Crumbly and fruity, this pink gooseberry crumble traybake is perfect for snacks or lunch boxes – and it’s suitable for vegans.

  • 60 mins
  • 18 bars
  • Easy


  • For the filling:
  • 400g red gooseberries, trimmed
  • 200g sugar
  • 1½ tbsp cornflour
  • For the crumble:
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 200g porridge oats
  • 250g vegan sunflower spread
  • 175g muscovado sugar
  • 100g pumpkin seeds
  • 1tbsp agave or maple syrup, optional


First make the filling. Put the gooseberries, sugar and cornflour in a saucepan on a medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally 8-10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the juices become thick and jammy. Set aside.

Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan and line an oven dish approximately 18cm x 25cm with greaseproof paper. 

In a bowl combine the flour, oats and spread in a bowl and rub together with your fingers. Gently break up the spred until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.

Stir in the muscovado sugar and pumpkin seeds, again using your fingers to break up the lumps of sugar, then tip half of the mixture into the prepared oven dish and press down firmly with your hands.

Spread the berry mixture over the base then top with the rest of the crumble and press down again, as firmly as you can without squishing the fruit out. If using, drizzle the top with syrup then bake for 35-40 minutes until golden. 

Allow to cool in the dish then cut into 18 bars and keep in an airtight tin.  

Note:  This recipe works with any berries such as strawberries, raspberries or blackcurrants, just taste the ‘jam’, when it’s cool enough, and adjust the sugar if necessary.

About The Author

Yorkshire's only dedicated food and drink website from Yorkshire Post Newspapers and its sister titles in the region. Showcasing everything Yorkshire has to offer from the fruits of the sea to the fields of the moors and beyond. It includes unbiased restaurant reviews by renowned food critics, recipes and 'how to' videos from some of Yorkshire's finest chefs and latest food and drink news and blogs from around our amazing county. And you can have your say either on the site or via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Let us know what you think