Sunday, June 24, 2012

No Sugar Added Plum Berry Crisp

It's no secret I love my sweets. But I also like having the energy to play with my kids and run a few miles pushing the jogging stroller - and sugar just makes me feel icky. The kids are happier off sugar too - though they would definitely argue that point. This crisp is healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast, but delicious enough to serve as a decadent dessert with a scoop of ice cream.

 Every summer when the plums, peaches, and apricots appear dangling from trees and piled high at the farmers' market I get really excited. Stone fruits may be my favorite summer produce. What is your favorite way to use them?
 Although a ripe plum is practically dessert in itself, I like to make a special plum crisp with them at least once during the summer. A scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it over-the-top delicious and without any sugar in the crisp I think there's room for a little indulgence.
Ever since I started writing this post I've been singing the rhymes from the children's book, JAMBERRY. "One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry..." It's a favorite in our house. Do you have this book too?

No Sugar Added Plum Berry Crisp 
Serves 6 

6 cups pitted sliced plums (skin on) 
1 cup fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a combination
2 teaspoons dry stevia* (I used Tuvia which is available at most supermarkets.) 
1 1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup flour (okay to omit for gluten-free)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup melted coconut oil 
vanilla ice cream (optional but highly recommended) 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl stir together plum pieces, berries, and 1 teaspoon stevia. Pour into prepared baking dish.

In another medium bowl stir together oats, flour, almonds, remaining teaspoon of stevia and coconut oil.

Sprinkle oat mixture over the fruit. Bake for 1 hour or until fruit is bubbling and topping is golden brown.

Let cool 5 minutes and top with vanilla ice cream. 

* Stevia is a natural zero-calorie sweetener that will not raise blood your blood sugar. It is very sweet so be careful not to add too much.


  1. OH MY GOSH. You are AMAZING. I know I tell you this all the time....But, it's true. AMAZINGGGG. Loving this recipe and the purple in the pics.

  2. Thanks for posting! My dad's plum tree is loaded and I have some blueberries from farmer's market yesterday. I'm super excited to try this!

  3. yum! have been loving the FM white nectarines also! the pic with the red spoon & sauce oozing over is fabulous! you are an amazing chef & photog. next cookbook :-)

  4. how beautiful! I am with you, and actually any ripe fruit is a dessert for me. Last week I encouraged my teenager to make a pie, and he made strawberry/rhubarb pie on a rye crust with no sugar, not even stevia. Was very good (or I don't have a sweet tooth!). :)

  5. A great recipe Marina!! We love plums and crisps here too :) Love that dotty spoon poking out of the ice cream shot.

  6. I am just dying over your photos, Marina. I adore crisps, and cant wait to make this! :)

  7. Oooh this looks SO yummy!! and it's pretty too!! :-) Great job!!

  8. Oh what a perfect summer dessert, this looks amazing! And WOW Jamberry just brought me back to childhood, I totally remember that book!

  9. my mouth is watering. This looks amazing

  10. That looks amazing!!!! I must try this:) Thanks for the great idea!

  11. Marina,
    This looks delicious and to think it's sugar free, I will be fixing this this weekend.

  12. Ohhh, I love this! My neighbor just gave us a huge bag of plums. I have to try your recipe! I love that you didn't add any sugar!

  13. This really does look decadent!! I bet you don't even notice that there's no sugar. Berries and plums are fabulous all by themselves!

  14. We have a plum tree and I can't wait until they are ripe! Gorgeous dessert!

  15. OMG the picture with the polka dot spoon sticking out of the top and the juices dripping down the side of the dish is AMAZING! Perfect!
    You are such a talented lady!

  16. I've got a bag of plums right now!! And a fresh half gallon of ice cream. Done and done!! Thanks Marina!


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