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A warm and aromatic plum cobbler, made just a bit healthier. This healthy dessert recipe uses less sugar than most cobblers I've seen, and I also used half spelt, half plain flour. I use plums here, but other autumn fruits - apples, pears - would work a treat!


Greater London, England, UK

6 people made this

IngredientsServes: 6

  • 5 to 6 plums, thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons demerara sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 65g spelt flour
  • 60g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 55g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 60ml milk
  • 1 egg, beaten

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:45min

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 23cm round pie dish.
  2. Lay the sliced plums in the greased pie dish. Sprinkle with the demerara sugar, cornflour and cinnamon.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the spelt flour, plain flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Rub in the butter till the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the milk and beaten egg, and stir until just combined (do not overmix).
  4. Using a tablespoon, drop spoonfuls of the cobbler topping over the plums. I usually do several around the edges and then one in the centre.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or till the topping is golden and the plums are soft.

Ideas

Sprinkle the top of the cobbler with a little extra demerara sugar before baking. Add freshly grated nutmeg to the plums or the topping to taste. Serve on its own or with Greek yoghurt, custard, creme fraiche, mascarpone or vanilla ice cream.

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This was such a yummy cobbler and no one thought it tasted 'healthy'! I served it with Greek yoghurt and a drizzle of honey. I did reduce the sugar sprinkled over the plums, as my plums were already over ripe and sweet enough. The cobbler bit was delicious as well, surprisingly fluffy for spelt. Thanks for the recipe!-08 Sep 2015


29 Indulgent Plum Recipes – What to Do With Plums

Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.

You planted a few plum trees, your harvest has come in, but what are you going to do with all those succulent plums? bumper harvest

Fortunately, we’re in the age of the internet. Cooks from all over the world have shared some of their favorite ways to utilize an abundant plum harvest.

I’m going to round up all the plum recipes and share them with you right here, in one convenient location. Don’t feel stumped by plums!

Instead, read on, and learn how you should be using your plums in a variety of delicious and imaginative ways:

1. Spiced Plum Custard Cake

Do you want a cake with a little bit of spice, a little bit of sweetness, and a creamy custard texture? You’ve come to the right place.

This cake would be a delicious way to end a day. Yet, it’s also gorgeous enough it could be used for special occasions.

2. Brown Sugar Plum Clafoutis

Don’t let the name of this dessert scare you away. It’s a traditional dessert from France, but it’s said to be easy to make.

If you have brown sugar, fresh fruit, plenty of eggs, and a few other basic baking ingredients, you have a delicious dessert gorgeous enough to be used any time.

3. Upside Down Plum Cake

One of my favorite cakes as a kid was an upside-down pineapple cake. My mom made them regularly, and they were delicious.

This recipe is a take on the traditional pineapple upside-down cake. In the place of pineapples, plums are used. They also have a few other ingredient changes to make this a more elegant cake.

4. Plum Cobbler

Who doesn’t love a warm cobbler fresh out of the oven? You can throw it together quickly, and it doesn’t require fancy ingredients to make it happen.

Use any type of fruit you desire in a cobbler, including plums. Put your plum harvest to work with this simple and delicious recipe.

5. Asian Plum Sauce

Let’s take a break from desserts for a minute and switch gears to a different meal of the day: dinner. If you enjoy Asian inspired food, you’re probably familiar with plum sauce.

Homemade plum sauce is made from plums, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and apple cider vinegar. What a delicious way to enjoy both the sweet and sour side of life.

6. Plum Jam Recipe

Nothing is better than sweet homemade jam. It goes deliciously on toast for breakfast, or it can be used in thumbprint cookies for dessert.

However you choose to use it, you should have a good recipe to make it. Use this recipe and your plums to make jam. This will allow you to enjoy your harvest throughout the year.

7. Easy Plum Chutney

I’m a huge fan of chutney, but I must admit, up until a couple of years ago I hadn’t indulged in it. Once I took the plunge, there was no turning back.

If you get tired of serving your meat in the same way repeatedly, a chutney can help mix things up a bit. Plums come in handy because they make a delicious homemade chutney which pairs well with pork, chicken, or beef.

8. Fresh Plum and Oat Muffins

Muffins are an easy breakfast idea. They’re great for little hands who like to munch on breakfast while they’re toddling around the house.

They’re also perfect for the busy person who rushes out the door most days. Either way, if you have oats and plums, you now have a tasty way to start your day.

9. Late Summer Plum Cake

As summer fades away, would you enjoy a tasty cake to help soothe those blues? If you said yes, this recipe could be exactly what you need.

It’s a basic cake recipe with cinnamon, nutmeg, milk, eggs, and butter. The cake is topped off with plums and powdered sugar. How easy and delicious can one cake be?

10. Plum Fruit Leather

Fruit leathers are an enjoyable way to eat healthy on the run. They won’t satisfy as a meal, but they do make an easy snack to curb your hunger.

If you’re looking for healthy homemade fruit leathers, consider giving these plum fruit leathers a chance. They’re loaded with flavor but without any refined sugars.

11. Plum Turnovers

I love turnovers. They’re delicious, handheld desserts which pack the flavor without all the guilt many desserts can bring.

Because of their handheld portions, you won’t worry about overeating. Plus, these turnovers are filled with fresh plums. You can feel good about eating a dessert which is fruit based. Nutrients count no matter how they come to you, right?

12. Breakfast Bars with Plum Filling

Are you looking for a tasty way to start your day? Breakfast bars are a wonderful solution. They’re easy to make ahead of time.

Plus, you can grab them on your way out the door. Utilize your plum harvest with these breakfast bars by making a plum based filling. It’ll wake up your taste buds!

13. Plum Wine

You can make wine from any fruit, but you may not have considered making wine from plums.

This tutorial shows you an easy method to convert the plums you grow into your new favorite beverage.

14. Plum Barbecue Sauce

I love to experiment with making different homemade barbecue sauces. It gives your food a different flavor and guests seem to love it when they get something different and unexpected.

If you’d like to make homemade barbecue sauce and surprise your dinner guest, consider this recipe for plum barbecue sauce. It’s a winner!

15. Honey Roasted Plums with Thyme and Olive Oil

I bet you haven’t considered making plums into a side dish. Once you try this recipe, you probably won’t forget them again.

The idea is to place plums in an oven with a honey glaze, thyme, and olive oil. The heat brings out the natural juices of the plums and makes for a tasty side.

16. Ricotta Cheesecake with Plums

I love cheesecake! It’s the most fantastic dessert anyone every created, in my humble opinion, which is why I had to share this delicious recipe.

The cheesecake is ricotta cheese based. This should let you know how much of a winner this dessert is, but they don’t stop there. The sweetness of the plums is added in and all baked together. You must give it a try!

17. Easy Overnight Crock Pot Plum Butter

You’ve probably tried apple butter at some point in your life, but you may haven’t considered how you can make other varieties of fruit butter.

This plum butter is easy to make. You place the ingredients in a crockpot overnight and allow them to boil, pop, and ultimately thicken. It’ll be great on a biscuit the next morning.

18. Plum Sorbet

Plums have a unique flavor to them. They’re partially sweet and somewhat tart. Some people enjoy this flavor palate for their plum recipes.

If you’re one of them, you must try making this easy sorbet. It requires only a few ingredients, and you could have a new favorite frozen treat.

19. 20 Minute Crispy Plum Chicken

Are you looking for a tasty meal you can throw together quickly on a weeknight? These plum recipes could be what you’ve been searching for.

It contains chicken, spices, plums, and peppers. Plus, you can add a homemade sticky sauce. Serve it over rice, and you have one amazing dish.

20. Christmas Plum Pudding

It’s a tradition in some areas of the world to indulge in plum pudding around Christmas time. It’s a rich pudding, but it’s one people have loved for generations.

This upcoming Christmas why not include it in your traditions? It’s a bread pudding with a brandy sauce. It’ll get you in the holiday spirit in no time.

21. Fermented Plum Brandy

If you’re into trying homemade alcoholic concoctions, this is right up your alley. They take a few pounds of plums, place them in a jar with sugar, and add the same amount of brandy as they did plums.

Over time, the plums and brandy will ferment together. When the fermentation process has ended, you’ll have a delicious drink waiting on you.

22. Polish Potato Plum Dumplings

This is a versatile plum recipes dish you may enjoy at different times of the day. These dumplings are potato based and filled with a plum.

Once boiled, you can sprinkle with sugar for a dessert, use them as a side dish, or even enjoy them for breakfast. Either way, if you like the sweet and salty combo, you’ll love these dumplings.

23. Honey Goat Cheese and Roasted Plum Toast

Are you looking for a way to enjoy your plum harvest for breakfast? Why not throw your plums on a piece of toast?

Don’t put them on toast alone. Add a little honey and some tangy goat cheese. You’ll have some sweet, salty, and a little tartness in each bite.

24. Plum and Apple Jam

It’s common to see plums and apples paired together in recipes because they complement each other well.

Why not use this plum recipes combo to make a delicious jam? It can be preserved and enjoyed throughout the year.

25. Sparkly Sugar Plums

While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads...” We’ve all heard this Christmas poem, but we may not have been aware of what sugar plums were.

You no longer need to wonder. Now sugar plums can be included as part of your Christmas thanks to this interesting recipe.

26. Pickled Plums

Do you enjoy pickled fruits and vegetables? They make great additions to any meal or could serve as the perfect snack.

If you’d like a pickled treat, consider pickling your plums. The mixture of red onions, wine vinegar, and spices are sure to make your mouth water with anticipation.

27. Sugar Plum Fruitcake

If you’re someone who turns their nose up at fruitcake, you must give this recipe a glance. It isn’t your average fruitcake.

Instead, it contains yellow cake mix, dried figs, dates, bourbon, almonds, and is topped off with delicious cream cheese icing.

28. Plum Quinoa Smoothie

Are you a smoothie person? Do you enjoy them as a quick breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up? You’ll be happy to know plums can be incorporated into your smoothies.

This plum recipe shows you how to mingle plums, quinoa, bananas, and spices together to make one healthy beverage.

29. Plum Applesauce

We haven’t covered a recipe yet which has made me as excited as this one. I love homemade applesauce.

The idea of adding plums into the mix makes it even more exciting for me. If you enjoy this sweet snack and would like to add a little extra flavor to it, make plum applesauce and indulge as long as it lasts.

If you were feeling uncertain of how you were ever going to use up all your plum harvest, hopefully these plum recipes will put your mind at ease.

You now have 29 different plum recipes to choose from, and surely one (and hopefully more) will strike your fancy.

Plums have a unique flavor which can add much-needed variety when you cook from scratch and utilize what you grow.


Low-Fat Plum Cobbler

The slight tartness of the plums is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the cinnamon-kissed crust in this vegan, low-fat plum cobbler.

I don’t make a lot of other people’s recipes, especially if they’re already fat-free and vegan. Frankly, I wouldn’t have the time to develop my own recipes if I were also cooking my way through the bazillion cookbooks and magazines that blanket every horizontal surface in my home.

But a recipe for Plum, Apricot, or Fig Cobbler in the most recent issue of Vegetarian Times caught my eye, not just because of the gorgeous photo but because it was vegan and contained no added fat. The recipe wasn’t billed as low-fat, so I had to check it several times to make sure, but it was really practically fat-free the only real source of fat was silken tofu.

So I could have made it as written, and I’m sure it would have been delicious. But I always want things to be just a little lower in sugar, a little more whole-grain, a little easier to put together. So I came up with my own version that uses whole wheat flour instead of white and less sugar.

And you know how when you use a half a package of silken tofu, you put the other half in the fridge, and when you go to use it, it’s grown this slimy pink skin? I hate that. Since I had an open carton of plain soy yogurt that I needed to use up anyway, I replaced the 6 ounces of silken tofu with 5 ounces of yogurt.

And then there was the cinnamon. And the lemon juice….

In the end, I made enough changes that the recipe wasn’t really someone else’s anymore. But despite all my healthifying (made up word), this plum cobbler didn’t taste healthy. The slight tartness of the plums was perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the cinnamon-kissed crust. Try it with plums or your favorite stone fruit and make it your recipe, too.


Healthy Mixed Berry Cobbler

This is my version of a healthy Fruit Cobbler. It tastes great and is much healthier for you than traditional cobblers made with lots of sugar.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Mixed Berries Or Any Fruit, Fresh Or Frozen
  • ¼ cups Plus 1 Tablespoon Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ cups Honey, Divided
  • ½ cups Rolled Oats
  • ¼ cups Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons Ginger
  • ¼ teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Canola Oil

Preparation

Spray an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, toss fruit and 1 tablespoon flour together. Add 1/4 cup honey (reserve the remaining 1/4 cup of honey for topping) and use your fingers to thoroughly combine ingredients. If using frozen berries, the honey may cause them to bunch together, so you’ll have to pick them apart by hand. Pour fruit mixture into the baking pan.

In a medium bowl, mix remaining flour, oats, walnuts, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg until combined. Add remaining honey and canola oil. Use your fingers to thoroughly combine the ingredients. Sprinkle the flour and oat mixture evenly over the fruit.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until fruit is bubbly and the topping is browned and crisp. Let cool for 20 minutes. Serve plain or top each serving with vanilla yogurt.


Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Combine all the ingredients for the topping in a large bowl then spread in an even layer over a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown, shaking and stirring the mixture occasionally to ensure even cooking. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, combine the filling ingredients in a large casserole or heavy based pan with a lid. Cook over a high heat for 3-4 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about seven minutes, or until the plums are softened but still retain their shape. Remove the star anise and discard.

Divide the cooked plums between warmed serving bowls, spoon the granola topping over and serve.


Berry Plum Cobbler Smoothie

I’ve been mentioning a bit how I’m going back to school which is simultaneously exciting/nerve-wracking/making me just want to sit at home and eat stroopwafels all day while I still have that freedom. But I haven’t really talked about what I’ll actually be studying! There are a few different options within the nutrition program, and I was able to cross most off my list easily.

  • Epidemiology (I’m already a hypochondriac, thank you very much)
  • Nutrition and Health Status (nearly what I got a bachelor’s in)
  • Molecular Nutrition (I need people in my life, not just cells)
  • Sensory Science (hmmmm)

So even though I haven’t met or heard of another soul who chose the Sensory science option, I looked into it, and goodness gracious it’s exciting! Sensory science looks at how we perceive food. Between taste, smell, look, and feel, I’ll learn about how our perception of food affects the foods we like and the way we eat. Cool right? And in learning the science behind why we like the foods we like, I hope I can bring you even tastier, healthier recipes that you’ll love!

Take for instance this smoothie. Loaded with Bob’s Red Mill Instant Oats, it’s got a lot more than meets the eye. Oats are an incredibly versatile whole grain and do this beautiful thing when you add them to smoothies. Not only do they act as a thickener, but oats bring a whole new level of creamy nuttiness to smoothies, which works perfectly in this Berry Plum Cobbler Smoothie.

Bob’s Red Mill Oats in particular are kiln roasted to give them even more of that wholesome flavor. Get coupons for Bob’s Red Mill + learn more about their products here!


Healthy Plum Cobbler with an Oatmeal Crumble

Here’s a plum cobbler that really could be made with any fruit you want. This healthy fruit cobbler recipe is endlessly customizable and a good recipe to just have in your internal memory bank.

This plum cobbler/any-fruit-you-want cobbler is a simple formula. First, pick out your favorite fruit. I got these gorgeous plums at the Larchmont Farmers Market in LA.

Quarter and remove the pits. Chop into about 1-inch cubes if you’re using fruit that needs chopping. Next, sweeten and thicken a fruit mixture with sugar (or Splenda) and cornstarch.

Then, make a topping for the plum cobbler with a mixture of flour + fat. Here, I did whole wheat flour and oats mixed with light sour cream, a little bit of butter (less butter than the normal cobbler recipe you may see out there, making this a little bit healthier than other options), a pinch of salt, and that’s nearly it. Bake for about 40 minutes and serve either as-is or with a dollop of yogurt or ice cream. Yay healthy fruit cobbler recipes!

Hope you love this plum cobbler and that you utilize it to make it with any type of fruit you want in the future!


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This wholesome healthy cobbler recipe will become a staple on your menu this summer, especially when you have more fruit and berries than you know what to do with. I’m thinking Pacific Northwest blueberries, Okanagan peaches, neighbour’s plums, hundreds of figs and apples from my garden, wild blackberries and over ripened bananas. Apricots, pears, rhubarb, cherries – you name it! Here in Vancouver, BC our summer produce choice is insanely amazing. You could also use frozen fruit, go ahead! Mango – mmm-mmm-mmm.

During the summer months, fruit is introduced in every part of my meal – if it’s not a dessert, I’m eating strawberry spinach salad or blueberry quinoa salad as a light main, black bean salsa with mango as a side, and plenty of fruity smoothies like a strawberry smoothie!

This healthy cobbler recipe turned out out of this world, like “Shut the Front Door” GOOD as Guy Fieri likes to say while getting his face coated in saturated fat!

Whole wheat biscuit topping with only 2 tbsp honey and the rest of sweetness comes from the fruits. So, so, so good and easy! This is exactly how I love my recipes to be like this healthy carrot cake, coffee cake, almond flour cake, and vanilla cupcakes!

This time I used organic produce delivery apples, frozen strawberries, going bad bananas and frozen figs from our last year’s harvest (we get A LOT of them and this year is looking as crazy as before).

To thicken the fruit juices I used 1 tbsp of chia seeds but cornstarch works too. Really it doesn’t matter. Such a small amount, use organic and what you have on hand. I learnt a trick of chia seeds a few years ago while making a strawberry rhubarb crumble.

Fruit filling was an easy part. I have been struggling in a topping department. Going off of Rick Stein’s recipe, first attempt was disgusting. Then I had an “aha” moment and replaced buttermilk with applesauce and upped baking powder. I mean, buttermilk is fine if it is organic, I just know me and many other people do not keep it on hand. Too much hassle and extra money to buy organic buttermilk, if you ask me.

So, before I would screw up another cobbler, I baked the topping separately as drop biscuits and oh my – sensational! Kids loved them!

So, third attempt was a complete success! I love replacing butter with coconut oil in all buttery pastry recipes as it turns out just as fabulous but healthier (I prefer plant based fats to animal fats).

Since I baked this fruit cobbler recipe on Monday for the blog, we have been enjoying it all week long for a snack, after dinner dessert and it even went into a lunch box. The top stayed crispy in the fridge for days and wouldn’t get too soggy.

Enjoy your favourite classics a healthy way!


Sourdough Cobbler

Sourdough cobbler is just like a pie, only better! It is quick and simple to make with apples, pears, peaches or berries. See the section above for five of my favourite fruit combinations. The recipe includes a quick alternative for anyone who doesn’t have a sourdough starter.

  • Author:Emillie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4 – 6 1 x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Sourdough
  • Cuisine: Traditional
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

Sourdough Biscuit

  • 3/4 cup of flour (glu ten free or pastry flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup sourdough starter (see notes for an alternative)

Filling

  • 2 1/2 lbs of fruit
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar (may need up to 1 cup for tart fruit)
  • Spices or other flavours (see the section above for suggestions)

Topping

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour with the baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
  2. Cut the butter into the flour until it is evenly distributed.
  3. Mix in the sourdough starter to form a sticky dough. Avoid over mixing, you just need to bring the dough ingredients together.
  4. Mix the fruit with the sugar and spices, and spread out on the bottom of a 10 cup baking dish.
  5. Top with the cobbler biscuit dough.
  6. Brush the top of the biscuit with melted butter, then sprinkle on some sugar.
  7. Bake at 375F (180C) for 40-50 minutes until the dough is cooked and the top is nicely browned.
  8. Serve with cream or custard.

Notes

  • If you don’t have an active sourdough starter, then mix 1 cup of buttermilk with 1 cup of flour and let it sit out on the counter for 24 hours to ferment.
  • This recipe also works with sourdough discard. Just make sure the discard isn’t more than a few weeks old.
  • I usually bake with my gluten-free flour mix. If you are using wheat flour, then try to avoid over mixing. You don’t want to build up a bread-like gluten structure.
  • Feel free to replace the brown sugar with your favourite sugar alternative. I usually use date sugar (affiliate link).
  • For a vegan and dairy-free cobbler, replace the butter with margarine.

Keywords: summer, spring, fall, winter fruit, apple, pear, peach, blueberry, strawberry, gluten free, egg-free,


We've made a handy shopping list so you can get everything you need to make this cosy fruit cobbler recipe. Don't forget to screenshot before you go shopping!

butter, for greasing
3 small apples, cored and thinly sliced
6 ripe plums, stoned and thinly sliced
1 tbsp lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
75g demerara sugar, plus 1 tbsp
1 level tbsp cornflour
1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
75g raspberries
100g plain flour
¾ tsp baking powder
150ml double cream
vanilla ice cream or cream, to serve (optional)

Each serving contains

Energy

Saturates

Sugars

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 38.1g Protein 2.6g Fibre 1.9g


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