Savor the Sweetness: Small Fruit Crisp with a Golden Crunch

There’s something irresistibly comforting about a fruit crisp, and our Small Fruit Crisp is no exception. This delightful dessert brings together the best of small fruits: raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries, all baked to perfection under a golden, crunchy topping. The natural sweetness of the fruits combined with the crisp, buttery layer creates a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that is sure to please any palate. Perfect for any season, this fruit crisp is an easy yet impressive dessert to serve at gatherings or enjoy as a cozy treat at home.

Small fruits like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries are incredibly versatile ingredients that can transform any dish. They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, making them not only delicious but also nutritious. These fruits add a burst of color and flavor to any recipe, from breakfast dishes and salads to desserts and sauces. Their natural sweetness and slight tartness create a perfect balance in both sweet and savory dishes.

Raspberries and blueberries, with their deep, rich hues, provide a sweet yet tangy flavor that is perfect for baking. Strawberries add a bright, juicy sweetness, while cranberries offer a tart contrast that enhances the overall taste of the dish. When these small fruits are baked together in a crisp, their flavors meld beautifully, creating a dessert that is both complex and satisfying. The combination of textures—from the tender, juicy fruits to the crisp, buttery topping—makes every bite a delightful experience.

In addition to their flavor and nutritional benefits, small fruits are also highly adaptable in the kitchen. They can be used fresh, frozen, or dried, making them a convenient option for any recipe. Whether you’re making a smoothie, a salad, or a baked good like our Small Fruit Crisp, these fruits bring a burst of freshness and vitality to your cooking. Their versatility and vibrant flavors make them a staple in any kitchen, and this fruit crisp is a perfect example of how they can shine in a simple yet delicious dessert.

A very generous thank you to Nova Scotia Loyal for sponsoring this recipe. It is an honour to work with brands that align with our values and make it possible for us to share these recipes with you.
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Small Fruit Maple Crisp

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  • Author: The Kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x


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For the filling:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen Wild blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon

For the topping:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt



  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the fresh strawberries, raspberries, frozen Wild blueberries, and frozen cranberries.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, cornstarch, lemon juice, and lemon zest until well combined. Pour this mixture over the fruit in the large mixing bowl and toss gently to coat the fruit evenly.
  4. Transfer the fruit mixture to the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  5. In another mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, all-purpose flour, chopped nuts, brown sugar, melted butter, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Mix until the ingredients are well combined and crumbly.
  6. Sprinkle the oat mixture evenly over the fruit in the baking dish, covering it completely.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown and crispy.
  8. Remove the fruit crisp from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
  9. Serve warm, optionally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top.
  10. Enjoy your delicious and unique fruit crisp with a delightful combination of flavors and textures!
  • Category: Baking, Dessert, recipes