Mixed Berry Crisp for Two

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When choosing dessert, berries are and excellent choice because they’re a brain-healthy food that has been shown to slow or prevent cognitive decline that leads to Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits of berries make them an important brain food to eat regularly. Does fresh vs frozen berries matter? There are greater amounts of antioxidants in fresh berries, so eat them as often as possible and reserve the frozen berries for times when fresh aren’t available.

 As desserts go, this one is healthier than a pie or traditional crisp or cobbler because I’ve modified it to have much less added sugar, a full cup of fresh berries and a smaller amount of crust or crumble compared to traditional pies, crisps and cobblers. If you’re looking to lower the calories further, divide the ingredients into 4 ramekins.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

 Ingredients for Berry Filling:

  • 1 cup fresh, sliced strawberries

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Ingredients for Topping:

  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats

  • ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

  2. Gently mix berries with sugar and cornstarch. Divide between 2, 8-ounce ramekins.

  3. Make topping by combining oats, flour, brown sugar, and butter until topping is moist and crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over berries.

  4. Place ramekins on baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 45 minutes, or until the filling bubbles. Cool for at least 30 minutes, then serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 2-4 servings.

 Nutrition Information for 2 servings:

380 Calories, 16g Total Fat, 7g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat, 30mg Cholesterol, 50mg Sodium, 317mg Potassium, 54g Total Carbohydrate, 23g Sugar, 7g Dietary Fiber, 7g Protein