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Mini Gluten Free and Dairy Free Plum Crumbles…just for me (and you)

Gluten Free Dairy Free Plum Crumbles

Do your kids think a birthday is not a birthday unless there is some semblance of a cake or cupcakes?

Mine do. Which is fine…when it is their birthdays. I love getting creative in the kitchen for them.

But when it is mine? I could really take or leave the whole birthday dessert idea. A day off from the kitchen sounds far more appealing to me than adding pounds to my waistline…especially since my Mom is a state away and will not be whipping up one of my childhood favorites this year.

So because my boys think my birthday will be a complete failure without a special dessert involved, I found myself in the kitchen deciding what I would be making to celebrate the year that brings me just another gray hair away from forty….and to make sure that my sons did not garner horrible childhood memories of their mother being totally deprived on her birthday.

So? I first thought about whipping up some Gluten-Free Black Forest cupcakes.

And then I thought about those Gluten-Free Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes that we all love so much around here.

After all, those are the two desserts that I have the fondest birthday memories of and biggest cravings for.

But, as I looked around my kitchen and found my eyes resting on the gorgeous pile of plums waiting for their destiny, I decided to get creative and create a new memory. After all, those juicy plums will not be available for much longer as their prime season starts to fade away into fall.

Plum Cobbler

So, I am making Mini Gluten-Free and Dairy Free Plum Crumbles. They are also Refined Sugar Free, Egg Free, and Soy Free.  Yippee!

My boys might balk. After all. There is no frosting.

But, hey. If they complain?…….All the more for me.

This recipe is actually my gift to you. Trust me. You will enjoy it. And you will be really glad I did not decide on cupcakes this year. You will not even miss that frosting.

Sugar Free Plum Cobbler

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Plum Crumbles

Also: Refined Sugar Free, Egg Free, and Soy Free



  • 4 Medium Sized Red or Black Plums, just barely ripe
  • 4 tsp All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Blend (I used Pure Pantry All Purpose Mix here)
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • 4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil – measured, for this purpose only, in solid form – **See Note below (OR Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, cold and cut into pieces; OR if not avoiding dairy, Organic butter, cold and cut into pieces)
  • 1/2 cup Certified Gluten Free Rolled Oats (or equal amounts Quinoa Flakes if you are sensitive to Oats)
  • 1/4 cup Almond flour (For NUT FREE: use additional 1/4 cup of your gluten free flour blend instead)
  • 1/4 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour blend (I used Pure Pantry’s All Purpose Baking Mix)
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons ground Chia seeds, or Flax meal (optional, but nice addition of Omega 3’s)
  • 1/3 cup Palm sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt


1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease four 6 oz Ramekins. In small bowl, mix together filling ingredients: Plums, 4 tsp Flour Blend, Coconut Palm Sugar, Cinnamon, and Vanilla. Divide evenly between your ramekins.

2.  In another bowl add your chilled Coconut oil (or Butter or Butter Alternative), Certified Gluten Free Oats, Almond flour, 1/4 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, Ground Chia or Flax Meal (if using), Coconut Palm Sugar, and Sea Salt.  Use a pastry blender (or a fork) to crumle/cream your ingredients together until coarse meal forms.

3.  Divide topping evenly among each ramekin.  This makes a lot of topping. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 25 minutes (filling may bubble over – you can line baking sheet with foil for easy clean up, if desired).  If you like a crispy top, you can turn the broiler on for 2-3 minutes at the very end, but watch VERY carefully if you do this so it does not burn!

**Note: Measurements for Coconut Oil should typically, in most baking recipes, be measured in liquid form for the correct volume measurement.

Oh yes. This turned out to be the perfect dessert.  Happy Birthday to me. Definitely. 😉

Gluten Free Plum Crumbles

  1. On August 30, 2011 Hallie @ Daily Bites said

    Yum! I love a good fruit-based dessert. In fact, I’ll take crumbles and crisps over cakes and cupcakes anyday. 🙂 Happy birthday!

    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Hallie! I am with you in taking crumbles and crisps over cake too! Thanks for the Birthday wishes! 😉

  2. On August 30, 2011 Lexie said

    Happy Birthday dear friend! The last pic here is proof that these are delish and were thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you get some time out of the kitchen tonight … and a few more surprises on top of that! Enjoy your day!


    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Lexie!! These were definitely enjoyed. I almost posted a picture of my little guy while he was licking the bowl. Had a great bday celebration. Kurt gave me some nice surprises this year!

  3. On August 30, 2011 Ester said

    Happy Birthday!!!! What a delicious recipe! I have been wanting to try something like this, I just bought Gluten-Free Oats! What a perfect time for this recipe now that plums are in season! I will subsitute stevia for coconut sugar, but for those that want a low glycemic sweetner, coconut sugar is one of the best choices! Great recipe!

    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      HI Ester! The stevia should work fine in this recipe in place of the coconut sugar. I hope you like the crumbles – they are such an easy dessert, but totally impressive when you are entertaining! 😉

  4. On August 30, 2011 Kalinda said

    I think I’m just obsessed with food made in mini versions. These are too cute. And they look delectable. Happy Birthday!

    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Kalinda, I am totally with you in the idea of mini-desserts! I love anything in it’s own personal serving. Plus, I think I have a little more self-control when I know I only have a set amount to eat. 😉

  5. On August 30, 2011 Carol, SGF said

    Happy Birthday Kim! Looks like a great end to what I can only hope will be a day as special as you are!

  6. On August 30, 2011 Heidi said

    Happy Birthday Kim! Gosh, I could just reach through this screen and lick the bottom of your bowl, that last pic is such a tease!

    I hope you are have the most wonderful day!


    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      LOL! Heidi girl, you just crack me up! Maybe I will have to make a grain-free version of these for you when you come to visit! Thanks for the bday wishes, my friend!

  7. On August 30, 2011 Mommacitta said

    You stated your case so PERFECTLY. Hope the boys enjoyed your treat. I thought of you all day and kept wishing happy thoughts for you. Too bad I didn’t get to make one of your favorites. You so deserve to be pampered.

    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Mom! Love you. And, as you know, I was totally pampered. Kurt earned big brownie points this week!

  8. On August 31, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    I’m not that into frosting either. Happy Birthday, and I hope the boys let you eat these without any guilt!

    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      InTolerantChef, I think frosting is way over-rated! LOL And I totally enjoyed these guilt-free!! Thanks for the birthday wishes.

  9. On August 31, 2011 Holly said

    Happy Birthday! This dessert looks and sounds amazing! I will be trying this for sure!

  10. On August 31, 2011 Maggie said

    Mmmm I want one right NOW! Can I come to your birthday party next year please? I love cobbler and I’ve never thought of trying a plum one. What a GREAT idea! Pics are gorgeous as always. And frosting is for preschoolers 🙂 Hahah!

    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Maggie, you are SOO invited to my birthday party next year (or any party I have, for that matter)!! 😉 And frosting is definitely for preschoolers… maybe that explains why my hubby loves it too! LOL

  11. On September 3, 2011 Sarena said

    Happy Birthday! I do the same thing with my birthday…I find myself baking something to celebrate the occasion for the boys. Although last year I went with a gluten free angel food cake and that has now stuck for everyone’s birthday. The toppings change, but the base is the same. I hope your birthday is full of happy times!

    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Sarena, I LOVE angel food cake! I cannot even believe that I have NEVER made a gluten free version of it. That is just going to have to change. Brilliant idea!! 😉

  12. On September 4, 2011 Trista said

    I had to laugh when I read the first line of this post. My son is 2, and so far has no interest in cake or cupcakes. I’m not complaining it’s just funny. I made cupcakes for his 2nd birthday and he refused to have one. Ever since then, any birthdays that have come up in the family, he turned down cake then, too. I’m even planning ahead for his 3rd birthday because I wasn’t sure what to serve for his birthday and we’ve settled on ice cream. He likes ice cream. I’ve never made him a crumble before and I know I love them. So I might need to try these and see if he’ll eat it. 🙂

    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Trista, the funny thing is that my oldest son used to not like cakes or cupcakes either. For some reason it bothered me and i think I ended up forcing him to like them. Now he loves them and he taught his little bro to do the same. I am kind of wishing I had never encouraged him to like them so much – it has ended up in a lot more work for me! LOL

  13. On September 6, 2011 Susan @ GlutenlessDi said

    Summertime and cobbler, perfection! I have some blackberries that are going south.. and this is perfect plan. Maybe I will be fancy and add some ice cream on top 😉
    Thanks for the inspiration! Better get to crumblin’

    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Susan! Blackberry crumbles are actually one of my favorite types of crumbles!! Hope you enjoy!

  14. On September 6, 2011 glutenfreeforgood said

    Happy late birthday! First off, I can hardly get past those gorgeous bunches of basil (isn’t that what that is in the photo). Now, I’m wondering if basil goes with plums. Is that from your garden? How about a basil and tomato GF pizza for dinner, followed by plum crumble? I wish I had been at your birthday party. These little gems look better than any cake I’ve seen. BTW, your photos are so amazing (as always)!

  15. On September 6, 2011 glutenfreeforgood said


    One more thing. I tried to “Like” this post and it wouldn’t let me. Each time I tried, it said “Error.” Just wanted to let you know. I definitely LIKE this! =)

    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Melissa, you are totally right. That is basil. I had just brought it in from the garden and originally had not meant for it to be in the picture, but it was laying there when I was doing a practice shot and the color looked so pretty with those plums. I have so much basil right now that I guess using it in pictures makes it feel like I am putting it to good use at least! LOL And..I totally wish you had been at my birthday party too! How fun that would have been.
      PS Just got the Facebook thing fixed. Not sure what happened there, but my designer fixed it for me!!! Thanks for giving me the heads up!

  16. On September 6, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    Great job on your plum crumbles, dear! When it’s your birthday, you should certainly make whatever delight you want. I do wish I could make you some treat that’s lovely and comforting for one of your birthdays though. Maybe next year? 😉 Keep celebrating, dear! Birthdays are meant to be savored. Happy, happy, happy birthday!


    • On September 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Shirley, one of these years we will be together on one of our birthdays to celebrate together and to make each other a special dessert!! Next year sounds like the perfect time. We could celebrate both at the same time since they are only just over a month apart!!
      Thanks for the sweet birthday wishes!!

  17. On September 7, 2011 Diane Eblin-thewhole said

    Yum Yum Yum. I love plums and this looks like a great way to use them. I have a bowl of Italian plums just waiting for me to do something with them. I love how fruit just asks to be eaten. Happy Birthday and I hope they didn’t make you load it up with candles!

    • On September 7, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Mmmm. Italian plums? Those sound delicious. And, no…I talked them out of the candles. I told them that we did not want to start a fire in the kitchen!

  18. On September 21, 2011 Jeanette said

    Belated birthday wishes! Love the ooey gooey plum dripping down the side of your ramekin 😉

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