With Fall just around the corner, I thought I’d share one last Summer recipe: Strawberry Nectarine Skillet Crisp. Nectarines aren’t in season in the winter, at least not here in the Midwest, which always makes me sad since they are one of my absolute favorite fruits! Although, if you can find some ripe ones during the winter months, this does make an excellent hot dessert for colder weather.
I actually meant to post a healthy salad recipe this weekend, since I noticed I’ve been posting a lot of desserts lately (if you haven’t tried these gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, you definitely should check them out). I’ve even taken a break from making sweets for the past few weeks. Well, I think I’ve hit my limit. I may not have baked this weekend, but posting a dessert recipe sure makes me feel a little bit better. I’m sure some of you out there can relate.
Anyway, I made this skillet crisp for my family when my brother was still in town before heading back to school. I’m pretty sure it could serve 6-8 people, but as always…family of hungry athletes here! Three of us ate most of it, so it didn’t last very long. I loved that I could just throw everything together before dinner, let it cook while we ate, and then had a lovely warm dessert ready to serve when we were finished. I’m all for efficient cooking!
This recipe is one of those that can easily be modified to your liking. The topping is made from rolled oats (lately I’ve been loving Bob’s Red Mill organic gluten free oats), brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and a little bit of salt. It’s a gluten free recipe, as always, but can definitely be dairy free if you sub dairy free butter! I’m sure you could also use solid coconut oil if you’d rather, just make sure it’s nice and cold before using.
Just a note: There is A LOT of filling and crumble topping before it cooks. When I first poured everything into my skillet, I thought to myself… “what have I done. This whole thing is going to overflow in the oven.” Not to worry though, you will be surprised how much it cooks down! Especially the crumble topping.
Out of all the crisps I’ve had, this one has definitely become my favorite! Strawberries and nectarines really do pair perfectly together in this dessert, but if you can’t find some ripe nectarines you could certainly try subbing peaches. Whatever you do, just don’t forget the ice cream.
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