Lightened Up Summer Fruit Crisp

28 Jun

Tis the season for fresh, sweet berries and other fruits like peaches.  I also love  that in addition to the sweeter taste, these fruit don’t cost an arm and leg during the summer months.  I use berries in oatmeal, greek yogurt, smoothies, as a snack, and atop cereal regardless of the time of year.  Similarly, it being a season other than summer doesn’t stop me from grabbing a peach.  I wanted to do something different with these fruits.  Conveniently, my want to make something yummy with these fruits aligned with Bryan’s request to make a cobbler or crisp of some sort recalling that it was incredible on one of our cruise vacations.  He sent me a recipe he found from King Arthur Flour that I modified a bit.  Mainly, I used less sugar in the filling counting on the sweetness of my fresh berries and just ripe enough peaches.  Also, I used whole wheat flour and went sans nuts.  Full disclosure, I didn’t cut the butter.  Paula would be proud!  The taste of the topping is definitely governed by that combo of butter, rolled oats, and brown sugar so it had to stay in my version too 🙂 Thus, I still defined this as a sinner meal.  That and the original recipe notes this yields 9-12 servings.  Sure, if you want a spoonful perhaps!  B and I polished this off in 5 servings oops. 


The Filling

  • 4-5 cups fresh sliced peaches
  • 1-2 cups fresh berries (I used chopped strawberries and blueberries. Rasp/blackberries would be great too)
  • 2 1/2 TBSP whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (1/2 the amount from the original recipe)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp almond extract, to taste (I used a 1/2 tsp , but in the future I’d use more like a 1/4 tsp.  It is potent!)

The Topping

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (aka the whole stick) softened butter


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9″ x 9″, or similar-sized baking pan/casserole dish with plenty of butter nonstick spray. (Definitely healthier than greasing with butter, but your call ;))

2. Whisk your filling flour with the filling sugar and salt.  Subsequently, add the peaches, lemon juice, and almond extract and toss until thoroughly mixed.


 3. Spoon your filling mixture into your baking pan and sprinkle berries on top. Set aside.


 4. Now for the topping.  Simply combine brown sugar, flour, oats, and spices.  Then, mix in the softened butter.  Continue to stir up the mixture until it becomes crumbly.


5. Sprinkle topping over the filling mixture evenly.


6. Bake 40-50 minutes until the topping is a nice golden brown and the filling is bubbling.   Allow to cool a little while before serving with a scoop of ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream!

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