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This 5 ingredient gluten-free and refined sugar-free blueberry crisp is THE sweet taste of mid-summer. It’s quick and simple, sweet, but not too sweet, and full of healthy antioxidants. It’s made with fresh-picked blueberries, rolled oats, homemade oat flour, vanilla extract, and a bit of maple syrup to bring out the sweetness.
BLUEBERRY SEASON IS HERE!
It’s blueberry season and I can’t even contain it! I love berries so much, especially when they’re organic, and even more especially when I get to pick them myself. It’s so much more fulfilling to pick berries on a beautiful summer day, rather than buying a package at the store. Look around online for local blueberry U-Picks, you might be happily surprised to find one near you! My dream is to get some property and grow all of my own food, including endless varieties of berries, for myself, and the wildlife! It’s so exciting to me!
ALL ABOUT THIS HEALTHY DESSERT
This blueberry crisp is the perfect, guilt-free dessert for the summertime, or anytime, really. If you’re like me and can’t handle heavy and overly sugary desserts, then this one is for you. You can always add more maple syrup depending on your sweetness preference, but I really like the mild tartness from the blueberries. The sweet, tart, and salty flavors are very balanced.
In addition to its incredible flavor, I also love this blueberry crisp recipe because it is:
- Easy: Only 5 simple ingredients that are readily available to anyone and everyone.
- Healthier: You know exactly what’s in this dessert. No hidden ingredients, and no excessive sugar.
- Versatile: Crisps are so customizable. Half peaches, half blueberries would be incredible!
- Freezer friendly: It even freezes well! I just freeze mine in reusable glass containers.
- Enjoyed by everyone! It’s a dessert the whole family will enjoy!
WHAT WILL YOU NEED FOR THIS 5 INGREDIENT BLUEBERRY CRISP?
- Blueberries: I used about 4 cups of fresh blueberries for this recipe. You could try frozen, but the flavor might come out a bit differently.
- Grass-fed Butter: Always opt for grass-fed organic butter! You could try using ghee, but I haven’t tried that yet.
- Maple Syrup: The maple syrup brings out the sweetness of the blueberries. Always make sure you find 100% pure maple syrup.
- Vanilla Extract: I love the Simply Organic Vanilla Extract.
- Rolled oats: I used old-fashioned rolled oats, but you could use regular rolled oats.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLUEBERRIES
Do you see that dark purple pigment in the blueberries? That is due to anthocyanins, a flavonoid polyphenol phytonutrient. A VERY powerful type of antioxidant. Blueberries are jam-packed with antioxidants that fight harmful free-radicals, boost brain and eye health, and reduce inflammation. They’re a good source of fiber for enhanced digestion and vitamin C to support immune function, skin elasticity, and more. Blueberries are an incredible nutrient-dense superfood. Eat more bluebs! Berries in general!
FIND ORGANIC BLUEBERRIES
It’s important to try and find certified organic blueberries, to protect against harmful pesticides, or, find a local farm that doesn’t spray their crop. If these aren’t options for you, make sure to soak the blueberries and rinse them very well before ingesting.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE OAT FLOUR
It’s so simple to make homemade oat flour using rolled oats, as long as you have some sort of a blender or food processor. It’s much cheaper, too!
All you have to do is throw the oats into a blender and blend until it turns into flour. It’s usually about a 1:1 ratio of oats to oat flour. So if you need 1 cup oat flour, blend about 1 cup of rolled oats.
You should always try to opt for organic oats as well, since grains tend to be heavily sprayed with chemicals, unfortunately. Here’s the gluten-free rolled oats that I buy!
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This 5 ingredient gluten-free and refined sugar-free blueberry crisp is the taste of mid-summer. It’s quick and simple, sweet, but not too sweet, and full of healthy antioxidants.
FOR THE OAT FLOUR
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
FOR THE CRUMBLE
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon himalayan pink salt or sea salt
- 3 tablespoons salted butter, slightly softened
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
FOR THE FILLING
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a small baking dish (like this 7 x 11 dish) with butter or ghee.
MAKE THE OAT FLOUR
Add 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats to a blender or food processor. Process until it resembles flour. Set aside.
MAKE THE CRUMBLE
- In a medium bowl, combine oat flour (all but 4 tablespoons), rolled oats, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
- Cut 3 tablespoons of butter into small cubes. Then, use fingers to cut butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is distributed and the mixture is crumbly. Once the mixture is crumbly, gently mix in 1/4 cup maple syrup. Set aside mixture in the refrigerator.
MAKE THE FILLING
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter. In a large bowl, add in the melted butter, 4 tablespoons of reserved oat flour, vanilla extract, and the remaining 1/4 cup maple syrup. Whisk to combine, then gently fold in the fresh blueberries.
- Add the blueberry mixture into the prepared baking dish.
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
- Remove the crumble mixture from the refrigerator and sprinkle evenly on top of the blueberry mixture.
- Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes until the crumble is golden. Enjoy right away and serve with a scoop of your favorite ice cream if desired.
Always try to opt for certified USDA organic ingredients to avoid toxic pesticides.
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