There are many reasons to love summer, but one of my favourite things about this season is the local fruit. I love walking through the farmers market and seeing the tables full of baskets of juicy peaches, pints of freshly picked berries, big barrels of cherries, and huge watermelons with insides of every colour from yellow to orange to dark red.
I always leave the market with my tote bag full because I like to eat as much as I can while the fruit is still at its tastiest! It’s so sweet and flavourful that it really doesn’t need much added to make a delicious dessert.
So today I want to share with you one of my favourite desserts that highlights some of the best flavours of summer. This triple berry almond crisp is a traditional fruit crisp that I adapted to include some more wholesome ingredients, like whole wheat and almond flours, and a nutty crunch from the toasted almonds. I used three kinds of berries, all from local farms and at the peak of their sweetness, so I didn’t even need added sugar in the fruit base. If you make this using imported berries, 2-3 tbsp of added sugar might be needed.
Triple berry almond crisp
3 cups strawberries, halved
2 cups blueberries
2.5 cups raspberries
1.5 tbsp lemon juice
2.5 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds
3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup melted salted butter
2 tsp vanilla
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Wash and dry the berries, then pour them into a 9×13 casserole dish and squeeze the lemon juice over them. If the berries are not ripe and local, you may want to toss in some sugar to add some sweetness.
To prepare the crisp topping, mix the oats, flour, almond flour, chopped almonds and brown sugar. Stir together the butter and vanilla, then pour into the dry ingredients and mix well. Then pour the mixture on top of the berries and spread it out evenly.
Place in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the crisp topping is golden and the berry mixture is bubbling underneath.
What’s your favourite summer fruit dessert?