Grain-Free Berry Crisp

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Dessert bowls filled with gluten-free berry crisp and vegan ice cream

It’s berry season! And I can’t think of any better way to celebrate than with a crisp.

Because many of you are gluten-free and some grain-free, I decided to tackle a crisp that was completely grain-free! However, if you have a nut allergy, you can easily substitute oats or even coconut. This is a very flexible recipe that also happens to be insanely delicious.

Fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries in a ceramic baking dish

This recipe is simple, requiring just 10 ingredients and 1 bowl to prepare.

The berries are added directly to a baking dish then topped with maple syrup, arrowroot starch (to help thicken the berry juice), and lemon juice for a bit of brightness and acidity.

Fresh berries in a ceramic baking dish with arrowroot, lemon juice, and maple syrup

Next comes the crisp, which is kept grain-free with a mixture of almond flour, shredded coconut, and chopped pecans. It’s also naturally sweetened with coconut sugar (!!), which keeps this recipe refined-sugar-free!

Just 40-45 minutes in the oven and this beauty is ready to enjoy. It gets crisp and golden brown on top, and the juices from the berries meddle and create a lovely “sauce.” Oh, mama.

Grain-free crisp topping over fresh berries in a ceramic baking dish
Four bowls of Grain-Free Berry Crisp with vegan ice cream and fresh strawberries

I hope you all LOVE this recipe! It’s:

Easy to make
Naturally sweetened
Warm + comforting
Crisp on top
& Entirely delicious

This would make the perfect summertime dessert for dinner parties, BBQs, and celebrations or an easy weeknight treat. It’s delicious on its own, but it would pair perfectly with some Coconut Whipped Cream or Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream.

For more berry/crisp recipes, be sure to check out our Best Ever Vegan Apple Crisp, Gluten-Free Strawberry Nectarine Crisp, Easy Peach Crisp, Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp, Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars, and Vegan Berry Pop Tarts!

If you try this crisp, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it @minimalistbaker on Instagram! We love seeing what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Close up shot of a bowl of gluten-free berry crisp for a delicious healthy dessert

Grain-Free Berry Crisp

Vegan berry crisp with 3 types of berries. It's naturally sweetened with crispy, grain-free topping! The perfect plant-based, gluten-free summer dessert!
Author Minimalist Baker
Two bowls and a baking pan of Grain-Free Berry Crisp served with vegan ice cream
4.88 from 71 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 4 Days



  • 7-8 cups mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries)
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot starch (or cornstarch or gluten-free flour)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice


  • 1 cup almond flour (or almond meal)
  • 2/3 cup shredded or desiccated coconut (or sub almond flour or rolled oats if OK with grains)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans (or other nut of choice)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or organic cane sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and add fruit directly to a 9×13-inch or similar size dish (I like this one from World Market // adjust number/size of pans if altering batch size). Top with maple syrup, arrowroot, and lemon juice and toss to combine.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add the almond flour, coconut, pecans, coconut sugar, and salt. Stir to combine. Then add coconut oil (or vegan butter) and mix again (with a spoon or your hands) until evenly distributed. Taste a little and see if it’s sweet enough for you. Add either more coconut sugar or a little maple syrup (I added 2 Tbsp (30 ml) more maple syrup).
  • Spread the crisp topping evenly over the fruit. Bake uncovered on the center oven rack for 40-45 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the top is golden brown.
  • Let cool 10 minutes before serving. Serve as is, or with Coconut Whipped Cream or Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream! Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 4 days.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without additional maple syrup in crisp topping and without any ice cream or coconut whipped cream.
*Recipe is loosely adapted from my Gluten-Free Nectarine Crisp.

Nutrition (1 of 8 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 369 Carbohydrates: 32.2 g Protein: 5.4 g Fat: 26.5 g Saturated Fat: 9.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 132 mg Fiber: 6 g Sugar: 22.8 g
Warm Grain-Free Berry Crisp in a ceramic baking dish with a scoop of vegan ice cream

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  1. Alistair says

    Minimalist Baker is my favorite blog. I try all the recipes i can and they are very, very good!
    Fantastic blackberry crisp!! I don’t use sugar so sweetened entirely with maple syrup. Worked great.

  2. Sarah Sherman says

    Excellent recipe, I adore this dessert!
    My family and friends love the finished product. Just a couple of tips to take it to the next level: chop up some fresh sage and mix it with the berries. Also add some vanilla extract, and cinnamon to the crisp topping. Perfection!

  3. NicoleA says

    This was so simple and perfect! I used frozen berry mix, and halved the recipe. Perfect with ginger tea too! I had a lot of topping remaining. So, I look forward to making another batch and bringing it to a holiday get together!

  4. Lauralee says

    Yummy! This was a hit at a family potluck. I used strawberries and blackberries, swapped the almond flour for oats and a little extra maple syrup for the oil. Thank you for another marvelous recipe. :)

  5. Gina says

    This recipe is a true crowd pleaser and not just for vegans. We served it at a Memorial Day BBQ and it was a hit. Our 14-year-old neighbor had 2 portions and then asked to take some home with her! I followed the recipe as written, adding just 1 TBSP of maple syrup to the crisp, which was just the right amount of sweetness. Compared to other vegan berry crisp recipes, the addition of coconut to the crisp was different and very nice.

  6. Michelle says

    Absolutely delicious! I followed the recipe except I added three peeled chopped pears to the berries. I served it with coconut whip cream. So so good!