Simple Blackberry Cobbler (Vegan + GF)

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Cast-iron skillet filled with our delicious vegan Blackberry Cobbler recipe

It’s almost summer. Can you feel it?

When I think of summer, cobblers, crisps, and ice cream come to mind. Also, bike rides, beach trips and patio drinks. What about you?

This summer I’m determined to further explore my love for berries, starting with this simple blackberry cobbler. Shall we begin?Freshly washed blackberries for making homemade gluten-free vegan cobbler

There’s something extremely romantic and effortless about a fruit cobbler to me. I suppose it’s because it’s a dump, mix, and bake sort of recipe – my favorite kind.

I’ve tried crisps in the past but never a cobbler. My family wasn’t big on cobblers, so I seemed to have missed them altogether. Sad day. I was determined to change that.

And to ensure everyone can enjoy this recipe, I kept it both vegan and gluten free. Bonus? Just 1 bowl and roughly 30 minutes required.Using a pastry cutter to cut coconut oil into dry ingredientsStirring the batter for our vegan gluten-free Blackberry Cobbler recipe

It starts with a lightly-sweetened, 5-minute biscuit-inspired topping that’s vegan butter-free, relying instead on coconut oil to give it that quintessential crumbly, flaky texture.

Then, it’s onto the blackberries, which are tossed in sweetener (coconut or cane sugar) and a bit of arrowroot to thicken.

A sprinkle of pecans and coconut sugar finish it off before going into the oven. This is the perfect time to make some coconut whipped cream or soften some dairy-free ice cream. What’s a cobbler without toppings, after all?Cast-iron skillet with gluten-free biscuit layer freshly added over blackberriesCast-iron skillet with freshly baked gluten-free vegan Blackberry Cobbler

This cobbler is dreamy. It’s:

Warm
Fruity
Crumbly
Tender
Perfectly sweet
A little tart
Simple + quick
& Perfect for summer gatherings

This would make the perfect dessert to whip up for guests or warm-weather gatherings. It’s so effortless and easy, yet makes you look like a pro, especially when baked in a cast iron – so fancy.

The best part about this recipe is it’s versatile:

No gluten free flour? Sub all purpose.
No blackberries? Sub another fruit (such as raspberries, blueberries, or nectarines)
No coconut oil? Sub vegan butter.
No pecans? Sub walnuts or omit.

Cast-iron skillet filled with amazing vegan gluten-free Blackberry CobblerDessert bowls and a cast-iron skillet filled with healthy Blackberry Cobbler topped with coconut whip

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Close up shot of a cast-iron skillet filled with vegan Blackberry Cobbler

Simple Blackberry Cobbler (Vegan + GF)

A simple, healthier blackberry cobbler made in just 1 bowl! Naturally sweetened blackberries and a crumbly gluten-free oat topping send this dish over the top. Perfect with coconut whipped cream or dairy-free ice cream.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Skillet of homemade Blackberry Cobbler topped with coconut whipped cream and a lemon
4.56 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

COBBLER TOPPING

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend* (sub all-purpose if not gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oat flour (ground from GF rolled oats)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp organic cane sugar* (plus more for topping)
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder*
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp cold coconut oil or vegan butter (use refined coconut oil for a less intense coconut flavor)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (plus 1 tsp lemon juice per 1/3 cup almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup pecans (optional // chopped // or sub walnuts or chopped almonds)

FILLING

  • 24 ounces fresh blackberries* (let thaw if frozen)
  • 2 Tbsp organic cane sugar (or sub coconut sugar or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch (optional // for thickening)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and butter a 12-inch cast-iron (or similar sized) pan with vegan butter or coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Add all dry topping ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Also measure out almond milk and add lemon juice to begin curdling.
  • Add vegan butter or coconut oil to the dry ingredients and use a fork or pastry cutter to cut it in. It should resemble the consistency of fine, wet sand.
  • Add almond milk mixture a little at a time, stirring, until a dough is formed. It shouldn’t be too sticky - you will likely not use it all.
  • Transfer to a lightly floured surface (with gluten free flour) and form into a disc with your hands. Set aside to rest.
  • Add berries to the same mixing bowl and toss with sugar and arrowroot or cornstarch and then add to the buttered cast iron.
  • Gently break the biscuit topping apart and position it on top of the blackberries in clumps. Press down gently so it doesn't stick up too much (see photo).
  • Sprinkle the top with 1-2 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) additional cane or coconut sugar and the chopped pecans. Bake for 20-28 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is browned (see photos) and semi-firm to the touch.
  • Serve with dairy-free ice cream or coconut whipped cream. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to a few days, though best when fresh as the topping tends to get soggy.

Notes

*For the gluten-free flour blend, I used the Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Baking Blend because I love how finely milled it is. But you could also use my go-to gluten-free flour blend, or another blend of your choice with varied results.
*For the cane sugar, I blitzed mine into a powder in my coffee/spice grinder for a finer consistency, which is optional. You can also sub regular sugar or another dry sweetener of choice. Alternatively, you could omit it for a more savory biscuit-style topping.
*No blackberries? Sub another fruit (such as raspberries, blueberries, or nectarines).
*Some people have said using less baking powder improves taste, but we haven't tested it that way. To be cautious, you can scale back to 1/2 tsp or 1 tsp if you're worried about it impacting flavor. But we never experienced that issue.
*Inspired by Sprouted Kitchen’s Blueberry Oat Cobbler. Topping adapted from my Best Damn Vegan Biscuit.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without coconut whip or ice cream.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 317 Carbohydrates: 56 g Protein: 6.4 g Fat: 9.5 g Saturated Fat: 1.7 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 720 mg Fiber: 13.4 g Sugar: 21 g

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  1. Courtney says

    I love this recipe so much, although I’ve never made it with blackberries. I do 4 peaches and about 1 cup of blueberries instead, it’s perfect. And walnuts because I never have pecans. I separate it into fruit in one dish and biscuit in another dish for storing, and it works great. I have made this around five times and not once shared with anyone else. Thank you :)

  2. Sonia Sanders says

    I made this with spelt flour and I used half olive oil and half coconut oil to prevent the coconut overkill since I only had unprocessed coconut oil. I was pleased with the cobbler. Thanks!

  3. Rebecca says

    I have to be honest, this is the first time I’ve ever been disappointed by a recipe on minimalist baker. This was, quite simply, not a cobbler. It’s extremely bitter. I think it needs more sugar and less baking soda. It’s also very very dry. 3 cups of blackberries didn’t go far. If you drown it in ice cream it’s not terrible, but honestly it reminds me of a biscuit with bad blackberry jam on top. :( I’m sad.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rebecca, we’re so sorry that was your experience! Some people have said using less baking powder improves taste, but we haven’t tested it that way as we didn’t have an issue with it. We’ll take another look at the recipe and see if improvements can be made!

  4. Erica K. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My boyfriend can’t have gluten, dairy, or eggs and I was at a loss for how to make his favorite dessert for his birthday!
    The only substitutes I used was using King Arthur gluten free flour because that is what my store had, I did half blackberries and half raspberries, and about half as much baking powder. Oh, I also only had a 10 inch glass pie pan to make it in. Otherwise I followed the recipe :) It turned out very yummy!! Thank you for posting this recipe!!

  5. Mary says

    Just polished off my first batch, using homegrown olallieberries. (They grow great in Tucson — who knew? It was just a garden experiment…) Over-the-top good for being so quick and easy. Another big winner, Dana! We can’t wait for our next batch of olallies to ripen! But in the meanwhile, we’ll be making more cobbler with the tail end of the blueberry harvest, and then the apricots will be ripening next… Made it in individual ramekins, so my husband could have his sweet, while I like mine a little more savory. Used liquid stevia to sweeten the filling, and instead of lemon (none on hand), used coconut vinegar to thicken the almond milk. Sublime!

  6. Debs says

    I am so glad to have found your blog. This recipe is an absolute gem. My family has declared this to be the best cobbler I have ever made :)
    Couple of changes I made are (a) Used instant almond milk made from almond butter (b) used sprouted spelt flour instead of AP.
    I used thawed frozen mixed berries, and I could get away without adding any sugar to the filling.
    Cheers.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing and we are so glad you enjoyed it! xo

  7. augusta says

    i believe there may be a typo in the recipe. when i followed the dough recipe exactly, it tasted very strongly of baking powder and i couldn’t eat it. when i tried it with 1/2 teaspoon as opposed to 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder, it turned out perfect and delicious.

  8. Marla Danielson says

    Dana, I absolutely love this recipe. It tastes wonderful. I don’t use baking soda or powder and so I substituted one quarter teaspoon of quick rise yeast. It turned out fantastic and I plan to teach it to others at my cooking class at church And I will definitely give you credit. Thank you!

  9. Bridget says

    I made this with coc flour, sorghum and tapioca flour. It tasted just like cobbler with ap flour. It didn’t have an off taste like some gf baked goods have. I’ve done alot of gf baking so this passed the test. Even my boys all loved it. This is a keeper for sure. And it wasn’t too sweet. Just enough sugar to bring out flavor.

  10. Megan says

    I made this a few days ago and it was soooo very delicious!!! I followed the recipe exactly – vegan and non-vegan absolutely loved it! I will be making this again :)

  11. Carol Poe says

    Hello Dana, from Southern Oregon!

    So, while making the recipe I see the measure for the berries was in oz.s & gm, not in cups. So, out comes the kitchen scale and wow, that was 5cups of marion berries for me! I then see that the sugar measure is only 2T?? Fear sets in as when I make a berry pie it calls for a scant cup to 1C. + 1 T of sugar based on preference. Also the small amount of arrowroot or cornstarch seemed shy. So, fear based I re-portioned the sugar and the cornstarch accoridingly.
    Is it really 2T of sugar? Marions are fairly tart to sweet, and blackberries fairly sweet raw. Has anyone else commented on this?
    I love the crust, and am vegan so it is a hit!

    Thanks for any reply, and I am so greatful for your blog as I am not much of a baker!

  12. Danielle Smith says

    Delicious! My 6 year old daughter and I just made this with some organic apriums & a few of our neighbor’s African blackberries – it was delicious. The apriums were quite tart, but some coconut whipped cream provided just the right amount of sweetness. Thanks for another amazing recipe!

  13. Sue says

    Just made this recipe and it was great!!! I added some pumpkin pie spice and put almond butter on it when it was hot. This will be breakfast this week!! I made mine in a 9×12 pan (some people call it a lasagna pan?) and there was enough topping for that. From the pictures above I was afraid it wouldn’t be enough but it certainly was.

  14. Mikhaela says

    I tried this recipe and the 1/2 Tablespoons of baking powder was definitely too much. Ruined a lot of berries. Maybe would try again with less baking powder.

  15. kate says

    i just picked 2 big bowls of blackberries and marion berries from my garden! making this, but with stevia instead of sugar and coconut instead of pecans:)

  16. Vanessa says

    I made this today with blueberries and added a dash of vanilla to the filling. Served with So Delicious creamy cashew ice cream, this the best dessert I’ve had in months. Thanks so much for posting!

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  18. Kathleen says

    I literally just finished eating a bowl of this and am about to go back for seconds! Soooooo good and the biscuit was like a fluffy light scone, not too sweet. Thanks for giving me a recipe I wouldn’t feel too guilty about eating for breakfast! Love your site!

  19. Erin says

    This was perfect! We picked blackberries today. Not enough for jam, but too many to just eat. I’d never made a cobbler and this was amazing. Thanks!

  20. Jen says

    I found the most gorgeous blackberries at the farmers market over the weekend and came across your recipe, which I made last night. It was on point! I didn’t have a some of the ingredients but managed with a few substitutions: equal parts almond meal and flax meal for oat flour; tapioca starch for arrowroot. I also went the coconut sugar route and blended everything with my dough blade in the food processor (so easy!). Served it up with coconut milk-based vanilla ice cream on the front porch…summertime in a bowl! All your tips were very helpful. I’m definitley filing this one away.

  21. Jess says

    I made this while the in-laws were in town. It was a hit! I added organic peaches :) Next time I’m gonna add cinnamon because fruit + cinnamon is pure heaven for me. PS I have loved all of the recipes I’ve tried on here. I think I have found my food blog soul mate!

  22. Ingrid says

    Looks divine! I am wondering if this can be compiled ahead of time and refrigerated for a later baking, probably a few hours in the fridge? I am thinking of making for a party and would like to have it ready before the guests arrive and then still be able to serve warm. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

  23. Julia says

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it! I do have a nut allergy though, what do you recommend I use as a substitute for the almond milk? Thank you so much!

  24. Leah says

    This was so simple to make. Berries and biscuits topped with the coconut whipped cream. Wonderful! It was delicious. Thanks for posting it.

  25. de_dietrich says

    I’m gonna stay here forever! Every recipe is even more awesome than previous one, I can’t decide what should I make first!

  26. Coley says

    Your pictures look amazing. I like how you offer alternative ingredients for people who might not have items or might not like them! I also love your blog layout, looks great!

  27. Hellestorm says

    I have this in the oven right now… I’ve been baking for almost 40 years and I know a good pastry/dough when I feel one. And this is one of them! I just has that special consistency, almost audible, when you pull it apart to make the ‘clumps’. That airy swoosh sound! Can’t wait to eat it…

  28. Sarah | Broma Bakery says

    The PERFECT summer dessert. Fruity, light, and easy. Dare I say minimal? :) I want to gobble it all up

  29. Lisa @ Strum Simmer Sip says

    I need two things this weekend 1) this cobbler and 2) to buy a skillet. I am realizing more and more what an awesome tool it is! Thanks for sharing this and will definitely post if I find some time make it! xo Lisa

  30. Jen @ sweetgreenkitchen says

    Oh! This is so gorgeous and I adore blackberries in dessert and just as I was thinking about how to make it gluten free for myself, you went ahead and did it for me! So yummy, can’t wait to make it.

  31. Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship says

    Wow- I don’t think that I’ve ever had cobbler before- but I see now that that will have to change!!! How can I survive another day without eating this?

      • Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship says

        I don’t want to be prepared!!!! Prepared would be not eating this every week for the rest of my life- and those photo’s suggest that that would be a very bad idea!!!

  32. Abby says

    You take the most incredible photos, Dana! I feel like I’m always saying that, but it’s true. These shots are amazing.
    And yum! Blackberry cobbler sounds delish. <3

  33. Sabrina - A Spoonful of Photography says

    Um.. I’ve just had dinner+dessert as your cobbler showed up in Feedly and now I could start with the latter again.. Looks too tempting and I guess it would also work out perfectly w/ some of the heaps of fresh local strawberries that are around currently.. That is until blackberries will be back on the bushes nearby of course ;-)

  34. Dawn @ Florida Coastal Cooking & Wellness says

    Seriously, how do you come up with all these ideas? I’m obsessed with fresh berries right now because they are in season in Florida. Perfect timing loves!

  35. Mel @ The Refreshanista says

    When I opened the email and saw the first photo I literally said OH MY GOD out loud! Looks amazing, I have to make this asap :)

  36. Elisabeth says

    I love this! I just saw some blackberries in my fridge. I hope its enough to try this! If not I know I have some frozen ones lingering around from last year. I am going to have dessert tonight!

  37. Heather Mason @Nutty Nutrition says

    Yum! Blackberry cobbler is my favorite! I love anything with a biscuit topping!!

  38. Lisa says

    so excited to try this recipe!!! I see two different measurements for baking soda…is one of them supposed to be baking powder?

  39. Victoria says

    I’ve never seen that type of cobbler before! Is a cobbler and a crumble the same? Regardless of what it is, that looks gooood! I’ll try it whenever blackberries appear in the bushes around my neighbourhood :D

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Different! Cobbler has a more cakey or biscuity-top, while a crisp is more oats and nuts. Hope you give this a try!

      • Nene says

        Being from down South I can understand where Victoria is coming from. I’ve eaten a plethora of cobblers and usually they have more of a pie like, flakey type of crust covering the top of the cobbler. Also, I’ve never had a cobbler that contained nuts, different! :) Therefore this is a crisp-cobbler.

  40. Alexa [fooduzzi.com] says

    I’ve never had cobbler in my life, but you may have just inspired me to give it a try! Blackberries are among my favorite fruits this time of year – I’ll definitely have to give this a shot! Pinned!

  41. Amanda @ .running with spoons. says

    Berries and watermelon are the quintessential summer foods for me, so this recipe definitely screams summer. That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever had a cobbler either, so I think that definitely needs to change this year…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Definitely try it Amanda! And let me know what you think. I’m sure it’d be right up your alley ;D

  42. Justine | Slice of Kitchen Life says

    This looks so beautiful! I love all form of cobblers / crumbles / crisps, there is nothing better than juicy sweet fruit and toasted, crumbly topping! (and ice-cream!!)

    Hmm, I just happen to have a bag of blackberries in my freezer…

  43. ines @ between kitchens says

    Oh my, this is absolutely gorgeous! I must make some cobbler like this – the top dough looks just perfect!!
    Have a nice weekend :)

  44. Arman @ thebigmansworld says

    My roommate just went overboard with berries and I think I have everything to make this- Thanks Dana- IT looks delicious!

  45. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says

    Simple and totally pretty! Plus, I love that you made this with blackberries..I never seem to bake with them!