Strawberry Crisp

Strawberry Crisp

The Farmers’ Market in my neighbourhood is seasonal; for a short time during summer, the street by the local park is closed to traffic and transformed into a bustling market with stalls full of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, baked and artisan goods, local cheese, meat, eggs and wild-caught fish.

I don’t know if it’s the market or the sun, but the neighbourhood comes alive on Saturday mornings, and it almost feels like you’re in some quaint town square, it’s charming.

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We got strawberries this weekend, juicy sun-sweetened local strawberries that taste like summer!

We just kept eating them… and when we’d had enough, we made strawberry crisp with what’s leftover.

This is what we do, it’s tradition – we’ll keep making crisps, crumbles and pies all summer long with the abundant fruits from the farmers’ market.


Sliced strawberries are topped with oats, nuts and sugar and baked until golden and crisp; it’s simple, quick, smells heavenly and it’s ah-mazing with ice cream.

I have it for dessert every night the rest of the week, and dream of the next farmers’ market when I can get strawberries again and… repeat.

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Strawberry Crisp



  • 1 pint strawberries (about 2 cup), hulled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch (I used Bird’s custard powder)
  • A splash of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond flour (or whole wheat flour)
  • 2 tablespoon crushed pistachios (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, chilled


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., and lightly oil a baking dish (or a pie or Pyrex casserole dish)
  2. Combine strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla and salt in the baking dish and mix well
  3. Mix oats, almond flour, pistachios, sugar, salt, nutmeg, cardamom in a small bowl
  4. Add in coconut oil and mix until mixture is crumbly
  5. Sprinkle oat mixture over strawberries and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, until topping is golden brown
  6. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream
  7. Enjoy!



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  • Reply coconutandberries

    I’m more used to crumble than crisp but I like my crumble crunchy so this looks ideal for me 🙂 There’s no sugar listed in your topping that intentional?
    Your pics are gorgeous!

    16 July, 2013 at 3:08 am
    • Reply Elsa

      Thank you! I think I’m more of a crisp girl because of the addition of oats, I loove toasted oats!
      Yes, I left sugar out, but it wasn’t intentional – I don’t know where my mind is these days… thanks for catching that though – the sugar makes it extra yummy 🙂

      16 July, 2013 at 11:39 am
      • Reply coconutandberries

        That looks more like it 🙂 Just noticed you used custard powder in the filling, wonder if that adds a little something special…

        16 July, 2013 at 2:14 pm
        • Reply Elsa

          Yeah, I think the custard powder adds a ‘little something special’ 🙂 although I started using it because I was out of cornstarch.
          It boosts the flavour of the filling and adds a nice vanilla aroma.

          17 July, 2013 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply What should I eat for breakfas

    It looks delicious. We still have stravberries and I buy them on a street market as well.

    16 July, 2013 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      Thanks Marta! I’m sure you’ll agree that strawberries from the market taste so much better than those from the grocery store 🙂

      17 July, 2013 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Lohi

    I am making this in the morning! I have been wondering what to do with these berries in my fridge was thinking a jam but.. !!!! lol

    17 July, 2013 at 8:04 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      Try it Lohi and tell me what you think 🙂 I’m always looking for recipes for my berries too!

      17 July, 2013 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply whiness

    It looks so delicious! I find it a perfect dessert… or breakfast! 🙂

    20 July, 2013 at 1:45 am
    • Reply Elsa

      Thank you! you’re absolutely right, it’s perfect for breakfast too… with yoghurt or milk 🙂

      21 July, 2013 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Lohi

    I made this tonight! Tastes sooo goood! My boyfriend wants to finsih the entire thing! #HELP! lol thanks boo!

    23 July, 2013 at 7:00 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      I’m so glad you like it Lohi! lol… let the poor man eat it and just make some more 🙂

      24 July, 2013 at 9:20 am

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