Paleo Berry Crisp

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This Paleo Berry Crisp is the perfect way to use up any summer berries you happen to have on hand. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and is topped with a crispy, grain-free topping that takes just minutes to assemble. It couldn’t be easier!

paleo berry crisp in dark bowl with ice cream

Why You’ll Love It

  • It’s naturally gluten-free. Because this recipe doesn’t use flour or oats, it’s perfect for those with Celiac disease, or those following a gluten-free or Paleo diet.
  • It’s festive. This is the perfect dessert for a patriotic holiday, like Fourth of July or Memorial Day. I love mixing red berries, like strawberries or raspberries, with blueberries and some coconut whipped cream or cashew ice cream for a “red, white, and blue” look!
  • It’s easy. I’ve recently modified this recipe to make it as easy as possible. Just add the fruit filling to the pan, blitz together the crumble topping, and bake it all together for a hands-off dessert.
  • It’s not too sweet. The filling isn’t too sweet, since berries are naturally sweet on their own. If you decide to only use raspberries in this filling, instead of strawberries or blueberries, you might want to add a couple more tablespoons of maple syrup, to counteract their tart flavor.
  • It’s easy to customize. If you don’t want to add any sweetener to the filling, you don’t have to! If you want to use a different type of nut, you can certainly do that, too. Feel free to use what you have on hand.

paleo crisp topping in food processor

I tend to use shredded, unsweetened coconut in my grain-free recipes, like grain-free granola, because it helps add a certain “crispiness” that you don’t always get with nuts alone. But, if you prefer to make this recipe without coconut, you can swap it for almond flour or more ground nuts of your choice.

If you don’t need a grain-free recipe, you can use oats instead, too.

How to Make It

Here’s how to make the perfect Paleo Berry Crisp:

  1. Make the fruit filling. Stir together the fresh fruit, arrowroot (which helps thicken their juices), maple syrup, and vanilla. You can do this directly in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, so you don’t have extra dishes to do later.
  2. Make the crumble topping. Add the pecans to a food processor, and briefly pulse them to make a course flour. As an alternative, you can use almond flour here and skip the food processor entirely. Add in the coconut, maple syrup, oil, and salt, and process again briefly, until the mixture looks uniform, but not totally pureed.
  3. Bake. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the berries, then bake uncovered until the topping looks lightly golden, about 40 minutes at 350ºF.
  4. Enjoy! Let the berry crisp cool for at least 10 minutes, then serve warm with your favorite toppings. I like to add extra sliced fruit on top, to make it look extra pretty.

Wondering how long can you store it? This fruit crisp will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It does lose some of its “crispness” in the fridge, so you’d need to warm it up in the oven again if you want to bring it back to life.

I tend to just eat it cold as a fast breakfast, with some yogurt for creaminess.

finished crisp in pan and topped with ice cream

Variations

Need to use different ingredients? Be sure to try my other fruit crisp recipes below.

  • Strawberry Ruhbarb Crisp. This recipe is nut-free! It calls for oat flour and rolled oats, which keeps it gluten-free when you buy certified gluten-free ingredients. Feel free to use any other fruit you happen to have on hand with this recipe.
  • Almond Flour Blueberry Crisp. This recipe uses almond flour to make a buttery crisp topping, and you don’t have to use a food processor at all.
  • Cranberry Crumble Bars. Prefer to make bars? Try this easy recipe, which uses homemade cranberry sauce as the filling. You can swap the cranberries for any other fruit you like, or try Chia Seed Jam as an alternative.

paleo berry crisp overhead with ice cream and spoon

paleo berry crisp overhead with ice cream and spoon
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Paleo Berry Crisp

This Paleo Berry Crisp is an easy summer dessert, made with any fresh berries that you have on hand. It's naturally sweetened and grain-free, and is perfect for a patriotic holiday, like Fourth of July or Memorial Day.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword paleo berry crisp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 282kcal

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 2 pounds fresh berries , sliced if using strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch (18 grams; or corn/tapioca starch)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (60 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5 grams)

Crumb topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw pecan halves (177 grams)
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (47 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (40 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (13 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (2 grams)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, add the berries, arrowroot, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir well to coat the berries evenly.
    berries tossed with arrowroot in baking dish
  • To prepare the crumble, add the pecans to a food processor fitted with an S-blade, and process briefly, until they have a coarse, crumbly texture. Add in the coconut, maple syrup, oil, and salt, and process again, just until the mixture looks uniform. Be careful not to overblend, as you don't the mixture to become too greasy.
    paleo crisp topping in food processor
  • Sprinkle the crumble topping over the berries, then bake at 350ºF until the topping looks lightly golden and the fruit is tender, about 40 minutes. Let it cool for 10 minutes, then serve warm with your favorite toppings.
    before and after baked crisp topping

Notes

Nutrition information is for 1 of 8 servings. This is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.
For substitution ideas and variations, please be sure to read the full post above!

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

If you try this Paleo Berry Crisp, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it. And if you have any other requests for future recipes, I’d love to hear about those, too!

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Comments

Aubrey

YUMMM!

kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

Oh I think we call this crumble but love the idea of using pecans instead – do you bulk buy pecans as they are super expensive over here (UK)?

Susan

Couldn’t wait for 4th of July so we made it tonight. It was perfection. Very flavorful and wonderful texture. I used the fruit we had on hand – strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I’m already looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow night. Thanks for another fabulous recipe! I appreciate all your hard work and creativity.

    Samantha

    oh yum! i have so many blueberries on hand that i was going to try making this the reverse- make the filling out of blueberries and then top with some chopped strawberries! do you think that would come OK based on how you varied it as well?

Angela @ Food Angel

I need to make this asap! I bought something very similar from a local bakery that brags how healthy they are, but it was SOO sweet I couldn’t eat it!! We don’t do a lot of sugar around here! I’ve still been craving a less sweet version and this one looks great 🙂

Samantha

Hi Megan!

This looks so delicious. I’m planning to make it this weekend for the 4th of July festivities and will be bringing it to a cookout. Do you have any tips on how to transport it? I’m thinking I’ll keep the strawberries separate and then everyone can do their own toppings with the ice cream and crumb topping. Will everything keep in the fridge ok until its dessert time? Just wondering your thoughts- thank you !!

    Megan Gilmore

    I always transport it baked together, but you’re welcome to do it separately, too. (That might be nice in the case of nut allergies!) Since the crumble is nut-based, it doesn’t get as soggy compared to traditional recipes, so I love serving it as leftovers, too!

Karen

Megan- Do you have a replacement for the shredded coconut? I know you use it in a lot of your recipes. I could never stand ANYTHING about coconut~ however, since I’ve been on coconut oil over the last several years, the taste is acceptable to me now. It’s the texture of the shedded, however, that I couldn’t handle and find myself resisting now. Anything else that might suffice in it’s place? Thanks!
PS LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipe book!! I get rave reviews whenever I create something out of it! Thank you!!

Becky

I don’t have a food processor, except for a small baby food steamer/processor. Can I use a regular blender instead?

    Megan Gilmore

    I’ve never tried it with a blender, but I’ve used a small food processor to create a crumble like this. You just have to do it in smaller batches, but it works!

    Becky

    Thanks for your reply. I will try it tomorrow. Happy 4th!

Sandra

Thanks, I’m making this one today!

Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

This looks delicious– I love crisps because of how little sugar they need to be super delicious! Love the paleo topping on this one and will try. Pinning!

I have a question- I’ve noticed on several blogs recently the recipe being displayed twice– once in text, once in the recipe card. Why do you do this?

    Megan Gilmore

    I originally started doing that to keep things consistent– the printable recipe cards were a new feature to my blog a few years ago, so I had to go back and add them to my older recipe posts. Now I keep them this way because I don’t trust plugins, and I don’t want my recipes to only be available through a plugin in case something goes wrong with that software. I prefer to have it written out in my posts in case anything were to go wrong!

cecilia

I made this for the 4th of july and it was not only beautiful but also delicious!!! Not too sweet which was perfect after all the bbq and chips;))
I will be making this again and again. Love how easy it was! Thank you!

Trudy

I made this last Saturday night for dessert and my husband and picky daughter loved it so much. Thank you for sharing your wonderful healthy recipes. I am picking up a copy of your book Everyday Detox today at Barnes and Noble. Blessings!!!

Nicola

I made this using apples and frozen raspberries and switched the pecans for walnuts and it can out fantastically!

Mary @ Fit and Fed

I love berry crisps at any time of year, though they certainly are a natural right now at the height of berry season. That is a clever way to make the topping with very little added fat or sugar.

Barbara Yaich

Megan if we did this recipe in the instant pot, what would be the directions?

CECILIA VILLANUEVA-HARVEY

Would frozen ( fresh harvested)peaches work for cobbler?

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