First off, a disclaimer! This is not a real crisp. This may never take the place of a real crisp. I love all kinds of fruit crisps, so trust me if you’re looking for a crispy, crunchy, oat filled crisp you’re going to have to bake one. But! There are some times when you want to dress some fresh fruit up a little and make a quick healthy snack that’s a little more filling than just a piece of fruit. This is for those times
Let me tell you, fresh fruit is the snack of choice at our house. That’s pretty much all we eat for snacks. I try my best to buy local, in season fruit for the majority of our fruit consumption which means we sadly aren’t eating apples at the moment(and we’ll miss them for a couple more months!). Since we live so close to the Okanagan and have an amazing climate and a lot of different fruit growers locally we often have a lot of incredible fruit. I couldn’t help myself when I saw some nectarines at the store though so I bought a few. One day when I looked over and there was one sad, lonely looking nectarine left I decided to do something special with it.
It doesn’t look so sad with a whole bunch of blueberries does it?
And then with a super yummy raw and grain free crisp topping all over top? Perfection!
This was a perfect afternoon treat that I can’t wait to enjoy again when local peaches are ready. And maybe one with some sweet cherries when they’re ready. And you can definitely expect to see another version in the fall when our local apples are ready! What other fruits do you think would work well in this?
Oh, and did you notice that this is for one person? It just makes a small amount of crisp topping, but you can absolutely multiply this recipe by as many servings as you need. Or you can always make enough for 2 and then keep the rest in the fridge like I did
I have to tell you how exited I am about this recipe. It is so customizable. I’m pretty sure you could use just about any kind of fruit you like. You could add all kinds of citrus zests to the crisp mixture. If grains aren’t a problem you could use part nuts and part oats. You can use all different kinds of spices, nutmeg would be amazing as well as a pinch of ground ginger. Mmm! Just thinking about it makes me want to try out new combinations!
- 1 nectarine, sliced or chopped as desired
- ¼ – ½ C fresh blueberries
- 1 small squeeze fresh lemon juice
- 1 large Medjool date, pit removed
- 2 tbsp raw almonds
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- pinch sea salt
- generous pinch cinnamon
- Place all ingredients except blueberries, nectarine and lemon juice in a food processor or blender(I even used my magic bullet to make this!).
- Blend until the date and nuts are completely ground up and no large pieces remain, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Place fruit in a bowl and drizzle with a little lemon juice and sprinkle the crumble mixture over top. Top with slivered or sliced almonds if desired and enjoy!