Chocolate Quinoa Pear & Plum Crumble

Chocolate Quinoa Crumble with Pear and Plum

With the weather getting ever cooler as we head towards winter it’s impossible to resist the temptation of warm and comforting foods.  Food such as soups, casseroles, risottos and warm desserts.  One of those desserts I crave in winter is a crumble.  Cooked fruit and a crunchy topping is a delicious textural flavour sensation that can’t help but warm your soul.

While apple crumble is a wonderful staple to have in your repertoire, I love playing with different fruit combinations and toppings.  For this crumble I wanted to combine some of the beautiful plums and pears we received in our farm box, but for the crumble topping I wanted to do something a little different.  Chocolate and pears go wonderfully together as do chocolate and plums, so I settled on a chocolate crumble topping to which I added quinoa flakes.

When I served the crumble my boyfriend admitted that while he enjoys fruit crumbles the crumble topping is not usually his favourite part, but in this case it was.  I was surprised because I wasn’t sure what he would think of the addition of quinoa to the crumble topping, but perhaps he didn’t notice……

What is your favourite crumble combination?

Chocolate quinoa pear & plum crumble recipe



Chocolate Quinoa Pear & Plum Crumble
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Serves 4
  • 3 pears, cut into cubes and peeled if you like
  • 3 plums, cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • ¼ cup of white sugar
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of white quinoa flakes
  • 115 grams of butter, cut into cubes
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsuis (350 degrees farenheit).
  2. In a bowl add the cubed pear and plums and add the sugar, vanilla extract and flour and mix together until the fruit is coated. Pour the fruit into individual ramekins and set aside while you make the crumble topping.
  3. In a mixer bowl add the flour, sugars, salt, quinoa flakes, cocoa and butter and mix until the butter starts to form pea sized clumps.
  4. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the fruit.
  5. Bake in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until the crumble topping is golden and the juices start to bubble through the crumble topping.
  6. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream or freshly whipped cream.



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  1. Trudy~Veggienumnum May 19, 2011  1:44 pm Reply

    We have been eating a few fruit crumbles lately too with all the cool weather. I love your idea of adding quiona flakes and cocoa to the crumble and plums, why have I never tried plums in a crumble before :) awesome!! and your little pink ramekins are so pretty!!
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    • delicieux May 19, 2011  2:20 pm Reply

      Thanks Trudy :D Plums were delicious in the crumble. Not sure I hadn't thought of it before either, but glad I did :)

  2. CC11 May 19, 2011  3:45 pm Reply

    What an awesome idea to add quinoa - good to get a bit of nutrition into something decadent :)

  3. Maria @ Scandifoodie May 19, 2011  5:55 pm Reply

    Quinoa crumble sounds delicious! I made a quince crumble recently and I think that could easily be my new favourite, alongside with your recipe!

  4. dawn May 19, 2011  8:58 pm Reply

    I just wanted to make sure i got this right... You used white quinoa flakes??? Are these cereal flakes??? I just wanna make sure I have the ingredient correct before I start trying out this crumble topping... Thank you so much

    • delicieux May 19, 2011  9:23 pm Reply

      Hi Dawn :D yes, they are white quinoa flakes.

  5. Renee May 20, 2011  3:32 am Reply

    I live in the US and thought I misread the first line since you posted today. It's trying to turn into summer here, but the weather is NASTY so I could def. eat a crumble right now. Love the idea of the chocolate tweak. Thanks

  6. Tanvi May 20, 2011  10:45 am Reply

    Very yummy recipe Jennifer, I love plums and pears.I just got a box of quinoa last week and now I knw what I m doing with it!
    P.S. I love your plum colored bowls to complement a plum recipe :)
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    • delicieux May 20, 2011  7:11 pm Reply

      The crumble topping is almost my favourite part too, but then again, it wouldn't be the same without the fruit. I just love crumble! :D

  7. Shirley@kokken69 May 22, 2011  10:33 am Reply

    The buttery sugary crumbles are the perfect way to perk up anything. Quinoa pear and plum sounds beautiful!

  8. Charissa May 25, 2011  1:50 am Reply

    I love the combinations you choose...and the bowls that you picked are beautiful. Reminds me that I need to go prop shopping.

  9. Heidi May 28, 2011  10:14 am Reply

    Love the quinoa addition here! Anything with rhubarb would probably get my vote in the favourite crumble category. Good old apple is fabulous too though!
    Heidi xo
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  10. Heidi May 28, 2011  10:14 am Reply

    Love the quinoa addition here! Anything with rhubarb would probably get my vote in the favourite crumble category. Good old apple is fabulous too though!
    Heidi xo
    My recent post Lord of the Fries Review plus a giveaway!

  11. Sukaina May 28, 2011  4:22 pm Reply

    Never tried adding quinoa to the fave part is the crumble! I actually make extra and freeze it- then I'll bake it and have with ice cream.
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  12. K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo February 20, 2012  3:13 pm Reply

    I will definitely have to try adding quinoa flakes to my crumble! Although I personally can't handle a crumble without oats and nuts so I'd have to modify it a bit :) What a great idea though - thanks for sharing!


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