Cherry Cranberry Oat Crisp


Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

Cherries and cranberries. Two bright red fruits with spunk. The tartness of cranberry pairs perfectly with the sweetness of bright red cherries. Dressed with an oat crisp topping and heated in the oven magic happens when all the flavors combine.

 Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

Cranberries are my favorite fruit when fall hits, but they are not forgotten the rest of the year. Even though cherries are a summer fruit, I had to buy some when I saw them the other day at the market. I had fun combining two of my favorite fruits in this crisp.

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

The simplicity of a crisp makes it fun to prepare and even more fun to eat. Use your favorite seasonal fruits and oats.

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

There is something so fun about tiny little white ramekins. They encourage portion control and they make food look beautiful.

Long stem red roses for a happy Valentine's day

Here are red roses that were given to me by Mr. Fresh for Valentine’s Day. They were very pretty and put a big smile on my face. It is not often that flowers show up as a sweet surprise. It’s about time I showed off these beauties!

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

You can prepare this recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a few days if you need to. We enjoyed these crisps for quite a few days. Re-heat in a warm oven and top with whipped cream or thick greek yogurt before serving.

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

Nuts would also be wonderful in this oat topping. Toasted walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts…..

Healthy homemade baked crisp with cranberries and cherries.

Do you have a favorite crisp recipe? What are your go-to fruits?


Cherry Cranberry Oat Crisp

Makes 4 servings


  • You can use fresh or frozen ย fruit in this recipe.
  • The sweetness of your fruit will determine if you need sweetener or not. Sweeten to taste with your favorite natural sweetener. Stevia, honey, maple syrup and sucanat could all work great.
  • I cook my fruit first so I can taste it before it goes in the oven, that way I can better control how much sweetener and spices I want to add.


{Cherry Oat Crisp}

  • 12 ounces Cherries, pitted ย and coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces Cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • optional sweetener: Stevia, a few tablespoons Honey, pure Maple Syrup, Sucanat or Brown Sugar to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup diced unsweetened, unsulphured dried Cherries
  • pinch of Sea Salt
  • Cooking Spray

{Cherry Whipped Cream}

  • 8 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3-4 tablespoons unsweetened Cherry Jam
  • optional: natural sweetener to taste

Optional Toppings

  • Add some chopped nuts to the oat topping. Walnuts, pecans & hazelnuts would be great choices.
  • Top your crisp with some coconut flake or chopped crystalized ginger.


Cherry Cranberry Filling: In a medium sauce pan heat cherries, cranberries, water and ginger over medium high heat. When you hear the fruit start to sizzle and cranberries start to pop reduce heat to medium. Stir a few times watching mixture, add more water if needed. Cook about 8 minutes until the fruit is saucy but still a bit lumpy. Take off the heat and add desired sweetener to taste.
Oat Crisp Topping: Combine the oats, coconut oil, salt and dried cherries in a bowl.
Assembly: Preheat oven to 350หšF with the rack in the middle. Spray four 6 ounce oven safe ramekins with cooking spray. Arrange them on a baking sheet. Evenly divide the cherry-cranberry filling among the ramekins. Top with the oat mixture. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until oats are golden brown. Remove from oven, let cool a few minutes. Top with cherry whipped cream.
Cherry Whipped Cream: In a stand mixer whip cream until light and fluffy. Gently fold in cherry jam. Store in refrigerator until ready to use. You will have extra whipped cream. I am sure you can find ways to enjoy it!

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~ Marla Meridith

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65 thoughts on “Cherry Cranberry Oat Crisp

  1. These are beautiful! I love the combination of fruit. I
    also like the use of various sweeteners for those of us who need to
    use less sugar. Love the photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Marla…wow, your photography just gets better and better
    and inspires me more and more! The shot where they are lined up one
    behind the next, awesome. The 1st shot and also the one with the
    fork angled to the left, beautiful as well. Not to mention the
    recipe itself rocks. I make no-bake apple crumble. It’s nobake,
    vegan, and GF. I combines brown sugar, agave, oats, and I make both
    a crust with it, and then make a coating for the apples. It’s as
    good as any baked crumbles, but it is SUGAR overload…lol. I know
    you’re a stevia girl ๐Ÿ™‚ I am drooling over your pics….

    1. Averie: Your no-bake apple crumble does sound very good. I would be in a sugar coma after that one. It would be very hard to stop once I start in on something like that ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love this! Cranberries are my favorite fall fruit also. I love the variety of ingredients you can mix with them. Can’t wait to make this crisp!

  4. I love crisps and cherries are perfect for this treat..great option to be able to use frozen and love that you listed different sweeteners


  5. the single serving ramekins are such a fun way to present dishes like this – plus it means I stick to one serving! ๐Ÿ™‚

    These would make such a fun weekend breakfast for something special.

    1. Oh miss Lucy – thought it was all about the champagne, mini bars & m&m’s ๐Ÿ˜‰ We will need to pass the word around to hubby to send you some roses today. xo

    1. Allison: The greek yogurt is just as awesome as the whip cream. Sometimes I even make my greek yogurt extra thick by putting in a cheesecloth over night.

  6. Although I am totally enamored with the recipe and cant
    wait to try it with my kids, I just have to say. Your food styling
    skills are SO awesome. Every single picture is just awesome and
    shows the most perfect perspective and the attention to detail is
    so perfect. You are such an inspiration to me!!

    1. Amanda: You are so sweet. I am glad to see you back online. Really missed you even though it was only a few days. You were only having a baby!! My attention to detail can sometimes get the best of me. I had so much fun styling this shoot. Cherries are a great subject, they reflect the light so nicely. Have fun with your awesome family and that new little baby boy. xo

  7. cranberries and cherries happen to be two of my favorites
    as well. i love a good crisp and this one, I am sure, did not
    disappoint! summer is almost here and with the fruits being in
    abundance, this dessert is going to become a staple on my dessert
    table! x

  8. These look so delicious! I LOVE cranberries and cherries, and that photography is gorgeous. I love how the cherries and oats contrast with the baby blue background.

    1. Heather: I am addicted to that blue background. It is hard not to use it as a background all the time, I keep reaching for it. It! is really cool against the red cherries.

    1. Xiaolu: Not sure if they are still selling cranberries everywhere. I did find those at Trader Joe’s in CA. Do not fear, you can always but them frozen and they still taste awesome!

  9. Just beautiful, Marla! Crisps are one of the most versatile
    and delicious of desserts, able to move with the seasons as fruits
    at their prime come and go. Cherries are hard to find where I live,
    but I stocked up on my beloved fresh cranberries during their brief
    fall season and must have 5 pounds in my freezer waiting for a
    great use. This recipe is it. Well done!

    1. Barbara: That is quite the stash of cranberries! Would love to have those hanging out in my freezer. I will be using cranberries all year round, that is certain. I bet you have some great fruit combos for crisps tucked away. Love how little thought needs to go into these things. xo

    1. Heather: I was not much a fan of gloppy cherry pies growing up. These days I love a great pie, but its gotta be real fruits and no wacky thickeners in it. These crisps are simply fruit & oats, so no glop ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I love the combination of cherries and cranberries in this crisp…yum! Beautiful recipe and of course stunning pictures. Love the flowers too. It’s always nice to get flowers especially from the Mr.
    Have a good weekend!

  11. I love the cherry and cranberry together. My favorite crisp
    is apple, which is so predictable, but it is one of my favorite
    fall desserts.

    1. Shaina: I love apple everything. I am now thinking they should join the cherries and cranberries in this crisp. They would add a nice sweetness.

  12. I’m always in awe at how gorgeous your photos are! These cherry cranberry oat crisps are so beautiful. I’ve never combined the two fruits in a crisp but can’t wait to try this. I absolutely LOVE cranberries.
    I love apple crisps. ๐Ÿ™‚