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Paleo Fruit Cobbler and a Giveaway!

La Petite Maison Verte: Paleo Fruit Cobbler and a Giveaway!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Paleo Fruit Cobbler and a Giveaway!

For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, this is going to come as no surprise to you:

I have a major sweet tooth.

I know, earth-shattering, right?  But for someone who loves to eat healthy, who knows how harmful refined sugars and flours are to her body, and who still craves sweets in the worst way on a daily basis, this presents quite the problem.

That is, until I tried this recipe.  This recipe, my friends, is quite possibly one of the best things I have ever made.  That's saying a lot, I know.  But here's why:

  • no refined sugar or flours
  • highlights any fruit flavor you wish - whatever's in season
  • combines natural sugars (from the fruit) with healthy fats from the almonds to lessen the impact on blood sugar
  • is simple and quick to make and is infinitely adaptable to whatever fruit you have on hand
  • requires very few ingredients and none of them are difficult to find
  • no artificial ingredients:  that means no artificial sugars, preservatives or strange chemical compounds that require a PhD to pronounce
  • Oh, yeah, and it tastes damn delicious and satisfies my sweet tooth without any guilt - and THAT, my friends, is worth more than I can say.

This won't win any awards for beauty and it will probably not blow anyone away with originality.  It doesn't involve layers upon layers of delicate pastry or a whole stick of butter.  It is simply, the season's freshest fruit topped with a just-barely-sweet almond topping.  The crumble reminds me of marzipan, albeit not as sweet, but with the same nutty flavor and texture.  

Top a bowl with a dollop of coconut "whipped cream", as I did, to keep it truly Paleo, or if that sort of thing doesn't matter to you, a little real whipped cream or greek yogurt would be lovely.

For the fruit, you can really use anything you wish.  I have made a couple of variations and used both fresh and frozen fruit, and both work beautifully.  For my first attempt, I used a combination of fresh apricots and frozen raspberries from Trader Joe's.  Then, the second time I made it I used halved, pitted fresh cherries.  If you're using frozen fruit, don't thaw it fully - just enough to separate the pieces.  I think blueberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines and plums would all work perfectly.

This recipe is gluten-free.  And just a note, as with all nuts that come into my house, I always store my almond flour/meal in the refrigerator or freezer to prolong its shelf life once it's been opened.

Rather than baking it in one pie dish, you can also distribute the fruit and topping into 4 ramekins.  The baking temperature and time is the same, but you should check it at 20-25 minutes to make sure the topping isn't getting too brown.

Paleo Fruit Cobbler
adapted from Everyday Paleo
serves 4-6

2 1/2 - 3 cups fresh or frozen fruit (I used fresh pitted, sliced apricots and frozen raspberries)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 1/2 cups almond meal/flour (I use Bob's Red Mill, this is simply finely ground almonds - you could make this yourself if you have a food processor or Vitamix)
1 egg (or substitute 1/4 cup egg whites)
2 Tablespoons coconut butter (or substitute coconut oil)
1 Tablespoons honey or agave nectar (feel free to omit this, it just won't be as sweet)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  

Lightly spray a 9" pie dish with olive oil baking spray.  Distribute your fruit inside the pie dish and sprinkle the cinnamon over the top.  Set aside for now. (Alternatively, you could use 4 ramekins - just evenly distribute the fruit among them)

In a medium bowl, add the almond meal, egg, coconut butter and honey/agave.  If your coconut butter is solid at room temperature you may need to microwave it for a few seconds to melt it slightly.  Stir everything together to combine well - the mixture will be very thick.  Using your hands, crumble the almond meal mixture evenly over the fruit until you have used it all.  Sprinkle over the chopped nuts, if using.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is crisp and lightly browned.    Serve warm with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, real whipped cream or greek yogurt.

Ready for baking...


Today I have a giveaway for you! 

A few months back I was lucky enough to be able to try an assortment of nut butters from Artisana Organic Foods, a company which I not only admire for their high-quality products but for their ethical and eco-friendly business practices. 

They sent me a box containing two 8-oz jars along with 8 pouches of all of their assorted nut butters.  Check out my review and some of my ideas for how I used their products here.  I used their Coconut Butter in this fruit cobbler recipe and loved the sweet, mellow and subtle coconut flavor it added.  Coconut Butter is also delicious as an ice cream topping, mixed into a fruit and protein smoothie, spread on banana bread or stirred into oatmeal.

The winner will be chosen at random and will receive an 8-oz jar of Artisana's Coconut Butter and sample packs of each of their classic nut butters which are perfect for when you're on-the-go, traveling or even just snacking at home. 

Here's how to enter, you can have up to 4 entries:

1.  Leave a comment telling me which of Artisana's products you are the most excited to try and what you plan to do with it.  
2.  Tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include a link to this post and my twitter handle @lapetitejuju)
3.  Share this blog post on Facebook
4.  Subscribe to this blog via the e-mail link

Leave me a separate comment for each entry-method.  And please leave your e-mail address as well (if it's not linked to your blogger profile) so I can get in touch with you if you're the winner. 

The winner will be chosen on Saturday July 28, 2012 so you have until 11:59 pm on Friday July 27th to enter.  Good luck!

Updated 7/28/12:  This giveaway is now closed.

And the winner of the Artisana nut butter sample pack is Liz!  Congratulations!


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At July 24, 2012 at 9:31 AM , Anonymous Diana said...

I want to try the coconut butter even if I'm not a winner of this contest. Sounds awesome! Honestly, I just want to eat it out of the jar and spread it on something. :)

At July 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM , Anonymous Liz said...

I love nut butters of all kinds, especially things that are easy to grab and snack on while on the go (this little piglet in my belly needs to eat every two hours!). But I think I'm most excited about coconut butter, which I've never had but need to get (or better yet win!) asap so I can try this delicious-sounding recipe Jules!

At July 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM , Anonymous Liz said...

oh, and I shared this on FB as well =)

At July 24, 2012 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous Jenna Z said...

I have heard SO MANY great things about ORGANIC RAW CACAO BLISS, I'd love to try it!

At July 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM , Anonymous Steph Garcia said...

I've never had coconut butter so I'd be excited to try that! Yum!

At July 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM , Anonymous Steph Garcia said...

I tweeted about the contest!

At July 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM , Anonymous Steph Garcia said...

Talked about it on Facebook too! :)

At July 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM , Anonymous Mary-Louise Shulman said...

Regardless of this contest, I can't wait to try some of these butters, especially the Pecan aka "OMG this tastes like a cookie" coconut butter!

At July 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM , Anonymous Domestic Diva said...

Their coconut butter sounds fantastic. I'd also like to try their almond butter.

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At July 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM , Anonymous Rachel Impink said...

Definitely the coconut butter as I'm obsessed with all things coconut- toasted coconut cookie bars, shrimp curry, eating straight from the jar..! And macademia cashew butter is going to make one amazingly delicious nutty cookie!

At July 25, 2012 at 8:32 AM , Anonymous Rachel Impink said...

Added to my Google Reader so now I'm subscribed :) happy to find more fellow Tampa foodies!

At July 25, 2012 at 2:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello! i would love to try the coconut butter as i've recently discovered the delicious coconutty possibilities :)

also, delicious looking recipe! just found your blog today and i'm really enjoying it. xo,meredith

At July 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM , Anonymous Natasha said...

I am new to coconut oil and love it- would love to try coconut butter! :)

At July 27, 2012 at 7:11 PM , Anonymous hchae85 said...

The coconut butter sounds delicious! It'd be fun to try some new foods! :)

At July 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM , Anonymous Jennifer said...

Beautiful pictures, and I agree with everyone, how awesome does coconut butter sound?!?!


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