THEY’RE BACK. The first real strawberries of the season have arrived, and that means it’s time for Strawberry Crisp.

A bowl of Strawberry Crisp with melting vanilla ice cream

I do a little happy dance when the first pint of real strawberries hits stores.

This dance is usually accompanied by a little squeal, and you can bet that an easy-to-make, healthy strawberry dessert is soon to follow.

Often, it’s Strawberry Oatmeal Bars, which are healthy version of strawberry crisp bars and the most popular dessert on my site.

Others, it’s gluten free Strawberry Shortcake (not because it’s gluten free, but because it is delicious).

But this time, I wanted to celebrate the arrival of real strawberries with a simple dessert that is all about the fruit itself (and who are we kidding? It’s about the topping too): Strawberry Crisp.

This Strawberry Crisp filling tastes like pure strawberry abundance. The topping is chunky, oat-y and buttery, the way a crisp topping should be.

Start to finish, this crisp can be in your oven 15 minutes from now. It demands only two bowls—and if you want to cheat and stir the filling up inside the baking dish instead, you can cut it down to one.

A pan of golden Strawberry Crisp

Strawberry Crisp—A Recipe to Celebrate the Season

Every year, as soon as the real strawberries arrive, I go on a berry shopping spree.

And by “real” strawberries, I mean the ones that are bright red from their ends all the way to their green tops.

The ones that taste so pure and sweet, biting into them is like eating a spoonful of strawberry jam.

The ones that make me realize that the lackluster, white-centered berries I’ve been desperately paying premium prices for since March probably shouldn’t have been called strawberries at all.

Now that the real berries are here AND the store regularly offers them at half price, clearly the only prudent move is to load up my cart!

If you share my strawberry fervor and thus find yourself with an excess of strawberries, or if you are looking for an excuse to purchase too many, or if you just love easy, healthy fruit desserts, this easy Strawberry Crisp is the ideal recipe for you.

A bowl of quartered strawberries

How to Make the Best Strawberry Crisp

And I do mean BEST. I’ve made this recipe three times so far this season.

Let’s start with the filling ingredients. They’re simple, sublime, and entirely focused on letting the strawberries shine.

  • Strawberries. You can make Strawberry Crisp with just-picked strawberries, strawberries that are getting old, or even frozen strawberries. If using frozen, let the berries thaw, pat away any excess moisture, then use them in the recipe as directed.
  • Honey. Rather than sweeten up the filling with sugar, I used honey. It’s the bees knees when paired with strawberries. If you’d like to make a vegan strawberry crisp, swap maple syrup.
  • Lemon Juice. The crisp doesn’t taste lemony; rather, the lemon enhances the intensity of the strawberries’ flavor.
  • Cornstarch. To help the filling thicken. Don’t worry if it’s super juicy right out of the oven; the filling will gel a bit more as the crisp cools.
  • Vanilla Extract. Once you try it in your fruit crisp filling, you won’t go back!

Now that we’ve got our filling, let’s talk TOPPING.

Buttery oat topping being added to the top of a strawberry crisp

  • Melted Butter. Forget cutting the butter into the dry ingredients. It’s a time-consuming step that for a strawberry crisp I find totally unnecessary.

One of the reasons I love making fruit crisps is how quick and easy they are. Using melted butter speeds up the process even more.

  • Melted Coconut Oil. If you prefer, you can use extra melted butter instead, though I like the healthy balance of the two. (And those looking to make the Strawberry Crisp vegan can use exclusively coconut oil.)

I also sometimes use Greek yogurt in my healthy crisp topping, like in my Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. If that idea appeals to you, it’s a worthy recipe to add to your baking list too.

  • Baking Powder. A touch of baking powder helps the topping clump and become golden, crumbly, and crisp, just as it should be.
  • Cinnamon. A subtle note of background warmth.
  • Coconut Sugar + Granulated Sugar. Just the right amount to make the crisp satisfyingly sweet, without overtaking the natural sweetness of the strawberries. (You can buy coconut sugar in most grocery stores and online here. You can also swap it for brown sugar if you prefer.)
  • White Whole Wheat Flour. This healthy take on strawberry crisp is 100% whole grain! If you’d like the strawberry crisp gluten free, swap a 1:1 all purpose baking flour like this one.
  • Oats. I like old-fashioned rolled oats for the chunkiest, crispest topping texture.

Recipe Adaptations

  • To Use Frozen Strawberries. Thaw the strawberries in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for about 2 hours. If they are not yet quartered, do so before adding them to the filling.
  • To Make Gluten Free. Use a 1:1 baking blend like this one.
  • To Make Vegan. Use a vegan buttery spread in place of the butter or swap the butter for additional coconut oil.
  • Strawberry Crisp without Oats. Swap in the topping on my Peach Crisp (replace the 1 cup oats with an additional ½ cup flour) or replace the 2/3 cup oats called for in this recipe with ½ cup additional flour or ¾ cup chopped raw pecans.

A serving of Strawberry Crisp with vanilla ice cream

This Strawberry Crisp with a big, melty scoop of vanilla ice cream is the most magnificent of summer desserts.

And since it is made with wholesome ingredients, when warmed and topped with Greek yogurt it makes for best-day-ever summer breakfasts too!

Easy Strawberry Crisp with healthy Oat topping and vanilla ice cream.

Strawberry Crisp

5 from 5 votes
The absolute best strawberry crisp recipe. Easy to make with a golden, buttery oat topping and sweet, juicy filling. Perfect for fresh or frozen berries!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr

Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients
  

For the Strawberry Crisp Topping:

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter cut into large pieces
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar or light brown sugar
  • Zest of one medium lemon juice the lemon for the strawberry filling

For the Strawberry Crisp Filling:

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch plus 1 to 2 additional teaspoons if your berries are very juicy
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • Juice of one medium lemon you can juice the lemon you zested for the topping!
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For serving:

  • Vanilla or plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

Instructions
 

  • Place a rack in the center of your oven and heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare the topping: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, place the butter and coconut oil. Heat the butter in microwave for 30 seconds, then continue heating in 15-second bursts, just until the butter and coconut oil melt. Add the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, granulated sugar, coconut sugar, and lemon zest. Stir until clumps form (some will be small and some will be large). Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
  • Hull and quarter the strawberries (you will have about 6 cups total), then place them in a large mixing bowl. Add the cornstarch, honey, lemon juice, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Transfer to a 9x9-inch baking dish, including any juices that collect in the bottom of the bowl.
  • Remove the topping from refrigerator and scatter it evenly over the strawberries. Bake until the topping is golden brown in places and the fruit is hot and bubbling, about 40 to 50 minutes. Check the topping at the 20-minute mark. If it is browning more quickly than you would like, loosely tent the pan with foil, then continue baking as directed. Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes. Enjoy warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Notes

  • To use frozen strawberries: Thaw the strawberries in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for about 2 hours. If they are not yet quartered, do so before adding them to the filling.
  • To make gluten free: Use a 1:1 baking blend like this one.
  • To make vegan: Use a vegan buttery spread in place of the butter or swap the butter for additional coconut oil.
  • Store leftover sin the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat gently, then top with more ice cream (or eat it for breakfast with Greek yogurt!).

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 8Calories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 455mgFiber: 6gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 205IUVitamin C: 139.1mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1.6mg

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  1. Strawberries just jumped onto my grocery list! I love recipes like this because essentially, they’re fairly healthy…probably doesn’t mean I need to serve it with ice cream but I WANT TO. When berries make their appearance, I can think of tons of things to do with them – we especially like them in a rustic pie crust just made on a sheet pan, no pie plate needed.

  2. In the recipe it calls for 2 quarts of strawberries but then says 32oz.
    Each quart is 32 ounces. Did you mean 2 pints?

    1. Hi Mary, both are correct. Two quarts is the volume measure, and 32 ounces is the weight. I’ll update the ingredient list to clarify.

  3. Made this the day that the recipe email hit my inbox, and I’m so glad that it did. Rave reviews from the whole family, and a great way to celebrate Wisconsin weather finally feeling like summer!5 stars

  4. I have made more crisps than I can count and yours is THE BEST. The entire family couldn’t stop eating and it was so easy!! Will make again and again all summer long!5 stars

  5. I made this a few weeks ago and my family absolutely LOVED it. Next time I will double topping though because my kids said more crisp would make it even better. It disappeared so fast and I will definitely make it again. Quick and easy and sooooooo yummy, thanks!

  6. Erin!!  How did I not know about your website??!!  Second recipe in two days that I tried that we loved!!  I used raspberries because they were going to go off if I didn’t do something.  There were just too many to sit down and eat all at once.  I also made this vegan and gluten free using a combo of almond flour and oat flour and it worked really well.  You’re on a roll here and making me look really good ;)

    Thank you!!5 stars

  7. Excellent! Perfect in sweetness not too sweet!  Everyone in the family loved it!  Thank you for sharing this recipe!  🍓❤️5 stars

  8. Can I use almond or coconut flour instead of the whole wheat flour? Do you have a suggestion on either? The whole wheat flour is the only ingredient I’m missing and I’m dying to make this recipe!

    1. Hi Kara! Unfortunately, I don’t recommend swapping almond and coconut flour for wheat flour, as they absorb moisture VERY differently and have different properties too. However, another reader has reported success with using part oat flour and part almond flour. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!