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I am a big fan of simple recipes. Like kale chips or chocolate coconut energy bars. Life is so full, that I don’t always have a huge amount of time to spend in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, eating wholesome, healthy food is a definite priority, but it doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious and nourishing.
Simple One-Pan Berry Crisp
My very favorite recipes are ones that I can make in a single pan and throw in the oven to do their thing. This healthy berry crisp checks both those boxes.
I don’t do anything at all with the berries. I measure out 4 cups (more or less) and dump them in a baking dish, then make the crisp topping.
Sometimes I use fresh berries and sometimes I use frozen. The kind varies with the season or what I have on hand in the freezer. I do like to do a few different kinds mixed together though. Whatever combination I end up with, it’s always delicious. I have noticed that if I’m using frozen berries, the crisp needs to cook for a little longer.
I’ve now used up the last of our frozen berries from last summer, but thankfully berry season isn’t too far away and the strawberry plants should produce well this year!
Crumbly Almond Flour Topping
I use almond flour to make this crisp topping. It has a nice nutty flavor that goes well with almost everything. I use my fingers to squish in butter or coconut oil, add some vanilla, and sometimes honey or stevia drops, sprinkle it over the berries, and toss it in the oven to cook.
This berry crisp is delicious all on its own, but I really like something cool and creamy with it. I usually whip up some whipped cream or serve it over ice cream and we have it for dessert. However, it’s such a healthy recipe that it also works really well over yogurt for breakfast!
Here’s a fun summertime idea — if you have a cast iron skillet and don’t want to heat up the house by using the oven, try making berry crisp on the grill!
Healthy Berry Crisp Recipe
A simple berry crisp that takes advantage of the natural sweetness of fruit. It is grain free, gluten free, dairy optional, and sweetener optional. Bonus: it can easily be made in one pan in the oven.
- 4 cups fresh or frozen berries (such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries)
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut oil (or butter)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 15 drops stevia extract (or honey or maple syrup to taste, optional)
- 1 cup heavy cream (whipped)
- vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Lightly grease a 8×8 or larger baking dish.
Place the berries in the prepared baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine almond flour, coconut oil or butter, and vanilla, and sweetener if using.
Use your hands or a fork to mix the ingredients until it makes a crumbly topping. You may need to adjust the almond flour up or down slightly, depending on the texture of the brand you use.
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the berries.
Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes if using fresh fruit or 30-40 minutes if using frozen fruit.
Remove from oven when done and drizzle with organic honey or maple syrup if desired.
Allow to partially cool, then top with whipped cream or ice cream to serve.
Feel free to use whatever combination of berries you like. Nutrition info does not take into account added sweeteners or whipped cream.
Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
What is your favorite desert?