Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fruit Crisp and Nostalgia

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So, last night a handful of my friends went to a concert that was just dripping with Nostalgia: Goo Goo Dolls & Matchbox 20. We had found tickets on Groupon for $15, bought them months ago, and promptly forgot about them. On Tuesday, my roommate reminded us all that yes, the following evening we'd have to get out of work early (well, I would, since all my friends have flexible schedules or work at schools and have summers off AND I AM SO JEALOUS) and drive 2 hours to see the show that had the soundtrack to our teenage years and younger. I was about 10 or 11 when Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20 started becoming popular, right around the tweenage time that you start discovering music because you're getting too old for toys but you're still too young for boys.

Concert accompaniments that I did not have at age 11...

I remember watching VH1 because my parents told me I was too young for MTV and loving Goo Goo Dolls. Later, in middle school I made an older friend--I had just had a falling out with my best friend and was somewhat labeled a "loser" during my middle school years by my peers--who let me borrow her Goo Goo Dolls CD and Acoustic #3 became my regular AIM away message. Sadly, they didn't play that one last night, but they played Name, Iris, Black Balloon and a bunch of others plus some new songs, which was good enough for me. Matchbox 20 was also pretty freaking fantastic. I found myself amazed that the lead singers of both bands DON'T LOOK ANY DIFFERENT than they did in 2000. Music keeps you young, I guess...

Drinks are $10-$13 a pop at LiveNation, yuck.

Can I just say it was the most incredible time? Because it was, it totally was. I was not expecting for this concert to make me so incredibly happy, but it did. Best $15 I ever, ever spent. I don't have many pictures where I don't look like a sweaty mess, and the Lifeproof case on my iphone makes it tough to take good quality pics, but I assure you--it was an awesome show. Check Groupon to see similar deals, or click the link up there even to just see when they're coming to your town!

Anyways, these little berry crisps were created when I decided to have low calorie, nutritious, and somewhat low carb snacks on hand for the week. I had the brilliant idea to put them in mason jars and thankfully they had good quality ones at the dollar store that I scooped up. In the future, I'd use a shallower mason jar, since the fruit collapses a bit during baking, but I used what I had. The crisp is lovely--full of fresh fruit bursting with flavor and only a little added sweetness, with a crunchy almond flour top. Plus, it's gluten free!

As I said before, I'm trying to cut down on dairy and gluten, to test my experiment that these two things set off my upset stomach-ness. I keep accidentally making Paleo-ish food because the ingredients on a whole tend to be less expensive than gluten-free flour mixes and such. For example, a batch of Paleo-friendly cupcakes I made last week (recipe forthcoming, though the picture quality on them is 'meh') included coconut flour and almond flour--two reasonably priced flours for my budget. A gluten-free from-scratch flour mix typically includes 4 flours or more, all of which are maybe $10-$15 for a one pound bag. So, while I'm only really flirting with the idea of a Paleo-inspired diet to try and kickstart my weight loss and get me eating cleaner, my baking seems to be going that way just for the sake of saving some money.

Gluten Free/Paleo Fruit Crisp
(adapted from Delighted Momma)

  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced into chunks
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup cherries, sliced in half and pitted
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup, plus an additional 2 tbs
  • 3 tbs butter, melted
  • 2-2 1/2 cups almond flour or pulverized almonds (latter works better)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: pecans or roasted almonds

-Wash and dry about 6 small mason jars (or, alternatively, a 9x9 glass baking dish) and lightly grease. In a medium bowl, mix together fruits and 1/4 cup of the honey or syrup. Spoon fruit into mason jars and arrange on a baking dish.

-In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and almond flour. Slowly stir in the butter and additional syrup or honey until mixture is crumbly. You may not use all the butter. If too sticky, add more almond flour. Stir in nuts if you desire and spoon crumbs over the fruit.

-Bake at 350 degrees F until crumb mixture has browned and fruit has broken down a bit. Serve warm with a dollop of cream, if desired.


  1. There's something so fun about feeling 13 again, right? I'm seeing Brand New in September, and while I still love them, I'm just going to feel like it's high school again. BTW, have you tried oat flour? I find it to be the most reasonably priced GF flour and as long as youre not using yeast, I've never had to mix them with anything else. (bonus points that you can make your own in a food processor!)

    1. I have made it before, by grinding up oats. I don't think they were gluten free oats, but since I am not Celiac maybe I could swing it.

  2. SOOO jealous! Those are two of my old school favorites and I've actually been listening to them nonstop during my runs.

    These little fruit crisps are really the perfect treat!

  3. The Google Reader situation has totally ruined my life. Not really, but I've tried BlogLovin and Feedly and love neither. I'm trying to stick it out with Feedly, but it's not as pleasant. Love going to summer shows, looks like you ladies had a fantastic time!!

  4. $15 to see the Goo Goo Dolls? Awesome deal! Looks like it was a great time!

    Love the recipe idea! I have a million freaking Mason jars. I should use them for something pretty and tasty like this, instead of just storing stuff in them. Then they could be grab-and-go treats for picnics and work. Great idea!

  5. Goo Goo Dolls are my favorite band of all time!! They were the first concert I ever went to! I'm so jealous. This fruit crisp looks like the perfect summer dessert

  6. Oh man, that sounded like a fun concert. Just relived my childhood dreams with NKOTB two weeks ago! Really liking the crumb topping on here. The nice part is you really wouldn't even be able to tell they are Paleo/GF.

  7. Looks amazing! Fruit crisps (and summer concerts) are probably my favorite part of summer! ; )

  8. Goo Goo Dolls & Matchbox 20!! I was in college when they started popular. It was my first year in the US and I still remember those first year along with music I listened to the radio... Nostalgic indeed, and I really wished that I could go to their concert!!! (Had all of their CDs... :D). Love fruit crisps (but I love Goo Goo Dolls & Matchbox 20 even more... haha).

  9. I'm going to have to make these crisps for my sister (she has to eat gluten-free) ... she would love them! That concert sounds like so much fun. We used to go to outdoor concerts all the time in high school : )

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