Raw Berry Crisp – You Have To Taste This

We had dinner with friends Sunday night and one of our friends made the best dessert I have had in a long time and it just happens to be healthy too! In fact we all immediately said we have to have this recipe so right there at the dinner table the “dessert chef” of the evening whipped out his I phone and sent us all the recipe for Raw Berry Crisp on the spot!

Mind you, not everyone at the dinner was health conscious so it is not a dessert that will only appeal to those who eat natural, clean, low sugar or no white stuff. Monday I went shopping and got fresh berries so I could make the Raw Berry Crisp for us. Yes it really is that good! I only made a half recipe for us as I didn’t want to go overboard on dessert treats this week.


It starts with a medley of fresh raspberries, strawberries and black berries tossed with a little bit of pure Maple syrup. Do get a bottle of real Maple syrup grade B or grade A dark amber, as the flavor is so much more intense than the typical commercial grocery store syrup. I think you could substitute blueberries or peaches for some of the berries, since this is served raw stay with soft fruits, you get plenty of crunch from the topping.

The topping consists of pecans, walnuts ( I subbed almonds) dates and a little cinnamon. Put it in the food processor and pulse until you have a coarse grind. Sprinkle over the top of the prepared fruit. I think the next time I make this I will also add a little bit of freshly grated nutmeg.

I think this would be good with peaches too. Son David who isn’t a big fruit eater ( but, he does like berries) had a serving of the crisp and he said it was the perfect blend of berries, crunch and sweetness and that I should never change this combination of fruit! Wow, that is a pretty impressive critique from someone who doesn’t even like fruit that much.

I decided to only use half of the topping and it was still delicious. I will save the other half of the topping for a future fruit crisp. You decide, you can use all of the topping or if you want to save a few calories just use half.


At the dinner party the raw fruit crisp was served with a scoop of Purely Decadent Dairy Free frozen dessert. I had about 2 tablespoons of the vanilla flavor. It was creamy smooth and delicious.

At home I only had some chocolate Purely Decadent in my freezer so I took some Fage fat free Greek yogurt and sweetened it with some NuNaturals vanilla stevia, about 4 drops to 1/4 cup and it turned out to be the perfect topping. NuNaturals sent me a box of their Stevia products to try. Since I gave up artificial sweeteners about a year ago I started using Stevia  so I was delighted to try the NuNaturals brand. I like the Vanilla Stevia drops for plain yogurt and I use the plain Stevia drops in my coffee. There is no bitter after taste. Love it! They sent me their Stevia baking blend but I haven’t tried it yet. More on that later.

A little dollop of the vanilla yogurt on top and this was perfection. Berry, berry good! (Cheesy, I know, I just couldn’t help myself!)

Rich nuts and sweet dates make a tasty topping for mixed berries in this no-cook version of berry crisp.


Raw Berry Crisp


  • 6 cups mixed berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries


  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, more or less to taste depending on sweetness of berries
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a (7- x 11-inch) dish, toss berries with maple syrup. Put pecans, walnuts, dates and cinnamon into a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Scatter nut mixture over berries and serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.

Yield: 8 Servings

Nutritional Information

Per serving (about 5oz/146g-wt.): 240 calories (140 from fat), 16g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 25g total carbohydrate (8g dietary fiber, 16g sugar), 5g protein

Old WWP 5

Nutritional Information for 1/8 th of topping only. (not including fruit)

Per Serving: 184 Calories; 15g Fat (66.0% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 1mg Sodium.

New WWPP 5

Adapted from Whole Foods

Who knew that the best dessert could be so simple yet so satisfying and healthy too! I try to eat 4 fresh fruits a day and this recipe is heavy on the fruits!

I have experimented with a variety of different sweeteners. I use and have had success with honey,Lyles Golden syrup, Agave, Stevia, sucanat, dates, maple syrup, molasses, cane sugar, brown sugar and demerara sugar. I have decided that a little bit of real sugar or one of these other sweeteners is better than the artificial stuff.







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  1. Carol says:

    What a yummy looking dessert and what a great idea to eat it raw! I’m the only one who likes raw fruit but I’m sure I could make it for one or two!I try to eat 3 fruits a day, sometimes more, sometimes less!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    Sweetener…IF I do any baking for me, I use less sugar. I found lately that Splenda doesn’t sit well with me…weird head feeling and after taste. I should try Stevia again. The first time I did it was in the 90’s during my low carb days…didn’t care for it then.

  2. Sharon says:

    This looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try it.

    I am a huge fruit eater, I love them all. I have to remind myself that it is quite possible to eat half my daily calories in just fruit.

    Still struggling and trying to learn about the artificial sweeteners. Fortunately, white sugar is only in my house to make hummingbird nectar!! Thanks for helping me navigate my way through the maze!

  3. Marisa @ Loser for Life says:

    I am a BIG NuNaturals fan!!! Love the stuff! The liquid drops are also my favorite for yogurt.

    The berry crisp looks FANTASTIC!

  4. Weight Watcher Wannabe says:

    That looks soooo pretty…

  5. Frances says:

    Just wanted to say that I discovered your site last week and I have enjoyed reading all your posts. I love your recipes and have earmarked a lot I intend to try.
    Have you looked at the site Limes & Lycopene by an Australian lady Kathryn Elliott? She is a nutritionist and has some great recipes made from fresh ingredients that I’m sure you would like.
    I intend to drop by your site regularly.

  6. tj says:

    YUM! I love fresh fruit as dessert- and I like the topping idea too! 🙂

  7. Karen says:

    Looks yummy! In the summer I eat a lot of fruit. This time of year going forward, not so much. Maybe an apple a day. Or two.

  8. LAF says:

    I usually use honey as my go-to sweetener. I love it in Greek yogurt.

  9. Marsial2010 says:

    Looks delicious. For sweetener, I’ve been using Splenda for years. Someone commented on a blog the other day that Stevia was better and I foolishly went out and bought the BIG box of it — don’t like it. It has an aftertaste (some people say that about Splenda, but I’ve used it for so long that if it does, I don’t notice it.)

  10. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. When I use sweetener, which isn’t that often, I usually have real sugar. Even more rarely I’ll use syrups or honey. I think I have some Stevia, too, but I just don’t have a need for any of it very often. (My sweet desserts tend to be eaten away from my house, to ensure single portions.*G*)

  11. Tish says:

    Hey Tami–you hit a home run here with that one. I have a very close friend who likes to follow a raw food diet–I stopped before commenting to shoot him a copy of the recipe along with the great picture. I think I might prefer my nuts toasted and I’m picky about my berries. So I might choose the strawberry/peach option–it might become my new “company dessert.” (a term from my mom’s era, I think)

  12. Dawne says:

    You’ve convinced me! I’m making it.

  13. newlywed says:

    This looks delicious, and so simple and healthful! I confess I am not very discriminating when it comes to sweetners, but I have recently discovered agave nectar and love it in my tea in the morning!

  14. Roni says:

    This sounds great Tami , will be trying this as soon as I get berries
    For sweetner , I use Stevia , Agave Nectar ,Pure maple syrup or raw honey , Mostly its stevia and Agave
    IM going to have to look for the vanilla stevia , I make a raw apple crisp my Dh asks for
    4 apples I use 2 red delicious 2 granny smith diced small
    1/2 cup oats
    1/4 cup pure maple syrup
    1 tsp all spice
    I also grate carrot in it also usually a small carrot or what looks good to me
    stir all together

  15. Jody - Fit at 52 says:


    I love the NuNaturals brand & their alcohol free vanilla stevia!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Debby says:

    This sounds very good. I will be trying it soon.

  17. Sarah @ Low Stress Weight Loss says:

    this is a great idea! I need to steal this….

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