How to Make a Custom Fruit Crisp With Your Favorite Fruit

Use this easy recipe to make a custom fruit crisp using any kind of fruit you have on hand or find at the farmer’s market this summer.
Homemade Fruit Crisp with Your Favorite Fruit   Are you ready for fruit crisp season? I wasn’t until a couple of days ago when I had a basket of apricots and some garden grown rhubarb that I need to use. I knew I didn’t have a recipe for that exact combination and I wasn’t sure if you could swap out fruits in a recipe or if that was a recipe for disaster.

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Tips for an Awesome Custom Fruit Crisp

Maybe you want to make apple crisp, maybe it’s peach crisp. Or maybe it’s rhubarb, strawberry, whatever’s-on-hand crisp. Turns out that a basic fruit crisp recipe is pretty forgiving – but here are a couple of tips for using different fruits:
  • For tart fruits like rhubarb and raspberries, go heavier on the sugar. Sweeter fruits like peaches or strawberries need less sugar.
  • The opposite goes for lemon juice – use less for rhubarb, more for sweet fruits.
  • Very juicy fruits like berries will require more cornstarch to thicken the juice, while firm fruits like apples need less.

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Here’s the basic formula for a customizable fruit crisp: Start with about 6-8 cups of diced fruit (preferably organic). Mix together the following ingredients in a medium bowl:
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar (I prefer organic white for this part but brown sugar works too)
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch
Mix in the diced fruit and stir until fruit is well coated. Then place fruit mixture in a greased 8 to 10 inch glass or ceramic baking pan. Fruit (apricots and rhubarb) for homemade fruit crisp   Next, mix together the topping ingredients:
  • 1 cup flour (I usually use all-purpose but feel free to experiment with other flours)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans are especially nice) (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
Spread the topping on top of the fruit mixture. In my opinion, you can never have too much topping! Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until the topping is just getting brown and the fruit is bubbling up from below. Fruit crisp in baking dish with spoon I think a scoop of ice cream is pretty much mandatory with this dessert. Easy Fruit Crisp via  

Custom Fruit Crisp Recipe

Easy Homemade Fruit Crisp with Your Favorite Fruit

This classic fruit crisp recipe is customizable with your favorite fruit or whatever fruit you happen to have on hand.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit, fruit crisp, healthy dessert
Servings: 8
Author: Micaela @MindfulMomma


  • 6-8 cups diced fruit
  • 1/2 to 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional) pecans, walnuts, almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 dash salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter softened


  • Grease an 8 to 10 inch glass or ceramic baking pan
  • Mix sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch together in a medium bowl. 
  • Add diced fruit and mix until fruit is well coated.  
  • Place mixture in prepared baking pan.
  • Mix flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt together in a small bowl.
  • Stir in softened butter using a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture is crumbly. 
  • Spread topping evenly over fruit in baking pan.
  • Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes or until topping starts to brown and fruit is bubbling up from below.
  • Serve warm with ice cream if desired.

What’s your favorite kind of fruit crisp?

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One Comment

  1. OH, RHUBARB! My favorite fruit ever! I have some growing in the garden and apple rhubarb crisp is one of my favorites!

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