The scent of ripe peaches on a summer day, as sweet as life itself. Our Gluten Free Peach Crumble with Pear & Fennel is a great introduction to summer.
The filling is made up of the fragrant but delicate flavour of ripe peaches, pear and thin slices of fennel bulb. Muddled together with a touch of cardamom for added goodness.
The topping or crumble is completely grain and gluten free. Our crumble is a combination of almond and coconut flour, a touch of cinnamon, erythritol instead of sugar and your choice of fat, either butter or coconut oil.
Once your filling is mixed together and sitting in an oven proof dish, sprinkle the crumble generously over the top of the filling until it is completely covered. At this point, you can pop it in the oven, until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown and toasted.
Serve slightly warm, as is or top it with a dollop of coconut cream. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
There is nothing better than a dessert that is delicious but is also completely guilt free and loaded with goodness. Below we will discuss why some of the ingredients in this dish are so good for us.
Why We Love Peaches
Did you know that peaches are juicy and versatile summer fruits that are native to China and South Asia? They have fuzzy, velvety skin with a delicate aroma and a juicy, yellowish pulp. Peaches are stone fruits because their flesh surrounds a hard shell, which encloses an edible seed, known as the kernel.
This summer fruit contains anti-aging properties, helps in detoxification and cellular health, as well as it is known to improve digestion due to its high fiber conten. It has essential nutrients and antioxidants which are valuable during pregnancy and it also helps to strengthen your immune system.
In our article 16 Natural Antihistamine Foods (Plus Benefits!) we explain why peaches along with fennel and some other whole foods make great natural antihistamines.
Some Health Benefits of Peaches
Peaches contain some amazing healing benefits, besides the benefits, we mentioned above peaches are rich in antioxidants.
- Significant Antioxidant Properties - A study has shown the antioxidants contain in peaches are significant. They contain chlorogenic acid which contributes to their protective effects. As well as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta- help in removing free radicals, these properties aid in protecting the body against the harmful effects of various diseases.
- Aids in Digestion - Peaches are great in aiding digestive health as they are known as alkaline food, as well as being high in fiber. This fiber absorbs water which helps in preventing stomach disorders like and irregular bowel movements. It is also able to help eliminate toxic waste from the intestines, keeping the gut clean which can help in preventing the body from contracting various abdominal disorders. , hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, gastritis,
- Boosts Immune System - The ascorbic acid and zinc found in peaches, help to maintain a healthy immune system. A study that looked into the immune enhancing effects of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and zinc found that they contain wound healing and antioxidant properties that will help fight infections and reduce the prevalence and severity of diseases such as the common cold, malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea.
- Detoxifying Effects - As mentioned before peaches have cleansing and detoxifying properties which means that they are able to flush toxins from the Liver and Kidneys. Due to this fact, for many centuries peaches have been used in cultures as herbal detoxification products such as detox teas.
Above we touched on just a few benefits that the peach contains. Below are a few more.
More Than Just A Peach
A little food for thought, the flesh of the peach isn't the only good part of this fruit. Here are some interesting facts about the peach tree:
- Peach Leaf -The leaves great for treating a cough, bronchitis, as well as abdominal disorders. They possess detoxifying, laxative, and diuretic properties, and are also effective in treating abdominal worms and wound healing.
- Peach Flowers - The flowers of the peach tree help in relieving the symptoms of constipation and edema and for aesthetic purposes, they beautifully dress desserts and salads.
- Peach Kernels - The kernel is known to be effective in the treatment of menstrual disorders such as , amenorrhea, and other conditions including blood stasis, asthma, and cough. They are also able to promote healthy blood circulation.
- Peach Bark - The dried bark of the peach tree is beneficial in the treatment of jaundice
Now that you know all about the many benefits of peaches here is the recipe for our Gluten Free Peach Crumble...
For the Filling:
6 medium to large ripe peaches, cored and sliced
1 large pear, thinly sliced
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon cardamom
½ teaspoon Himalayan salt
Erythritol to sweeten if needed
For the Topping:
1 cup almond flour
½ cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons erythritol
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup softened butter or coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- For the Filling: In a large bowl, mix together the filling ingredients
- Pour into a 10-inch cast iron skillet or oven proof dish.
- Make the topping: Stir together the almond flour, coconut flour, sweetener, and cinnamon.
- Using a fork, cut in the softened butter or coconut oil until the mixture is crumbly.
- Sprinkle the topping over the filling.
- Place in the oven and bake for 30 - 40 minutes, until golden brown on top.
- Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.