Apple Strawberry Crisp

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Apple Strawberry Crisp is a simple treat for when you just don’t know what to make for dessert. It is fast, easy, and delicious. This crisp is simple to make and can be a great dessert for those nights you want to just see something different from the usual chocolate and cherry. The fruit adds in fiber and antioxidants that your body needs and the topping has tree nuts that add in healthy omega fatty acids along with fiber.

STRAWBERRY APPLE CRISP

This strawberry apple crisp recipe is a simple and tasty weeknight dessert. Made with an apple and strawberry fruit base, with a crispy brown sugar, oat, pecan and walnut topping. Serve fresh out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Crisp and crumble recipes are always a quick and easy dessert to make that everyone will love. Plus, there are lots of tasty variations to try, such as this apple & cherry crisp.

RECIPE HIGHLIGHTS

  • This is a simple and easy dessert that is quick to put together on a weeknight.
  • Strawberry + apple make a delicious combination of flavors for this crisp recipe.
  • You can make this dessert all year round, even when it’s not strawberry season by using frozen fruit.
  • Pecan & walnuts add extra crunch and flavor in the crisp topping.

INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients for this strawberry apple crisp:

All of the ingredients that are needed to make the strawberry apple crisp.
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  • Strawberries: Fresh strawberries are great for this recipe when they are in season. You can use frozen strawberries, but don’t thaw them first.
  • Apples: Really any type of apple will work, but some types are better than others for baking. For this crisp recipe, use Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Fuji apples.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice brings out the flavors of the fruit and prevents the apples from browning.
  • Vanilla extract: Just a tiny dash for a little bit of vanilla flavor.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar is used to mix with the fruit. Brown sugar is used to make the crispy oat and nut topping.
  • Flour: Flour helps absorb some of the juices in the fruit base so it is not too liquidy.
  • Spices: Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt add lots of cozy flavor and go really well with the apples.
  • Rolled oats: These are used to make the apple crisp topping.
  • Nuts: A combination of walnuts and pecans make a crispy, crunchy, flavorful topping.

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Peel, core and cut the apples into bite sized chunks and slice the strawberries. Mix in the lemon juice and vanilla extract.

Step 2: Mix the granulated sugar and flour with the apples and strawberries until they are evenly coated.

Process shots for steps 1 and 2.
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Step 3: In a separate bowl, mix the butter, sugar and spices together. Then add in the rolled oats and nuts, mixing until evenly combined.

Step 4: Add the fruit to the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 baking dish.

Process photos illustrating steps 3 and 4.
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Step 5: Spread the oats and nuts mixture evenly on top of the fruit layer.

Step 6: Bake for 350F for 35 to 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and crispy.

Process photos illustrating steps 5 and 6.
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VARIATIONS

  • Add in pears. This recipe works well with pears as well. Just make sure to use the same quantities of fruit. Try substituting some or all of the apples for pears.

STORAGE & REHEATING

  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Reheating: Reheat leftovers in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute, using a microwave safe dish. You can also reheat leftovers in the oven at 350F for 10 to 15 minutes, or heat in a mini oven until warm.
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EXPERT TIPS

  • Serve with ice cream. This strawberry apple crisp is delicious on its own, but goes even better with ice cream. Try vanilla, butter pecan or maple walnut flavors.
  • Bake in individual ramekins. If you are serving guests, you may want to bake this crisp recipe in individual ramekins for presentation. The number of ramekins this recipe fills will depend on the size of the ramekins you use.
A piece of strawberry apple crisp topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, on a white round plate.
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FAQ

Can I use frozen strawberries in this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen strawberries. You don’t need to thaw the strawberries before baking them in the crisp.

What is the difference between a crisp and crumble?

Nothing! Crumbles and crisps are the same thing.

What can I make with leftover strawberries?

If you are looking for other recipes to use up extra strawberries, try this strawberry banana chocolate smoothie, this strawberry martini, or this strawberry bubble tea.

Apple strawberry crumble

  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 6

This fabulous dessert is quick and easy to prepare. With a load of fresh apples and strawberries and topped with your choice of topping – and the smell is outrageous!

Ingredients

  • 6 medium (900g) apples
  • 500 grams fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Orange & poppy seed topping OR

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped natural almonds
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
  • 100 grams finely chopped cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Ginger & spice topping OR

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup flaked almonds
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • ⅓ cup flaked almonds
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 100 grams finely chopped cold butter

Cacao nib & coconut topping

  • 1 cup hazelnut meal
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 100 grams firm coconut oil

Method

  • 1Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease six 10cm (4in) round, 1¼ cup ovenproof dishes. Peel, core and coarsely chop apples.
  • 2Combine apple with strawberries, vanilla bean paste, orange juice and maple syrup in a large bowl.Divide among dishes.
  • 3Make your choice of crumble topping opposite; sprinkle over fruit.
  • 4Bake for 25 minutes or until topping is golden and fruit bubbling. Serve with thick Greek-style yoghurt.

Topping

  • 5Place ingredients in a medium bowl. Using fingertips, rub mixture together until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Easy Apple Strawberry Crisp

Apple strawberry crisp is a twist on a classic. The combination of sweet and tart fruit and buttery oat topping make the perfect dessert topped with vanilla ice-cream.

Apple strawberry crisp is delicious and a must-try! The combination of sweet and tart from the fruit and the buttery crunch of the topping makes it the perfect dessert. We’ve also included modifications to make this recipe healthy enough for breakfast. 

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You will love Apple Strawberry Crisp

Fruit crisps are an easy dessert any time of year. A classic apple crisp is wonderful in the fall when apples are at their peak. In the summer,  when berries and stone fruits are in season, peaches, plums, and mixed berries also make delicious fruit crisps. Here in Ontario, strawberries are ready to be picked in late June and early July. This recipe combines seasonal strawberries with apples which are always available and a staple on many families’ grocery lists. If you bought too many apples, this recipe is a great way to use some of them up and reduce waste. The combination of the tartness of the apples makes for a fantastic contrast to the sweetness of the strawberries. Both fruits hold up really well when baked and as the strawberries soften they become almost jam-like and have a wonderful texture. 

Crisps are an excellent way to use up fruit that is nearing the end of its freshness or has natural imperfections. Food waste in Canada is a big problem. The National Zero Waste Food Council found that 63% of the food being thrown out by Canadians could have been eaten in 2022. That is almost 2.3 million tonnes of edible food! (1) The potent greenhouse gas, methane, is produced when food decays in landfills, contributing to global warming. That isn’t the only concern with food waste though. There is a carbon footprint to consider when we throw away food. It takes a lot of resources like water, pesticides, fertilizers, gas, and electricity to produce, package, and transport the food we buy at the grocery store. Any way that we can cut down on food waste also helps to save money too!

Looking for more reasons to try apple strawberry crisp? 

Fruit crisps not only taste great but they are higher in fibre than other desserts like cakes and brownies. While they are still somewhat indulgent, especially when topped with ice cream, they do offer some nutritional value from the fruit and oats and because of the fibre content, you may need a smaller portion to feel satisfied. 

This recipe is lower in sugar than many other fruit crisp recipes and uses only ⅓ cup of brown sugar in the oat topping and 1 tbsp of granulated sugar in the fruit allowing the natural sweetness of the strawberries and apples to shine through. You can even reduce the brown sugar to 1/4 cup without noticing a huge difference in the sweetness. If you want this as a breakfast option, the sugar reduction might be a good option.

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What do you need to make apple strawberry crisp?

Apples – Sliced apples make up the base of this fruit crisp, adding a mildly tart flavour and a slightly firm texture in each bite. You can remove the peel if you prefer, but I like to keep it on to add extra fibre and to save on time. You can use any type of apple that you have available. Apples contain many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and they contain plenty of fibre to help promote good heart and gut health.

Strawberries – Two cups of sliced strawberries help this recipe burst with juicy sweetness. If you make this when strawberries aren’t in season, frozen, sliced strawberries are a great substitute for fresh. Frozen fruit is harvested and frozen at peak ripeness, meaning they retain much of their nutritional value. An added bonus of choosing frozen fruit during the off-season is that they cost less than fresh, and they often taste better too! Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and they contain soluble and insoluble fibre to help reduce blood sugar spikes and maintain a healthy gut.

Granulated Sugar – Also known as white sugar, granulated sugar is processed into fine crystals that make them ideal for baking. The finer the crystal, the more easily it dissolves for a smooth final product. If you want to cut back on the sugar content of this recipe, you can reduce it to 1-2 teaspoons of granulated sugar in the apple mixture.

Cornstarch – Cornstarch helps the juices from the fruit in this recipe have a thicker and gooey consistency after baking. This recipe can be made with and without cornstarch so if you don’t have it, feel free to leave it out. If you choose to omit it, the sauce created by the heated fruit will be of a thinner consistency, but just as delicious!

Cinnamon – Cinnamon adds a warm and cozy flavour to baked goods. It is one of the most versatile spices in your pantry because it is at home in both sweet and savoury dishes. In this recipe, it adds depth of flavour to the fruit base and the oat topping. 

Lemon – The acid in lemon juice helps keep the apples from browning and enhances their tart flavouring. Lemons are also a great source of vitamin C. If you want to increase the zippy flavour of lemon, you can add the zest from the lemon rind to the apple mixture.

Rolled Oats – Oats are classic in a crisp topping and provide some fibre as a bonus. Rolled oats work best in this recipe. If you use quick cooking or instant oats, the texture may change and become gummy. Oats are rich in beta-glucan, which is a soluble fibre that helps to remove cholesterol from the body, stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing down digestion, and helps you feel fuller for longer. Oats also contain resistant starch that passes through your digestive system until it reaches your colon where it feeds the good, helpful bacteria found there. 

Brown Sugar – Brown sugar is a combination of white sugar and molasses. The molasses give the sugar a rich brown colour. You can reduce the brown sugar to ¼ cup if you prefer less sugar. The sugar-reduced version would make an excellent breakfast with a dollop of Greek yogurt!

All-purpose Flour – Flour helps to hold the crisp topping together. You could substitute whole wheat flour for a breakfast option with a bit more fibre.

Flaxseeds (optional) – Flaxseeds add a bit of texture and nutty flavour to the crisp topping and are an easy to sneak in some healthy fats and extra nutrients. Flaxseeds are a source of plant-based protein, fibre, omega-3 fats, vitamin B1, and minerals such as copper. All that in a tiny seed! You can increase the amount of flaxseeds to 2 tbsp or omit them. 1-2 tbsp of hemp hearts or chia seeds can also be added for some healthy fat or even some walnuts or almonds.

Butter or Canola Oil – Both melted butter or oil work well in this recipe. For a vegan version, use oil or a plant-based butter. Neutral flavoured oil like canola or avocado would both work. Butter contributes to a rich flavour in the crisp topping. You could also use half butter-half oil to still get some of that rich buttery flavour everyone loves.  

Salt – A small amount of salt is added to the crisp topping to enhance the taste and bring out all the flavours. How much is a “pinch” of salt? It is the small amount that you can hold between your pointer finger and thumb when you gently pinch or about 1/16th of a teaspoon. 

How long will apple strawberry crisp last?

Once it has cooled, you can store the crisp in the refrigerator to enjoy for 3-4 days.

The crisp needs to cool for at least 30 minutes for the liquid from the fruit to set. An hour is ideal. The crisp is best served warm, especially if you are serving it with vanilla ice cream. It reheats well in the oven or you can also just microwave a serving for a quick and easy breakfast. 

What temperature should I serve it at?

The crisp needs to cool for at least 30 minutes for the liquid from the fruit to set. An hour is ideal. The crisp is best served warm, especially if you are serving it with vanilla ice cream. It reheats well in the oven or you can also just microwave a serving for a quick and easy breakfast. 

What can I serve with it?

Fruit crisps go well with vanilla ice cream, especially when warm. If you are eating it for breakfast, add a dollop of plain or vanilla yogurt. If you want to get fancy with a garnish, some fresh mint would pair nicely as well.

Variations

Swap out the melted butter for equal parts of canola oil to make this dish vegan.

Add a ¼ cup of slivered almonds, walnuts or pecans to the topping for extra texture and nutty flavor. Adding 1/4 tsp of almond extract would also enhance the flavors from the nuts.

Use 2 cups of frozen, sliced strawberries to enjoy this recipe when strawberries are not in season. In the fall, you could also use this topping for a simple apple crisp. Use about 4 cups of sliced apples and toss them with 1 tbsp of sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and a little nutmeg. A combination of apples and pears would also be delicious. 

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