Vegan Cranberry Crunch

Yield: 8 servings

This is our traditional Thanksgiving dessert; my Mom’s absolute favorite. It’s also really good for breakfast, slightly warmed. This year, however, because of our Thai-inspired Thanksgiving menu, I made a pumpkin-coconut milk dessert for the big feast, but I just had to make this a day or so later.

The crust/crumble part of the recipe, which I veganized, comes from Joy of Cooking. Looking for a Thanksgiving dessert one year, I saw it and thought that the filling I wanted with it was pretty much like whole berry cranberry sauce. So, I made the recipe on the back of the fresh cranberry bag and that’s what I’ve done every year since.

1 bag of fresh cranberries, picked over, rinsed and drained
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar

Mix together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool.

Crust and Topping:

½ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup regular or quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients except pecans with a fork. Spoon half of this mixture into 8 or 9” baking dish. (I use a deep dish pie pan.) Pour filling over to cover; it doesn’t have to come quite to the edges. Mix pecans with remaining pastry mixture and spoon evenly over filling. Bake 30-35 minutes or until nicely browned.

Delicious served warm or at room temperature with vegan vanilla ice cream and/or Soy Whip. Refrigerate leftovers–if there is any!–covered.

Source: adapted from Joy of Cooking

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  1. Heather Iacobacci-Miller

    Thanks for sharing. This looks so good. I'm thinking it'd be a fabulous Christmas dinner dessert!

  2. This really does look yummy – and pretty easy to put together, which I like the idea of very much 🙂 I don't think I'll wait for a holiday to try it out! xo K

  3. I agree with both of you: Christmastime or anytime! And it IS very easy. So, Karin, does this mean you are doing well I trust? You've been very much in my thoughts.

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