Welcome! I hope you’re enjoying the December 2014 Virtual Vegan Potluck so far. Thanks for stopping by A. Cook in the Making!
For the dessert course of this year’s VVP, I’m bringing a Spiced Maple Butternut Crisp.
Featuring tastes and aromas that evoke late autumn and the holidays, this not-too-sweet dessert is warm and familiar but still a little unique. Plus, you can feel good about eating it because it’s technically made from a vegetable 🙂 Leftovers heat up very well and make a terrific breakfast too!
Spiced Maple Butternut Crisp
Vegan, dairy-free, soy-free; gluten-free option
1 medium butternut squash, peeled well and sliced into thin half moons (think apple slices)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablepoons Earth Balance buttery spread (optional…use soy-free blend if necessary)
1/3 cup flour (all-purpose or gluten-free)
1 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free if needed)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup melted coconut oil or Earth Balance
Non-dairy vanilla ice cream (I use So Delicious Vanilla Bean coconut ice cream and it is divine)
Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9 x 11 baking dish and set aside.
Place butternut squash slices in a large bowl. Add cornstarch, orange zest, orange juice, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, and stir until well coated. Add mixture to prepared baking dish. At this point, if you wish, add Earth Balance on top, like so:
To make the topping, combine all ingredients and stir until well incorporated. Spread evenly over squash mixture. Cover baking dish with tin foil, poke a few holes in the top with a fork, then place in the oven and bake for 40-60 minutes, until the squash is easily pierced with a fork.
To serve: I recommend stirring this before serving, because a lot of the sweet gooey stuff tends to collect around the bottom. Once stirred, place in a bowl, top with vanilla ice cream, and enjoy!
If you would like a sweeter crisp: sprinkle an additional 1/4 cup of granulated sugar over the crisp while still warm and stir to incorporate.
To move on in the potluck and see what dessert Apsara has brought, follow this link to Eating Well Diary.
To go back and revisit Koren and Alana’s submission, follow this link to She Makes Magic.