Step up your Summer dessert game with this healthy peach crisp topped with the most delicious crispy and buttery oat crumble that melts in your mouth. This naturally sweetened Summer dessert is easy to make, gluten free, and can be easily made vegan. Everyone is bound to love this peach dessert!
Best Summer peach dessert
There is something about fruity desserts in the summertime that just feels right. I love recipes that use seasonal ingredients; and, honestly, everyone can agree there is nothing better than juicy and ripe peaches during summer.
This Classic Peach Crisp is not only naturally sweet from the baked peaches, but it is also super refreshing. The crispy and buttery oat topping in combination with the warm and juicy peaches is unbelievably delicious. The peach filling has NO ADDED sugar and just screams Summer!
Another reason this recipe is so great is that it is perfect for sharing. No matter what the occasion is, this peach crisp is meant for a crowd. Even if they just want to try a bite, people can take whatever size piece they choose (and if you’re like me go back for seconds). With only simple ingredients and a few easy steps, you can make the best peach crisp ever at home.
Y’all have got to serve this healthy peach crumble at your summer BBQs and family dinners.
What’s the difference between peach cobbler and peach crisp?
The terms “crisp” and “cobbler” are frequently used interchangeably. Despite having the same warm, gooey, and juicy fruit centers, peach cobbler and peach crisp have different toppings.
A “cobbler” refers to a dessert that has a thick flakey dough on top of a bubbly fruit filling. Some cobblers place dough on both the bottom and top of the fruit filling while others just use a top layer. But, in both cases a pastry dough is used.
A “crisp” relies on a crumbly & buttery streusel topping that sits on top of warm baked fruit. The crumble is sprinkled on top of the dish and is meant to be crunchy, crisp, and buttery. In fact, a fruit crisp has the perfect texture between the gooey filling and crunchy topping, making it one of the best desserts there is! Texture is everything, and this recipe certainly delivers on that aspect.
Ingredients in healthy peach crisp
Summer dessert recipes should be easy to make and call for minimal ingredients. This peach crisp does exactly that! In fact, this peach dessert has two simple parts: the bubbly peach filling and the buttery crisp oat topping. Here is what you’ll need to make this healthy peach crisp:
peach filling ingredients:
- Peaches: Peel and slice up 8 to 10 ripe but firm peaches for the base of this delicious peach crumble.
- Vanilla extract: Measure out a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract for the filling. Trust me, it goes a long way but adds the most wonderful flavor!
- Arrowroot powder: I am using 1 Tablespoon of arrowroot powder to make sure the peach filling is not too liquidy. Feel free to swap out with cornstarch or tapioca starch.
buttery crumble topping ingredients:
- Rolled oats: Use rolled oats or quick oats. Measure out 1 cup and remember if you are gluten-free, use gluten-free certified oats!
- Almond flour: Use almond flour, not almond meal. Measure out 1/4 cup for the buttery crumble top.
- Walnuts or pecans: This ingredient is optional, but I love to add it because it offers the perfect texture crunch. Plus, walnuts have lots of Omega-3s.
- Ground cinnamon: Add in 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon for a light but delicious flavor.
- Salt: 1/2 teaspoon of salt is plenty for this summer dessert recipe.
- Maple syrup: We are using maple syrup to sweeten this peach crisp naturally. Use 1/3 cup.
- Unsalted butter: We use room temperature unsalted butter to create the most delicious buttery oat crumble topping. Use 4 Tablespoons.
- Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract add a wonderful flavor to this streusel topping.
Kitchen tools needed
Healthy peach crisp is made using 3 tools and items. You are going to love how easy clean up is going to be! Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need for this healthy Summer dessert recipe:
- Two mixing bowl
- Pie dish
- Measuring cups: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make healthy summer peach crisp
Since summer is always busy, it’s super nice to have a few easy go-to recipes to make for any occasion. This tasty healthy peach crumble is so easy to prepare and clean up. It is perfect for the days when you’re short on time but want to bake something that will please everyone. Here are step by step instructions to making the best ever peach crisp:
To start, preheat your oven to 350 F and grease a baking dish or 10-inch pie dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Next, take 10-12 ripe but firm peaches and peel and cut them into ¼ inch slices. Add them to a large mixing bowl along with the vanilla extract and arrowroot powder. Once the filling is mixed, pour it into the greased dish.
Now make the perfect crumble topping, by mixing the rolled oats, almond flour, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. Then pour the maple syrup on top of the ingredients and stir to combine. Lastly, add in the cubed butter with your hands until it is fully combined. Once the crumble is a sand-like texture with a few clumps it is ready to be spread on top of the peaches.
Finally, sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly on top of the peach filling and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until the top is golden and crisp and the peaches are warm and bubbly.
Serve immediately and enjoy with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
Easy ingredient substitutions:
Here are my recommendations for ingredient substitutions for this healthy peach crisp. So do not worry if you are missing an ingredient or want to make a swap!
- Rolled oats: Simply use quick oats in place of the old fashion rolled oats. Do not use steal-cut oats.
- Almond flour: Swap the almond flour for gluten-free flour. Do not substitute with coconut flour.
- Maple syrup: You can try and use honey or agave syrup here! Swap it out one for one.
- Unsalted butter: If you are vegan or dairy-free, swap out the butter for vegan butter or for unrefined coconut oil. It should work perfectly.
- Make it vegan: Simple swap the butter out for vegan butter in this healthy peach crumble recipe!
How is this peach crisp healthier?
This peach crisp is so delicious you would never know it is only made from healthy, simple ingredients. While a traditional peach crisp can use tons of additives and processed ingredients, this one relies on the amazing flavors of natural ingredients. There are NO ADDED REFINED SUGARS!
- Refined suagr free. This peach crisp uses no artificial or added sweeteners. Instead, the sweetness comes from the baked seasonal peaches and dash of pure maple syrup needed to make the crumble topping crisp.
- Gluten-free flour. The crumble topping only calls for almond flour meaning there are no refined flours in this recipe.
- Minimal and simple ingredients. Rather than tons of added sugar and refined grains, this peach crisp relies on rolled oats and almond flour. By adding a little bit of butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup the top layer is still perfectly crunchy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
When you eat a bowl of this delicious healthy peach crumble you’re getting a hearty dose of vitamin C from the peaches, fiber, whole grains, and protein for the rolled oats.
Tips for the perfect buttery streusel topping:
Here are a couple of quick how-tos that will help you bake the best peach crisp you’ve ever had!
- Make sure your topping is well-combined. Mixing the oat crumb topping with your hands is the best way to ensure that all your oats are covered and that the butter is cut into the streusel. This creates the delicious, golden brown crisp topping!
- Don’t skip out on the butter. This recipe only calls for a small amount of butter that is KEY to making the oatmeal crumble on top super crispy and delicious!
- Use room temperate butter. This ensures that the butter will melt and crisp up the oats in the oven properly. It also makes for the amazing flakey and buttery texture we all look for in a crisp.
How to store, reheat, and make ahead
If your family doesn’t finish this crisp in one sitting (which is easy to do), this recipe is so easy to store and have throughout the week.
How to store: Simply store leftover peach crumble in the refrigerator, either in a sealed container or in the original baking dish with aluminum foil on top.
How to reheat: For best results, heat up the whole peach crumble in the original baking dish in the oven at 350F for 10 – 15 minutes or microwave individual leftovers in a small bowl.
Make peach crisp ahead of time: Looking to save time and prep for serving guests? Simply prepare the recipe as directed (DO NOT BAKE), then cover it with foil, place it in the fridge, and bake as directed before you’re ready to serve.
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Healthy Peach Crisp
- 10 - 12 ripe peaches, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder, or cornstarch or tapioca flour
- 1 cup rolled oats, gluten-free or regular
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts, optional *
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 3 Tbsp butter, cubed (room temperature) *
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a baking dish or 10-inch pie dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss the sliced peaches with the vanilla extract and arrowroot powder. Pour into the greased dish.
- In a separate bowl, mix together rolled oats, almond flour, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt until well combined. Pour maple syrup on top and stir to combine. Add in the cubed butter and mix using your hands until fully combines and the crumble is a sand-like texture with clumps.
- Evenly sprinkle on top of the peaches.
- Bake for 40 - 50 minutes, until the top, is golden and crisp and the peaches are warm and bubbly.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
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