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Recipe: Best Vegan Blueberry Crisp

vegan blueberry crisp recipe

Dare I say it—the weather is getting warmer! Springtime is here and I am thrilled. For sunshine. For pretty walks. For just needing a light jacket. For flowers. And for all the springtime fruits + veggies.

This blueberry crisp is perfect for spring, but also can be made anytime thanks to fresh or frozen blueberries. It comes together in under an hour (maybe even 30 minutes), bakes for 45 minutes, and results in a luscious, juicy, juuust perfectly sweet berry crisp that you, your family, and friends will love.

It’s wonderful served warm or cold. My favorite is warm (either fresh from the oven, or a reheated serving in the microwave), topped with Oat Planet blueberry crumble ice cream or classic Oatly vanilla ice cream.

Eat it as a snack. Enjoy it for dessert. Even savor it for breakfast (it’s blueberries + oats right?!)

Let’s get baking!

Show off your baking! Share it on your favorite social media and tag @FetchingGoodies and hashtag #FetchingGoodies. I love to see + share your bakes.

best vegan blueberry crisp recipe simple gluten-free option

Best Vegan Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Rachel Mastandrea
Blueberry crisp is such a wonderful dessert! Perfect for spring, but you can make & enjoy it anytime thanks to the use of fresh or frozen blueberries. Plus, it's vegan, dairy-free, and can be made gluten-free too. See the steps in action with this one-minute reel.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Topping

  • 1 cup flour (sub gluten-free flour blend for gluten-free) 120 grams
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats (use gluten-free for gluten-free) 100 grams
  • 1 cup light brown sugar 198 grams
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick vegan butter, melted 4 ounces

Filling

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 49 grams
  • 1 whole lemon, zested + juiced
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot flour 40 grams
  • 6 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen 36 ounces

Instructions
 

Prep to bake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set it aside.

Make the crisp topping

  • Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Mix together thoroughly with a spatula or whisk.
  • Pour in the melted butter and mix with a spatula until fully combined. Break up any large lumps. Some small lumps are ok – they'll taste delicious when baked. The end result is a crumbly topping.
  • Dump the topping into a smaller bowl (I like to use one that can go in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.) Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge.

Make the filling

  • Use the same large bowl that you mixed the topping in (that is now empty). Add in the sugar and the zest from the 1 lemon. Add in the blueberries and stir until combined.
  • In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and cornstarch. Use a fork to mix the cornstarch into the lemon juice until it's fully dissolved. This will help prevent any cornstarch clumps. Pour the cornstarch-lemon juice mixture over the blueberry mixture and stir until fully combined.

Assemble + bake

  • Dump the blueberry mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  • Remove the topping from the fridge. Give it another stir to break it up to a crumbly topping again. Sprinkle the topping over the blueberries. Use all of the topping.
  • Bake the crisp in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the berries are bubbling.
  • Cool the crisp on a hotpad or wire cooling rack for at least 10 minutes. Serve warm. Optional, add your favorite ice cream.
  • Alternatively, if you aren't serving the crisp right away, allow it to cool completely. Then cover it and store it in the fridge until you're ready to serve. To reheat, uncover the crisp and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, or scoop individual servings into bowls and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

I include both the volume (cups) and weight (grams/ounce) measurements in the recipe. I highly recommend baking by weight (i.e. 120 grams per cup of flour, rather than 1 cup of flour). It’s more accurate, consistent, and results in fewer dishes! That said, baking by volume is also wonderful. Do whatever is most convenient for you.
Gluten-free option: For gluten-free, I use + recommend using Bob Red Mill’s Gluten-free 1-to-1 baking flour. I buy it from Thrive Market. If you’re new to Thrive, you can sign up with my referral link to take 40% off your order.
For gluten-free oats, I use + recommend Trader Joe’s brand.
For vegan butter, I use + recommend soy-free earth balance sticks or country crock olive oil blend butter sticks.
Keyword blueberry, crisp, spring dessert, vegan recipe

Happy spring! I hope you’re able to enjoy some quality time outdoors with delicious crisp a-la-mode.

If you want to see me make this recipe, check out this reel on Instagram.

Did you make this recipe? Share on your favorite social media and tag@FetchingGoodies and hashtag #FetchingGoodies to show it off! I’ll share it in the FG Instagram stories, too.

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Recipe: Vegan Guinness Brownies

St. Patrick's Day Guinness Brownies Vegan

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What a fun day. The Feast of Saint Patrick. The patron saint of Ireland. According to history.com, it’s “the anniversary of his death in the fifth century…The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.”

In honor of the day, we’re making Guinness Brownies. They are undetectably vegan. They are delicious. They are my favorite served warm with vegan ice cream. They will become your favorite too.

Let’s get right into it, shall we?

Ingredients

  • Guinness: 15 oz (1 can)
  • vegan butter: 2 sticks (16 TBS)
  • brown sugar: 3/4 cup (150 g)
  • granulated sugar: 3/4 cup (150 g)
  • flax: 3 TBS (21 g)
  • water: 9 TBS (135 g)
  • vanilla: 1 Tablespoon
  • salt: 1/2 tsp
  • flour: 1 1/4 cup (150 g)
  • baking soda: 1/2 tsp
  • baking powder 1/2 tsp
  • cocoa powder: 1 cup (100 g)
  • vegan chocolate chips 1 cup (6 oz)
  • Your favorite vegan ice cream, optional, but highly recommended

Directions

  1. Make the flax eggs: Combined the 3 Tablespoons of flaxseeds and 9 Tablespoons of water. Mix them together with a fork and set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk together. Set aside.
  3. Next, reduce the Guinness. Pour 15 ounces of Guinness beer into a saucepan. Heat it on the stove, stirring occasionally, until it’s reduced by about 1/2. It’ll take 15-20 minutes. Then remove it from the heat, pour it into a bowl, and set it aside.
  4. At this point, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Next, melt the butter. Put it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds. Then pour it into a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add to the large mixing bowl the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Whisk very well until fully combined.
  7. Add in 1 Tablespoon of vanilla and the flax eggs. Whisk again until well combined.
  8. Pour in the reduced beer. Whisk whisk whisk.
  9. Switch from a whisk to a rubber spatula. Add in the flour mixture. Gently fold the flour into the wet ingredients until almost fully combined. Then add in the 1 cup of chocolate chips and stir just a few strokes, until they’re incorporated and no flour streaks remain.
  10. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper. Pour in the brownie batter. Smooth it with the spatula.
  11. Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, until the edges begin to pull away from the sides and the middle is just set (not too jiggly).
  12. Cool the brownies in the pan on a wire cooling rack.
  13. Once the brownies are cool, use the parchment paper to lift the brownies out of the pan and onto a cutting board.
  14. Cut the brownies into your desired sizes. I cut them 3 x 3 – 9 brownies total.
  15. Now, ice cream! Ok you don’t have to top with ice cream. The brownies are incredible as-is. But when you top them with ice cream….wow. Brownie sundaes are how Fetching Goodies all began. That’s a story for another day.
  16. Anyway! Take a generous scoop of your favorite vegan ice cream and place it atop your beautiful brownie. I used Planet Oat blueberry oat crumble ice cream. 10/10, the refreshing vanilla-berry combo was wonderful with the rich brownie.
  17. Store any leftover brownies in an airtight container. Eat them within 4 days, if they last that long.
  18. Enjoy!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day y’all! I hope you have a wonderful day.

St. Patrick's Day Guinness Brownies Vegan
St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Brownies Vegan

P.S. feel free to make these brownies anytime, not just on St. Patrick’s Day. YUM.

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11 Wonderful Woman-Owned Home-Based Businesses in Alexandria, Virginia

10 woman-owned home-based businesses in Alexandria, Virginia

Happy International Women’s Day! Today we celebrate women. All women of all ages and backgrounds. Achievements, wins, and successes. Today, especially, we’re reminded to uplift women.

There are several ways you can honor and celebrate International Women’s Day, which is an achievement in and of itself. One way we’re celebrating is by highlighting 10 courageous, driven, intrinsically-motivated-to-make-a-difference women who own and operate their own businesses out of their homes in Alexandria, Virginia.

I like to call them ladypreneurs. You’ll notice every woman on this list has ‘founder’ and ‘owner’ in their title. They’ve each taken something they love, something they are passionate about and exceptional at, and turned it into a business.

When you’re a one-person business, you’re not “just” the owner or “just” the creator. In a one-person business, you wear multiple hats. Or really, all of the hats. Yes founder, owner, and creator. Also marketer, customer service representative, accountant, social media manager, project manager, administrative assistant, website manager, email marketer, designer…the list goes on.

In short, these women do it all. They hustle and innovate and educate so that they can fulfill the needs of those around them. Kudos, ladies. And thank you for all you do.


Bianca Del Cid, White Lily Shoppe

Vegan + cruelty-free high quality skincare

Bianca Del Cid, White Lily Shoppe. Photo source: whitelilyshoppe.com
Bianca Del Cid, White Lily Shoppe
Photo source: whitelilyshoppe.com

Ladypreneur: Bianca Del Cid, founder, owner, + clean product creator
About her business: White Lily Shoppe’s mission is, “to help you send easy, thoughtful gifts with our all-natural skincare gift boxes that give back to our communities.” The Shoppe features effective and clean high-quality skin care products — soaps, scrubs, body polish, and more. Bianca has created a business that combines soap making, gifting, and giving back to her community.
About her: Bianca is the daughter of hard-working Central American immigrants who taught her dedication and grit. She’s a single mom. She is passionate about making the world a better place, contributing to her local community, and gifting with a purpose.
Where to find: Visit the White Lily Shoppe online at whitelilyshoppe.com. Products ship nationwide.
Other ways to support: Share self-care gift boxes with your family and friends.
Fun fact: White Lily Shoppe donates 10% of all gift box proceeds to organizations in our community.
Instagram: @WhiteLilyShoppe


Catherine Soltes, Lily’s Flower Truck

Mobile flower truck

Catherine Soltes, Lily's Flower Truck
Catherine Soltes, Lily’s Flower Truck.
Photo source: lilysflowertruck.com

Ladypreneur: Catherine Soltes, founder, owner, + flower expert
About her business: Lily’s Flower Truck, named after Catherine’s dog, has grown into a fleet of two flower trucks that travel around the Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland area. Catherine offers build-your-own bouquets, workshops, and floral delivery.
About her: Catherine has a passion for spreading happiness. Her dog Lily (who the trucks are named after) can often be found at the floral pop-ups greeting guests.
Where to find: Visit lilysflowertruck.com to order flowers and to see the latest truck schedule.
Other ways to support: Lily’s Flower Truck is available for classes and private events.
Fun fact: A portion of Lily’s Flower Truck profits support local animal shelters.
Instagram: @lilysflowertruck


Erin Bell, ISO Candles

Hand crafted soy wax candles

Erin Bell, ISO Candles.
Photo source: isocandles.com

Ladypreneur: Erin Bell, founder, owner, + expert candle creator
About her business: ISO candles are hand poured scented soy wax candles. Erin creates dozens of scents, organized in collections, including ISO Adventure, Floral Market, Sweet Tooth, For Him, and many more. When you buy a candle, a portion of all sales are donated to different organizations, including ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, Dartmouth Hitchcock Health, and many others.
About her: Erin gets indescribable joy from making and giving candles. She is a College of Charleston alum, and soon-to-be mama.
Where to find: Visit isocandles.com to browse the variety of scents. Products are available for local pickup and delivery, as well as nationwide shipping.
Other ways to support: You can also find Erin’s candles in local shops, including Salon deZEN, Pawsh Dog Wash, Shop Made in VA, and Made in ALX.
Fun fact: Erin’s business name, ISO, has two meanings. The first is that ISO is a camera setting, a nod to her love of photography. The second is that it stands for “in search of” — a dedication to her continual drive to search for new adventures in life.
Instagram: @iso.candles


Igda Warner, Igda Warner Photography

High-quality, beautiful photography

Igda Warner Photography
Igda Warner, Igda Warner Photography.
Photo source: igdawarner.com

Ladypreneur: Igda Warner, founder, owner, + photographer
About her business: Igda Warner Photography captures high-quality, beautiful photographs that create a lasting impression. With extensive experience in portrait, lifestyle, family, branding, promotion, and more, she has the ability to deliver exceptional photographs while also making her clients feel comfortable and have fun throughout the shoot.
About her: When she was a child, Igda and her family fled the former Yugoslavia for Germany during the Balkan war. Then in 1999, they immigrated to the United States. Many of Igda’s childhood memories are preserved through the photographs that survived her journey. She is passionate about the power of photographs to capture a moment and create memories.
Where to find: Igda schedules photo sessions through her website at igdawarner.com.
Other ways to support: Know a friend, restaurant, or family member who may be interested in professional photos? Refer them to Igda.
Fun fact: Igda can often be spotted capturing moments around Old Town, Alexandria. Say hello if you see her!
Instagram: @VeloGirl22


Katie Burke, Port City Flowers

Micro flower farm

Katie Burke, Port City Flowers. Photo source: PortCityFlowers.com
Katie Burke, Port City Flowers
Photo source: PortCityFlowers.com

Ladypreneur: Kathryn (Katie) Santerre Burke, founder, owner, + lead farmer
About her business: Katie maintains flowers at her home in Del Ray, Virginia both indoors and outdoors, depending on what’s best for each variety, and manages the schedules to maximize the space and produce a variety of flowers from spring through fall. She has the magic touch to create beautiful blooms while completely brightening your day. She grows tulips, ranunculus, anemones, dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers, and so much more. “We feel strongly about our mission to provide locally sourced and sustainably grown flowers throughout the growing season and spread the joy,” says Katie on her website.
About her: Katie has been gardening since she was a kid. She comes from a long line of skilled gardeners. Her grandfather “Poppy” had an iconic garden, and her father continued to manage that garden. Now, Katie and her husband Danny maintain several small flower gardens.
Where to find: Find Katie weekly on Saturdays at the Del Ray Farmers’ Market and on Sundays at the Old Town North Farmers’ Market. You can also order flowers for pickup or local Alexandria delivery at portcityflowers.com.
Other ways to support: Port City Flowers offers CSA flower subscriptions. Katie’s flower cart is also available to rent for private events.
Fun fact: Katie has a Masters of Science degree in Marketing from Boston University and has been employed in corporate law firm marketing for more than a decade.
Instagram: @PortCityFlowers


Lainie King, OhhSoyGoodness

Hand-poured natural soy candles

Lainie King, OhhSoyGoodness. Photo source: ohhsoygoodness.com
Lainie King, OhhSoyGoodness
Photo source: ohhsoygoodness.com

Ladypreneur: Lainie King, founder, owner, + expert candle creator
About her business: Lainie + OhhSoyGoodness’s mission is to “bring comfort, love, and aromatic goodness to as many homes as possible.” Each hand-poured, eco-friendly and natural candle has a clean minimalist aesthetic. Candle scents include Signature scents available year-round, like Coffee House and Capri, as well as seasonal scents like Cherry Blossom (spring) and Tree Farm (winter).
About her: Lainie loves candles. She loves gifting candles and making candles for others. Plus, she’s a mom of two, loves traveling, and sunshine.
Where to find: Visit ohhsoygoodness.com to browse the candle scents, reed diffusers, and more. Products ship nationwide.
Other ways to support: Lainie does popup events. Keep an eye on her events page and Instagram for the latest.
Fun fact: All candles are made from natural soy wax, phthalate free fragrance oils + lead and zinc-free cotton wick. They are vegan-friendly.
Instagram: @OhhSoyGoodness


Lisa Reeves, Scuttlebutt BakeShop

Unique treats crafted with creativity

Lisa Reeves, Scuttlebutt BakeShop
Photo source: runpacers.com

Ladypreneur: Lisa Reeves, founder, owner, + baker
About her business: Scuttlebutt BakeShop bakes unique treats utilizing high-quality ingredients infused with creativity. Lisa’s menu has fun cookie flavors like The Dandyfunk, Jumbo S’mores Cookie Pie, Pride Cookie, and more. Plus vegan cinbuns, granola, and dog treats.
About her: When she’s not baking, Lisa is the Running Race Director at Pacers. “As an LGBTQIA+ Race Director I do everything in my power to create a safe environment, and a community to connect with others who are like-minded with similar life experiences.” Lisa said in an interview with Pacers.
Where to find: Visit scuttlebuttbakeshop.com to browse the menu and place an order. Treats are available for delivery and shipping.
Other ways to support: Find Scuttlebutt weekly on Saturdays at the Del Ray Farmers’ Market.
Fun fact: Lisa donates 20% of all sales of her Pride Cookies to Casa Ruby.
Instagram: @scuttlebuttbakeshop


Melanie Idler, Watermelan Designs

Hand crafted fun, beautiful jewelry

Melanie Idler, Watermelan Designs
Melanie Idler, Watermelan Designs.
Photo source: watermelandesigns.com

Ladypreneur: Melanie Idler, founder, owner, + designer
About her business: Melanie creates beautiful jewelry that is fun and colorful using colors like pink, orange, and turquoise, as well as natural gemstones. She creates a variety of types of jewelry, including different styles of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more.
About her: Melanie is a mom of two girls, a defense contractor by day, an avid marathon runner, and of course a brilliant jewelry designer who loves color. “I think that jewelry should be fun and colorful and make you happy when you put it on” says Melanie on her website.
Where to find: Visit watermelandesigns.com to shop the full collection. Products ship nationwide, often with free shipping.
Other ways to support: You can also find some of Melanie’s jewelry at The Old Town Shop in Alexandria, VA. Additionally, you can schedule a private truck show.
Fun fact: Melanie regularly donates 10% of sales to different causes that are important to her, including the International Rescue Committee, Ukraine Red Cross, Feed the Fight, The Carpenters Shelter and Planned Parenthood.
Instagram: @watermelandesigns


Rachel Mastandrea, Fetching Goodies

Undetectably vegan + gluten-free baked goods

Rachel Mastandrea, Fetching Goodies
Rachel Mastandrea, Fetching Goodies.
Photo source: fetchinggoodies.com

Ladypreneur: Rachel Mastandrea, founder, owner, + baker
About her business: Fetching Goodies specializes in undetectably vegan and gluten-free treats including cookie bars, cupcakes, scones, and more. Rachel strives to provide you with delicious, unique baked goods so that you can treat yourself and surprise and delight those around you. Plus, Rachel offers cookie bars with custom labels for weddings, baby/bridal showers, birthdays and more.
About her: Rachel has been baking for others for over 20 years and gets pure joy from the smiles that a sweet treat or surprise can create. In addition to baking, she is a lover of running, finding hidden gem food + beverage spots, the beach, red wine, and dairy-free brownie sundaes.
Where to find: Visit FetchingGoodies.com to browse Rachel’s menu of flavors. She also does monthly variety boxes that offer four different Goodies flavors in 4-packs and 12-packs, which are a fun way to try multiple flavors. All orders are for pickup in Del Ray, Alexandria, Virginia.
Other ways to support: Rachel also does monthly pop-up events at the Del Ray Vintage & Flea Market, and more. Check her Instagram for the latest.
Fun fact: Fetching Goodies originally started as a food blog in 2010 called thefetchingfoodie.com that focused on recipes and local food + beverage media coverage. Though that website is no longer updated, it is still active as a source of inspiration.
Instagram: @FetchingGoodies


Rebecca Underly, The Del Ray Cookie Company

Custom decorated cookies

Rebecca Underly, The Del Ray Cookie Company.
Photo source: delraycookie.com

Ladypreneur: Rebecca Underly, founder, owner, + pastry chef
About her business: The Del Ray Cookie Company is a boutique cookie bakery that bakes and decorates custom cookies for clients. Rebecca also offers cake pops, cocktail pops, cakesicles, fancy pretzels, rice krispy treats, and hand-rolled truffles.
About her: Rebecca is a professionally trained chef with both a pastry arts degree and culinary degree from L’Academie de Cuisine. In addition to creating cookies, Rebecca has extensive experience baking cakes and all sorts of pastry, and even worked as a Pastry Chef at The Blaire House, the President’s guest house.
Where to find: Visit delraycookie.com to browse all of Rebecca’s offerings and place a pre-order. All orders are for pickup in Del Ray, Alexandria, Virginia.
Other ways to support: Rebecca’s cookies are each a work of art. When you order, make sure to show off your beautiful creation.
Fun fact: Prior to specializing in cookies, Rebecca made cakes and cake pops as part of her previous business, The Del Ray Cakery.
Instagram: @delraycookiecompany


Sloane Hill, Rolling Sloanes Bakery

Rock ‘n’ roll bakery

Sloane Hill, Rolling Sloanes Bakery.
Photo source: rollingsloanesbakery.com
Sloane Hill, Rolling Sloanes Bakery.
Photo source: rollingsloanesbakery.com

Ladypreneur: Sloane Hill, founder, owner, + baker
About her business: Rolling Sloanes is a rock ‘n’ roll bakery inspired by music, love, and creativity. Sloane creates fun + innovative treats like pop tarts, breads, cakes, pies, cookies, scones, and more.
About her: Sloane is a lover of baking and believes “we all deserve to treat ourselves” as she says on her website. She’s a classically trained pastry chef who infuses creativity in all that she creates. Plus, she’s a mama (with another little one on the way.)
Where to find: Find Rolling Sloanes weekly on Saturdays at the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, and most Sunday mornings at her home bakery on Leslie Avenue.
Other ways to support: Sloane often posts available bakes on Instagram, and takes special orders too at rollingsloanesbakery.com.
Fun fact: Sloane has a beautiful, unique cart to display her creations. You can find it at the Farmers’ Market and her home pop-ups.
Instagram: @rollingsloanesbakery


In addition to this incredible group of women, there are many more not on this list. Do you know another woman-owned home-based business in Alexandria, VA? Email me at rachel@fetchinggoodies.com— I’d love to add them to give as many women as possible the spotlight they deserve! Let’s create the ultimate list, shall we?

Happy International Women’s Day. May this be the reminder to celebrate women, today + all days.