Southern Summer Sweetness: Delicious Peach Crisp {& Product Review}


Allergy friendly Vegan Southern Peach Crumble Dessert

Top 8 Allergen Free, Vegan Southern Peach Crisp Dessert


Happy Labor Day Weekend!

As I sat sipping sweet tea in 100 degree weather in the Delta South awaiting tropical storm Isaac, I was inspired to create this YUMmy Southern sweet peach crisp created with fresh Southern peaches, a perfect treat to enjoy during these last days of summer.

Allergen free gluten free vegan peach crispAs a treat for my dad, who shared that one of his favorite flavors is peach, I decided to incorporate some of this in season summertime fruit (especially popular in the South) into a delicious gluten free, vegan fruit crisp that also is free of the top 8 most common food allergens.

I also determined this to be the perfect dessert to use one of the four boxes of delicious Crunchy Handcrafted Cookies that Enjoy Life Foods generously sent me to sample. These sweet and crunchy cookies (free of the top 8 most common food allergens, sesame, sulfites, casein, and potatoes) come in four delicious flavors: Vanilla Honey Graham, Sugar Crisp, Chocolate Chip, and Double Chocolate. Having tried (and loved) a few of these flavors at the 2012 Chicago Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, I was excited when my cookie boxes arrived just in time for my trip!

Although I was looking forward to my trip to spend time with my family down South, I was dreading having only 30 minutes to make a connecting flight with my energetic son and just starting to walk daughter. With even less connecting time than anticipated (our first flight was delayed due to thunderstorms, and we were further delayed when the airline couldn’t find my daughter’s gate checked stroller), we just barely made our second flight. Skipping the bathroom pit stop and with my daughter strapped to my chest in her baby carrier, my natural track star (just 3 foot tall) son and I literally ran through the airport to catch a train that would transfer us to another terminal, and then we sprinted to our gate making it there with less than 2 minutes before they closed the airplane door!! (I’m really hoping travel goes a bit smoother on our return Sunday – I’m posting early just in case it doesn’t.)

Allergen free Southern Fresh fruit dessert

Best close-up of my Allergy Friendly Gluten Free Peach Crisp Dessert without the DSLR

Another drawback to my trip is living without my husband’s DSLR camera. After only a few months playing with his DSLR (my Christmas gift to him), I realize I have become spoiled. To prevent accidentally forgetting something (not someone) behind on the plane, I left the good camera at home. I have been so disappointed in the quality of my food photography with my point and shoot camera. For example, close up shots end up so blurry they make my head hurt.

FREE Ingredients

The crumble is always my favorite part of a fruit crisp, so I was quite generous on my vegan, gluten free, allergen free crisp topping!

Crisp Topping:


  • 6 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted, and sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour (or other gluten free flour)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

This was my first time trying Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour. Usually, I mix and match different wheat free flours, but I decided against bringing flours from home (I thought it might be difficult to explain to TSA why I had clear bags of powder in my luggage) and figured it didn’t make sense to crowd my parents’ pantry with four different flours that probably would go to waste after our visit. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour was super easy to use (no ratio guessing, measuring, or mixing of different flours) and made a delicious allergy friendly fruit crisp. I definitely plan to buy more of it when I return home.

Method (or Mistakes)

An easy way to prepare your peaches: (1) wash peaches; (2) place them in a pot of boiling water for about 2 minutes; (3) remove peaches from water and immediately immerse in cold water; (4) peel off peach skins with your fingers or use a vegetable peeler to assist if necessary; (5) cut peeled peaches in half and remove pits; and (6) slice thin.

Preheat oven to 425° F.

Allergy friendly peach crisp toppingCrisp Topping:

In a medium bowl, combine crushed cookies (I crumbled them by hand), rolled oats, 3 tbsp flour, xanthan gum, ½ cup brown sugar, and salt. Mix well to combine.  Use a pastry knife to “cut” butter into topping mix to maintain crumbled texture. Set aside.

PeachAllergen free Gluten free Nut free Dairy free Fruit Crispes:

In a large bowl, mix peaches with 1 tbsp flour, ¼ cup brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine your ingredients and evenly coat the sliced peaches.

Pour peach mix into a small baking dish (I used a 9×9 inch). Put in preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.

Peach Crisp Layering:

Gluten free allergen free peaches crumble dessertRemove peaches from oven. Spoon crisp topping over warmed peaches, covering completely. (If your tastes prefer less crisp topping, feel free to adjust the amount.)

Return peach crisp to oven and bake until brown (about 27-30 minutes). Remove from oven and enjoy!

My parents devoured this deliciously buttery peach crisp served warm and topped with a scoop of their favorite frozen yogurt. Unfortunately, the closest store that carried any dairy free, soy free ice cream for me was an hour from my parents home – way too long to survive a trip in the hot Mississippi heat. :(


I think that I was as surprised as my parents at how YUMmy this vegan, gluten free, and allergen free Southern inspired peach crisp turned out. I usually am not one to enjoy peach desserts, but the spiced flavor of the peaches and the abundance of the crisp topping in this had me going back for more! I even found myself eating this peach crisp straight from the fridge cold.

Allergen Free Allergy Friendly Buttery Seed BrittleMy mother was pleasantly surprised how much she enjoyed the crisp topping. She shared with me that she usually does not like oatmeal toppings. I think the secret here was having combined the gluten free rolled oats with the sweet and crunchy Enjoy Life Sugar Crisp cookies. And just as my mom was surprised by how buttery my allergen and nut free brittle tasted (which she finished the same day I arrived in Mississippi), the flavor of Earth Balance buttery spread had her in disbelief again that this delicious buttery peach crumble type dessert was completely allergen free!

And my dad’s favorite part of this fruit crisp dessert was the crunchiness and sweet flavor of the YUMmy crisp topping. We agree that the topping would taste great on other in season fruit throughout the year – from crisp, sour apples to sweet berries.

Gluten free Dairy free Fruit Crisp Crumble Dessert

Top 8 Allergen Free Peach Crisp

While everyone really loved the Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Sugar Crisp cookies atop this mouth watering, Southern inspired, allergy friendly peach crisp dessert, we also enjoyed them by themselves. I was curious to see what my parents and sister (who are quite unfamiliar to the world of food allergies) would think of these completely allergen free cookies. My mom and sister couldn’t believe these sweet, buttery cookies were allergy friendly! My dad was impressed that they didn’t have the “gluten free taste” he was expecting. His only criticism was that they weren’t sweet enough – but that isn’t much of a surprise from a man who I spied as a kid adding sugar to Frosted Flakes cereal.

The other flavors of the Crunchy Handcrafted Cookies that Enjoy Life Foods also are incredibly delicious. My favorite is the Vanilla Honey Graham flavor – which I am planning to use in another Southern inspired dessert that I hope to prepare soon. I’m so happy to find a tasty vegan, gluten free graham cracker like cookie that my entire family can enjoy! And although I wasn’t able to eat any of the Crunchy Chocolate Chip or Double Chocolate cookies this time around (I learned after making my allergy friendly chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes and top 8 allergen free chocolate cake pops that my nursing daughter likely is allergic to chocolate), I remember how much I enjoyed the chocolaty flavor of the Crunchy Double Chocolate cookies (despite my usual aversion to chocolate) when I tried them at the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo.

As a delicious addition to a crunchy dessert (or a tasty crunchy treat by themselves), I hope to find more of these crunchy allergen free cookies in my local market soon!

I shared this recipe with Gluten Free Friday, Friday Food, Full Plate Thursday, Allergy Friendly Friday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, {Gluten Free} Weekly Meal Plan

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