It’s summertime, 4th of July is upon us and it’s hot! We love to celebrate Independence Day with some great grilled food, always thanks to my husband’s wonderful skills, but I’m responsible for the side dishes and dessert. In our house dessert is a holiday or special treat only kind of addition. Independence day calls for a super special treat like a pie or something gooey, fruity and sweet. With this Triple Berry Crisp you’ve got gooey, sweet berry bliss that is just perfect with some real vanilla ice cream. This is a dessert that’s hard to dislike and it’s so easy to put together.
I don’t like to warm up the whole house to make a great baked dessert when it’s hot out, so if a holiday rolls around and I need to make a special treat for family and friends, I’ll look to my slow cooker for help. Hence, the slow cooker berry crisp.
Crisp or Crumble
I must admit for years I put fruit crisps, crumbles and cobblers in the same category till I started finally seeing the differences. So a “crisp” is just slightly different from a “crumble” because it has oats in the topping where as a crumble does not. Then the cousin of these two delicious desserts, the “cobbler” has a biscuit topping. I can’t believe for years I thought these were the same thing, but just made differently per cook. Now you know…like me.
I enjoy them all, but I just have a thing for liking oats in some toppings such as this one.
Triple Berry Bliss
I personally like these three berries the most which is why I chose them for this recipe, as do my boys, but don’t be shy about switching it up with your favorite berries to make your own version of a great crisp berry dessert. These berries are just easy for me to come by this time of year and I know I can find them in frozen form at my local Costco if I can’t get fresh.
Berries are also cheap and in great volume in most places this time of year so it’s a great way to enjoy them, especially if you’re not a great pie maker.
Slow Cooker Crisp
The slow cooker is the perfect tool to make this dessert because it won’t heat up your house and your ingredients cook just right with no hassle. When making this crisp in your slow cooker you’ll find if you use all fresh berries, you might get a dryer result in the end. The nice thing about mixing in just one third of your berries with frozen ones is that you’ll get a juicier/gooier result to top on your ice cream. It also saves you a little money and effort which is not a bad deal as well.
The oats and optional nuts in the topping also make for a great topping on this crisp, even in the slow cooker. Your berries will be bubbling underneath the delicious crunchy topping.
Grab a spoon and enjoy this berry crisp with some real vanilla ice cream!