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Mixed Berry Crumble

My husband could not resist bringing home berries when he did some grocery shopping for me. He actually called me from the store and asked if I would make him a dessert if he brought home berries. He wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t see them while putting away groceries and start making plans to use them in a salad or some other healthy dish. I could  have saved money on groceries if I had said I that I would use them in a smoothie with spinach. :) But I love my husband and he has a sweet tooth, so I agreed to make him a dessert.

Just because I agreed to make a dessert, does not mean that it had to be a high sugar, high fat affair. I modified my Gingered Pear Crisp to make a Mixed Berry Crumble. The topping has ground nuts in it. You can grind nuts with your blender using this technique.

What is the difference between a crisp and a crumble? There isn’t one. I tend to call it a crisp if I make it with a firm fruit like apples or pears. I call the dish a crumble if I make it with small or soft fruit and I know there is no chance that it will look pretty when served.

Mixed Berry Crumble
Recipe type: Dessert
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 6 - 8
  • 6 cups berries
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
Topping ingredients:
  • ¾ cup regular oats (I use GF oats)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine (I use Earth Balance)
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In an 8 – 10 inch pie or tart dish, combine berries, sugar, and cornstarch. Toss to coat well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine oats, sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon.
  4. Cut butter into mixture.
  5. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle the topping over the berries.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 – 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

We enjoyed this warm, but my daughter liked it even more the next day after it had been chilled.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. It still looks pretty!

  2. Those berries look so good – what a lovely way to enjoy them!

  3. Love fresh berries–your crumble looks wonderful! I’ll take a scoop of vanilla with mine, please. :)

  4. Mixed berry crisps and crumbles are one of my favorite desserts! They taste like summer, no matter what time of year you make them!

  5. Alea,

    I too have a weakness for berries and happen to adore crumbles. This dessert looks perfect to me and absolutely delicious.
    Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

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