This Mixed Berry Crumble is one of my favorite, quick and healthy dessert recipes. It's a simple recipe that can be thrown together last minute for a potluck or gathering and it's ideal for any time of the year because you can use frozen or fresh berries. And it's the perfect easy recipe if you are charged with bringing dessert but are short on time.
This version is also a little different than your typical berry crumble. But rest assured, the mint and coconut are mild tasting. It's also kid tested and has their seal of approval. And believe me, they are a tough crowd!
But what's the difference between a crumble and a crisp, you ask?
💭The Difference between Crumbles & Crisps
Since you are wondering....the difference between crumbles and crisps is really nothing. The original difference between crisps and crumbles was that crisps would contain oats and crumbles would not. However, nowadays, they have basically morphed into the same thing and crumble and crisp are often used interchangeably. Now crumbles have been popularized in North America and are often associated with the deep south (United States.) The crisp, with the addition of the oats, is simply the Americanized version of a crumble.
And for your information: crumbles and crisps have a streusel-like topping, while cobblers have a biscuit topping. The crumble has British roots and was promoted, along with cobblers, by the Ministry of Food during the Second World war, as they are filling, yet require less butter than a traditional pastry and can be made with margarine.
Mixed Berry Crisp or Crumble -it's really the same thing So, whether you eat crumble or crisp these days, you're pretty much getting the same dish. My crumble has oats, so if we were to get really picky, it's technically a berry crisp (the Americanized version of the crumble). But that's really inconsequential because it's the same thing, it's delicious and that's all you really need to worry about!
I love desserts with berries, like my Chocolate (Genoise) Italian Sponge Cake with berries, so this frozen berry crumble was a natural creation in the evolution of desserts on this blog!
This quick and easy Triple Berry Crumble is made with frozen mixed berries, so it's great for a last minute dessert because it uses ingredients you already have on hand (like butter, frozen berries and oats)! The addition of coconut, fresh mint and lemon make it unique and fresh tasting!
For this frozen berry crisp, you'll need:
- all-purpose flour
- brown sugar
- white granulated sugar
- oats * use quick oats
- unsweetened coconut
- unsalted butter
- frozen mixed berries
- fresh mint
- lemon zest
- whipped cream (optional)
I make this berry crumble when I need something fast and simple and don't even have time to go to the grocery store. This is made with staples that most people have on hand, like butter, oats and frozen berries. But I wanted a crumble that was a little different than the usual so I spiked this crumble recipe with some fresh mint and lemon zest, as it gives it a nice fresh, unique taste. I have started growing mint, so I don't even have to go to the grocery store for that! But if you don't have any, it really is worth the trip to the grocery store. And mint tends to last longer than other fresh herbs, in my experience. Then I added some unsweetened coconut to the topping - this gives it a really nice flavor boost!
- Berries: Use any berries you prefer - I generally use strawberries, blueberries and raspberries or blackberries. You can use fresh or frozen.
- Butter: If you only have salted butter, go ahead and use it, just skip the salt in the recipe
💭 Top tip
🧈Baking hack for butter
I also use grated butter in my streusel topping, as I'm not a fan of cutting in butter and it's so much easier to work with. If you FREEZE your butter and grate it into the recipe with a cheese grater, it's much easier and less messy than using a pastry cutter! This discovery was seriously life-altering for me 🙂
You can store this recipe for up to 3 days in the fridge in a sealed container.
You can use any oven safe dish to make this mixed berry crisp, but a round casserole dish is ideal. (*See my Amazon recommendations in NOTES). You could also make this berry crumble in a 9X11 or 9X13 rectangular baking pan (i.e. lasagna pan).
👪 Serving Size
This triple berry crumble serves 8. However, you can cut it in half for a family dinner or double or triple it for a larger gathering. Simply click on the blue serving size in the recipe card, select the number of servings and the recipe amounts will adjust accordingly. You could also make individual servings in ramekins.
So, if you are not up for something overly involved, looking for a frozen mixed berry dessert recipe and need a delicious, quick and comforting dessert, then give this Mixed Berry Crumble a try.
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📋Mixed Berry Crumble Recipe
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- ½ cup oats * use quick oats
- ⅓ cup unsweetened coconut
- 6 tablespoon cold butter cut into small pieces (or grated - see NOTES)
- 4 cups frozen mixed berries defrosted and drained
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon fresh mint
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- whipped cream (I use the spray can) and cinnamon or vanilla ice cream
- fresh mint
- cinnamon sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray
- Defrost berries.
- Crumble topping: In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, ¼ cup white granulated sugar, coconut, cinnamon, salt and oats.
- Using a pastry blender (or see Terri's tip in post for easy grating method), a fork or your hands, cut in butter (keep cold until ready to use.) Set aside
- In a large bowl combine berries, ⅓ cup white granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest and fresh mint ; toss to coat. Add berry mixture to casserole dish.Top with crumble topping.
- Bake until top is golden and fruit is bubbly, about 35 minutes.
- Serve warm and garnish with ice cream or whipped cream and sprinkles of cinnamon and/or cinnamon sticks and fresh mint!
🧈Baking hack for butterI also use grated butter in my streusel topping, as I'm not a fan of cutting in butter and it's so much easier to work with. If you FREEZE your butter and grate it into the recipe with a cheese grater, it's much easier and less messy than using a pastry cutter! This discovery was seriously life-altering for me 🙂 My Amazon Recommendations (affiliate links)
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Yum! this looks so great, and light after all the holiday excesses.
Yum! this looks so great, and light after all the holiday excesses.
All those healthy berries, full of antioxidants in one tasty crisp! I love the addition of lemon and mint as a flavour boost! Thanks for sharing this yummy dessert!
Thank you, Elaine. I agree - just love the health benefits of berries! And I really can't get over how well the lemon, mint and coconut jive with this crisp - meant to be 🙂
I love the addition of coconut to your berry crisp. And I also love your tip about grating the frozen butter. Life changing indeed!
Hi Colleen. Thank you and YES the butter trick is the best, especially if you are a baker!
sheenam | thetwincookingproject.net
This crumble looks really very delicious!!
Thank you 🙂
Denise | Urb'n'Spice
This is a great recipe, Terri! It is so nice to be able to make this crumble all year around with frozen berries. That crumble topping looks yummy, too. The addition of coconut and mint in this recipe gives it a new and fresh twist. I am looking forward to trying it. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂
Thanks, Denise! I agree- I love making crumble all year 'round!
Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
I love a good berry crumble (or crisp!) and this one looks delicious Terri! Great tip for grating the butter! I'll have to try that some time!
Thanks, Leanne! Yes, the butter hack has been revolutionary:)