This Berry Almond Crisp recipe is easy to make, topped with a yummy almond crisp, and overflowing with warm, sweet berries below. It’s the perfect summer dessert that you can make with whatever fresh berries you have on hand!
Hey friends! Did you all have a good Fourth of July weekend?
Mine ended up being a wonderful mix of staycation-ing and family-vacationing. I somehow had a totally free schedule on Friday and Saturday, so I carpe-diem-ed and decided to crank up some music and “essentialize” (basically, do a mega deep-clean and sort through) all of my closets, cabinets, desk, dresser, and basically any other place where I tend to stash stuff. Then I followed that up with a mega trip to Goodwill to donate said stuff, followed by a fun documentary date night with Barclay. (PSA — if you need a dose of something heartwarming, we can’t recommend this sweet film enough!)
Then on Sunday, Barclay and I road-tripped down to Wichita to visit my folks. I’ll admit, I was a little unsure last year about how it would feel to have them move away from my childhood home. But their new house, which is just minutes away from our old neighborhood and sits right on this cute little lake, feels like a total vacation home!! My mom served us some delicious fresh meals out on the back porch, which was lovely with the cooler weather. Then we went for a nice bike ride (Barc’s favorite), did some stand-up paddle-boarding around the lake (accompanied by our dogs who sat on the end of our boards and then doggy-paddled back and forth between us, which was ridiculously cute), continued soaking up vitamin D by floating on some rafts (with perfect cup holders for our IPAs), and then went out for a relaxing little late-night boat ride to cheer on the neighborhood pyros (who put on a very impressive fireworks show, bravo). Whew. Then we road-tripped home, and toasted to the weekend with a glass of rose with a few more fireworks in the background.
Not too shabby, Fourth of July 2016, not too shabby.
(And, um, definitely a step up from Fourth of July 2015, which I clearly remember being the first time I brought Barclay along to meet my friends. I’d been so excited for him to finally meet my crew. But then half of them couldn’t make it, and then B got nervous and ended up bee-lining to talk to an old friend for like an hour when we arrived, which threw me into that omg-he-must-not-like-me-spaz-out-but-play-it-cool sort of thing, meanwhile I was getting eaten alive my mosquitos, and then the look-out point where we all met to watch the fireworks ended up being literally completely out of view of the fireworks. Ha, definitely not the night I was expecting, although all ended up turning out well.)
This Fourth of July, though, was an all-around winner. So to celebrate — albeit, a few days late — I have a summer-y red white and blue recipe that I think you’re all going to love. It’s quick and easy to make, it’s naturally gluten-free, and it’s absolutely perfect this time of year.
It’s this berry almond crisp. ♥
The ingredients are quite simple. You mostly need a bunch of fresh berries — really, any berries. (I used a mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. But you can totally just use one kind, or a mix of whatever sounds good.)
And then you need some almonds to make the simple crisp that goes on top! I chopped up a bunch of these Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Sea Salt Almonds, and then stirred them together with some almond flour (or you could use all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, or any favorite flour), old-fashioned oats, honey, coconut oil, and a pinch of cinnamon to make the crisp topping.
Then you just layer everything together…
…bake it up until the berries are nice and bubbly and the topping is golden and crispy…
…and then dive in. (<– Um, preferably while it’s still warm. Mmmmmmm.)
I like serving this crisp with a generous side of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (which makes it red white and blue!). But I will say that the berry crisp also stands well totally on its own. Your choice. ;)
So if you’re looking for a good summer dessert, grab your favorite berries and get to crisping!
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5–6 cups fresh berries (I used a combination of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and chopped strawberries)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
optional: 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 batch almond topping (see below)
To Make The Almond Topping:
Stir all ingredients together until combined, mixing them together with your fingers if needed. Set aside.
To Make The Berry Almond Crisp.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the almond topping (see above).
Pour the berries into an 8 x 8-inch (or 9 x 9-inch) baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with cornstarch and lemon juice (and almond extract, if using), and toss until evenly combined. Sprinkle the oat crisp mixture evenly on top of the berries.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and golden and the fruit is bubbling. Serve immediately. Or let the crisp cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Feel free to mix in some extra sweetener (of your choice) with the berries before baking, if you like a super sweet crisp. But I felt like the berries were plenty sweet on their own.
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Us too! We hope you enjoy this recipe! :)
I took the survey. Would I need to make any adjustments to the recipe if I used peaches instead??
Hi Jessica! Peaches will be juicier, so we would suggest doubling the corn starch. We hope you enjoy this!
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I took the survey. This looks delicious- can’t wait to try it!
Thanks Melissa — we hope you enjoy!
Hi- Question! I was thinking about using a frozen mixed berry blend for this recipe. Would you put the topping directly over the frozen berries and then bake it? Would this make the dish to soggy?
Thank you- Melissa
Hi Melissa! We would let the berries thaw first. We hope you enjoy this!
took the survey, looking forward to trying the recipe.
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I took the survey-love your blog and recipes!
Thank you Nanette — we hope you enjoy the crisp!
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Oh and I also made it. Delicious!
We’re so happy you liked it Ken! :)
I took the survey! Wish I could find the blueberry ones you’ve talked about!
This looks SO good. Never made a berry crisp before, but definitely going to try this one. Oh, and I took the survey. Thanks! :)
Thanks Lisa — we hope you can give this a try sometime soon (it’s so very yummy)! :D
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Took the survey, love this recipe as well!!
I took the survey!! This recipe looks fabulous!!
That sounds like a wonderful 4th of July! My parents are also moving out of my childhood home in the next year or so, and it makes me sad but also gets me excited for their next step. This berry almond crisp sounds incredible, and love that it’s so simple. I think I have all the ingredients already in my pantry! I’ve included you in my list of 9 Inspirational Blogs to Bookmark on my site today, by the way! I’ve been a long time reader of yours, and really look up to your incredible food photography and your authentic voice that comes through in your posts. I also love that you share my passion for plant-based cooking. In fact, you were huge influence in inspiring me to start my own plant-based food blog. I’m so excited to get your site in front of my readers, who I know will love it as much as I do :) Thanks for giving me something to look forward to reading each week! I loved your on Bjork’s podcast by the way. You have such a realistic approach to balancing blogging and self care that I really appreciate.
I took the survey! Thanks, Ali!
Took the survey. Definitely trying this recipe, I bet the almonds put this over the top. I never would have thought of using them!
Thanks Nancy — we hope you can give this a try soon and that you enjoy it!
Is this open to Canadians?
I love cobblers in the summer so can’t wait to try a berry crisp! I took the survey, thanks for hosting the giveaway.
Thanks Kelsea, so do we! And we hope you enjoy the crisp! :)
Took the survey! This recipe looks amazing. Cant wait to try it! Thanks!
Thanks Valerie — we hope you love it! :)
Hi! Can’t wait to make this! Took the survey!
Thanks, we hope you enjoy it!
I’ve been meaning to make a crisp for a while, I think this is the one. Took the survey!
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I took the survey! And I eat almonds every day :)
I took the survey. I am also in the process of making the crumble! Can’t wait to try it!
That’s awesome Brittany — we hope you enjoy!
Just submitted the survey. This recipe looks delectable!
Thanks Rachel — we hope get a chance to make it sometime soon!
I took the survey! This crisp looks just perfect– will be making it this week!
Thanks Jennifer — we hope you enjoy it!
Love this recipe! Will be making it for a BBQ this weekend :) Also, took the survey.
Thank you Nicolle — we hope you enjoy it!
Took the survey! And can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend- it looks amazing!
Thanks Lauren — we hope you enjoy! :)
This recipe looks delicious! Thanks so much- can’t wait to try it!
Thank you Sarah — we hope you get a chance to try it soon! :)
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I took the survey! Can’t wait to make this for dessert tonight :)
Thanks Tammy — we hope you enjoy it! :)
Just took the survey! I’m always looking for ways to add protein to my diet. Hmmm never thought about adding Blue Diamond Almonds to a crisp.
Yeah, they’re pretty awesome! We hope you can give this a try sometime! :)
I took the survey and will be making this for company next week.
That’s great Shelly — we hope you and your guests enjoy it! :)
OMG! It looks soooooo delicious! Best choice for the hot summer days! I will make it asap.
This crisp is breathtaking!! I love when it’s covered by honey and maple syrup. My best friend visits me next month so I need to learn how to make this berry crisp as fast as possible. He would be surprised because I never make something delicious for him before :( Nice recipe!! Thanks for sharing this so people can improve their cooking skill!
YUM! Made this for some friends the other night and it was tasty! We added some ice cream and all of it was lovely! A perfect dessert for summer.
We’re glad to hear it was a hit, Sarah! :)
This recipe is perfect as is!! I have made so many times and shared with others and they love it just as much as I do!! They all have the recipe too now!!
This was super easy and unbelievably delicious. It didn’t feel like we were cutting back on anything at all. My family was licking their spoon clean and fighting for the last bits.
Can I use frozen berries?
I made it with frozen mixed berries after thawing them, pouring off the liquid and adding just a little flour. It was fabulous! My daughter liked it so much that I caught her having it for breakfast! I’ll definitely be trying more of your recipes. FYI, I tried pinning it on Pinterest, but couldn’t get it to work. Thank you! ❤