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Close up of a small baked berry crumble topped with yogurt and chopped pecans.

High Protein Breakfast Crumble

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  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This plant-based high protein breakfast crumble uses protein powder in the crumble to turn this treat into a filling and satisfying meal or snack.



Berry Filling

  • 10 oz bag frozen mixed berries
  • 2 tbsp fruit jam of choice (I used a no sugar added jam), but this can be omitted
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 scoop (30 g) protein powder or 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or spelt (spoon and level)
  • 2 tbsp pecans, finely minced (optional)
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter or sunflower seed butter
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened plant-based milk or plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or replace with plant-based milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • Kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. To a bowl add the berries, fruit jam, and cornstarch then stir to combine until the berries are evenly coated.
  2. To a separate bowl, add the oats, protein powder, pecans, peanut butter, maple syrup, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Stir well until the ingredients come together in small clumps.
  3. Divide the berry filling between 2-3 small oven safe ramekins. Next, divide the crumble and use to top over the berries.
  4. Place the ramekins on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until the tops feel crisp.
  5. Allow the crumble to cool for a few minutes or until safe to handle then top with some plant-based yogurt and enjoy.


Use fresh or frozen fruit. You can use a variety of different juicy fruits you like, fresh or frozen. Do note for hearty fruits like apples, you will want to sauté them to soften them before using in this recipe.

If you’re not a fan of protein powder, swap with a flour you love. Turn this from a high protein treat to a high fiber one by using a soft whole grain flour like spelt flour or keep it gluten-free with almond flour. Just make sure if using a flour that you spoon and level when measuring.

Adjust the sweetness to your liking. A lot of protein powders will vary in sweetness so replace any sweetener you don’t want to use with some plant based milk especially if you are using a very sweet brand of protein powder. 

Nutrition information will vary depending on modifications, ingredients used. I have mentioned ways to modify this recipe to better suit different nutrition needs. Do note, when making this recipe, I used a homemade no sugar added fruit jam. And depending on the sweetness of the protein powder you use, you may not feel you need any of the maple syrup at all.