This is the time of the year to get the best juicy, ripe berries – and I love them all! Since I’m still losing weight I look to berries when I want a sweet treat. Berries are a lower sugar (and lower carb) fruit, and packed with tons of good for you nutrients.
With the summer heat as much as I like to be in the kitchen, some days I just want something easy, light, and fresh. This will take about 10 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes in the oven. It is such a simple dessert without being heavy and wanting to go pass out on the couch for an hour after eating.
This is a dessert (or dare I say breakfast?) that you can enjoy and not feel guilty about. I’ll either eat mine as is, or with a bit of plain Greek yogurt. Everyone else can indulge in ice cream, or some whipped cream.
6 cups blueberries (really any berries will work)
For the crisp:
1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 stick of unsalted butter at room tempature and cubed
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon + some for sprinkling on top
Notes – If you want to make this dairy free or vegan, substitute 1/2 cup of olive oil for the butter.
Optional ice cream, whipped cream, or plain/vanilla yogurt
Scoop the crumble on top of the berries and cover completely, sprinkle some more cinnamon on top – and into the oven it goes! Bake for 40-45 minutes for fresh berries, 55-60 for frozen. Can be served right out of the oven.
So why the maple syrup over sugar? I think the maple syrup gives a lot more flavor, and isn’t just a flat sweet flavor like plain sugar. Maple also has a lower glycemic index and since it’s not as refined as sugar – it has more nutrients. This by no means makes it healthy – but I do think it’s a better choice.
I get organic berries. It might not be such an issue in other countries but in the U.S. our conventional berries are sprayed with many pesticides. Berries tend to absorb water, and also chemicals. They are also harder to clean since there are so many instead of 1 large fruit, like an apple. If you buy your fruits from a local farmer, feel free to ask them. Nearly every farmer I’ve met is more than happy to talk about their goods, and often enough the small farms here can’t afford to get USDA organic certified even though they aren’t using chemicals.