Zucchini Crisp

Zucchini Crisp!

Okay guys, I promise I am not crazy. Hear me out.

This does NOT taste like vegetables.  I know you probably love veggies as much as I do but you may be thinking “THEY DON’T BELONG IN DESSERT YOU PSYCHO!” and had I not made this and devoured it I would be in agreement. But hey, don’t knock it til you tried it.  I even brought it over to my parent’s house this weekend and served it to them and my little sister.  All of them thought it was apple crisp without a doubt! So if you have any family members that won’t eat their veggies then you should try making this and see what they have to say once you tell them it was zucchini up in there! 😀

Anywho, I started moving this weekend and remembered how much I don’t care for it. I wish someone would come and do it for me (like when I moved in with The Dr. and him and my dad did the entire thing because I was out of town…).  The two good things that come out of moving are A. you find stuff you thought was long gone and get excited about those things all over again and B. get rid of crap that you don’t. ever. use.

Is anyone else really, really, REALLY excited that Breaking Bad starts up again soon or is that just me? I mean August 11th is less than a month away now and I am just waiting on pins and needles… that’s a really strange saying. Who wants to wait on pins and needles? That sounds awful.  I would rather wait on pillows and blankets. Since I only have a couple shows and Breaking Bad is ending soon 🙁 do any of you have a great show recommendation for me? I refuse to watch Downton Abbey though, so don’t recommend that one. I don’t like “old timey” things… not for me.

That was enough rambling I think for a Sunday afternoon, so make this crisp with the zukes you grew/got at the farmers market and let me know whatcha think!

Sweet Potatoes and Smiles, The Freckled Foodie


Yours will look more coated in spices

Crumbly crumble

Ta da! Fresh out the oven


Zucchini Crisp

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  • Yield: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Dessert, Treat


  • 3 c Zucchini, peeled and cubed 1/4in
  • juice of half a large Lemon
  • 2 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1-2 tbsp Maple Syrup (the real stuff!)
  • Crumble:
  • 1/2 c Walnuts, chopped roughly
  • 1/2 c Sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c Finely shredded Coconut
  • 1/4 c Almond meal or flour
  • 2 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • pinch of Sea salt
  • 1/3 c Coconut oil, cooler than room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a medium sized bowl mix the zucchini, lemon juice and maple syrup
  3. Add the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and toss to coat
  4. In another bowl mix the nuts, seeds, coconut, almond meal, sugar and spices and stir to combine
  5. Add the coconut oil and incorporate it until the mixture is crumbly (using a fork helps)
  6. Spread the zucchini mixture into a 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish (if there is excess juices pour them off)
  7. Spread the crumble mixture evenly over the top ensuring all the zucchini is covered
  8. Bake for 50 minutes and remove once the top is golden brown, add 5 minutes if necessary
  9. Let sit for 20 minutes before serving to let it set up a bit more
  10. Serve plain, with coconut whipped cream or coconut milk ice cream
  11. Enjoy!

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Comments: 6

  1. Beth August 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm Reply

    I saw this recipe on Fast Paleo and thought it looked awesome! I unfortunately don’t have any coconut sugar, but I’m going to still try it out soon! Yum…I’ll be waiting on pillows and blankets to see how it turns out! Love that! You are so right. Who wants to wait on pins and needles!

    Beth at MellowMomma.com

  2. Krista August 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm Reply

    Made this yesterday and was blown away! Super delicious. I’m not going to try and fool myself and pretend it was healthy, but it was delicious nevertheless!

    • thefreckledfoodie August 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm Reply

      Krista, I’m so glad you liked it! It’s funny that you think “no way is this going to be as good as apple crisp…” and then it totally is! 😀

  3. Meagan October 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm Reply

    This is a GREAT idea! Wish I had thought of it first 🙂 I think I may combine with some apples and go topping less for a low calorie dessert! Yum

    • thefreckledfoodie October 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm Reply

      Meagan, Hope yours turns out great! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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