Sweet, bubbling berries under a crisp topping? Sounds like the making of a perfect berry crisp to me!

And while berry crisps are traditionally served during the summer, when berries are at their peak of freshness, I love knowing that you can enjoy this simple dessert year round. My trick? Pick extra berries during the summer and freeze them so you can enjoy this wonderfully light dessert in the middle of winter. I promise, it will do wonders for your winter blues.

Today, rather than just sharing my favorite berry crisp recipe, I’m actually going to show you how to make a gluten-free berry crisp four different ways. All simple, all easy – and all delicious.

How to make the ultimate Gluten-Free Berry Crisp via @kingarthurflour

First, we’ll start with the filling. I like to use a mix of berries, but you can use whatever you have on hand – fresh or frozen. Combine the following:

4 cups (1 quart) berries, fresh or frozen
2 tablespoons King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour
1/4 cup sugar

Mix these ingredients together in a bowl and transfer them to an 8" or 9" cast iron skillet (or 8” square baking dish or 9" pie pan) and prepare your toppings. When topped, bake the crisp in a preheated 375°F oven for 25 to 45 minutes, until the berries are bubbling and the topping has started to brown (bake the shorter amount of time for fresh berries, longer for frozen).

And now for the fun part. Here are the four different gluten-free toppings:

Gluten-Free Berry Crumble via @kingarthurflour

1. Classic Gluten-Free Berry Crisp

To start, we’re going in the crumble direction. Just a simple blend of King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour, butter, and sugar, it’s almost like a fluffy biscuit on top of the berries.

Gluten-Free Berry Crumble via @kingarthurflourHere's what you'll need:

1 cup King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into chunks
3 tablespoons sugar

Mix these ingredients together with your hands or a pastry cutter until the butter is incorporated but there are still large pieces remaining. Sprinkle over the berries and bake.

Gluten-Free Triple Berry Crisp via @kingarthurflour

2. Gluten-Free Oatmeal Crisp

My second option uses a blend of oats, brown sugar, butter, and spices. I love how crisp it gets, and the spices pair perfectly with the berries.

Gluten-Free Triple Berry Crisp via @kingarthurflourHere's what you’ll need:

2 cup gluten-free rolled oats (make sure to use certified gluten-free certified if you have a severe allergy)
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into chunks

Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the butter, working it into the mixture until incorporated. Sprinkle over the berries and bake.

Gluten-Free Granola Crisp via @kingarthurflour

3. Gluten-Free Granola Crisp

I love this option for when you’re short on time and don’t want to worry about mixing together a bunch of ingredients. Just use your favorite flavor of granola, mix it with a little butter and flour, and you have the perfect crisp topping.

Gluten-Free Granola Crisp via @kingarthurflourHere’s what you’ll need:

2 cups granola (any variety)
2 tablespoons King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into chunks

Mix together the granola and flour, then work in the butter until it’s incorporated and the mixture becomes a little clumpy. Sprinkle over the berries, and bake.


4. Grain-Free Berry Crisp

Last but not least, this completely grain-free option is simply delicious. Using almonds, some coconut oil, and maple syrup, it’s healthy, easy, and tastes so good that I actually enjoy eating it for breakfast!

Grain-Free Berry Crisp via @kingarthurflourHere are the ingredients:

2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup chopped almonds (or nuts of your choice)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup

Whisk together the flour, almonds, and spices. Stir in the coconut oil, then add the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture begins to come together and form clumps. Squeeze the mixture together with your fingers a little as your spread it over the berries – so you have a few larger pieces – and bake.

And now it's time to dig in! Enjoy these berry crisps, and make sure to leave us a comment letting us know which ones you've tried!

Grain-Free Berry Crisp via @kingarthurflour

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Alyssa Rimmer
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About Alyssa Rimmer

Alyssa grew up in Vermont, attended the University of Vermont and now lives in New York City, where she bakes and writes recipes for her blog Simply Quinoa. She's been living gluten-free for over four years. Alyssa also authors her own food blog and enjoys helping others see that gluten-free baking is easy, delicious, and fun.

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