Any Season Berry Crisp

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Lauren Zembronhttps://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Here we are at the tail end of fresh berry season… pretty soon the prices for organic berries will shoot through the roof and the flavor will be watery & lackluster at best. It is for these two reasons that I only buy fresh organic berries during the summer months, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a delicious berry crisp during any season of the year!

How exactly do we do that, you ask?

By using organic frozen berries, of course. I picked up this tip from Erin of Texanerin Baking. I made her 100% Whole Grain Raspberry Crumble a few weeks back (using 1/2 frozen organic raspberries and 1/2 frozen organic blackberries) and absolutely loved it. Frozen berries are picked and packed at the peak of freshness and are inexpensive… year-round. Berries in a crisp are cooked down into mushy goodness anyway, so don’t worry about the thawed berries being too soft.

Any Season Berry Crisp

For this crisp, I used an organic frozen mixed berry medley from Trader Joe’s which includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Lots of flavor, texture, and gorgeous color going on here!

Any Season Berry Crisp

The crisp topping comes straight from Erin’s recipe, and involves a mere 2 Tbsp each of oil, brown sugar, maple syrup… pretty healthy in comparison to the vast majority of fruit crisp recipes out there!

Any Season Berry Crisp

Warm fruit crisp topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is hands-down one of my favorite desserts. Gooey & crunchy, sweet & slightly tart, warm & cold… it’s a beautiful dichotomy of texture, flavor, and temperature that just works.

Leftovers (if there are any, which is doubtful unless you’re the only dessert-eater in the house as I am) are fantastic mixed with plain Greek yogurt for breakfast the next morning. Sure, it’s a sweet way to start the day, but the added sugar (not including the natural sugars found in the fruit) is probably on par with – or even less than – that found in many breakfast cereals.

Any Season Berry Crisp

Berries are no longer just for summer enjoyment!

Any Season Berry Crisp

Any Season Berry Crisp

by Lauren Zembron (adapted from Texanerin‘s 100% Whole Grain Raspberry Crumble)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert vegetarian vegan blackberries blueberries strawberries oatmeal crisp fall spring summer winter

Ingredients (4 servings)

Ingredients for the Fruit Filling:

  • 24 oz organic berries, thawed but not drained (I used a medley from Trader Joe’s with organic strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 Tbsp unrefined granulated sugar, such as evaporated cane juice

Ingredients for the Crisp Topping:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp neutral-flavored vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9 (or 8) inch baking dish.

For the fruit filling: Pour the thawed berries + any accumulated juices into the prepared baking dish. Add in the flour and sugar and stir until well-combined.

For the crisp topping: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir with a fork until combined. Pour in the vegetable oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Stir until well-incorporated.

Sprinkle crisp topping evenly over the fruit filling. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the fruit filling is hot & bubbly and the crisp topping is golden brown.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

311 calories, 9.6 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 14.6 grams fiber, 18.7 grams sugars, 4.8 grams protein

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