How To Make Low-Cal, Gluten-Free Blackberry-Almond Cobbler

Courtesy of Robert Landolphi/Fox News Magazine

This homey, rustic dessert just became even more delicious.

Easier than pie, the classic cobbler is a treat from the first bite to the final crumb. But finding one that’s both delish and also low in calories is hard to come by.

Until now.

Rich and wonderfully filling, the blackberry-almond cobbler by Chef Robert Landolphi is a tantalizing dessert with a crumbly sweet crust layered on top of fresh blackberries. Landolphi’s take features cornstarch, which he explains acts as a thickener when mixed into the fruit, preventing the filling from becoming too runny. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Best of all? You won’t feel too guilty enjoying this dish.

At only 276 calories, Landolphi’s blackberry-almond cobbler earned the Cooking Light stamp of approval, meaning it won’t break the scale.

Another delicious perk? This recipe features homemade almond meal flour, making it gluten-free.

“Making your own almond meal flour doesn’t take long,” says Landolphi, whose wife was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2000. “Simply place blanched, unsalted almonds in a food processor, and process until they’re a flour-like consistency. Pulse in one-second bursts, and check the flour consistency often. Blending too long can cause the almonds to release their natural oils and make the flour moist and clumpy.”

Simple and low in calories, this cobbler is so rich that you’ll happily share with loved ones…or enjoy it all by yourself.

 

Gluten-Free Blackberry-Almond Cobbler

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes
Yield: Serves 8 (serving size 1/8 of cobbler with 1/4 cup ice cream)
Calories: 276
Ingredients: 
  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 3 Tbsps. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • cooking spray
  • 2.3 oz. brown rice flour (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1.8 oz. almond meal flour (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for topping)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 Tbsps. butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
Instructions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. To prepare filling, combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Pour mixture into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  3. To prepare topping, weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add egg, stirring to combine. Add butter, stirring just until moist.
  4. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls onto blackberry mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes. Serve with ice cream.
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