Is it even summer if you haven't bitten into a sunset-colored peach? You don't need a Justin Bieber bop to remind you that we're smack dab in the middle of peach season and the juicy fruits are just waiting to be turned into a warm, crumbly cobbler. That's exactly what baker, nutritionist, and fitness instructor Sashah Handal whips up in the latest episode of Alt-Baking Bootcamp. And in true Alt-Baking Bootcamp form, this peach cobbler is vegan and gluten-free.
Handal starts by showing how to make the filling. Here's what you need (besides your peaches, of course): Cinnamon, coconut sugar, vanilla, and water. Everything gets mixed together in a big pot on the stove where they mingle together so the peaches are coated with the other ingredients. "The liquid is really thick and sweet, almost like a syrup," Handal says.
- Sashah Handal, Barry’s Bootcamp instructor certified in personal training, HIIT, indoor cycling, and TRX
As every cobbler-lover knows, the baked batter is just as important as the filling. Here, it's made primarily with oats and gluten-free flour. Between the oats and the fruit, you're eating a ton of heart-healthy fiber with this dessert. You'll also need alternative milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and baking flour to make the cobbler so be sure to have those ingredients handy as well.
Once the cobbler ingredients are all mixed together, they're poured into a vegan butter-coated baking dish with the peaches poured on top. "Once it bakes, the cake batter will start to rise to the top and you'll see less peaches," Handal says. Before popping it in the oven, pour the syrup from the pot with the peaches on top. Now it's ready to be baked.
While you may be tempted to dig in right away (like, so tempted), Handal says having a little willpower and allowing it to cool for at least 15 minutes will pay off because it allows the cobbler to really mold together. This dessert is of course tasty on its own, you can add Greek yogurt or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, too. "It's ooey, it's cakey, it's peachy, and it's so good," Handal says.
Drooling yet? Watch the episode to see how to make it step-by-step and scroll down to get the recipe.
Vegan, gluten-free peach cobbler recipe
For the peaches:
4 heaping cups frozen (or fresh) peaches, sliced
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegan butter
For the cobbler:
1 cup oats
1 cup gluten-free flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup alternative milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
For the crumble topping:
1 Tbsp melted vegan butter (or coconut oil)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
2 Tbsp gluten-free flour
1/4 cup oats
1. Pour all the ingredients for the peach filling into a pot on the stove. Stir the ingredients until the peaches are evenly coated with the water and coconut sugar. Let it come to a boil. Then, turn the heat down and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Melt vegan butter over a low flame. This will be used to coat the baking pan. While it's melting, combine the ingredients for the cobbler. Stir it all together.
3. Coat the baking tray with the butter that was heated on the stove. Then, pour in the batter. Add the peaches on top. Pour the syrup from the peach pot on top of the beaches. Cook it in the oven for 15 minutes at 325°F, rotating it once halfway through.
4. While it's cooking, combine the ingredients for the crumble. Once the peach cobbler is out of the oven, sprinkle the crumble on top. Allow everything to cool for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy!
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