Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Plum Cobbler

This simple gluten-free oatmeal cobbler is also refined sugar-free and vegan, though you can use butter if you like. I make it with Italian plums but you could use any variety of plum or pluot. It can also be made with peaches, blueberries, or blackberries. I've been dehydrating Italian plums like crazy lately. My children love to eat them as a snack in the winter. I keep filling up glass jars and storing them in the back of the pantry. Italian plums can also be halved, pitted, and frozen to use throughout the year. In fact, I have also made this recipe using frozen plums from last year!

Every year in late summer or early Autumn I take the kids around town and harvest plums with them. Usually there are so many trees with plums dropping to the ground and never enough people picking them. We just knock on doors and ask if we can pick plums. People are usually more than happy to have help with the harvest. And we are more than happy to have boxes of local plums to enjoy. This year plums trees around here were not as bountiful so we bought cases of plums from Eastern Washington.

Oatmeal Plum Cobbler

A cobbler is a fruit dessert with a sweet biscuit-like topping. I use gluten-free rolled oats as the main "flour" in the topping. I have also used quinoa flakes in place of the oats but I don't think the flavor is as good. You can substitute peaches, berries, or apples for the plums in the filling if desired. If you are using frozen fruit then be sure to let it partially thaw before using. If you don't have coconut sugar you can replace it with maple sugar, sucanat, or brown sugar. I usually use unsweetened hemp milk or homemade cashew milk in the topping. If you eat dairy then cow or goat milk would work as well.

6 cups chopped Italian plums
3 tablespoons sweet rice flour or arrowroot powder
2 to 4 tablespoons coconut sugar

1 1/2 cups GF organic rolled oats, lightly ground
3/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/4 cup ground golden flax seeds
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
6 tablespoons organic palm shortening or butter
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Set out an 8 x 8-inch glass baking pan.

Place the chopped plums into a medium-sized bowl. Toss with the sweet rice flour and coconut sugar. Pour into the glass baking pan. Set aside.

I use the dry container of my Vitamix to lightly grind the rolled oats into a coarse flour. Place the ground oats, sweet rice flour, flax seeds, coconut sugar, baking powder and spices into a mixing bowl. Whisk together. Then cut in the shortening or butter using your fingers or a pastry cutter. Add the milk and mix together using a fork. Dough will feel slightly thin at first. Let rest for 5 minutes for some of the liquid to be absorbed.

Drop topping by the large spoonful on top of the fruit. Bake for about 40 minutes or until fruit is bubbling up and topping is cooked through. Let cool for about 15 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Source: www.NourishingMeals.com

More Autumn Recipes:
Apple Crisp
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Deep Dish Apple Pie

About the Author

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole foods diet. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!


  1. Hi Ali!

    I totally want to make this tonight but I can't eat dairy and don't have any palm shortening. Would coconut oil work you think?? thanks!!!!

  2. Just had to comment: totally cool wooden bowl! Your cobbler looks outstanding. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. This looks delicious and easy! Can't wait to try it! thanks for another great autumn recipe!

  4. Allyson - I have only tested this recipe using Spectrum organic shortening and organic butter, I don't know how it would work using coconut oil but please let me know if you try it! :)

    Thanks Dot and Barbara! Enjoy! :)

  5. Just wondering - how do you dehydrate your plums?


  6. Fantastic! This looks seriously yummy -and a great way to use up a glut of plums ♥

  7. What a beautiful cobbler. I have never tried an Italiam plum. They look lovely.
    Peace and Raw Health,'

  8. This looks really tasty!! I love love Italian plums. Thanks for your continuing supply of amazing recipes! :)

  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that this isn't loaded up with sugar -- plums are sweet enough! I've been loving cobblers lately as Whole Foods has had gluten free oats on sale lately...I need to give this one a try!

  10. This sounds good! My Mom always made apple or peach cobbler and so that is what I stick with but have been thinking about growing some plums (then wondered what I would do with all of them) so thank you for this recipe :-)

  11. Ali, Jenna h. Here from bastyr. Yes, still HERE :) moved to a new part of the country, and adjusting to new ingredients available. And came to your blog for inspiration! Amazing and generous as always. I swear your recipes have helped me ward off the cancer. ;) sending warm thoughts to your growing family! Thanks for continuing your work! New cookbook? When , when? Lol!

  12. Plums! My favorite! I love that you use coconut sugar in your recipe, too. I'll definitely be trying this!

  13. Thanks everyone! I hope you enjoy the recipe.

    Anon - we dehydrate our plums by slicing them in half, removing the pits, and dehydrating in our dehydrator at 115 degrees. It can take a few days per batch when the plums are cut in half. You can quarter them to make the process go faster. :)

  14. We made this cobbler last night, and it was fabulous. It is a definite "make again recipe. Some of the eaters did say they would prefer less spice in the crust, so we will probably make it a bit more mild next time. Everyone thought the plum filling was the best.

  15. This recipe is fantastic! I have made it with plums and a second time with peaches. This Momma of a GF/DF 3 year-old thanks you!

  16. Fantastic recipe. I used ground almonds instead of rice flour and coconut oil as the shortening.


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