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Cherry Crisp Recipe with Chocolate Chips (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This cherry crisp recipe with chocolate chips is an easy vegan weeknight dessert using pantry staples and frozen fruit. It is also a great dessert option for the holidays, entertaining, and other special occasions!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 223kcal



  • 5 cups frozen cherries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch or tapioca starch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips dairy free, if needed
  • Oat ice cream for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 8" round pie dish.
  • In a bowl, mix together the oats, almond flour, almonds, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, brown sugar, and salt. Add in the melted butter and toss just until everything is coated.
  • In another bowl, mix together the cherries, maple, cornstarch, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt and chocolate. Add this mixture to the pie dish. Top with the crisp topping and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the filling is bubbling and thee topping is nicely browned. Serve with dairy free ice oat cream.


Do not skip the starch. Frozen berries and (and frozen fruit in general) pack a little more moisture than fresh. So I find that if you don't add enough tapioca or cornstarch to the fruit, it will yield a very watery base. I have tested this a number of times and this is the amount that worked best for my cherries. Having said that, if you find yours is runny,  if you let this set after it's hot (aka. once it's cooled down), it will thicken. And honestly, who really cares - it's so delicious no matter what.
If you want more of a crispier topping, you can broil the cherry crisp for about 5 minutes or so but be sure to keep an eye on it! Broiling can quickly go from perfectly browned to burnt in a matter of seconds. But usually 5 minutes is all it really takes.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg