I Meant To Do That: Date, Cherry, Walnut & Ginger Crumble

Date Cherry Ginger Crumble on PlateWith great enthusiasm I set out one morning to make Build-Your-Own-Energy-Bars, courtesy of Amber Shea Crawley and her cookbook, Practically Raw.  I knew I could bang out a batch of bars, pop them in the freezer and have them ready for our daily 3 pm snack.  Easy.  I gathered the ingredients and pulled out the food processor and away I went.  But something went wrong.  The mixture was not really a mixture.  There was no way it was going to stick together to create bars.  I stared into the processor as if the answer were in the pile of pretty crumbs.  I looked around the kitchen.  What could I do to rescue this recipe?  I didn’t want to add maple syrup – no way it needed any sweetening.  Peanut butter?  As much as I love it, it would not work here.  Sesame seeds…sesame seeds…tahini!  I plopped a big ol’ spoonful into the processor and whirled again.

Same deal.  When I poured the mixture into a pan prior to freezing it, prod and shove as I could, the mixture was not coming together as beautifully as in Amber’s photo.  I referred to the directions and immediately saw what I’d done wrong.  I hadn’t actually read the directions.  I’d just taken it upon myself to toss all of the ingredients into the processor without noticing that, yes, there were a few steps to follow.  Simple, but important, steps.  Deciding to continue anyway, I put the mixture in the freezer and a few hours later pulled it out to see if anything magical had happened behind closed doors.  Naw.  Still crumbly.  But it passed the taste-test with flying colors.  Inspiration hit the next morning: topping for our daily grain cereal!  It’s absolutely delicious.  We ate the first batch up so quickly, I’ve already repeated my mistake.  (Scroll down for other ways to use this “crumble.”)

Please visit Amber at her blog, AlmostVeganChef.com.  She’s a graduate of the Matthew Kenney Academy – a raw/living foods culinary school right here in Oklahoma.  I know – Oklahoma! – where there are BBQ joints on every corner of every city, in all of the gas stations and in every sleepy, single-intersection town in the state.  The Matthew Kenney restaurant in Oklahoma City is fantastic (and I hope to be eating there later this week!) and a real refuge to us plant-based types.  Anyway, Amber’s book, Practically Raw, has really helped me incorporate more raw foods into my diet.  The recipes are delicious, creative and flexible – especially helpful if you’re just starting out with this type of cuisine.

Bowl of Morning Cereal with Crumble

Big Bowl of Overnight ‘Frige Grains with Soy Milk, Bananas, Chia Seeds and Date, Cherry, Walnut & Ginger Crumble.

Date, Cherry, Walnut & Ginger Crumble
Serves 12
Sprinkle this easy-to-make, flavorful, fruity crumble on top of your morning oatmeal, over pancakes or waffles, or bake it into my Tahini Date-Orange Crumble Cookies!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
97 calories
12 g
0 g
6 g
2 g
1 g
29 g
14 g
9 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 97
Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 14mg
Total Carbohydrates 12g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3/4 cups walnuts
  2. 1 cup pitted dates
  3. 1/2 cup dried cherries
  4. 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  5. 2 Tbsp. crystallized ginger
  6. zest of 1/2 an orange
  7. 1 heaping Tbsp. tahini
  8. pinch kosher salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and whirl until the mixture is a bit chunky, but uniform
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Jar of Crumble

Jar of Date, Cherry, Walnut & Ginger Crumble.

Cherry-'berry Pie with Date Crumble

Strawberry and Cherry Pie topped with Date, Cherry, Walnut & Ginger Crumble and Bob’s Natural Granola (no oil).

Slice of Cherry-Strawberry Pie w/ Crumble

Slice of Cherry-Strawberry Pie with Date, Cherry, Walnut & Ginger Crumble.

Tahini Orange Crumble Cookies

Tahini-Orange-Date Crumble Cookies.  Recipe here.

50 thoughts on “I Meant To Do That: Date, Cherry, Walnut & Ginger Crumble

  1. Isobel Morrell

    So glad it all went so well – thought you were supposed to be taking things easy? Seems to me you’ve exchanged one whirlpool for another! Glad you like Ben the Barn Owl – as for knowing that you’ve got your own family of them, well – serendipity maybe? First Coyotes, then almost matching Tommy Teddy – and now Ben! Cheers. Isobel

  2. Rachel in Veganland

    What a happy mistake! Sometimes the best foods come in unsuspecting packages! I love that this has ginger and dates what a great combination!

  3. Somer

    Ha ha, some of my favorite recipes are born out of accidents in the kitchen! I’m usually to impatient to read directions, and even though I can follow a recipe, most of the time I just can’t be bothered. I’m totally making some for muesli topping. What is this oil free granola you are talking about ?!? I feel a challenge coming on! 😉

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Yeah – I was very happy to stumble onto Bob’s oil-free granola. The big BUT is that it does have a ton of sugars, which I do try my darndest to limit. So, I don’t use this or any granola very much. However…making my own sans oil and using fruit-sweetened magic WILL happen. As soon as I find the time…

  4. annesturetucker

    Ha ha ha ha – so funny, sorry, but I was in the kitchen yesterday doing the exact same thing, making granola bars – they turned out like this. So I am very very happy for this post! Thank you for the inspiration!!! 🙂
    Oh my, you are a lucky girl, going to eat at Matthew Kenney’s restaurant!!! I love him!! Hope you will write a review!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Amazing, Anne! I’m glad to hear you have the occasional mess-up in the kitchen, too. I will be sharing what I eat at MK’s. I’m SO proud to have his school and restaurant in my state – imagine!!

  5. Veggiewitch

    Inspired! I love beautiful and delicious accidents. It’s kismet! ♥
    *happy dancing*
    Veggiewitch ♥

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      I could also probably just munch it straight, you know? Brittany, my luv, I think my comments on your site are going into your Spam folder – hate for you to think I’m not loving your posts!

  6. veganmonologue

    That looks SO delicious. Tell us what’s in your overnight-grains breakfast! I want to make it.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Thank you! I use a mix of rolled grains: rye, triticale, wheat, barley & oats and then throw in a handful of dried fruit. Cover with nut milk of your choice, put in the ‘frige overnight. In the morning I add more milk, sprinkle with chia seeds, nuts, bananas, etc. Delish!

      1. veganmonologue

        I am so trying this. And thanks for the heads up about the spam folder. 🙂

  7. Choc Chip Uru

    A bar gone totally right 😉
    This granola looks delicious and I am dying for breakfast now 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Richgail Enriquez

    Yum! Oh yea, we totally knew you “meant” to do that hehe, Thanks for sharing with us your cooking process, I love learning how talented folks improvise because that’s when a new bright idea is born. I shall try this recipe!

  9. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    I love her book! It’s so beautiful and everything I’ve tried from it is spectacular!

    I love re-purposing recipes when they don’t turn out exactly right- and this looks so delicious! I’d welcome it on top of my smoothies, fruit and oats any day 🙂

  10. veghotpot

    Hey Annie, firstly that crumble looks amazing!! Second I nominated you for a one lovely blog award 🙂 you can see it here http://veghotpot.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/one-lovely-blog-award-2/ x x

  11. everydayvegangirl

    yum yum yum! love the use of ginger! must try soon! btw…I love your site so much and just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I posted this on my post: http://everydayvegangirl.blogspot.com/2012/05/versatile-blogger-and-what-i-ate.html.  You can check out the Versatile Blogger Aware site and rules here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/  

  12. tearoomdelights

    Beautiful photos and what a very happy mistake! I love the idea of using it as a topping for a crumble or bowl of cereal.

  13. Lou

    Sometimes kitchen mistakes create the most delicious accidents! I find coconut oil works really well if you are in this dilema again, and need something to set in the freezer. ooooo your up coming cookie recipe looks wicked 🙂

  14. Sophie33

    That crumble sounds so good & tasty too! So easy to use too or add this raw crumble to a breakfast smoothy! Yum Yum Yum!

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