, Dr. Christine Gallagher, who is a Natural Health Practitioner at Journey4Wellness, invited us to visit her and her family in Grand Junction, Colorado. Doug and I had never been there so we were excited to visit. They live right at the base of the Colorado National Monument which is one of the most beautiful sites I've ever seen. 
Christine practices a modality that is quite interesting and amazing. It's called Acutonics® which is similar to acupuncture but instead of using needles, she uses special tuning forks! It's very cool. 

Me (left) and Dr. Christine Gallagher during my Colorado visit

"Coke Ovens" - dome-shaped sandstone monoliths in the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction, Colorado

Colorado Grows Amazing Peaches!
Christine introduced me to Palisades peaches, one of the best tasting peaches I've ever had! Since she had a big box of them, and Doug and I LOVE crisp, we made the family Palisades peach crisp several times during our visit. Her son is allergic to sugar (a mixed blessing) so we made a sugar free version using stevia. We realized that peaches, like most fruit, is so sweet, sugar is entirely unnecessary!
When we got home, we made it again only this time we used nectarines, instead of peaches, and gluten free flour. Since nectarines have such thin skin, we decided not to peel them. It came out great! So if you aren't in the mood to peel peaches, try making nectarine crisp! The gluten free flour also worked very well so this makes a good gluten free dessert if you buy gluten free oats. Oats are naturally gluten free but sometimes they can get contaminated in the processing plant. If you have celiac or are especially intolerant to gluten or wheat, buy "certified" gluten free oats

Palisades peaches are amazing!

Try making the crisp with sliced nectarines. If they have a thin skin, there is no need to peel them. A real time saver!
Another wonderful peach recipe is Raw Vegan Peach and Blueberry Crisp 

Peach (or Nectarine) Crisp
Vegan, Sugar Free, Gluten Free
[makes 8 servings]

For the topping
3/4 cup (gluten free) rolled oats
1/2 cup (gluten free) all purpose flour
3 packets Sweet Leaf stevia
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons Earth Balance buttery spread
For the fruit
7 cups thinly sliced, (about 9) peeled peaches or un-peeled nectarines
1 - 2 teaspoons fresh fruit protector or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 packet Sweet Leaf stevia
1/4 t cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees C and take out a 7" x 11" or 8" x 8" baking pan. 
Make the topping by mixing all topping ingredients with a fork until well blended and crumbly. Set aside.
Place all fruit in baking pan and stir in fruit protector (or lemon juice), stevia and cinnamon.
Spread the topping evenly over the fruit and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
Remove from oven, let sit for 15 minutes and serve. Top with dairy free, vanilla ice cream or just eat as is!

Per serving: 132.2 calories, 4.1 g fat, 1.0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2.7 g protein, 24.1 g carbohydrates, 3.3 g dietary fiber and 26.7 mg sodium.


Anonymous said...

My children are still begging for more! You are officially in their "favorite parent's friends" category! Miss you both tremendously. Love, Christine

Budsegal said...

My husband and I are always looking for good sugar free and gluten free cobbler/crisp recipes, and we thought this was delicious! Thank you!

Dr. Joanne L. Mumola Williams said...

So glad you enjoyed it!