Grain-Free Mixed Berry Crisp (Vegan)

This post is part of our restricted diet series from Beth of Tasty Yummies.

Going to the farmers market each week, and being inspired by what is in season at the moment, is something I will never tire of. Walking the aisles, smelling the sweet aroma of what is most available – there really is no experience like it.

I have been dreaming of a delicious Spring inspired berry crisp for sometime now and I finally made it happen over the weekend. I have been making various fruit crisps for years, using all-purpose gluten-free flour and rolled oats, but I wanted to get creative and come up with a way to make the topping be totally grain-free, in addition to dairy-free.  I am so excited about how this came together and it really is simple to make. I offered several ingredient variations too, so so whether you are paleo or even vegan, this recipe will work for all of you. The best part is, those without any dietary restrictions will love it, too!

This juicy grain-free take on a traditional dessert is best served warm, fresh from the oven. Use whatever varying combinations of berries you’d like, you can even add in fresh peaches or whatever fruit is currently in season near you.

grain free berry crisp

Grain-free Mixed Berry Crisp (Vegan)

serves 8-10


6 cups fresh berries –  I used a combination of quartered strawberries, whole raspberries, and whole blackberries.

1/4 cup arrowroot starch (tapioca or corn starch will also work)

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)

grain free berry crisp

Crumble Topping:

1/3 cup raw walnuts

1/3 cup raw hulled sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds

3/4 cup almond flour or almond meal

1/4 cup arrowroot starch (tapioca or corn starch will also work)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

1/4 cup coconut oil solidified or butter, chilled and cut into pieces

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

grain free berry crisp

Preheat oven to 350º F. Very lightly grease a cast iron skillet or 8-inch square baking dish.

Hull and halve or quarter the strawberries. Add all of the berries to a large bowl, sprinkle the arrowroot starch evenly over the berries, being careful not to dump it all in at once, and add the remaining ingredients. Mix very well to combine. Add the berry filling to the prepared skillet or baking dish and set aside.

Add the walnuts, sunflower seeds and chia seeds to your food processor. Pulse just a handful of times to chop the nuts and seeds, you don’t want to grind into a powder. You are looking for a fine chop with some texture.

Add the almond flour, arrowroot starch, cinnamon and sea salt, pulse together a few times with the nuts and seeds. Then add the maple syrup (or honey) and your chilled solidified pieces of coconut oil (or butter). Pulse again a few times to create a crumbly mixture. You can also do all of this by hand, roughly chopping the nuts and seeds, adding in the remaining ingredients and cutting in the oil or butter with a fork or a pastry cutter.

Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling. Bake until the juices are bubbling and it’s lightly browned on top, about 40-45 minutes, covering it in foil at any time if the top is getting too browned. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Serve warm or room temperature. It is delicious topped with whipped coconut cream, regular coconut cream or your favorite ice cream.

grain free berry crisp

For more of Beth’s recipes visit her blog Tasty Yummies.

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9 years ago

This looks absolutely delicious!

9 years ago
9 years ago

This looks awesome! I know I have asked on this blog before, but is there an easy way to PRINT recipes from this page?? (Aside from copying each chunk of text & pasting it into a new document, that is…)

Brittney Lauritzen
9 years ago

Holy yum I want to leave work and go make this now!

9 years ago

Oh yum yum I have got to make this!

9 years ago

Delicious! I love how the summer brings the sweetness to berries!

9 years ago

Looks amazing! I can’t wait to make this!


9 years ago

ok, definitely making this asap. I’m thinking it will pass as a breakfast dish if I top it off with greek yoghurt?

9 years ago

sounds delicious, going to make it tonight! is there vanilla extract in the crumble topping? it’s listed at the bottom of the ingredients list, but not in the procedure. thanks!

3 years ago
Reply to  jackie

I was wondering this too!

9 years ago

Just made this and I’m obsessed. It’s so good especially for paleo, gluten free, and or dairy free diets! I highly recommend it!

9 years ago

This looks amazing!! I’m going to try it ASAP. So nice to see Gf and clean recipes!

9 years ago

I just made your yummy fruit bake…..I’m so happy with the outcome. Was wondering if you knew where it stands with the Paleo 20/60/20 rule?..Thank you Trina

8 years ago

I made this for a family gathering and many smiles were made! I love the pan look and so did everyone else…Good food can be beautiful! Thanks

6 years ago

Can you use frozen berries??