I realized half way into making this crisp that I also made a Valentine’s Day Crisp last year on the same exact day. Which made me think for a second because growing up I was much for of a cookie or cake kinda girl and fruit filled desserts were definitely not my favorite.
Then, while I was looking through my photos from my last crisp post (which thankfully have gotten a lot better over the past year!) I remembered that I made that blueberry crisp because I was so excited that blueberries were on sale at the grocery store so I bought as many as I could.
And, sure enough, exactly one year later the same grocery store was having the same fruit sale and this one included raspberries and blackberries too! So I went a little crazy and bought them all! And then I made another crisp, but this one is 1 million times better and not only has three kinds of berries, it also has chocolate in it and I don’t think anything ever tasted worse with the addition of chocolate. Agreed?!!? Good!
I also added some chopped pecans to the topping for a little extra crunch and they toast up really nicely in the oven. The first crisp I made apparently didn’t have quite enough crispy, buttery topping on it (according to the husband) so this crisp has a lot of delicious crispy topping and tastes even better with a big scoop of ice cream on top.
- 6 cups mixed berries, I used blueberries, raspberries & blackberries
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ cup + 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup chocolate chips, I used dairy free gluten free chocolate chips
- 2 cups old fashioned oats, certified gluten free if necessary
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 5 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- ½ cup softened vegan butter, or regular butter
- 1 pinch of salt
- Top with vanilla coconut milk ice cream or regular vanilla ice cream if desired
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, add all of the filling ingredients and mix until combined and sugar and cornstarch are dissolved. Pour mixture into a 12 inch cast iron skillet, or an oven safe dish with similar measurements*.
- In a medium sized bowl, add all of the topping ingredients. Using your hands, incorporate the butter with the rest of the ingredients until a soft crumbly mixture is formed. Evenly distribute the topping over the berry mixture. Place into the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
- Eat warm or cold, enjoy with ice cream if desired.