SRC: Troyer’s Loving Life’s Fruit Crisp and Refreshing Strawberry Watermelon Drink

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For August’s Secret Recipe Club, I was paired with Kirsten of Troyer’s Loving Life. Kirsten is a stay at home mom who lives in Washington State with her husband and two daughters. She shares stories, moments and recipes from her life and journey as a daughter of the Most High King.

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She has tons of delicious recipes – even including some gluten free ones! The following recipes caught my eye – creamy avocado dressing, Vegan peanut butter cups, Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Fusilli with Sausage, Zucchini and Cheese. When I was on holidays, we needed to bring a dessert to a dinner party, so I made a variation of Pioneer Woman’s Peach Crisp and it was a success! I was also feeling really ambitious, so on a hot day I made her Strawberry Watermelon Drink, which was super refreshing!

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I did make a few modifications to the crisp to make it more “me friendly:” made it gluten and dairy free, didn’t add the maple cream sauce (although I’m sure that would be absolutely heavenly), reduced the sugar and used the fruit I had on hand. We served it with coconut ice cream and it was delicious! Definitely a keeper!


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Gluten Free Vegan Peach Blackberry and Blueberry Crisp

3/4 c. Gluten free flour blend (I used Bob Red Mill)
1/4 c. almond meal (could use more flour)
1/4 c. gluten free oats
1/2 c. dairy free margarine (or other fat – coconut oil would probably work as well)
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Dash of Allspice or Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
Juice and Zest of half a lemon
2 tbsp. maple syrup
5 – 6 c. of fruit (I sort of eye-balled it and used two sliced peaches, ~2 c. of fresh blueberries and ~3 c. of fresh blackberries. I didn’t skin my peaches, but if you want to, Kirsten has really good directions with her recipe.)

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, almond meal, oats, sugar, cinnamon, allspice and Salt.
  3. Cut in margarine using a fork or a pastry blender (or go really old school and use your fingers, like me) until it is a moist, coarse meal.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together fruit, lemon zest and maple syrup. Pour into a 8 x 8″ pan. (I also put some into muffin cups so that I would have some available to take photos of in case nothing was left over after the dinner party.)
  5. Sprinkle topping over fruit and press down lightly.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove foil and bake for another 30 – 45 minutes until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbly. (The muffin tins took about 35 minutes total)
  8. Let cool slightly before serving warm with the maple cream sauce or ice cream.
  9. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Watermelon Drink

Strawberries (I used less than 1/2 a pint)
Watermelon (3 – 4 2″ frozen chunks)
Fresh Basil Leaves (I used 2)Ice (if not using frozen watermelon)
Vodka or other hard liquor (optional)

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add additional basil/ice if desired.
  2. Enjoy on a hot day!

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30 responses to “SRC: Troyer’s Loving Life’s Fruit Crisp and Refreshing Strawberry Watermelon Drink

  1. well hello Mrs Bean. Still cooking some amazing and savory treats I see, this looks lovely!! Hope you’ve had a fab summer! Feeling the urge to blend a tasty fruit smoothie now.

  2. perfect choices for this time of the year, the color of that drink is a dream!

    have a wonderful Reveal Day!

  3. Mmmm… wonderful summery treats! They look so GOOD! Great choices this month. 🙂

  4. Absolutely delectable and such a great Autumn recipe! Karen

  5. 🙂 Glad you liked them. I actually made a Paleo crisp a few weeks ago and think I forgot to post the recipe…it turned out really good. I love that juice…nice and refreshing especially on a hot day!

  6. Oh yum, both recipes look delicious and oh so summery! I love the drink especially– sounds SOOOO refreshing!

  7. Both recipes look so delicious! That strawberry watermelon drink looks so refreshing for a hot day like today! Excellent choices this month 🙂

  8. I was craving the berries this month too – love this crisp. Looks amazing! And with coconut ice cream??? Yum! Gotta try that! Happy reveal day!

    • Good to know that I wasn’t the only one!
      I’m not going to admit how much coconut ice cream I ate while on holidays to protect the innocent. 😉

  9. I love that you couldn’t pick just one. Cannot pass up a good drink!

  10. That crisp looks heavenly – love the combination of peaches and berries. As for that strawberry & watermelon drink – looks just perfect for a hot summer’s day.

  11. Both recipes sound wonderful. That drink looks so refreshing.

  12. emmajeanne16

    This dessert looks amazing! Crisps are so good and so easy to put together. Great pick!

  13. Sounds yummy. I love crunchy toppings on my cobblers. I recently made a Peach/Blackberry Cobbler and posted the recipe on my blog. I probably wouldn’t try the watermelon drink though as watermelon and me don’t get along very well.

  14. shockinglydelicious

    It is so hot here now, I want that watermelon bevvie RIGHT NOW! Great SRC picks.

  15. I had your lovely blog this month and really enjoyed looking through your recipes. The raspberry bars were amazing. I love watermelon and strawberries so I can just imagine pairing them together. The blackberry and blueberry crisp looks really tasty too! Great SRC pick.

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