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.
RAW BERRY CRISP
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
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.
IT’S YOUR TURN TO CHIME IN!
WHAT DO YOU USE FOR SWEETENER?
HOW MANY FRUITS A DAY DO YOU EAT?