Healthy Blueberry Crisp Recipe

The best healthy blueberry crisp recipe is refined sugar free. Naturally sweet & delicious, this is the perfect dessert using fresh blueberries.

Healthy, juicy blueberry filling made with maple syrup and perfectly baked golden brown crumble! This sweet summer dessert is served best with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, homemade, of course!

Best Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Healthy Homemade Blueberry Crisp

I try to cook and bake with natural, whole healthy ingredients in the kitchen, avoiding refined sugar when possible.

Replacing sugar with maple syrup or honey can be a challenge for some recipes, but this healthy dessert is one of the easiest summer fruit recipes that I have made the healthier switch.

This healthy blueberry crisp is made with simple ingredients, fresh juicy blueberries, old fashioned rolled oats, cinnamon, organic vanilla extract, and pure maple syrup.

Served warm, the crunchy oat topping pairs perfectly with a big scoop of ice cream.

I love making summertime desserts with fresh berries. This healthy blueberry crisp with oats is the perfect recipe for a quick, easy dessert to enjoy during blueberry season.

If you love homemade, from scratch blueberry recipes, be sure to try my Blueberry Pie!

Blueberry Crisp Recipe

What is the Difference Between a Crisp and a Crumble

A crumble is a dish of baked fresh fruit, with a streusel crumb topping. The topping is usually made with a combination of butter, flour, and sugar. Like a crumble, a crisp is also a baked fresh fruit dessert that consists of a crust or topping made mainly from oats.

A crisp is a baked fresh fruit dessert made with basic ingredients of old fashioned oats, flour, butter, and sugar, or in my recipe – maple syrup. The topping completely covers the fruit and is baked until the topping is golden brown.

A blueberry crumble is very similar to blueberry fruit crisps, as both contain fresh fruit. However, a crumble topping usually does not have old-fashioned oats and is made with flour, butter, and sugar.

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Kitchen Essentials for Best Blueberry Crisp Recipe

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  • Pie Dish or Cast Iron Skillet: If you have been around the blog for a while, you will know how much I love baking in a cast-iron skillet. But, if you don’t have one, a pie dish will work just as well.
  • Large Bowl: Made by hand in Texas, these bowls are meant to last a lifetime and become family heirlooms.
  • Small Bowl: Stoneware bowls are a staple in my kitchen and I love this set that comes in a 10″, 14″, and 16″ sizes.
  • Pastry Blender: A pastry blender helps incorporate the butter into dry ingredients without overworking the dough.
Best Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Healthy Blueberry Crisp Simple Ingredients

Here is a list of the all-natural, whole food ingredients you will need to make this easy Blueberry Crisp recipe. The total measurements are in the printable recipe at the bottom of the post.

Crisp Topping

  • Old Fashioned Oats: For this recipe, you can use old fashioned oats or quick oats. However, I have found that for the best results, I like using old fashioned rolled oats as they give the best texture for crisps.
  • All Purpose Organic Flour: see note under blueberry filling.
  • Cinnamon: I prefer to use organic cinnamon as it has a much stronger flavor.
  • Cold Butter: I use salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter. If using unsalted, I would suggest a pinch of salt to the crisp topping recipe.
  • Maple Syrup: Organic maple syrup is used in this recipe.

Blueberry Filling

  • Fresh Blueberries: This recipe uses 6 cups of juicy fresh blueberries. And while I enjoy picking blueberries from our local farm, unfortunately, they are not available year-round. So, frozen berries can be used in this recipe. I suggest allowing the blueberries to thaw and then patting them dry before using in the recipe.
  • Maple Syrup: Pure, organic maple syrup is the best. Do not substitute pancake syrup.
  • All Purpose Organic Flour: While any variety of all-purpose flour will work for this recipe, I almost always use unbleached, organic flour in the kitchen.
  • Cinnamon: Trust me when I say that organic cinnamon has a much stronger flavor than most generic versions. So, if you can, use organic!
  • Vanilla Extract: No imitation vanilla is used for making recipes in our home, pure vanilla has the best flavor!
Fruit Crisps with Oat Topping

How to Make Homemade Blueberry Crisp – Easy & Healthy

The steps for this recipe are so simple, which makes it one of my favorite summertime dessert recipes for enjoying as a family or for taking to potluck dinners.

With just a few kitchen essentials and basic ingredients, you will be enjoying fresh homemade blueberry crisp in under an hour!

Step 1: Wash Berries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash blueberries and allow the water to drain off of them.

Step 2: Mix Berries

In a large mixing bowl, toss the blueberries with maple syrup, flour, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix gently until all of the flour has disappeared from the berries. Pour blueberries into a deep dish pie pan or 10″ cast iron skillet.

Step 3: Mix Crisp Topping

In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, cinnamon, and salt. With a pastry cutter, cut in the small chunks of butter. Then using a fork, mix in maple syrup.

Step 4: Sprinkle Crumble Topping

Evenly sprinkle the crumble mixture into the baking dish over the top of the berries.

Step 5: Bake

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes until blueberry juices are bubbling and the crisp is golden brown.

Step 6: Serve

Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

Best Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Tips for Making the Best Blueberry Crisp

Prevent Over Browning

To prevent over browning of the crisp topping, cover the baking dish loosely with aluminum foil halfway through baking.

Catch the Overflow

When baking the blueberry crisp, place a cookie sheet on the rack below the baking dish. This way, if the blueberry filling bubbles over, it will not stick to the bottom of the oven.

Allow the Crisp to Cool

Allowing the crisp to completely cool before serving is best. Much like making a Blueberry Pie, this allows the juices to thicken up.

Easy Homemade Blueberry Crisp

How to Store Leftover Blueberry Crisp

  • Store this blueberry crisp in an airtight sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The crisp topping will not be as crisp once it has been refrigerated and while still delicious, this crisp is best enjoyed fresh.
  • To reheat in the oven, place in an oven-safe dish and reheat at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
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More Blueberry Desserts You will Love

Now that you have the recipe for the delicious blueberry crisp, be sure to check out these blueberry recipes!

  • Blueberry Pie: Deliciously sweet with a golden brown, flaky crust, nothing compares to a classic homemade blueberry pie recipe made with fresh berries! Like, Blueberry Crisp, this is the perfect delicious dessert and pairs perfectly with fresh whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.
  • Blueberry Zucchini Bread: This quick, easy moist, and delicious blueberry zucchini bread recipe is a summertime favorite. With shredded zucchini and fresh juicy blueberries, your taste buds will love this sweet quick bread recipe, sweetened with maple syrup.

More Naturally Sweetened Desserts

Printable Recipe – The best Blueberry Crisp

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Best Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Healthy Blueberry Crisp

This easy Blueberry Crisp recipe is a favorite summer dessert using fresh blueberries. Healthy, juicy blueberry filling made with maple syrup and perfectly baked golden brown crumbles! Served best with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, homemade, of course!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • Blueberry Filling
  • 6 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Crisp Topping
  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash blueberries and allow the water to drain off of them.

In a large mixing bowl, toss the blueberries with maple syrup, flour, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix gently until all of the flour has disappeared from the berries. Pour blueberries into a deep-dish pie pan or 10″ cast iron skillet.

In a small mixing bowl, add oats, flour, cinnamon, and salt. With a pastry cutter, cut in the small chunks of butter. Then using a fork, mix in maple syrup.

Evenly sprinkle the crumble mixture into the baking dish over the top of the berries.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes until blueberry juices are bubbling and the crisp is golden brown. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

Notes

  • Prevent over-browning: to prevent over-browning of the crisp topping, cover the baking dish loosely with aluminum foil halfway through baking.
  • Catch the overflow: When baking the blueberry crisp, place a cookie sheet on the rack below the baking dish. This way, if the blueberry filling bubbles over, it will not stick to the bottom of the oven.
  • Allow the crisp to cool: Allowing the crisp to completely cool before serving is best. Much like making a Blueberry Pie, this allows the juices to thicken up.

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