Cherry Cranberry Oat Crisp

by Marla on March 31, 2011 · 65 comments

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Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

Cherries and cranberries. Two bright red fruits with spunk. The tartness of cranberry pairs perfectly with the sweetness of bright red cherries. Dressed with an oat crisp topping and heated in the oven magic happens when all the flavors combine.

 Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

Cranberries are my favorite fruit when fall hits, but they are not forgotten the rest of the year. Even though cherries are a summer fruit, I had to buy some when I saw them the other day at the market. I had fun combining two of my favorite fruits in this crisp.

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

The simplicity of a crisp makes it fun to prepare and even more fun to eat. Use your favorite seasonal fruits and oats.

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

There is something so fun about tiny little white ramekins. They encourage portion control and they make food look beautiful.

Long stem red roses for a happy Valentine's day

Here are red roses that were given to me by Mr. Fresh for Valentine’s Day. They were very pretty and put a big smile on my face. It is not often that flowers show up as a sweet surprise. It’s about time I showed off these beauties!

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

You can prepare this recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a few days if you need to. We enjoyed these crisps for quite a few days. Re-heat in a warm oven and top with whipped cream or thick greek yogurt before serving.

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

Nuts would also be wonderful in this oat topping. Toasted walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts…..

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

Do you have a favorite crisp recipe? What are your go-to fruits?

Cherry Cranberry Oat Crisp

Makes 4 servings

NOTES:

  • You can use fresh or frozen  fruit in this recipe.
  • The sweetness of your fruit will determine if you need sweetener or not. Sweeten to taste with your favorite natural sweetener. Stevia, honey, maple syrup and sucanat could all work great.
  • I cook my fruit first so I can taste it before it goes in the oven, that way I can better control how much sweetener and spices I want to add.

INGREDIENTS

{Cherry Oat Crisp}

  • 12 ounces Cherries, pitted  and coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces Cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • optional sweetener: Stevia, a few tablespoons Honey, pure Maple Syrup, Sucanat or Brown Sugar to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup diced unsweetened, unsulphured dried Cherries
  • pinch of Sea Salt
  • Cooking Spray

{Cherry Whipped Cream}

  • 8 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3-4 tablespoons unsweetened Cherry Jam
  • optional: natural sweetener to taste

Optional Toppings

  • Add some chopped nuts to the oat topping. Walnuts, pecans & hazelnuts would be great choices.
  • Top your crisp with some coconut flake or chopped crystalized ginger.

METHOD

Cherry Cranberry Filling: In a medium sauce pan heat cherries, cranberries, water and ginger over medium high heat. When you hear the fruit start to sizzle and cranberries start to pop reduce heat to medium. Stir a few times watching mixture, add more water if needed. Cook about 8 minutes until the fruit is saucy but still a bit lumpy. Take off the heat and add desired sweetener to taste.
Oat Crisp Topping: Combine the oats, coconut oil, salt and dried cherries in a bowl.
Assembly: Preheat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the middle. Spray four 6 ounce oven safe ramekins with cooking spray. Arrange them on a baking sheet. Evenly divide the cherry-cranberry filling among the ramekins. Top with the oat mixture. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until oats are golden brown. Remove from oven, let cool a few minutes. Top with cherry whipped cream.
Cherry Whipped Cream: In a stand mixer whip cream until light and fluffy. Gently fold in cherry jam. Store in refrigerator until ready to use. You will have extra whipped cream. I am sure you can find ways to enjoy it!

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{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bunkycooks March 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm

These are beautiful! I love the combination of fruit. I
also like the use of various sweeteners for those of us who need to
use less sugar. Love the photos! :)

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2 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Marla…wow, your photography just gets better and better
and inspires me more and more! The shot where they are lined up one
behind the next, awesome. The 1st shot and also the one with the
fork angled to the left, beautiful as well. Not to mention the
recipe itself rocks. I make no-bake apple crumble. It’s nobake,
vegan, and GF. I combines brown sugar, agave, oats, and I make both
a crust with it, and then make a coating for the apples. It’s as
good as any baked crumbles, but it is SUGAR overload…lol. I know
you’re a stevia girl :) I am drooling over your pics….
:)

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3 Marla March 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Averie: Your no-bake apple crumble does sound very good. I would be in a sugar coma after that one. It would be very hard to stop once I start in on something like that :)

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4 5 Star Foodie March 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Scrumptious berry crisps! I love the combination of
cherries and cranberries, a wonderful treat!

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5 Lesley Lifting Life March 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm

This looks fabulous!! And I love mini ramekins, they’re so
cute!

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6 FoodFitnessFreshair March 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I LOVE fruit crisps. These look and sound delicious. And I need to start using my coconut oil. Perfect excuse to put it to work.

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7 Rosa March 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Lovely little crisps! A great combination.

Cheers,

Rosa

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8 Maris (In Good Taste) April 1, 2011 at 2:28 am

Healthy and nutritious dessert Both fruits packed with nutrients. Looks tasty too!!!

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9 Katrina April 1, 2011 at 2:39 am

I love this! Cranberries are my favorite fall fruit also. I love the variety of ingredients you can mix with them. Can’t wait to make this crisp!

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10 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 1, 2011 at 4:48 am

they definitely DO have spunk! i love sweet-tart fruits like that, and i am pretty sure i’d be tempted to eat the entire batch ;)

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11 sweetlife April 1, 2011 at 6:07 am

I love crisps and cherries are perfect for this treat..great option to be able to use frozen and love that you listed different sweeteners

sweetlife

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12 brandi April 1, 2011 at 6:19 am

the single serving ramekins are such a fun way to present dishes like this – plus it means I stick to one serving! :)

These would make such a fun weekend breakfast for something special.

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13 Lucy April 1, 2011 at 6:25 am

It’s all about the flowers for me! x

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14 Marla April 1, 2011 at 6:28 am

Oh miss Lucy – thought it was all about the champagne, mini bars & m&m’s ;) We will need to pass the word around to hubby to send you some roses today. xo

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15 Allison [Haute Box] April 1, 2011 at 6:29 am

My mouth is watering for that crumble crust and dallop of
thick Greek yogurt on top! Yummy, Marla!

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16 Marla April 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Allison: The greek yogurt is just as awesome as the whip cream. Sometimes I even make my greek yogurt extra thick by putting in a cheesecloth over night.

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17 Amanda April 1, 2011 at 6:49 am

Although I am totally enamored with the recipe and cant
wait to try it with my kids, I just have to say. Your food styling
skills are SO awesome. Every single picture is just awesome and
shows the most perfect perspective and the attention to detail is
so perfect. You are such an inspiration to me!!

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18 Marla April 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Amanda: You are so sweet. I am glad to see you back online. Really missed you even though it was only a few days. You were only having a baby!! My attention to detail can sometimes get the best of me. I had so much fun styling this shoot. Cherries are a great subject, they reflect the light so nicely. Have fun with your awesome family and that new little baby boy. xo

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19 Jennifer @ Loving Bytes April 1, 2011 at 6:50 am

Looks delicious! How did your trip to Syracuse go? Hoping
to see pics/details in a post soon!

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20 Jenny Flake April 1, 2011 at 7:01 am

Stunning photography and delicious looking recipe!! Talk
soon girl!

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21 Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 April 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

How beautiful! I love all the ingredients in it, and can
only imagine how wonderful they’re taste together.

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22 the urban baker April 1, 2011 at 7:35 am

cranberries and cherries happen to be two of my favorites
as well. i love a good crisp and this one, I am sure, did not
disappoint! summer is almost here and with the fruits being in
abundance, this dessert is going to become a staple on my dessert
table! x

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23 HeatherChristo April 1, 2011 at 8:12 am

These look so delicious! I LOVE cranberries and cherries, and that photography is gorgeous. I love how the cherries and oats contrast with the baby blue background.

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24 Marla April 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Heather: I am addicted to that blue background. It is hard not to use it as a background all the time, I keep reaching for it. It! is really cool against the red cherries.

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25 teresa April 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

Marla!
Your FOOD makes me SMILE!
I LOVE cherries and cranberries too!
Sending you ooooooodles of sweet kisses!
xoxoxox

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26 Marla April 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Teresa: Back at you girl! Hope you have a heavenly weekend. YOU make me smile. Always :)

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27 Heather April 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

Gorgeous pics! Love those vibrant cherries – it all looks flawless.

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28 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets April 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

Oh my, Marla. I love love tart fruit in baked goods and this is simply the best. Are they still selling cranberries this time of year? I haven’t paid attention lately. Love the cherry on top :).

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29 Marla April 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Xiaolu: Not sure if they are still selling cranberries everywhere. I did find those at Trader Joe’s in CA. Do not fear, you can always but them frozen and they still taste awesome!

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30 Aggie April 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

oh my heaven…this looks luscious!! I love any kind of fruit oat crisp, my favorite kind of dessert!

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31 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. April 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

so pretty! This is my favorite kind of dessert! Happy
weekend!

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32 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner April 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Those are SO cute! :D

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33 Amanda April 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I feel like a broken record, but every time I come here I
have to say “that looks amazing!”

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34 Marla April 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Amanda: That is a super cool broken record to listen to. I will never tire of it, thank you!

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35 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food April 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Just beautiful, Marla! Crisps are one of the most versatile
and delicious of desserts, able to move with the seasons as fruits
at their prime come and go. Cherries are hard to find where I live,
but I stocked up on my beloved fresh cranberries during their brief
fall season and must have 5 pounds in my freezer waiting for a
great use. This recipe is it. Well done!

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36 Marla April 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Barbara: That is quite the stash of cranberries! Would love to have those hanging out in my freezer. I will be using cranberries all year round, that is certain. I bet you have some great fruit combos for crisps tucked away. Love how little thought needs to go into these things. xo

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37 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I love ramekins for individual desserts! This recipe looks really tasty. I can’t wait for fresh cherries!

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38 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm

These look perfect! Single serving treats are my favorite. Growing up I never liked cherry pie so I wouldn’t think to make this but you’re crisp looks delicious! Now I want to try out warm, spiced cherries :)

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39 Marla April 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Heather: I was not much a fan of gloppy cherry pies growing up. These days I love a great pie, but its gotta be real fruits and no wacky thickeners in it. These crisps are simply fruit & oats, so no glop :)

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40 Maria @ Scandifoodie April 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Marla, this looks absolutely heavenly!

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41 Angie's Recipes April 2, 2011 at 1:48 am

An excellent fruity oat crisp recipe! Nice clicks, as always!

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42 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 2, 2011 at 2:21 am

I just love the combination of cherries and cranberries, I often will make jam with those two fruits. There are a few bags of frozen cranberries lingering in my freezer from Thanksgiving, this will be a great use for them.

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43 Marla April 2, 2011 at 4:37 am

Sylvie: I must start making my own jam. Would love the control of sweetness, flavor and texture. Great idea!

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44 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 2, 2011 at 4:56 am

Marla that looks so sweet with the dollop of cream and the stemmed cherry on top! I love snacking on dried cranberries-they’ve got that lovely tartness to them :)

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45 Heather at Multiply Delicious April 2, 2011 at 5:40 am

I love the combination of cherries and cranberries in this crisp…yum! Beautiful recipe and of course stunning pictures. Love the flowers too. It’s always nice to get flowers especially from the Mr.
Have a good weekend!

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46 Cookin' Canuck April 2, 2011 at 6:13 am

What a perfect sweet and tart combination in this crisp. And the color – what a beautiful presentation.

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47 Shaina April 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I love the cherry and cranberry together. My favorite crisp
is apple, which is so predictable, but it is one of my favorite
fall desserts.

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48 Marla April 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Shaina: I love apple everything. I am now thinking they should join the cherries and cranberries in this crisp. They would add a nice sweetness.

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49 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit April 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Cherries are my all time favorite fruit. :) The topping looks scrumptious! (Great photos too!)

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50 grace April 3, 2011 at 4:33 am

what a gorgeous deep red color! nicely done, marla!

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51 Min {Honest Vanilla} April 3, 2011 at 8:48 am

The colour is gorgeous and the pairing as well! Absolutely delightful with the oat crisp crunch! :)

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52 Megan April 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

Your pictures and your recipes always have me drooling!

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53 Baking Serendipity April 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

In the spring and summer, fruit crisps are my favorite
dessert! I’ve never added cranberries to mine, but I love the
idea!

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54 Tickled Red April 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

These look too pretty to eat, but then again they are irresistible. Love the combination with the cherries.

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55 Miri Leigh April 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Looks wonderful! Such a perfect breakfast or
snack!

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56 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels April 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I’m always in awe at how gorgeous your photos are! These cherry cranberry oat crisps are so beautiful. I’ve never combined the two fruits in a crisp but can’t wait to try this. I absolutely LOVE cranberries.
I love apple crisps. :)

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57 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen April 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm

What a delicious and healthy looking dessert…Although I am pretty sure I could eat this for breakfast…hahaha..is that wrong? I love crisps! :)

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58 Nicole, RD April 5, 2011 at 4:20 am

These look incredible, Marla! I can’t wait to make them!

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59 Nutmeg Nanny April 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Mmmmm cranberries and cherries…I’m in heaven!

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60 Jaime {sophistimom} April 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Oh, these just make me happy, Marla!

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61 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction April 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

This looks so delicious! I love cranberries and cherries… Two of my favorites!

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62 TidyMom April 10, 2011 at 4:56 am

Marla this sounds fantastic…….and I always love all your little touches in your photography!!…that checked fork is SO adorable!!

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63 Mary February 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

It would be wonderful if this website could list nutrition facts for servings! But Wonderful Recipes! :)

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64 Marla February 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Thanks Mary! If there were 10 of me perhaps I could. Not now though :)

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