It’s blueberry season! I love pie, but I’m usually too lazy to make a pie crust most nights. If you haven’t heard of a buckle before it has a cake bottom that’s topped with lots of blueberries and then finished off with an oat crumble.
Since I know many of you are on oil-free diets I adapted this recipe to be oil-free as well as soy-free and nut-free. It does use sugar, but you could experiment with the recipe to use your favorite sweetener.
You could also use a gluten-free baking mix in place of the whole wheat pastry flour and make it gluten-free too.
You layer fresh blueberries over the cake batter and then top that with the oat crumble. Then just bake and eat!
You could make this with any berry you have on hand, but it’s actually usually made with blueberries. I’m thinking of trying one with peaches and use vanilla extract in place of the lemon oil.
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Buckle - No Oil Added!
This is a cake that thinks it might be a coffeecake. A buckle is a cake that's usually studded with fresh blueberries and has a crisp-like topping.
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour, or gluten-free baking mix
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with 3 tablespoons warm water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup nondairy milk
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon oil or 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup nondairy milk
- pinch salt
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9-inch square baking dish or equivalent with either spray oil or line with parchment paper to keep 100% oil-free.
- Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside then mix the wet ones in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
- Now mix the topping ingredients in a bowl and you will use this last.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet and spread evenly in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the blueberries over the top and press in slightly.
- Cruble the topping over the top. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until a fork comes out clean when you test the middle of the cake.
Amount Per Serving Calories 256Saturated Fat 1gSodium 287mgCarbohydrates 58gFiber 6gSugar 31gProtein 4g
This was so good! I’m always looking for oil free baking recipes and I couldn’t believe the texture and flavors of this one. I couldn’t stop eating it, and as a bonus, it’s pretty easy to make too. Thank you.
P.S. I can’t get the stars to register but this is a definite five star.
This is by far the best dessert recipe I’ve made in a long time. You can’t tell it’s oil free, the cake has a wonderful texture and the crumble is perfect. I’ve been making this since you first posted it and everyone loves it (even my non vegan friends). Definitely a perfect dessert for summer or any time. I agree with the above comment. Definitely five stars.
Karen Ricketts says
Great combination of moist cake, crumble and juicy berries. I baked it the full 40 minutes to get the center cooked. It’s disappearing really fast!
Kathy Hester says
I’m so glad you like it! <3
Thank you Kathy for this fantastic recipe. I’ve used it twice to make the Blueberry Buckle. I used whole grain Einkorn flour in lieu of the whole wheat flour, and substituted Erythritol for the sugar. Einkorn flour requires less liquid, so I made some ad-hoc adjustments on the go until consistency of the dough seemed right. Today, I made it with apples (with the skin on cut into blueberry sized chunks), raisins soaked in rum extract, and ceylon cinnamon. I also coarsely ground the rolled oats for the topping, and added 1 TBSP margarine.. Baked for the full 40 minutes in a Breville toaster oven. Hubby’s reaction: “This is it”. Guess this is my go-to recipe from now on!!
Cory Leonard says
Very good! I made only roughly about as directed, a bit sloppy on the measurements (as always for me).I didn’t have sugar, so I used powder sugar instead and it was still OK. I only had old fashioned oats which did not really thicken the crumble the same as regular oats would, so I added a bit more oats and dropped that on. I subbed a squeeze of lemon juice for the lemon flavor, added some vanilla to the batter and some cinnamon to the crumble. I under baked a little, because I prefer under to over baked (30 minutes). This recipe seems really good for “relaxed” bakers. I made all those small changes, and it was still very tasty and with nice textures. I’d say this is hard to mess up! I’ll be trying many variations!