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Are you a crumble or crisp person? Do you love this time of year when after a delicious meal the dessert is a surprisingly healthy berry crumble? One of my favorite desserts is a warm ramekin filled with mixed berries and a delicious crumble topping of a little brown sugar, cinnamon, and something a bit crunchy. This particular recipe can be made in individual servings or in a bigger family-style serving piece.

Crumbles and crisps are terms that are used interchangeably. A crumble involves a mixture of flour and butter that is rubbed to the texture of breadcrumbs and cooked as a topping for fruit. A crisp is sometimes defined as a dessert of fruit baked with a crunchy topping of brown sugar, butter, and flour. My recipe involves a little flour, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. An easy way to make this into a red, white, and blue dessert involves pairing vanilla ice cream with blueberries and raspberries in this delicious treat! It’s perfect for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, or Labor Day.

Here are eight red ramekins filled with a yummy and healthy berry crumble which is a perfect red, white, and blue dessert if paired with vanilla ice cream.
Here is a photo of the finished yummiest and healthy berry crumble. Sometimes I make it in white ramekins and at other times I make it in red ones as above.

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Ingredients for the Healthy Berry Crumble:

1 cup fresh strawberries, quartered

2 cups fresh blueberries 

2 cups fresh raspberries

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

6 Tbsp regular butter, melted

2/3 cup unpacked light brown sugar 

1 teaspoon cinnamon

The reason I am showing you a bag of frozen berries is that although for years I have made this delicious dessert with fresh berries, recently I substituted these frozen berries, unthawed and they were terrific. The oven thawed and cooked the berries perfectly, so you decide if you want to use fresh or frozen berries. I actually used them because I wanted to make the dessert early on the day of the event. I hadn’t gone to the store yet, and I decided to give it a go. Win, either way!

Here is a photo of mixed frozen berries for an option when making this healthy berry crumble as opposed to fresh berries.

Step 1 for the Healthy Berry Crumble:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Put the berries together in a bowl. (If you want to make a healthy blueberry crumble instead of a mixed berry crumble, just use blueberries.)

Here is a bowl of mixed berries.

Put the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

Here is a bowl of brown sugar and cinnamon.

-Put the flour in a bowl.

Here is a bowl of flour.

Step 2 for the Healthy Berry Crumble

 In another medium bowl combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon.  Remove 3 Tbsp of the flour mixture and gently toss this with the berries.  Place the berries in an 8-inch square pan or in 8 ramekins.

Here is a bowl of berries with Three tablespoons of the flour, sugar, and cinnamon added to it.

Step 3 for the Healthy Berry Crumble:

To make the topping, add the melted butter to the remaining flour mixture; combine well.  Crumble little bits of this topping all over the top of the berries.  Bake until berries start to bubble, about 35-40 minutes.  Cut into 8 pieces. *Sometimes as in these photos I make this dessert in 8 little ramekins. I bake them until they bubble which is about 30 minutes if they started at room temperature. Also, be careful as they’ll be hot so place the ramekins on a dessert plate and serve them to your guests with a scoop of softened vanilla ice cream. It’s a real crowd-pleaser. (This recipe is adapted from Weight Watchers).

Here is a photo of the melted butter in a measuring cup.
Here is a photo of the butter being combined with the flour mixture to make the topping.
Here is a photo of the combined topping mixture.
Here are the floured berries awaiting the topping mixture.
This is the healthy berry crumble before going into the oven.

Here’s the final image of the yummy and healthy berry crumble! It just needs a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

I hope you make this delicious dessert sometime soon. It’s so quick and easy to prepare! I have it ready on the counter before dinner with the oven pre-heated. Then right as we sit down to dinner, I pop the tray into the oven. Then at 30 minutes or so, I remove it and let it cool for a bit while enjoying the dinner conversation. Then once the dinner dishes are cleared, I serve a wonderful treat!


Dr. Julie

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