A simple and easy dessert that everyone loves. It all starts with a medley of fresh berries such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. Go with whatever combination of berries you have on hand. If they need a little extra sweetness add just a touch of date syrup or maple syrup – when in season I find they are sweet enough on their own.
The topping consists of pecans and walnuts (although I have also used almonds) some soft dates, cinnamon and a little freshly grated nutmeg all chopped together in my Vitamix food processor using the pulse function to give it a nice texture. If you want to reduce the fat from the nuts you could sub some rolled oats in place of some of the nuts – it would no longer be a raw dessert but it would still be delicious.
I like to use a 9 x 13 pan – this is perfect for taking to a potluck or picnic. I have been making this recipe since 2010 when I first adopted a whole food plant exclusive lifestyle. I found the original recipe on the Whole Foods website. The original blog post needed an update and I also made a short little video to talk about the recipe for this new recipe post.
If berries are not in season try fresh peaches, mango and pineapple. In the fall go with crisp apples and pears.
Top the crisp with a dollop of plant yogurt or banana nice cream. The topping itself is delicious on your favorite banana nice cream creations or sprinkled over a plant based yogurt with or without fruit. So many possibilities!
Sometimes I make this in individual ramekins which makes serving it to a large group a breeze. Everyone loves getting their own little individual dessert. This is a recipe I come back to time and time again.
We made this video back in June but are just now getting it posted. This is a recipe I find myself going to again and again. Everyone loves it!
Raw Berry Crisp
- 6 cups mixed berries (feel free to use more berries) such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries
- 1 tablespoon date syrup or maple syrup more or less to taste depending on sweetness of berries or skip it.
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup pitted dates roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- In a (9- x 13-inch) dish, toss berries with syrup if using. Put pecans, walnuts, dates and cinnamon into a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Scatter nut mixture over berries and serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.
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