I just can’t eat enough nuts and berries. They would dominate my desert island food list of “can’t live withouts”. In fact I almost went berry nutty -- all the way to the bathroom and back a few summers ago by over-indulging in this berry crumble. If I had to pick a dessert of choice, it would have to be anything berry – berry smoothies, berry pancakes, berry pies, berry strudels, berry cakes, berry muffins. Oh, the list of pleasures is endless. But the list of calories would also be too, if I allowed my mouth to open that wide. This berry crumble is the Switzerland in my war of heart and mind. It satisfies the need for a berry blast, but doesn’t blow up the hips.
I started making this crisp many years ago to keep in the fridge for a power brain study snack, and I revisited it a few years ago, much to my husband’s delight. Rob eats his “Blueberry Smash” (frozen blueberries, cottage cheese, natural yogurt and raw nuts) every night after dinner like clockwork. It is almost like he can’t sleep well without it. I gently suggested that there might be some berry good variations. He happily embraced this alternative, and there was soon a fresh baked berry crumble moving into the fridge every second day. All of our friends and family caught the berry nutty bug at our July 4th firework feast, and it quickly created a beast.
Everyone made their own versions to share, and that Summer was a blast. The recipe humorously landed in a homemade recipe wedding gift with a disclaimer! You see, as we were all championing the berry nutty movement, our bowels were down there revolting with a berry butty bomb. It wasn’t long before my pooh literally turned blue! Sorry to be gross, but there it is. The good news was that my “shit literally didn’t stink”. It smelt like fragrant berries. However, I quickly decided to take the path of least resistance, and that moderation was the key to the longevity of this recipe. Rob’s gone back to smashing instead of crumbling.
It turns out that too much of a good thing can make you blue! All joking aside, this recipe is quick, easy, healthy and delicious. It is a nutritional powerhouse with all of the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and protein. It is ok to be berry nutty; just not all the time.
You have been well warned.