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Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp

Hey there!

I’m back again from another adventure. Although I’m slightly confused as to what day it is, what time zone I’m in, and who is going to do all of my laundry before leaving again this weekend for a wedding, I have something sweet + summery for you today.

Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp | #vegan #glutenfree

Chris and I were on the east coast last week and just got home last night. He had work training in Fairfax, VA for a few days, so we thought it would be fun if I came along. I was able to bring work with me and stay busy while Chris was working so it worked out well.

After 2 days in Fairfax we planned to head to DC for a long weekend to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. I hadn’t been to DC since 6th grade and Chris had somehow never been. We lucked out with very comfortable weather on Saturday and pretty much walked until our legs couldn’t walk any longer. The two meals I ate for breakfast—plus mimosas + coffee—kept me fueled all day long.

Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp | #vegan #glutenfree

It was the first time either one of us had really take a complete break in quite awhile. Even though I was in CA twice recently and OH just a few weeks ago I kept working throughout all of those trips. But this time there were no house projects staring us down, no work deadlines to complete, and emails that could wait to be answered.

The only thing we had to do was explore + eat our way through DC.

And that we did.

Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp | #vegan #glutenfree

But before leaving for our trip I whipped up this lightly sweet, fruity, doughy-topped treat!

Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp | #vegan #glutenfree

Up until this recipe I had never tried a raw apricot before, which kind of blows my mind. I have no idea why this is but I had only ever eaten the dried variety. I decided it was finally time to try them out and they’re obviously my new favorite. If you like nectarines and peaches then you will also like fresh apricots. They’re not quite as juicy but the taste is similar.

I paired them with the most fragrant strawberries I’ve eaten this year and topped it all off with an incredibly simple oat crisp topping, which included a surprise ingredient.

Quinoa! We had a bowl of plain quinoa in our fridge that I knew wasn't going to be eaten before leaving for our trip, so into the mixture it went. The quinoa added a lovely crunchiness to the texture that contrasted well with the ripe fruit and soft oat crumble.

Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp | #vegan #glutenfree 

The best part about this dessert? It takes about 10 minutes to throw together and you can bake it on the GRILL! No need to heat up your whole house. This baby is grill-baked!

Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp | #vegan #glutenfree

Print this!

Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp gluten-free, vegan // yields 4-6 servings

for the crumb topping:

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour, divided
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa, optional*
  • 1/4 cup muscovado sugar, or coconut sugar, sucanat, brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil, softened not melted

for the fruit filling:

  • 8 ripe apricots, pitted + sliced into 6-8 segments
  • 1 pint strawberries, stemmed + quartered
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons muscovado sugar

Preheat your grill [or oven] to 350* F.

Stir oats, flour, quinoa, sugar, and salt together in a mixing bowl until combined. Cut in the softened coconut oil with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture starts to form a crumbly dough and the oil is evenly distributed.

In another bowl combine the fruit and toss with the vanilla extract. Then add in the flour and sugar and toss to coat.

Portion out the fruit mixture into 4 oven-safe baking dishes about 4-inches in diameter, or in an 8x8/9x9 baking pan. [You could also use about 8 ramekins.] Sprinkle the oat mixture over each portion and lightly pat down.

Place dishes on the grill [avoiding hot spots] and bake for about 20-25 minutes until the oat mixture starts turning golden brown. Carefully remove and let cool for about 5-10 minutes.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla Greek frozen yogurt or vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream if desired.

notes: *The quinoa is a fun addition that turns crunchy once baked in the mixture. However, feel free to leave it out. Simply add in 3 more tablespoons of rolled oats instead. This dessert is only lightly sweetened. Add more sugar if desired.

Apricot Strawberry Grilled Crisp | #vegan #glutenfree







The gooey texture and vibrant flavors just about killed me.




Reader Comments (25)

This looks incredible — and I am in love with the idea of using quinoa as part of a crisp's topping. Off to the farmers' market to find berries today, I guess! Thanks for sharing.
Such a lovely dish and a classic flavor combination! I'm always on the lookout for new ways to use my grill more often, and this recipe is perfect.
I'm glad you had fun in DC! I think we have a very underrated dining scene here. So many delicious restaurants. I am loving the look of this crisp!
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
I LOVE fresh apricots! There are a couple trees in our neighborhood that the neighbors let us take from, and it is so amazing when summer comes around and they are ripe! I can literally eat 5 of them in one go. This crisp (with quinoa! whattt!) looks so good. Thanks!
I love the idea of grilling a crisp! So original and fun!
This crisp is so perfect! I love apricots, being in CA they are always plentiful in the summer.
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi
This is such a great idea! Love that you baked these on the grill!
I would never think to grill something like this, great idea. I also really like your addition of quinoa to an oat topping. : )
We're twins today! I just posted a roasted apricot recipe--I'm assuming you have access to much better apricots than I do, because mine are generally eh raw. Try roasting them next time! I love just having them with yogurt or plain. I could eat like 20 roasted apricots in one sitting.

So sad we couldn't meet up while you were in DC. Hopefully we'll cross paths sometime soon!
I am so glad you had a wonderful time in DC!! And I want this crisp. You are an evil genius about grilling this bad boy!
This looks so delicious Ashley!
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMillie l Add A Little
Hooray for summer fruit! These little crisps sounds so perfect as a quick and SUPER tasty dessert.
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
Wow--a grilled crisp? I LOVE it!
LOVE fresh apricots!! Definitely have to try them with strawberries!!!
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShel@PeachyPalate
Ashley, this looks SO good. I am currently visiting a friend in California, where apricots are growing on a tree in their yard. I'm going to make a crisp tonight! Thanks for the inspiration :)
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIzzy @ Veganissm
This looks So irresistible! I always love crisps and crumbles during the summer, and anytime for that matter :)!
June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaclyn
Oh nooo why did I see this so late at night? Now I'm hungry and really wouldn't mind having this, hah!
You've never had a fresh apricot? We get them all the time in summer- they are quite often on reduced. Although Mom would only ever consider the canned variety any good for crumble...
June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAna
This looks delectable and healthy. I have tried raw apricot with oat, but this is simply going to be awesome.
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June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBally Chohan
I love trips like that - when there's nothing to do but relax and eat and have fun. They're always such a good break from everyday life and leave me feeling so refreshed : )

I really love the combination of strawberry and apricots here - it sounds utterly delicious and I love the idea of grilling this, so clever!
June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
This is such a fabulous recipe!! LOVE it!
This looks so yummy! I love the idea of apricot and strawberries! Amazing!
June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAthletic Avocado
Woah! This looks so good! I love anything on the grill, and grilled desserts are especially awesome. Can't wait to try this!
June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEgginon
Grilled baked goods?! My summer just got a million times brighter!
Love crisps! I can't believe you'd never tried apricots before. They are such a wonderful summer treat!
July 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Dembowski

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