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Maple Blueberry Crisp with Cinnamon-Almond Topping

Fruit crisps = Summer.

Maple Blueberry Crisp with Cinnamon-Almond Topping | #recipeThat’s like…a scientific fact. But somehow, this is the first one I’ve made this year. I’ve been too busy using cherries in everything, ever, I guess.

This is actually the first crisp I’ve made in years. As in…more than 1! I love fruit crisps, but I always forget about them, somehow. But, when I saw the beyond gorgeous blueberries at my local grocery store, a blueberry crisp is the first thing that came to mind. I wanted to keep things simple, and let the perfect flavor of the beautiful berries shine through.

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I’m kind of obsessed with this dessert. It’s easy to make, super simple, but still incorporates unique flavors—like cinnamon and maple. Oh, and it makes the most perfect ice cream topping to ever exist in the history or the world. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not much…

This is, like all crisps, best served warm, so that the piping hot berries and their juices can kinda sorta melt that nice scoop of vanilla ice cream you’re obligated to serve this with. However, this is also good at room temperature, and cold. I made this early in the day and froze a piece that I used for this photo shoot, because you’re crazy if you think I was going to toss a perfectly good piece of this incredible crisp with a scoop of melty ice cream… I gave it to Mikey when he got home from work and he still said it was incredible (mind you, this is the guy that claims to hate all berries). Not a single bite was left 🙂

Maple Blueberry Crisp with Cinnamon-Almond Topping | #recipeOkay, so just as a refresher: warm maple syrupy blueberries + crumbly, crunchy cinnamon-almond streusel + vanilla ice cream = the best dessert you could imagine this Summer. For real, you guys.

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Maple Blueberry Crisp with Cinnamon-Almond Topping

Yield: 6-9 servings


for the filling:

  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

for the topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

to serve:

  • vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the blueberries, cornstarch, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Pour into an 8"x8" square baking dish.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, process together the flour, almond meal, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon, until combined. App in the almonds and butter and pulse until moist clumps form.
  4. Spread the topping over the blueberries.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes until the filling is bubbly and the topping is lightly golden.
  6. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream

recipe adapted from here

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6 Responses to “Maple Blueberry Crisp with Cinnamon-Almond Topping”

  1. CakePants — August 5, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Ooh, this looks amazing!! Love all the different flavors in here, like the maple and cinnamon. I too have been cherry-crazy lately, but over the weekend I picked 6 pounds of blueberries, so this post couldn’t have come at a better time for me…yum!

    • Rachael replied: — August 5th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

      Oh goodness, SIX POUNDS?! That's crazy and wonderful at at the same time, haha! I may actually have to go buy more, because after this crisp blueberries are all I can think about 😛

  2. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven — August 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Is wrong that I am totally wishing I had this crisp in front of me right now for dinner? (of course with the vanilla IC on top!) I can hardly stand how gorgeous this crisp is, Rachael! Totally loving all that topping! Stunning photos too, girly! Pinned.

    • Rachael replied: — August 5th, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

      Thank you, Sarah!

      And I mayyyy have eaten this crisp for lunch yesterday, haha! So I guess I'm not really in a place to judge!

  3. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — August 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    This just screams Summer and screams happiness to me!  I totally wish I could reach through the screen and steal a bowl!

    • Rachael replied: — August 5th, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

      Thanks, Pamela! Fruit crisps are like the quintessential Summer dessert in my eyes!

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