Review & Recipe: Nutcase Crunch
Sometimes I really miss cereal and milk.
That seems like a strange thing to crave to me. I mean, pizza, baked brie, burritos — these things make sense. But a bowl of cereal? Who craves cereal?!
I do, apparently.
Sometimes I long for that crunchy, sweet, creamy combo that only a bowl of something crisp, swimming in cool milky goodness, can provide. And that’s where Nutcase Crunch can come in.
Created by Paleo-eater and CrossFitter Lisa Scotto, Nutcase Crunch is an “un-cereal” made from just four high-quality ingredients: almonds, pecans, unsweetened coconut, and pine nuts. It’s like granola, without all those annoying anti-nutrients! And because the coconut is unsweetened, Nutcase Crunch is less likely to release the Sugar Demon than paleo granola recipes that include lots of dried fruit. Just sprinkle some Nutcase Crunch in a bowl, top with fresh fruit, pour in coconut milk, and bam! Cereal! (UN-cereal?!)
Or you can invest a little time and do something like this:
This recipe for Peach Almond Crisp is from my cookbook Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat, and it was the winner of the Paleo Magazine award for Best Treat Recipe in 2012. Plus, it’s super yummy. Enjoy!
Almond “Nutcase Crunch” Crisp
Serves 4-6 | Prep 15 min | Cook 40 min
Warm, tender fruit nestled under a blanket of cinnamon-scented, crumbly topping is the very definition of summer desserts. In each bite of sun-kissed peaches, you can taste the warm rains, and dirt, and languid afternoons. Happily, this recipe works equally well with frozen fruit, so even in the depth of winter, you can recreate golden days so tasty, you will need a spoon. (NOTE: This recipe is not approved for Whole30-ing, but it’s a great way to celebrate after.)
1 pound peaches (2-3 medium), cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 4 cups)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup Nutcase Crunch (or almond flour)
4 dried dates, pitted
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil, chilled until solid, then diced
1/4 cup Nutcase Crunch (or sliced almonds)
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a medium bowl, mix the peaches, lemon zest, and lemon juice with a wooden spoon. Allow to rest at room temperature while you prepare the topping.
Place the Nutcase Crunch (or almond flour), dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until combined. Sprinkle the chilled coconut oil chunks over the nuts. Pulse about 10 times, then process on high for 5-10 seconds, until there are no lumps. Pour the topping into a bowl and use a fork to mix in the additional 1/4 cup Nutcase Crunch (or sliced almonds).
For an 8-inch square pan: Pour the fruit into the pan, pressing it gently into place with the back of a wooden spoon. Sprinkle the almond topping over the fruit and lightly press it into the fruit with the back of the spoon. For individual ramekins: Place 4 ramekins on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Spoon generous 1/2 cup servings into individual ramekins, pressing the fruit into the ramekin with your hands. Press about 2 tablespoons of topping onto each ramekin.
Cover the crisp lightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 5-10 minutes more, until browned. Serve while warm. Bonus points if you drizzle with chilled coconut milk.
Win a Nutcase Crunch Prize Pack
UPDATE: We have a winner! Thanks, everyone, for playing along!
Want to try Nutcase Crunch? One lucky winner will receive an insanely nutty prize pack filled with Nutcase Crunch goodness. The prize pack includes two (2) full-size sacks of Nutcase Crunch and three (3) single-serve sacks (for when you’ve got to grab a sack and run!) WARNING: Consuming Nutcase Crunch may induce spontaneous squirrel-like behavior.
Deadline to enter: 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 26. I’ll randomly pick and announce a winner on Saturday, Julye 27.
To Enter: There are a lot of squirrels in Austin. A lot! And I have a theory that although they may look cute and cuddly, they’re actually secretly planning to take over the world. Post to the comments below and tell us if you think squirrels are cute, cuddly creatures or if, like me, you know they’re wily conspirators, plotting to conquer the globe and enslave us in their nut-cracking factories.