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Berries and a sweet, crunchy oatmeal topping are just meant to go together. Serve this blackberry crunch with some vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream for a summertime dessert win!

Serving of blackberry crisp with scoop of ice cream on top.

Sweet and tart blackberry filling topped with copious amounts of oatmeal topping makes for a delicious crisp.  Take fresh or frozen blackberries and turn them into this fabulous dessert. 

It is great on its own but even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! This is a perfect summertime dessert!

hand holding 3 giant blackberries.

Our blackberry bushes are in full production right now!  We were lucky enough to have a patch of thornless vines going already at this house when we moved in, and this year is looking to provide a bumper crop.

The only problem is it feels like it has been raining non-stop for months.  The lack of sunshine has lead to berries that are a little more tart than normal.

Little Dude loves picking the berries.  He likes to point out the ones that aren’t ready and collect the dark berries.  He doesn’t mind that they are tart.

The neighbor boy doesn’t either.  I’ll eat a few while picking, but not as many as normal.  It’s ok, I love baking with them anyway and I knew they would be perfect with a little added sugar! 😉

 I normally rinse the extra berries and freeze them for baking later.  Each year though, there is a day when I can’t help myself and the berries need to be baked now!

I usually use that opportunity to bake a pie.  I love a blackberry pie filled with enough lemon juice and rind that you can really taste the lemon as well.

There is just something about berries and lemon together that gets me every time.  I thought about doing that, but settled on a crisp.

Spoon lifting out serving of blackberry crisp.

Making this topping is so much quicker than a crust and I knew this would be perfect with some homemade ice cream or a dollop of  maple whipped cream.

What is the difference between a crumble and a crisp?

A crisp has a topping made of butter, sugar, flour and oats. Sometimes it includes nuts too. A crumble has a streusel like topping that doesn’t include oats or nuts.

More great blackberry recipes:

Blackberry ice cream is one of our favorite summer treats of all time.  It is smooth, creamy and delicious!

For a cute little portable dessert, try baking blackberry cobblers in jars. They are perfect for parties or a picnic.

plate of blackberry crisp with oatmeal topping and whipped cream

Blackberry clafoutis is almost like a cross between a dutch baby pancake and custard.  It is lightly sweet and super tasty!

Or for a showstopper, try a blackberry shortcake cake.  It’s two layers of biscuit-like cake wrapped in a whipped cream inspired ermine frosting with blackberry sauce all over it!

serving of blackberry crisp with oatmeal topping on plate.

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Serving of blackberry crisp with scoop of ice cream on top.

Blackberry Crisp

Servings: 8 Servings (a 9 inch crisp)
Author: Carlee
Berries and a sweet, crunchy oatmeal topping are just meant to go together. Serve this blackberry crunch with some vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream for a summertime dessert win!
4.95 from 19 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


Fruit Filling

  • 6 cups blackberries
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Tablespoons cornstarch
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Oatmeal Crunch Topping

  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 5 Tablespoons cold butter


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a greased 8 in square pan, 8 inch oven-safe skillet or 2.5 quart baking dish, mix together blackberries, sugar, and corn starch and let sit for as you gather everything else up.
    6 cups blackberries, 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, 1½ Tablespoons cornstarch
  • Stir in the maple syrup, lemon juice and salt.
    ⅓ cup maple syrup, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, brown sugar and cinnamon.
    ½ cup flour, 1 cup rolled oats, ½ teaspoon salt, ⅓ cup light brown sugar, ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Place the butter in the bowl with the dry ingredients and using a couple of knives (or your fingers) work the mixture until it is crumbly and well mixed.
    5 Tablespoons cold butter
  • Spread topping over berries and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • I like it best served warm with MiMi's homemade vanilla ice cream!


You can use coconut oil in place of the butter if your prefer.
I like using white whole wheat flour in this recipe, but all-purpose flour also works great.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 235mgFiber: 8gSugar: 24g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

This is my favorite thing to make with fresh blackberrys

Carlee Scharnhorst

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

Isn't it so good?

Marquette Sam

Thursday 18th of August 2022

I'm so confused. No. 5 says to place the coconut in the bowl. What am I missing?


Friday 19th of August 2022

I am so sorry, I used to make the recipe with coconut oil instead of butter and that must be a remnant from then.


Saturday 29th of August 2020

Hi Carlee, this recipe reminds me of the blackberry crumble we used to have as a pudding when I was growing up. Part of the fun was going out blackberrying in nearby fields. Unfortunately the blackberries that grow here are sad in comparison and I've never seen enough for a pudding, but the birds do enjoy them.



Saturday 29th of August 2020

You are so lucky to have a blackberry bush that produces such beautiful berries right in your backyard. We’re lucky you share such beautiful ways to use them!!


Saturday 29th of August 2020

We are pretty lucky!


Friday 14th of July 2017

Your blackberry crisp jumped off the page when I saw it. It looks so good. I found it on Think Tank Thursdays link party. I have already scheduled it to be shared, but when I saw it again I couldn't resist coming to look at it!


Saturday 29th of August 2020

Thank you so much!