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Strawberry Crumble/Crisp + GD/DF Option

Since the strawberry season is in full swing, making a delicious strawberry crumble recipe with healthier ingredients is a great, easy way to use those strawberries.

This strawberry dessert comprises a caramelized strawberry filling topped with a mixture of rolled oats, sweetener, butter, and a touch of flour. It all goes into the oven and is baked until it’s golden brown, crisp and bubbly. This strawberry crumble recipe can be made gluten free, dairy free, vegan and still taste delicious.

For a decadent strawberry dessert serve the strawberry crisp with whipped coconut (or regular) whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Strawberry crisp/crumble recipe.
Strawberry crisp/crumble.

Strawberry Crumble Or Crisp

This strawberry crumble is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while still being relatively healthy. And it’s so easy to make! The filling is simply strawberries that have been caramelized with a little sweetener. Then the oat crumble topping is scattered over the strawberries and everything is baked in the oven until crisp and bubbly. Similar recipes you want to try is this blackberry and apple crumble and apple blueberry crumble.

Strawberry crumble served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnished with mint leaves.
Strawberry crumble served with non dairy vanilla ice cream.

How Is This Strawberry Crumble Healthier

This strawberry crumble is healthier for a few reasons.

First, it uses less sugar than most strawberry crumbles and strawberry crisps out there. And not just regular white sugar, but maple sugar, which is a crystalized form of maple syrup.

Second, it has whole grains and fiber from the rolled oats in the crisp topping, which makes it more of a strawberry crisp.

And lastly, the butter can be replaced with a dairy free version (coconut based butter). And if you need to make this healthy strawberry crumble recipe gluten free, simply use a gluten free flour mix and certified gluten gluten free oats.

Ingredients For Strawberry Crumble

There are 2 components in this strawberry crumble: the strawberry layer (the filling) and the oat crumble topping.

The Strawberry Filling

  1. Fresh strawberries – or frozen. Just keep in mind that frozen fruit lowers the temperature of mixture, which can result in a longer baking time. Also due to high water content you will need a bit more starch to absorb it. If you use frozen strawberries, don’t thaw them! You want them to stay frozen and release liquid slowly as they cook. Also adding some lemon juice is optional, I think the strawberries are tart enough, so I’m not using any.
  2. Arrowroot flour – or any starchy flour, it helps absorb moisture and thicken the juices so that your filling isn’t too runny.
  3. Maple sugar – coconut sugar, brown sugar also works. Add less if your strawberries are ripe and sweet. Add more if they’re not.

Crumble Topping

See tips, notes and more instructions in my previous post for oat crumble topping recipe.

  1. Rolled oats – rolled oats are the best (not steel cut or quick oats) whether you use regular or gluten free.
  2. Flour – use one plain type or a mix (your choice). Finer (starchier) flours will yields a more golden brown surface. Whole grain flours are healthier but they will change the texture and flavor a bit. You can use oat flour combined with a finer flour for a healthier strawberry crumble. Or use a gluten free flour mix with same great results!
  3. Butter – use vegan butter or coconut oil to keep it vegan & dairy free.
  4. Maple sugar – to keep the recipe refined sugar free. Brown sugar or coconut sugar are also wonderful.
  5. Walnuts – provide crunch and a rich sweet taste. Feel free to use your favorite nuts or omit them. You can use almond flour (ground almonds) as an alternative.
  6. Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Find the complete printable recipe with measurements below in the recipe card.

Healthy Strawberry Crumble Made With Fresh Strawberries.

How To Make Strawberry Crumble

Instructions

Step 1. Make The Crumble Topping First

  • Place you butter in the freezer for at least 1 hour before starting. Then, if you’re doing it by hand, use a grater: in a bowl, rub the frozen butter against the smaller grating surface on a box grater. Toss the frozen shreds of butter with flour until all pieces are coated.
  • If you have a food processor: add the cold butter and the flour to the bowl of a food processor and pulse the mixture until you have a chunky / crumb like mixture.
  • To the butter and flour mixture, add the rest of ingredients and mix to combine. Place the crumb topping in the fridge while you make the rest.
  • Preheat oven to 360 degrees F.
Process shots showing how to make oat crumble topping for strawberries.
Oat crumble topping.

Step 2. Prepare the strawberry filling:

  • Rinse the strawberries and pat dry, cut into 2 or 3 if they’re large.
  • Add maple sugar and flour and place them all in a baking dish, toss to coat. I used the same 9-inch square pan for mixing that I’m going to use for baking, to reduce the dirty dishes. This baking dish has a ceramic coating so you don’t need to grease it.
  • Spread in an even layer.
Process shots how to make strawberry filling for crumble/crisp.
Strawberry filling.

Step 3. Assemble the strawberry crumble and bake:

  • Scatter the oat crumble over the surface of the strawberry layer.
  • Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. If using frozen strawberries, the baking time could be 5 to 10 minutes longer.
Baked strawberry crumble/crisp cooling.
Baked strawberry crumble/crisp cooling.

Step 4. Cool and serve!

  • Once it’s crisp and golden remove from oven and let it cool.
  • Serve warm, cold or room temperature. Enjoy

Add-ins And Tips

  • Add ins: flaked coconut, dried fruits, crushed pecans or sliced almonds (or seeds if allergic to nuts).
  • Combine with other fruits: If you don’t have enough strawberries, you can add some apples or other berries.
  • Smaller portions: bake the apple and blueberry crumble in small individual ramekins instead of one large pie dish.
Juicy caramelized strawberry crisp.
Juicy caramelized strawberry crisp.

Storing The Strawberry Crumble

  • Storing leftovers: if already baked, keep the strawberry crisp/ crumble at room temperature for 1 day or up to 3 days in the fridge. If you want to prepare the healthy strawberry crumble in advance (unbaked) and store, then keep it assembled in the freezer for before baking. Keeping in the fridge will make the strawberries release a lot of juice, they don’t keep well once mixed with sugar.
  • Freezing: the strawberry crisp/ crumble can be frozen for up to 3 months either baked or un-baked. For longer storage is best to freeze the strawberry crumble unbaked, it will keep it’s texture better.
  • Thawing: No need to thaw the strawberry crisp. Just place it in your preheated oven (360 degrees F) straight from the freezer and add a few minutes on to the cooking time.

Strawberry Crisp/Crumble FAQs

How do you know when strawberry crumble is done?

The strawberry layer should be bubbling and the surface of the crumble should be an even medium golden brown.

How do I make my strawberry crumble topping crisp?

Adding oats in the crumble topping and the right amount of butter and sugar will ensure the top is crisp.

My strawberry crisp/crumble is too runny, what can I do?

There are a couple of things you can do to thicken strawberry crumble: You need to make sure your strawberries are coated with a starchy flour in order to absorb as much water as possible. You can start with adding an extra tablespoon and see how it goes. Or/ and bake the strawberry crumble for a little longer, this will also help to evaporate some of the liquid.

Can I make strawberry crumble with frozen strawberries?

Yes! If you’re using frozen strawberries, there’s no need to thaw them before adding them to the baking dish. Frozen berries will release more juice as they bake so the strawberry crumble might be a bit runnier.

Strawberry crisp/crumble.
Strawberry crisp/crumble.

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A delicious strawberry crumble recipe with healthier ingredients. This strawberry dessert comprises a caramelized strawberry filling topped with a mixture of rolled oats, sweetener, butter, and a touch of flour. It all goes into the oven and is baked until it’s golden brown, crisp and bubbly similar to a strawberry crisp. This strawberry crumble recipe can be made gluten free, dairy free, vegan and still taste delicious. #strawberrycrumble #strawberrycrisp #strawberrydessert #healthydessert

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Healthier Strawberry Crumble/Crisp + GD/DF Option

A delicious strawberry crumble recipe with healthier ingredients. This strawberry dessert comprises a caramelized strawberry filling topped with a mixture of rolled oats, sweetener, butter, and a touch of flour. It all goes into the oven and is baked until it’s golden brown, crisp and bubbly. This strawberry crumble recipe can be made gluten free, dairy free, vegan and still taste delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan Inspired
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 348.5kcal
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Ingredients
 

Strawberry Filling

  • 6 cups fresh strawberries - halved, or frozen
  • 3-4 tbsp maple sugar - or your favorite sweetener
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour - or any other starchy flour, add 1 tbsp more if using frozen strawberries

Crumble Topping

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats - use gluten free if you need
  • 1/3 cup flour - for gluten free see notes
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts - optional, but recommended
  • 6 tbsp butter - for dairy free see notes
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar - or brown sugar or coconut sugar

Instructions
 

Step 1. Make The Crumble Topping First

  • Place you butter in the freezer for at least 1 hour before starting. Then, if you’re doing it by hand, use a grater: in a bowl, rub the frozen butter against the smaller grating surface on a box grater. Toss the frozen shreds of butter with flour until all pieces are coated.
    If you have a food processor: add the cold butter and the flour to the bowl of a food processor and pulse the mixture until you have a chunky / crumb like mixture.
  • To the butter and flour mixture, add the rest of ingredients and mix to combine. Place the crumb topping in the fridge while you make the rest.
    Preheat oven to 360 degrees F.

Step 2. Prepare the strawberry filling

  • Rinse the strawberries and pat dry, cut into 2 or 3 if they’re large.
  • Add maple sugar and flour and place them all in a baking dish, toss to coat.
    I used the same 9-inch square pan for mixing that I’m going to use for baking, to reduce the dirty dishes. This baking dish has a ceramic coating so you don’t need to grease it.
    Spread in an even layer.

Step 3. Assemble the strawberry crumble and bake

  • Scatter the oat crumble over the surface of the strawberry layer.
  • Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. If using frozen strawberries, the baking time could be 5 to 10 minutes longer.

Step 4. Cool and serve

  • Once it’s crisp and golden remove from oven and let it cool.
    Serve warm, cold or room temperature. Enjoy!

What You Need

Ceramic Non-stick Baking Pan

Notes

Tips 

  • The butter can be replaced with a dairy free version, like this coconut based butter.
  • Gluten free strawberry crumble – you can use oat flour combined with a finer flour for a healthier strawberry crumble. Or use a gluten free flour mix with same great results!
  • If you use frozen strawberries, don’t thaw them! You want them to stay frozen and release liquid slowly as they cook. 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cup | Calories: 348.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.47g | Protein: 6.11g | Fiber: 5.66g | Sugar: 18.33g | Vitamin A: 373.5IU | Vitamin C: 84.86mg | Calcium: 57.5mg | Iron: 2.24mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.

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