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Blackberry Crisp

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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!

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.

plate with serving of blackberry crisp and a dollop of whipped cream

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! 😉

Spoon lifting out serving of blackberry crisp.

 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.

serving of blackberry crisp with oatmeal topping on plate.

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

More great blackberry recipes:

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

Or turn those berries into a fabulous double crust blackberry pie! It is flaky, fruity and fabulous!

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

3 giant blackberries in the palm of my hand.

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!

plate of blackberry crisp with oatmeal topping and whipped cream

Blackberry Crisp

Yield: 8 Servings (a 9 inch crisp)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

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!


Fruit Filling

  • 6 cups blackberries
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Oatmeal Crunch Topping

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (you can use all purpose)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 5 Tablespoons cold butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir in the maple syrup, lemon juice and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Place the coconut 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.
  6. Spread topping over berries and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  7. I like it best served warm with MiMi's homemade vanilla ice cream!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 235mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 8gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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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!

Thanks for sharing!


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!


Tuesday 28th of July 2015

I'm so jealous- all we can grow here are weeds and cactus! This pie looks amazing Carlee - thank you for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays!


Tuesday 28th of July 2015

We have really enjoyed our berry patches. Unfortunately most of the rest of the garden was blown over in a storm a week or two ago. At least we still have all the jalapenos we could want and the berries were plentiful! (we have plenty of weeds too, just no cactus!)


Tuesday 28th of July 2015

How delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!


Tuesday 28th of July 2015

Thank you! We loved it. Luckily we had some homemade ice cream to go with it. It's hard to get better than that!

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