Every year at this time with the promise of skirts and swimming suits right around the corner, I find myself craving lighter meals.  And since lightening up in my world would never involve giving up dessert (blasphemy!), I look for ways to make my desserts a bit lighter too.

This Berry Crisp that I made last week was healthy enough that I ate it for breakfast with a little bit of nonfat Greek yogurt mixed in.  I eliminated some of the sugar in the berry filling because I personally enjoy the subtle tartness of berries and do not need them to taste overly sweet.  I also replaced some of the flour in the crisp topping with ground almonds to increase the protein and healthy fat.  And my main fat source was coconut oil which made me feel better than loading up on butter.

Now don’t get me wrong, this crisp is obviously less sweet than traditional recipes (i.e. my husband dumped a couple of teaspoons of sugar on his portion), but it is certainly enough to Satisfy My Sweet Tooth after dinner and even give me a breakfast to look forward to.

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combine berries, sugar and cornstarch

combine topping ingredients in another bowl

pour berry mixture into prepared pan

pour topping over berries

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18 Comments ( Reply )

  1. luv what you do
    May 24, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    That looks so much better than my breakfast! What a great idea to lighten it up with the ground almonds. I could use some lighter sweets in prep for bathing suit season!

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    • Mercedes
      May 25, 2012 @ 10:30 am

      Thank you! It was definitely something to look forward to for breakfast!

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  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 24, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Oh I love a berry crisp for breakfast. This looks delicious, Mercedes! Have a great weekend!

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    • Mercedes
      May 25, 2012 @ 10:31 am

      Thank you Laura, you have a lovely long weekend as well!

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  3. Cassie
    May 24, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Love how you lightened it up. I’m a fool for fruit crisps and crumbles!

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    • Mercedes
      May 25, 2012 @ 10:31 am

      Thanks Cassie, great minds think alike as you just posted that wonderful strawberry crumble!

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  4. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    May 24, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    I want to make this crisp for the long weekend! Sounds so good (and like a perfect breakfast). I don’t have corn starch…think I can skip it or will it be too runny?

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    • Mercedes
      May 25, 2012 @ 10:32 am

      Thanks Em! I always feel good when you approve of my methods of making things healthier! If you don’t have cornstarch, I would just mix 1-2 Tbsp of flour with water and add that into the filling! Have a great long weekend!

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  5. Julie @ Table for Two
    May 25, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    This sounds so perfect for someone (me) that’s trying to fit into those bikinis and skirts..wonderful spring/summer crisp with the berries too! I love the idea of using cornstarch in fillings these days..really does make them so thick and gooey!

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    • Mercedes
      May 29, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

      Thank you Julie! I hope you had a nice long weekend!

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  6. Anna @ hiddenponies
    May 25, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    This sounds delicious, and I just loved how you slid “satisfy my sweet tooth” in there oh-so-naturally 🙂

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    • Mercedes
      May 29, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

      Oh thank you Anna! Sometimes it works to sneak in that phrase very naturally ;)!

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  7. Marian (Sweetopia)
    May 26, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Mmm, looks like this would satisfy my sweet tooth. (for today heehehe). Really like your profile pic btw.

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    • Mercedes
      May 29, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

      Thank you for your comment and compliment Marian!

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  8. Karen (Back Road Journal)
    May 28, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Your crisp sounds terrific. Your husband and mine sound just the same. I don’t like too sweet desserts and sometimes he complains that they aren’t sweet enough.

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    • Mercedes
      May 29, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

      Thank you Karen! I hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend!

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  9. Rhaya
    May 30, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    I was just wondering if you could you substitute and other oil/butter for the coconut oil!? Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Mercedes
      May 31, 2012 @ 9:00 am

      Hello Rhaya, thanks for stopping by! I used all coconut oil for this recipe. Does this clarify your question? Let me know if you have another question!

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