THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY THE OREGON RASPBERRY AND BLACKBERRY COMMISSION
WHO IS READY FOR SUMMER?!?! Me, ME, meeee…..!
I don’t know about you and your locale, but this spring has not felt spring-ish enough for me. Up until recently it has been way too cold to believe that spring has sprung. But it finally sprang friends.
I broke out my flip flops and was able to wear them without my toes turning into blue ice cube nubbins. This is a good thing. 1.) Good for my toes, obviously. 2.) It means summer is on it’s way which means so are backyard bbqs, glasses of rosé and sangria, and all things berry. Like warm blackberry apple crisp with a cinnamon vanilla hazelnut oat topping. It’s SO dreamy. So tasty.
Even though berries aren’t quite yet in season, it doesn’t matter because I live in Oregon where frozen berries abound. And it doesn’t matter for you either, even if you don’t live in Oregon, because our frozen berry abundance is most likely waiting for you in your local grocery store.
Fun fact #1: Did you know Oregon ranks #1 in all the land in frozen blackberry, Marionberry, and black raspberry production, and is a top 5 producer of frozen red raspberries and boysenberries?!
Fun fact #2: I lied. I don’t actually live in Oregon. But I sometimes tell people that I do. I am a born and raised Oregonian who lives 5 miles from the Oregon-Washington border. You can find me in Portland, Oregon 5-6 days a week (which a lot of Washingtonians think is weird, but I’m not really sure why because Portland is awesome). And it’s my husband’s fault that we live in Washington. Which he knows. Which is why when we get out for a date night, he looks at me and says, “Portland?” He knows me so well. And he knows that he married an Oregonian.
So let’s talk Oregon berries because they are DEFINITELY worth talking about.
Oregon is one of the few places in the world that has the ideal growing environment for caneberries, which are blackberries, raspberries, boysenberries…any berry that grows on a cane. The place I call home has been blessed with the perfect air, soil, and water conditions to make berries want to just plant down their roots and thrive. Combine that with Oregon’s amazing, hard-working family berry farmers who pour their love into these tasty berries and you wind up with some consistently exceptional high quality berries (like the frozen blackberries that you should definitely use in this blackberry apple hazelnut crisp)! It is well worth your while to search out frozen Oregon berries the next time you are in the grocery store. Just look for frozen blackberries that say Grown in the USA or Product of the USA and they’ll be coming from yours truly. Okay, not directly from me. From Oregon. But I’m an Oregonian. So kinda me. But not really, because I’m not an awesome Oregon caneberry farmer. But I am an awesome Oregonian who eats caneberries. You know what I mean. Go buy some Oregon berries.
I seriously get sooo excited for berry season. Do you guys go berry picking where you live? If not, come to Oregon and pick some berries. But as the slogan goes in these parts (coined by former Governor Tom McCall), “Come visit, don’t stay.” Us Oregonians really like keeping our state to ourselves, but we like it when you visit, and we do like sharing our berries with you. 😉
But here’s the best part, if you’re not able to make the visit to Oregon or you find yourself sitting around twiddling your fingers waiting for berry season to get here (raises hand), the kind and thoughtful Oregon berry farmers pick their berries at the peak of ripeness and freeze them within 24 hrs of being picked, locking in maximum taste, juiciness and nutrition. Gotta love those farmers. And gotta love the fact that this means we can enjoy Oregon berries year round. No more crying and sitting in a corner when you’ve put in a hard day’s work picking berries only to realize that you practically ate them all before you even made it home. Oregon berries have your back. You can now sit in the corner eating blackberry apple hazelnut crisp year round instead.
So let’s talk about this crisp.
It’s basically a Pacific Northwest party in your mouth. Sweet and delicious frozen Oregon blackberries are combined with crisp, sweet-tart Honeycrisp apples (which you can find in many parts of the U.S. but we like to grow them in Oregon’s Willamette Valley too) and then topped with a tasty hazelnut oat topping (which I may just turn into a granola recipe because it’s SO good).
Fun fact #3: Did you know that Oregon produces 99% of the U.S. hazelnut crop?! Yes, we do! I mean they do. The Oregon hazelnut farmers. I don’t farm (except for the small garden boxes in my backyard).
Fun fact #4: I’m beginning to feel like Dwight Schrute with all of my fun facts. Don’t know Dwight? Then you definitely need to Netflix binge watch every season of The Office. That’s a fact.
I love this crisp for several reasons. Are you ready for some more fun facts?! Just kidding. We’ll do bullet points this time.
- It’s healthier. Many berry crisp recipes like to dump in a boatload of refined white sugar. It’s pretty common to see a brick of butter included in the topping as well. But not with this crisp! The flavors of the berries and apples are able to shine on their own without any extra sugar added to them while a 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup is added to the topping to give it just enough sweetness without putting you into a full on sugar coma. If you’re checking out the nutrition label below, 8.7 grams of the sugar is from the natural sugars in the apples and berries themselves, while the rest is from the maple syrup in the crisp topping. Obviously, if you’re staring at the ice cream nestled in with the crisp in the pictures, well…I like to think I’m just giving you the space and freedom to choose how healthy you want your crisp to be. But in my opinion, ice cream and crisp go together like Oregon and berries.
- It’s easy. 10 minutes tops to prep and the rest of the time it just bakes and makes your house smell amazing.
- It feeds a crowd. This is my go-to dessert for large crowds or if I’m in a pinch to make a tasty dessert for house guests. The hazelnut crisp topping can be made beforehand and stored in your refrigerator until it’s time to make the dessert. If you’re having guests over for dinner, just throw the chopped apples and frozen blackberries quickly in a dish before you sit down to eat, top it with the prepared crisp, and place it in the oven to cook while you’re eating dinner. By the time it’s done cooking everyone will have finished dinner and be ready for dessert.
Sooo…WHO’S ready for some healthier blackberry apple hazelnut crisp?!
Definitely me (that’s a fact).Print
Oregon blackberries and Honeycrisp apples are combined and topped with a hazelnut oat topping creating the perfect combination of flavors for this healthier version of a fruit crisp dessert. A perfect dessert for anytime of the year and any type of gathering.
For the topping:
- 1 cup gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts (aka filberts)
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff!)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
For the filling:
- 5 cups frozen Oregon blackberries or Oregon Marion blackberries (aka Marionberries)
- 3 cups chopped Honeycrisp apples
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a bowl, mix together the topping ingredients.
- In a 9×13″ baking pan combine the chopped apples and frozen blackberries.
- Add the topping in a layer over the blackberries and apples.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is beautifully crisp and golden.
- Eat…and maybe serve with ice cream or heavy whipping cream which totally negates the healthier part of this recipe but it does provide a really great excuse to splurge! 😉
Thank you to the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission for sponsoring this post and for supporting the hardworking Oregon caneberry farmers who bring us delicious berries that we can enjoy year round! And thank you to those of you who support the brands that allow Pass Me Some Tasty to keep cooking up the tastiness! Be sure to follow along with all of the tasty berry happenings in Oregon by following @oregonberries on Instagram and FB, @orbc on Twitter and @orberries on Pinterest!
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