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Berry Crisp

Berry crisp is a warm summery desert brimming blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries baked under a crunchy-sweet topping. This gluten-free dessert is easy to throw together and a definite crowd-pleaser.

Berry crisp in baking dish with two bowls of dessert scooped out.

If ever there was a quintessential summertime dessert, it’s this one. When grocery stores are overflowing with baskets of brightly hued berries, do yourself a favor and grab a bunch. Then, whip this up this berry crisp and serve it warm and bubbling with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of coconut whipped cream.

This foolproof dessert couldn’t be easier to put together and looks so gorgeous. You’ll be proud to serve it at your next family gathering, summer potluck, or backyard barbecue. If you’re craving a decadent, fruity dessert…this recipe is the ticket!

Berry Crisp Ingredients You’ll Need

This recipe calls for a few pantry staples and a couple of special ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Berries: Any combination of berries works great, so choose your favorites!
  • Honey: A little bit of natural sticky sweetness.
  • Arrowroot Powder: This thickener absorbs liquid while the berry crisp bakes and firms up the filling without making it cloudy.
  • Lemon Juice: A squeeze of lemon juice for fresh flavor.
  • Gluten-Free Rolled Oats: I prefer rolled oats for a chunkier texture in the topping, but you could use quick cooking oats as well.
  • Almond Flour: This nutty flour provides a finer texture in the topping.
  • Coconut Sugar: My favorite unrefined sugar in granulated form.
  • Butter or Ghee: You can use butter or ghee (or even coconut oil). This is used to bind and clump the topping all together.
  • Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, and Salt: Just a small splash and pinch of these are needed to round out the other flavors.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below

The ingredients for making berry crisp on a table.

Crisp vs Cobbler – What’s the Difference?

Traditionally, a crisp is a baked, deep-dish fruit dessert topped with a layer of crunchy ingredients – hence the name. It can also be called a crumble. A cobbler is a similar kind of dessert but it’s topped with a dropped-biscuit or pie dough. Same idea, different topping!

Crisp toppings usually include flour, butter, oats, and brown sugar. But since I’m gluten-free, I replaced the flour with almond flour and certified gluten-free rolled oats. Super easy. And once it’s baked with the fruit, the result is a delicious, juicy, fruity dessert with a sweet, crumbly topping.

Can I Use Frozen Berries Instead of Fresh?

Definitely! Frozen berries work equally as well, just let them thaw in their package on the countertop before using. No need to strain, just dump the thawed berries and their juices into the filling mix.

A bowl of berry crisp topped with ice cream.

Baking the Berry Crisp Is a Snap!

Just grab a 9×13 baking dish and preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Then, follow these three easy steps:

  1. Mix together the berry filling ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into your baking pan.
  2. Mix together the crisp topping ingredients in another bowl. Then sprinkle the crisp topping over the filling.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling around the edges of the pan and the topping is crunchy.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

With a recipe this delicious, you probably won’t have leftovers! If you do, here’s how to store and reheat them.

  • To Store: Place any leftover berry crisp covered in the pan in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also transfer it to a glass storage container.
  • To Reheat: Individual portions can be reheated in the microwave, or place the entire pan in a 350 degree oven until warmed through.

Berry crisp in a white bowl topped with ice cream.

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A baking pan of berry crisp and two servings in bowls.
5 from 6 votes

Berry Crisp (Gluten-Free)

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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This down-home dessert is bursting with berry flavor. It's a simple-to-make crowd pleaser that's juicy, fruity, and gluten-free.

Ingredients

Berry Filling

  • 8 cups mixed berries
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Crisp Topping

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or ghee, melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all of the berry filling ingredients and gently fold together with a spatula until well combined.
    Filling ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Transfer the berry filling mixture to the prepared baking pan.
    Berry filling in a single layer in a baking pan.
  • Add all of the dry topping ingredients to a bowl, then stir together.
    Ingredients for making the crumble topping in a bowl.
  • Add the vanilla extract and melted butter to the bowl, then stir it together until clumpy.
    Topping mixed together with wet ingredients and clumpy in a bowl.
  • Spread the topping on the berry filling. It's okay if it doesn't cover it all. It's meant to look somewhat rustic.
    Crisp topping layered on top of berry filling.
  • Bake the berry crisp until the filling bubbles around the edges and topping is golden, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm. You can also add a dollop of ice cream, or whipped cream.
    Berry crisp in a white bowl topped with ice cream.

Lisa's Tips

  • For the 8 cups of mixed berries I used 12 ounces of raspberries, 12 ounces of blackberries and 1 pint of blueberries (also about 12 ounces).
  • My favorite glass mixing bowls always coming in handy for desserts.
  • This is a great set of white baking pans, if you need some new ones.
  • To make this recipe vegan, just use maple syrup in the filling and vegan butter or coconut oil in the topping.

Nutrition

Calories: 361kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 190mg, Potassium: 126mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 426IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berry crisp, gluten-free berry crisp
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28 comments on “Berry Crisp”

  1. This recipe is so simple yet so delicious! I’ve already made it twice, once with arrowroot powder and once with tapioca, and it’s turned out just fine. I do have a question on how to store this, how long will it last? 

    • Good to know this came together with arrowroot powder! You can find storage instructions written in the post – but this will last for up to 3 days in the fridge :)

  2. Hi Lisa. What other type of flour would work in this recipe? My daughter has an almond allergy. Thank you.

  3. Hi Lisa, 
    Just wondering what I could substitute the gluten free oats for? I still have issues with these but love this recipe.

  4. Made this for a dinner party. Used blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries ( part fresh part frozen).  
    Everyone loved it. 
    Can’t wait for leftovers at breakfast 😁
    Thanks for another delicious recipe. 

  5. What could I use instead of rolled oats? I’m allergic to all oats (even so-called GF ones) :(

  6. Hi Lisa, 

    I LOVE this recipe! Thank you!
    Could you send me the link to where you purchased your lovely white baking dish ( with handles)? I have been looking for something like this all summer and can’t seem to find it. 

    Many Thanks, 

    Cynthia 

  7. What can be substituted for the butter or ghee?

  8. Can I use Cornstarch instead of Arrowroot powder?

  9. I followed the recipe to a T (bought arrowroot powder and coconut sugar specifically to make it) and it turned out really good!

  10. Would it be possible to use frozen berries or would they have too much liquid?

  11. I just made this with frozen mixed berries I already had on hand… wow! I doubled the oatmeal crisp part that goes on top, because I like that part a lot. This is an excellent summer dessert!

  12. I can’t wait to make this! I looked in my pantry and I only have tapioca flour and cassava flour. Can I use either of those instead of arrowroot? Thank you for all of your awesome recipes!

  13. Is there a video for the Berry crisp

    • Unfortunately I didn’t make a video for this berry crisp. But I hope to make one in the near future for another crisp recipe :)

  14. I’m so happy! This looks SIBO friendly! Ty so much! I love your recipes!