Blueberry Cherry Crisp – the dessert you should make right now!

Perhaps it’s the specter of the Whole 30 challenge I have planned for Lent (which I just realized is actually 46 days long, wow!), but I have really been craving desserts lately. All the time I’m spending on Pinterest isn’t helping matters either, I’m sure! Tonight, back pain notwithstanding, I was determined to make a delicious dessert for my family. I decided on this blueberry crisp recipe since all the ingredients sounded delicious and it looked simple and not fussy to prepare. The following is my version:

Blueberry Cherry Crisp
2 C frozen blueberries
2 C frozen cherries
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup organic butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup

Dump blueberries and cherries (no need to thaw) into a greased 8×8 pan. I’m sure other fruit like blackberries, raspberries or peaches would work as well. Just use what you like or what you have on hand.

Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the liquid ingredients.

Now for the most challenging part of this recipe: spoon the topping over the fruit without eating all of the topping raw first. I was very tempted just to eat all the topping and then whip up another batch, but I was running low on pecans and maple syrup, so I restrained myself.

I divided this into 9 servings. Tom was initially concerned about the calorie count, but after he tasted a bite he decided that he didn’t care. If you are counting calories, 1 serving is about 350 calories that are completely worth it. Ok, now seriously, stop surfing the net and get baking! What if the zombie apocalypse happens tonight and you never get a chance to eat this because of your newly acquired taste for brains?