This apple blueberry crisp is a cosy and warming dessert, perfect for a sweet treat on a chilly fall or winter weekend. With gooey fruit, a tasty oat topping made without flour and just the right amount of honey, it is a lovely family dessert that is vegetarian, gluten free (using certified oats) and low histamine.
Crisp recipes are always on the menu in my home, especially during the colder months! If you are looking for more fun ideas then you may like to see my rhubarb blueberry crisp and blackberry and apple crisp. Both full of fruity goodness!
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Why this apple and berry crisp is so good
- Easy to make: this is a super simple recipe with minimal ingredients but lots of fruity flavour.
- Gluten free crisp topping: we use oats in this recipe so it is an apple crisp made without flour.
- Bursting with healthy fruit: the apples go gooey and the blueberries burst and are sweet and delicious.
With few ingredients, this recipe is made without flour and has an oat-based topping instead. You will need:
- Apples and blueberries: the main fruit for this crisp recipe, and so perfectly gooey after being baked!
- Honey: for that touch of extra sweetness.
- Oats: use gluten free if required, such as the Bob's Red Mill gluten free organic traditional rolled oats.
- Brown sugar: for some extra sweetness.
- Cinnamon and nutmeg: both optional if low histamine, but if not, these spices add lots of cosy fall vibes. The Simply Organic cinnamon is good.
- Pumpkin seeds: for a nice crunch to the oat topping. The Terrasoul organic pumpkin seeds are good.
- Butter: to make the oat topping.
Make sure to see the recipe card below for the full ingredients and their quantities!
Step by step instructions
I've made this recipe to be as simple as can be, both because it's more appealing when it's a Sunday afternoon and the couch and my favourite show are calling my name and so it is easy to prepare.
This recipe has two main steps:
The first stage involves spooning the fruit into the dish and drizzling on the honey. Super quick and easy to do and kids may like to help with this!
Next up is the topping stage. This involves combining all the dry ingredients with the butter. 'Rub' the butter between your fingers so that it melts slightly and combines with the oats, sugar and spices.
Top your fruit with this oaty mixture and you're done. Head to the couch, grab the remote and start dreaming of apple crisp while your home fills with the sweet smell of baking.
Frequently asked questions
A crisp typically has an oat-based topping, whereas a crumble does not have oats and uses flour instead.
Yes it is gluten free if you use certified gluten free oats. The Bob's Red Mill gluten free traditional rolled oats are good.
Not at all, the crisp will still be lovely without. If you are low histamine and prefer not to use cinnamon or nutmeg, then a tiny pinch of cardamom instead may be nice.
More desserts to enjoy
Lots of sweet treats to enjoy with friends and family:
Apple blueberry crisp
For the fruit filling
- 5 apples cored and chopped
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 tablespoon honey
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Add the apple and blueberries to the baking dish and drizzle with honey.
- In a bowl, add the ingredients for the crisp topping. Rub the butter between your fingers so that it softens and combines with the oats and other ingredients. Top the fruit filling with the mixture.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until the topping begins to brown. Keep an eye on it in the last ten minutes for any signs of burning!
- Leave to cool for a few minutes before serving as the fruit will be very hot. Enjoy!
- Keep an eye on the crisp towards the end of cook time, as the topping can catch and nobody wants a burnt crisp!
- If you don't have blueberries to hand, then blackberries work wonderfully and are particularly lovely when you can pick your own in the fall months!
Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI) food compatibility list for histamine:All ingredients score 0 on the SIGHI list with the exception of:
- the SIGHI list scores cinnamon as 0, other lists rate it as higher histamine.
- nutmeg scores 1, but the SIGHI list states small amounts are well tolerated.
- brown sugar specifically isn't rated. Cane sugar scores 0.
- honey is 'debated' as to its histamine content. Sub out for maple syrup if you prefer.