If we lived close by, I would make you this strawberry mango crisp for Mother’s Day brunch. It’s pretty, bubbly, and sweet, with many different layers. Just like you. There’s a nutty layer too – wink, wink. (Two teenage girls in the house can do that to a person!) When I think back to my teenage years, I feel guilty about how much I took our relationship for granted. I’m irritated by my former self who thought it was so ‘uncool’ to be seen with my mom at the mall. If I could get those years back, I would’ve proudly walked by your side and invited you more places with me. In my mind, parents were often obstacles to having more fun. I thought you were too cautious and worried about my safety and I couldn’t fully understand why you cared so much. Like that night I was really sick due to some poor choices and you sat beside my bed all night long, not sleeping a single wink, just to make sure that I would be ok. And then you grounded me like you should have. You knew that I wasn’t invincible like I thought I was.
After the teen years, I started to appreciate our relationship more with each passing year until one day it dawned on me that you are one of my best friends. You are one of the first people I share good news with or when I have a problem that needs sorting out. You have this magnetic smile that always makes me feel lucky to witness. I don’t have to worry that you’ll be bitter about my successes or secretly happy about my setbacks. Your love and support is as genuine as it gets.
This Mother’s Day has a new meaning in my life. I now understand why you were so afraid of losing me and why some days it was incredibly hard to let me go. The mother-daughter bond is a complicated one with many ups and downs, but it’s one that I can’t wait to navigate with my own daughter.
With love to you and all the mamas,
Springtime Strawberry Lime Mango Crisp (Vegan + GF)
Fresh strawberries, buttery mango and tangy lime create a naturally sweet, gooey crisp with a crunchy almond-oat-coconut topping. I love making this crisp in the springtime when mangos and strawberries are at their peak. And when I say "crisp", I really like a crisp topping (which is what you'll find here). Serve it as a healthy weekend breakfast or alongside a brunch. I especially love it after it’s chilled in the fridge overnight – the syrup thickens and the leftovers are irresistible the next morning. To turn it into dessert, add a scoop of ice cream. This recipe is adapted from the Apple Crisp in The Oh She Glows Cookbook.
FOR THE FILLING:
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped (about 5.5 cups)
- 2 cups chopped fresh mango (about 3 mangoes)
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or granulated sugar of choice)
- 1.5 tablespoons lime zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
FOR THE TOPPING:
- 1 cup rolled oats, use certified gluten-free if necessary
- 1 cup thinly sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup almond meal or almond flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
- Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease an 8-cup (2 litre) casserole dish.
- For the filling: Place the chopped strawberries and mango in a medium bowl and sprinkle the arrowroot powder on top. Toss until the fruit is coated.
- Stir in the sugar and zest. Drizzle on the lime juice and lightly toss to combine. Pour the fruit mixture into the prepared dish and spread out evenly.
- For the topping: In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, almond meal/flour, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt. Pour on the maple syrup and melted coconut oil and stir until combined.
- Sprinkle the topping all over the fruit mixture in an even layer.
- Cover the dish with foil and poke a couple holes in the foil. Bake for 20 minutes, until the fruit is tender. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling up around the sides.
- Serve with a scoop of non-dairy vanilla ice cream, coconut whipped cream, or simply on its own. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
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A couple quick updates:
– New Baby section on the blog
– I’m told that my Steven & Chris cooking segment is finally airing today. Fingers crossed!
Have a lovely weekend.
Congratulations on having a girl! My mom and I made the apple crumble from your book yesterday and it was delicious :)
Hey Angela, I made this yesterday for breakfast today (Mother’s Day) so it could sit in the fridge before serving. My mom was in love! Served it with some Coconut Bliss Island Vanilla ice cream. A huge hit! Thinking about subbing the mango for rhubarb and lime for lemon in a future attempt (per others’ comments). Thanks for the recipe!
Made this crisp for myself for Mother’s Day! Just enjoyed some cold leftovers on top of plain yogurt. Fabulous!
I already knew with the announcement on FB but I just re-read this and caught the “daughter” part. Continually excited for you guys. xo
I made this on Sunday for Mother’s Day and it was an absolute hit! My mom adored it (and so did I!). Even my dad liked it, and he usually sticks his nose up at anything “vegan” or “gluten-free”. The only thing I noticed was that it was very watery, but that was probably because I skipped the arrowroot powder since I didn’t have any. I wouldn’t suggest skipping that or alternatively I would suggest using cornstarch to thicken the mixture a little. Otherwise, it was absolutely fabulous, especially when I topped it with whipped coconut cream :)
Totally late to the party here, but wow, did I tear up reading this post. What a sweet tribute to your mom and a beautiful way to announce your news. I remember the moment I was finding out I was having a girl. There’s nothing like it. Congratulations and Happy Belated Mother’s Day! :)
Congrats on baby news :) I look forward to reading about your vegan meal plans throughout pregnancy.
In regards to the recipe, do you recommend anything specifically to sub for almond? My partner has an almond allergy but this dessert is otherwise so him ;)
This dessert looks beautiful. One question – do you have any suggestions for making this nut-free?
I hope you are feeling well!!
Congratulations! I have a 2.5 yo girl and a 4 month old baby boy. Being a mama is so great (tiring, but so great). From all I’ve read in you book and on the blog I can tell you will be an amazing mom!
It makes me SO happy to know that you’re having a daughter also!! I was always worried that if I didn’t have a girl first, then I’d never have one (just me? haha). I hope Eric’s bought a shot gun already ;) haha (No seriously…Tyler wants one! haha)
My 1st post after enjoying Angela’s recipes & all the wisdom I find here constantly! I just made this! Fabulous. The only change is I had big mangoes so used 2. Also, I make fresh almond milk every morning so used really fresh almond flour, still moist with a bit of milk. Hey, that made the crumble topping even RICHER tasting. Really it did. Happy happy pregnancy, Angela!
Just finished off the last piece of this from the freezer. This was so good, you should consider putting it in your next cookbook! Perfect combination of flavors and textures. Once baked, the mango just melts in your mouth.
The only thing I changed was doubling the starch so it was not runny and it really came together amazingly. Your desserts are all very good, but IMHO, this one is the very best!
This looks divine! It’s not strawberry season where I am (New Zealand) so I’m going to try it with frozen blueberries instead. Thanks, and keep up the fantastic work!
I love to add crushed tapioca to these type of dishes. Cant wait to try this one.
My girlfriend loves your blog and this recipe. It is her birthday and I am going to surprise her by making it. Congrats on the baby!
To reduce the calories in this recipe I swapped the oil for 5 dates that I blended into a paste. Also did not include the coconut.
It came out AMAZING. Next time I think I will try reducing the sugars/maple too (gotta lose this weight :) )
Mangos are by far my favorite fruit. These flavors remind me so much of running away to Hawaii when I was 15 (long story). Always looking for new, fun and flavorful recipes.
Made this for Mother’s day with a side of non-dairy strawberry ice cream and wow! I couldn’t get over how good it turned out, everyone raved about it and requested I make it again very soon. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
Hi, what is the arrowroot powder? Is it absolutely necessary? Can I remplace it by something? Thank you!
Could I just use my almond meal left over from making almond milk in this recipe?
I can’t eat any grains (oats).
This was phenomenal! Sweet and zesty, soft and cruchy. Thanks again!
Thanks Sandra! So glad it was a hit :)
O….M….G…….WOW!!!! I made this today and ate it with a scoop of sugar free coconut icecream, and oh my goodness, I am in HEAVEN!!!!!! I recently changed from vegetarian to vegan for my weight loss and I was getting ready to give up till I found out about you thank youuuu! This recipe was awesome..instead of coconut sugar, I used 2 tbsps of maple syrup in the filling to go a little lighter on the sugar since the mango was already sweet. I don’t know how much to thank you I want to cry. I never knew that being vegan could be exciting too. I will be doing many of your recipes for my weight loss journey. Also I read your entire story and it brought me to tears, reminds me of myself and pushes me to stop doing things that stress me and starting to go more for the things that I love and am skilled in!! You ROCK!!
Awww thank you SO much Candice! Your kindness is so appreciated and I’m so honoured that you feel that way about my recipes and story. Sending you so much love!
Hey! Candice again, back here to try this recipe, but also here to say…back in July I was trying to lose weight and I realized the reason I wasn’t losing was, because I found out I was pregnant haha, back here with a craving for mangoes and strawberries :) and I found out that I am having a GIRL as well, too exciting!!!