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Tuesday
Jul092013

No-Bake Summer Berry Crisp ~ 3 ways

This no-bake, fruity-delicious dessert is the perfect compliment to yesterday's super simple pasta salad.

And because it's so easy I've made 3 different versions for you to choose from.  I whipped up all 3 of these in less than 10 minutes.  

No oven.  No fussing.  No hot, soggy fruit.

This topping is great on a wide variety of things beyond fresh fruit:

  • oatmeal...errr...overnight oats -- it's way to hot for hot-oats!
  • sprinkled in a peanut butter + jelly sandwich
  • on ice cream or a thick smoothie
  • banana soft serve
  • yogurt!
  • with coconut whipped cream + fruit

So what else is going on behind the food + photos?  You know, with life!

This summer has been out.of.control.insane.  In good ways, in great ways, in crazy ways, in stress-inducing ways, in a million different ways.  

One great thing:  I am absolutely obsessed with cycling.  I just can't get enough.  It's been this way for a couple of years now but even moreso this summer.  I have so much to learn + so much strength to gain, and I can't wait dive in further.  I naturally tend to more cardio in the summer months, mostly in the form of cycling + walking.  Although, I actually have gotten back in the pool lately after a 1 1/2yr hiatus.  Swimming is like a whole body meditative stretch.  Anyway...cycling!  Everything about it--the whole outside fresh air thing, wind in the face, the mind-clearing rush, sun on the back, muscle-hurting fun--it's just so so great.  A definite summer highlight.

Another great thing:  My friends.  I'm not really even sure how to describe these true gems in my life.  All I know is that I feel so lucky to be surrounded by them.  They made this girl feel extra-special-loved on her birthday last week.  One of my favorite days ever.

This whole being 30 thing isn't so bad.  Really.  If anything, it has made me reflect on the GOOD, be more thankful for the things I have, and stay positive for whatever it is that may come next in my life.  I get a little verklempt [choked up] thinking about it all!

So....

Back to dessert?

Print this!

No-Bake Summer Berry Crisp ~ 3 ways! gluten-free, vegan, [2] grain-free // serves 8-12

Coconut Almond Walnut Crisp - my favorite!

  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut, or 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil, softened
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup, or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  1. Place almonds in a large food processor for about 20-30 seconds until you have a slightly coarse almond meal.  Be careful to not overprocess or it will start to form nut butter.
  2. Add in all other ingredients and pulse until it starts to lightly stick together and is uniform in size.  About 12-20 pulses. 
  3. Taste and add more coconut sugar if desired.
  4. The mixture should be moist but not overly oily or dough-like and easily crumbled over the fruit.

Cinnamon Oat + Nut Crisp

  • 5 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Place the pitted dates in your food processor and turn on until chopped into small pieces.
  2. Add in all other ingredients and pulse until the mixture starts to come together and is uniform in size.
  3. The mixture should be moist but not overly oily or dough-like and easily crumbled over the fruit.

Ginger Cashew Crisp with Lemon

  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil, softened
  • 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup, or honey
  • 1-1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • zest from 1-2 lemons, to top
  1. Place almonds in a large food processor for about 20-30 seconds until you have a slightly coarse almond meal.  Be careful to not overprocess or it will start to form nut butter.
  2. Add in all other ingredients and pulse until it starts to lightly stick together and is uniform in size.  About 12-20 pulses. 
  3. Taste and add more coconut sugar if desired.
  4. The mixture should be moist but not overly oily or dough-like and easily crumbled over the fruit.
  5. Toss [or top] fruit with desired amount of lemon zest before topping with crisp then serve.

Fruit

  • 6-8 cups summer fruit - strawberries/blueberries/raspberries/blackberries/cherries/peaches/nectarines
  1. Rinse + lightly pat fruit to dry.  If using strawberries or stone fruits, slice into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Place fruit in a baking dish [~7x11] or individual serving cups and top with desired crisp.
  3. Assemble up to 1 hour before serving and refrigerate until ready to serve.

tips/substitutions: The texture of all 3 recipes should slightly hold together if pressed but also easily crumble over the fruit.  It should not be dry at all.  If for some reason it seems dry, pulse in 1/2 tablespoon softened coconut oil.

Sadly, I am out of ice cream.  Guess I'll be forced to whip up a batch tomorrow.  Oh, darn.

Ashley

 

Reader Comments (21)

Totally love the idea of a no-bake crisp especially that ginger-cashew version!
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
Omg biking to and from work has been my favorite for the past month and a half! I love the fact that I can get a workout in just in my commutes alone :) Unfortunately, I live in Chicago, so all this beauty and warmth will disappear all to soon :( and then, alas, it is back to the gym for me.
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAly@ReturnToYourRoot
Coconut-almond, please! Very fresh and delicious, Ashley! Glad to hear 30 isn't so bad. And I have been loving swimming lately. Agreed on the stretchhhhhhhhhh.
Love this easy berry dessert, but I am thinking I could eat this for breakfast or snack!! Looks so good!
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
Glad you had a great birthday! I love these, and LOVE that they're no-bake even more!
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie @ Little Kitchie
So summery and fresh!

I've been telling the husband that I want to get into cycling, too. Means I need to get my bike fixed, but that's feasible. Also, I like the word verklempt.
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Love the idea of no-bake crisps. It also seems like you could press the topping into little no-bake "cookie dough" balls. Yum!
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammela
That coconut almond crisp sounds heavenly! Light snacks in the summer are really the best kind, because you enjoy the fruit at it's best and feel well enough after eating them to continue doing fun things!
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon
*runs to kitchen to get her food processor*
can't wait to eat this
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgie
Your pasta salad recipe photos were replaced with the berry crisp.
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJillian
I love how you always give so many options! I can't wait to try :)
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne
@Aly - I do the same, spending more time in the gym in the colder months. Biking to work sounds awesome!

@Ashley - Yaaah swimming!

@Jillian - Ah! Thank you for pointing that out. I just fixed it!

@Suzanne - I am all about the options! Glad you enjoy them. :)
July 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
What a great idea.... Looks lovely.. Think a photo what incorrectly put.
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. & Mrs. P
Yum! I love crisp, and currently have a bunch of fresh picked fruit, so I will certainly be trying out that coconut almond version! I love all things coconut oil.
I also bike, and i bet this dessert would be a great bike picnic dessert if the topping and fruit were put into two different tupperwears and combined on the spot!
Perfect summer treat!! Lovely.
This looks so light and refreshing! I love the idea of the 3 different types of toppings. They all seem to go really well with summer fruit - I'm going to have a hard time picking between them! Or maybe I'll just make them all!!!!
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Tadic
I just so happen to have all of the ingredients for these, SO tempting! Annddd I just made your socca cinnamon sugar crackers. Amazeeee. I have been cycling a lot more as well, I just started biking to work. I have SO much to learn. I know practically nothing about the mechanical side of bikes, and I am ashamed to say I'm not even sure how to fix a flat. I am hoping I don't run into any problems on my way to work or commuting thru the city. I need to gain some knowledge in that department to say the least!
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Looks really yummy! The cinnamon nut crisp sounds really good. I like that it's a no-bake recipe.. it's just too hot to turn on the oven right now. :)
July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris
I am so excited to try this recipe! I haven't had a berry crisp in years as I cannot digest oats! Glad you had a great birthday celebration! I've been 30 for almost a year and it isn't all that bad :)
July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa C
Cycling = best thing ever! I can't get enough of it lately, either.
This dessert looks heavenly… perfect for a hot summer day!
Happiest birthday!
July 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentererin
Made the coconut almond crisp version last night. So good! It was super light and tasty. I'm looking forward to trying the other varieties :)
July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

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