Valentine’s Day treat: Strawberry, mango and lime crisp

Valentine’s Day is nearing and many of us are wondering what to do or make for that special someone. Sure you could go to CVS…

Fresh strawberries, ripe mangos and zesty lime come together in this naturally sweet and gooey crisp with a crunchy almond-oat-coconut topping. (Oh She Glows website)

Valentine’s Day is nearing and many of us are wondering what to do or make for that special someone. Sure you could go to CVS or Walgreens and do what every last-minute bozo does and buy the typical cheesy box of processed chocolates.

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Change it up and do something meaningful for your Valentine, like taking the time to bake a special treat. Or bake it together and enjoy the relaxed time you get to have while preparing — and then feeding each other — the delicious and oh-so-healthy dessert you’ve both just made together.

Fresh strawberries, ripe mangos and zesty lime come together in this naturally sweet and gooey crisp with a crunchy almond-oat-coconut topping. This vegan and gluten recipe takes about 35 minutes in the oven and prep time is 20 minutes. Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream and no one will be able to resist this decadent treat. Try to save a little to leave in the fridge overnight. After it’s chilled for a while, the syrup thickens and the leftovers are irresistible the next morning.

Ingredients

Change it up and do something for your Valentine that is more meaningful like taking the time to bake a special treat for them.

Change it up and do something truly meaningful for your Valentine. (Oh She Glows website)

For the filling:

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped (about 5.5 cups)
  • 2 cups chopped fresh mango (about 3 mangoes)
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or granulated sugar of choice)
  • 5 tablespoons lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

For the topping:

  • 1 cup rolled oats, use certified gluten-free if necessary
  • 1 cup thinly sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease an 8-cup (2 litre) casserole dish.
  2. For the filling: Place the chopped strawberries and mango in a medium bowl and sprinkle the arrowroot powder on top. Toss until the fruit is coated.
  3. Stir in the sugar and zest. Drizzle on the lime juice and lightly toss to combine. Pour the fruit mixture into the prepared dish and spread out evenly.
  4. For the topping: In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, almond meal/flour, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt. Pour on the maple syrup and melted coconut oil and stir until combined.
  5. Sprinkle the topping all over the fruit mixture in an even layer.
  6. Cover the dish with foil and poke a couple holes in the foil. Bake for 20 minutes, until the fruit is tender. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling up around the sides.
  7. Serve with a scoop of non-dairy vanilla ice cream, coconut whipped cream, or simply on its own. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  8. Read the original recipe and more vegan delicacies at Oh She Glows.