When it comes to classic desserts, few can match the enduring charm of a berry-infused masterpiece. With its luscious blend of vibrant colors, tantalizing aromas, and irresistible sweetness, the triple berry crisp effortlessly captures the essence of summer and all the joy it brings. And the best part? It's remarkably simple to make!
Imagine a medley of plump, succulent berries—sweet strawberries, tangy blueberries, and luscious raspberries—nestled beneath a layer of irresistible oat and cinnamon crumble. As it bakes, the fruit softens and releases its tantalizing juices, mingling with the buttery topping to create a symphony of flavors and textures that will have you swooning.
But wait, there's more! This heavenly dish doesn't stop at the berries. Oh no, it's crowned with a crisp, golden-brown oat topping that adds a delightful crunch and a hint of caramelized sweetness. The contrasting textures of the tender fruit filling and the crisp, buttery topping create a symphony of sensations that will have you swooning with delight.
Whether you're a dessert enthusiast or simply looking to impress your friends and family with a show-stopping treat, triple berry crisp is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Below, we will share how to make this easy delicious berry crisp. It is crispy, a little sweet, buttery, and a little nutty. Plus, it's versatile enough to be enjoyed independently, adorned with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or paired with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. The possibilities are endless! Take note that this gluten-free and vegan-friendly triple-berry crisp recipe is ideal for individuals with dietary restrictions.
Mixed Berry Crisp Recipe
For the filling:
For the crisp topping:
1. Set your oven to a temperature of 350°F (175°C) and prepare your baking dish by either greasing it with coconut oil or using parchment paper to avoid sticking.
2. In a large bowl, gently combine the assortment of mixed berries, lemon juice, and coconut sugar, ensuring the berries are evenly coated through gentle mixing. Transfer the berry mixture to the prepared baking dish and set aside.
3. In another bowl, combine the oat flour, rolled oats, remaining 1/4 cup of coconut sugar, melted coconut oil, salt, and vanilla extract. Thoroughly blend the ingredients until they are well combined, resulting in a crumbly texture.
4. Sprinkle the oat crumble topping evenly over the berries in the baking dish, covering them completely.
5. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the berries are bubbling and the crisp topping turns golden brown.
6. After baking, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve it while warm, and consider pairing it with vanilla ice cream or whipped coconut cream if desired.
Tips & Notes
Adjust sweetness: Taste your berries before adding the sweetener to determine their natural sweetness level. Adjust the amount of coconut sugar accordingly, adding more or less based on your preference. Remember, some berries may be sweeter than others.
Thicken the berry filling: If you prefer a thicker berry filling, mix in a tablespoon or two of oat flour or arrowroot powder with the berries and lemon juice. This step aids in absorbing any extra moisture, resulting in a thicker consistency.
Allow for cooling time: Once you take the berry crisp out of the oven, allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving. This will enable the filling to set and ensure that no one gets burned by the hot berries.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.3g
Saturated Fat 11.9g
Total Carbohydrate 37.1g
Dietary Fiber 6.8g
Total Sugars 19.2g
Vitamin D 0mcg
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
What You Will Need To Make This Berry Crisp
Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
Rolled oats give the berry crisp topping a delightful crunch and texture. Furthermore, they significantly enhance the overall robustness of the dish. If you need a gluten-free recipe, ensure to utilize certified gluten-free oats.
If oats are not an option, substitute them with chopped nuts (such as almonds or pecans) and shredded coconut for a similar texture. If you are not gluten-free, you can use regular rolled oats, quick oats, or old fashioned olds.
Oat flour provides a gluten-free alternative to regular flour and helps bind the crisp topping. It adds a pleasant nutty flavor and a soft texture.
In the event that oat flour is not accessible, you have the option to create it by grinding rolled oats in a blender or food processor until they form a fine powder. Alternatively, you can substitute almond flour or a gluten-free flour blend as an alternative.
In addition to toppings, you can add a small amount of oat flour with the frozen berries to help absorb any excess liquid.
Coconut oil adds richness and a subtle coconut flavor to the crisp topping. It helps bind the ingredients together and creates a crispy texture when baked. If desired, you can replace coconut oil with melted butter or another neutral cooking oil, such as avocado oil.
Triple Berry Mixture
You can use either fresh berries or frozen mixed berries for your triple berry crisp, depending on your preference and what's available to you. Both options yield excellent results, allowing you the freedom to select the one you prefer or have readily available.
If utilizing frozen berries, it may be necessary to slightly modify the baking time to account for potential increased liquid release during the baking process. To absorb the excess liquid, you can coat the frozen berries with oat flour or other types of flour to absorb the juice and help the frozen berries to be jammier rather than runny.
For this recipe, you will need 4 cups of a delightful combination of fresh or frozen berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. These luscious berries impart a delightful burst of fruity flavor and natural sweetness to the crisp. If mixed berries are unavailable, you can use any type of berry or a combination of your choices, such as raspberries or cranberries.
If berries are unavailable, you can use other fruits like peach, pear, and kiwi to make a fruit crisp. Both fresh fruit and frozen fruit can work to make a fruit crisp!
Coconut sugar, a natural sweetener extracted from the sap of coconut palm trees, bestows the crisp with a delightful caramel-like sweetness. In case you don't have coconut sugar, feel free to substitute it with an equal amount of brown sugar or the granulated sugar of your preference.
The addition of lemon juice imparts a zesty and invigorating touch to the berry crisp. It helps balance the sweetness of the berries and enhances their natural flavors. If you don't have fresh lemons, you can use bottled lemon juice as a substitute, ensuring it is 100% pure lemon juice without any added sweeteners.
Salt plays a crucial role in elevating the flavors of the crisp, enhancing the berry taste while harmonizing the sweetness. It offers a vital contrast that brings out the utmost potential in all the other ingredients. If you want to reduce sodium or don't have salt, you can omit it, but the overall taste might be slightly affected.
Vanilla extract adds a lovely aroma and depth of flavor to the crisp topping. It complements the sweetness of the berries and coconut sugar. In case vanilla extract is unavailable, you have the option to substitute it with almond extract or choose to omit it entirely.
How To Store Leftover Berry Crisp
Ensure the crisp has cooled down completely to room temperature before storing it. This precautionary step is essential in order to prevent condensation and preserve the crispness of the topping. Carefully transfer the remaining crisp into an airtight container. If the crisp is too big to fit in a single container, you can either divide it into smaller portions or use multiple containers. Store the container(s) of leftover crisps in the refrigerator. For optimal taste and texture, consume the remaining crisp within 2-3 days. After this duration, the quality may start to deteriorate.
How To Elevate Triple Berry Crisp
Enhance the flavor profile by adding a pinch of nutmeg or cardamom to the berry mixture. These spices complement the berries and add depth to the overall taste.
Incorporate finely chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans into the crisp topping, lending a delightful crunch and an additional layer of richness to the dessert.
Make it a la mode
Serve the warm triple berry crisp with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream or a dollop of coconut whipped cream. The creamy and cool element pairs beautifully with the warm crisp.
Drizzle with sauce
Prepare a quick homemade fruit sauce by simmering some additional berries with some sweetener and a splash of lemon juice. Drizzle the sauce over the individual servings of the crisp for an extra burst of fruity goodness, and finish with a touch of lemon zest.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I use frozen berries instead of fresh berries?
Yes, frozen berries can be used as a substitute if fresh berries are unavailable. However, keep in mind that frozen berries tend to release more liquid while baking, requiring potential adjustments to the baking time. Before using them in the recipe, allow the berries to thaw slightly and drain any excess liquid.
Can I freeze the triple berry crisp?
Yes, you can freeze the triple berry crisp before or after baking. If freezing before baking, assemble the crisp but do not bake it. Ensure a secure wrapping by tightly encasing it with both plastic wrap and aluminum foil and proceed to freeze for a maximum of 3 months.
When you are prepared to bake, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, followed by baking as directed. If freezing after baking, allow the crisp to cool completely, then wrap it tightly and freeze for up to 3 months.