Itsy Bitsy (Flour-Free Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Fat-Free) Fruit Cobbler

by Maria Theresa Maggi on October 2, 2013

blackberry cobbler rainbow cup

Strict as I may be about indulging, like Winnie the Pooh, I love “a little something” that’s sweet. Especially after dinner as the nights get longer and more chilly and I have pears and blackberries ripening at every turn. I’ve learned that sugar as a primary sweetener every night is just not good for me. And the flour’s not such a good idea either. And I get bored with plain old oatmeal on the top. It’s too much like breakfast.

This mighty little cobbler with the ridiculously long name is yet another  unlikely but delicious concoction wherein millet is one of the “secret ingredients” to succeeding at a nearly impossible task: making a tasty fruit cobbler without flour or sugar. (Sometimes I wonder if I should rename this blog Slow Motion Millet. Or maybe I should at least let millet have its own category.  . .)

The other key to this little one person cobbler is a chunk of banana. In my breakfast posts I’ve waxed poetic about how a little bit of mashed banana makes the “big bowl” just sweet enough for me without sugar or syrup. And I love frozen bananas thawed enough to make soft serve. So it was a natural next step for me to see if a little bit of mashed banana would hold a whole grain together enough to make a semblance of crusty topping.

Oh man, did I hit on something. Dressed up with a few other classic acessories like lemon zest and vanilla, I got myself a single helping of warm fruit dessert that doesn’t hurt my teeth, my tummy or my waistline.



fig cobbler with peppermint tea

PS: If you must, you could add 1/2 or 1 teaspoon of sweetener to the crust. At first I did this, before I thought of trying the banana. But once I used the banana chunk I never looked back. It made the texture of the “crust” just right and just sweet enough for me–I liked it better, believe it or not, without the sugar. Now that’s pretty “sweet,” as the skateboarder boys around my house when Mike was growing up used to say. And as my mother would have said, “good things come in small packages.” This cobbler is yet another example of how she was absolutely right.

Maria (moonwatcher)

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1 Veronica October 2, 2013 at 9:28 am

I love the mug in the last picture. 🙂 Looks delicious! And easy, too. I’ll have to try this next time I want something warm and dessert-y but have already used my dessert points up for the week (or even when I haven’t)…! Seems pretty guilt-free, if you ask me. Oh- and I also love peppermint tea after dinner, a good way to calm the tummy and the soul.


2 moonwatcher October 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

Hi Veronica (heehee about the mug)–I’m so glad the cobbler looks delicious to you. Let me know what you think if you try it. And so nice to know you are a fan of peppermint tea, too!! 🙂


3 Pam Woods October 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

I also love that mug in the last photo!

Thanks so much for sharing your sweet treats here. Keeping my sweet tooth happy is a challenge, and this sounds great! I’m going to try it with some apples for a dessert tonight.


4 moonwatcher October 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

Hi Pam, I just couldn’t resist putting that mug in. 🙂 I hope this helps with your sweet tooth challenge–that was something I overdid in my first year or so eating this way, and so over the yaers I’ve become rather ingenious at providing myself something that will work for me. Hope it works for you, too.


5 Eric October 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I am definitely going to give this a try. Looks and sounds delicious…and relatively easy to make. Thanks!


6 moonwatcher October 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm

You’re welcome, Eric! It’s easy, for sure. Hope you like it.


7 kally October 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm

now thta sounds great.


8 moonwatcher October 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm



9 Cathy October 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Yum! I like the tea pic too. I usually only do tea in cold weather, so it’s time to bring out the electric teapot again. 😉


10 moonwatcher October 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

Thanks, Cathy! Wish you were around the corner and could come over for tea and cobbler. 🙂 Your blueberry muffins are in the same spirit and look deliicious. I hope people here go check them out.


11 Mary October 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

Looks great–will be using something other than millet (VERY allergic)–maybe quinoa for similar texture?


12 moonwatcher October 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

Hi Mary, and welcome! Yes, I’ve used quinoa in versions of this and it works fine, gives its own nice effect. Enjoy!!

ps cook the quinoa first though. Amaranth would also probably work.


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