Mixed Berry Crisp with Chocolate and Pecans

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Mixed Berry Crisp with Chocolate and Pecans

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.

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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!

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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.

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Mixed Berry Crisp with Chocolate and Pecans
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
Filling:
  • 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
Topping:
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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*.
  2. 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.
  3. Eat warm or cold, enjoy with ice cream if desired.
Notes
Topping mixture is enough for a 12 inch cast iron skillet, if using a smaller pan you may not need to use all of it

 

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    • She Likes Food says

      It is so good, Denise!! I’m totally obsessed with those little chocolate covered blueberry and pomegranate seeds and this tastes so much like those :)

    • She Likes Food says

      It totally is, Ashley! I knew you would love the chocolate :) I don’t think I’ll ever make a crisp without it now!

    • She Likes Food says

      I’m a sucker for all those rich chocolatey desserts, but I figure if I eat something that has fruit in it I can eat much more of it :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Chocolate in the crisp is such a delicious idea!! I don’t think I’ll ever make a crisp without it now :) And the pecans taste so good on top too!

    • She Likes Food says

      The addition of the chocolate is soooo good, Ceara! It is like chocolate and strawberries but so much better :)

    • She Likes Food says

      It totally is, Ashley! I just ate a bunch for dessert and am already planning to eat some tomorrow for breakfast :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Gayle! Me too! I have to admit I took a few “taste tests” of the crumble before I put it on :)

    • She Likes Food says

      It totally is so delicious, Sarah!! I think you would love it! I have so much leftover that I can send you!! :)

  1. says

    This is one gorgeous crisp, Izzy, and I think chocolate sounds wonderful these berries! Using a skillet is such a great idea to get those nice, crispy edges, too! :)

  2. says

    That has happened to me…making something at the same time another year. : ) I was just looking at a recipe using chocolate in the crumble top and I love the sound of it. Pretty much everything is better with chocolate in my book! Also love it with nuts and some ice cream, too.

    • She Likes Food says

      Too funny, Monica! Maybe it is a seasonal recipe thing! Chocolate in the crumble is one of the best ideas ever! You must try it :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Mine too, Rachel! I like to tell myself that they are healthy and then I dump a bunch of ice cream on top of them :)

  3. says

    OK, that is crazy that you made a crisp this time last year too! And that berries were on sale. Berries this time of year are insanely expensive. But I will splurge on them for that sweetness that gets me excited for spring. This crisp is perfection!

    • She Likes Food says

      I thought so too, Natalie! I guess I will just make it an annual thing, haha! They were really expensive at most places, but that my favorite grocery store they were two containers for 3 bucks! I couldn’t pass it up :)

  4. says

    My local grocery store makes a crisp like this and it looks so good with all those berries in there but I really should make it myself, I love a good crisp.

  5. says

    I love that you added chocolate to this crisp, that’s an amazing idea! The topping looks so perfect and crisp, I wish I had a piece of this right now. These pictures look so pretty too! Pinned :)

    • She Likes Food says

      It is such a tasty idea too! Some of it melts, but then some stays hard so you get some in every bite! Thanks so much, Danielle :)

  6. says

    You had a berry bonanza at the store! What a great idea; chocolate in the crisp and paired with pecans (that sounds soooo good, Izzy)!! And no doubt it will be topped with a bit of vanilla bean ice cream! Crisps are classic and are so easy to pull together! I love how you made this right in your skillet too. Easy peasy! Isn’t it fun (eh, revealing) when we look back at older posts? I just want to go back and rephotograph so many recipes!! Thank you for this, Izzy!

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