Strawberry Apple Crisp {Strawberry Apple Crumble with Oats}

With a buttery oatmeal streusel topping and perfectly ripe strawberries and apples, this strawberry apple crisp is the perfect summer dessert! It just needs a scoop of vanilla ice cream to take it to the next level!

apple and strawberry crisp on a white plate.

The delicious flavors of tart apples, sweet juicy strawberries, and the crisp topping make this the perfect dessert for any occasion. It uses only a few simple ingredients and is the perfect way to use up those fresh berries during strawberry season!

What is Strawberry Apple Crisp?

Crisps and crumbles are some of the best summer desserts to make! People have been making these classic desserts for centuries because they’re so simple to make yet utterly delicious.

To make a crisp, you mix the fresh fruit together with flour and sugar, then assemble a buttery oat topping to pour on top. As it cooks, the fruit will cook down until sweet and tender, and the crispy topping adds a sweet crunch that tastes heavenly!

This easy fruit crumble really is a foolproof dessert recipe and always a crowd-pleaser!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • Quick & Easy: I love old-fashioned recipes like fruit crisps that require almost no special tools or equipment. You’re just chopping, mixing, pouring, and baking!
  • Perfect balance of flavors: Although you can certainly have apple or strawberry crisp on their own, the fresh apples really give the strawberries more structure, and the flavors sing together!
  • Buttery, sugary crumble: The handmade oat topping adds a nutty flavor, crunch, and sweetness to the fruit filling. So good!

Equipment

To make this easy strawberry crisp with apples, you’ll need a few common tools you probably already have in your kitchen.

  • large mixing bowl
  • cutting board
  • chef’s knife
  • wooden spoon
  • baking dish or individual ramekins
  • fork or pastry cutter
ingredients for apple and strawberry crisp fruit.

Ingredients

Filling Ingredients

  • Apples: I prefer to use granny smith apples as their tart flavor contrasts so well with fresh berries. You could use any tart apple, though, like Pink Lady.
  • Strawberries: fresh strawberries or thawed frozen berries. You can also use mixed berries if you prefer.
  • Sugar: I prefer to use granulated sugar as it melts into the sauce easier. You don’t need much since the crisp topping is sweet enough.
  • Flour: Flour helps to thicken the fruit mixture.
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Crisp Topping Ingredients:

  • Brown sugar: brown sugar helps the crumble turn a delicious golden brown when it’s baked.
  • White sugar: if you don’t have brown sugar, white sugar works just fine too.
  • Old-fashioned oats: Did you know the only real difference between a crisp and a crumble is that oats? They’re a great way to get a little extra crunch.
  • All-purpose flour: Flour helps turn the liquid from the fruits into a thick sauce.
  • Cold butter: Use cold butter for the best results. If it’s not cold, it will melt too fast and change the texture of your easy apple strawberry crisp.
  • Vanilla extractthis helps to bring out the flavor of the sweetness of the strawberries and the tartness of the apples. You could also use cardamom extract for an extra layer of flavor!
  • Cinnamon: A little cinnamon warms up this whole topping and gives it a fantastic aroma.

How to Make Strawberry Apple Crisp

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a 9 x 13 baking dish, add your diced apples, strawberries, sugar, flour, and salt. Stir to combine.

3. In a mixing bowl, add the crumble topping ingredients except for the butter. Cut the butter into small pieces using a knife. Add the cold butter pieces to the mixture and cut them in using a fork or pastry blender. 

4. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the pan. 

5. Place the strawberry apple crisp in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crumble is golden and you can see the liquid from the fruit bubbling in the corners.

6. Allow the crisp to cool for 20-30 minutes, then serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

step by step instructions for how to make apple strawberry crisp with oats.
step by step instructions for how to make a fruit crisp topping with oats.

Storing

Fridge: If you happen to have leftover apple strawberry crisp, transfer it to an airtight container or cover it and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Freezer: You can even store leftover crisp in the freezer in a freezer-safe container for several months. Just let it thaw in the fridge, then bake it in the oven at 350 to crisp up the topping.

How to Serve Apple Strawberry Crisp

This delicious strawberry and apple crumble with oats is best served hot. I recommend dishing it into a small bowl and serving it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream. Add some fresh sweet strawberries on top for a lovely garnish!

Tips & Variations

  • Feel free to use your favorite type of apple. I prefer crisp apples, but they can be tart or sweet.
  • You can easily use whole wheat flour in the crisp topping for this strawberry dessert.
  • For the oats, you can use rolled oats or quick oats. They both work great!
  • For a crunchy crisp texture, chill the topping in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes before adding it to the fruit filling.
  • You don’t have to add extract to the topping, but it’s a nice way to add a little extra flavor.
photo of apple and strawberry crumble with oats on a white plate.

FAQs

What type of apple is best for crumble?

I prefer to use granny smith apples as their tart flavor contrasts so well with fresh berries. You can use any cooking apples that are available, though, such as Honeycrisp apples. Avoid using Fuji apples, as they become mushy when baked.

Why is my fruit crumble soggy?

Too much butter in your crumble topping can make it soggy. Be sure to use cold butter, and do not overmix the crumble mixture – it should resemble wet sand. 

Can I bake with frozen strawberries?

If you’d like to make strawberry and apple crisp with frozen strawberries, be sure to let the berries thaw completely first. This will keep your crumble from becoming too soggy. You may want to add an extra tablespoon of flour to absorb the excess liquid and help it gel faster.

Can you make strawberry crisp in the food processor?

Yes! If you add all the dry ingredients for the crumb topping in the food processor, you can add the cubed butter and vanilla, then pulse until the butter breaks into small pea-sized pieces. Use like normal. Be careful to pulse just enough to combine the ingredients but without breaking them down too much.

How to Make Strawberry Apple Crumble

If you would prefer an apple strawberry crisp without oats, then you want a crumble! To get the proportions right, you’ll want to follow the crumble topping recipe below instead of simply removing the oats from the crisp topping above.

Instead of the oat topping above, mix the following ingredients together in a medium bowl, then sprinkle them over your fruit filling before baking like normal.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup partially melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Bake the apple strawberry crumble in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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Strawberry Apple Crisp

With a buttery oatmeal streusel topping and perfectly ripe strawberries and apples, this strawberry apple crisp is the perfect summer dessert! It just needs a scoop of vanilla ice cream to take it to the next level!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, british
Servings 12 servings
Calories 344 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Chef's knife
  • 1 Cutting board
  • 1 9 x 13 baking dish
  • 1 medium bowl for the crisp topping
  • 1 Pastry cutter or fork

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Apple Filling

  • 2 cups strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 4-5 apples, approximately 1.5 lbs; diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 pinch kosher salt

Crisp Topping

  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, chilled; diced into 1-cm cubes
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a 9 x 13 baking dish, add your diced apples, strawberries, sugar, flour, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the crumble topping ingredients except for the butter. Cut the butter into small pieces using a knife. Add the cold butter pieces to the mixture and cut them in using a fork or pastry blender.
  • Sprinkle the crisp topping evenly over the pan.
  • Place the strawberry apple crisp in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crumble is golden and you can see the liquid from the fruit bubbling in the corners.
  • Allow the crisp to cool for 20-30 minutes, then serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Notes

  • Feel free to use your favorite type of apple. I prefer crisp apples, but they can be tart or sweet.
  • You can easily use whole wheat flour in the crisp topping for this strawberry dessert.
  • For the oats, you can use rolled oats or quick oats. They both work great!
  • For a hit of warm spices, add a teaspoon of cinnamon and/or ginger to the crisp topping.

 

Strawberry Apple Crumble Topping

If you prefer an apple strawberry crumble, you’ll need to make a slightly different topping.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup partially melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
Mix the crumble topping ingredients together in a medium bowl, then pour them over the fruit filling. Bake like normal and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 344kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 134mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 3gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 506IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
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