{VIDEO} 5-Minute Skinny Microwave Berry Crisp in a Mug (with sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free options!)

Plump berries, bursting with tart juicy goodness, coated in a sweet cinnamon filling, all topped off with a warm, crunchy oat streusel topping... READY IN UNDER 5 MINUTES... AND IT DOESN'T COME WITH THE GUILT OF A SLAB OF PIE!

I love making this when I get a late night sweets craving, because it comes together in minutes and I don't feel because it is made with fruit and a lot less sugar, butter and flour than most other dessert options.

It all starts with a cup of berries coated in some sugar with a tiny bit of flour to create a nice, thick, gooey filling when it cooks. I even sub out the berries for a cup of diced apple or a diced peach sometimes!

Then stir together the oat topping. I like to use instant oats that cook in 1-minute, as they break down much quicker for a perfect topping consistency. Sometimes I even use a packet of instant oatmeal (I like the lower sugar variety or cinnamon spice) for a more simple alternative and omit the sugar and salt in the topping.

...and pour it right on top of the fruit.

Now, it's ready to bake! You can do this in the microwave or the toaster oven. 

I like to microwave mine for 1 1/2-2 1/2 minutes for a really quick dessert in no time! It may take longer or shorter, depending on the wattage of your microwave, so keep checking on it, until the berries have started to burst and release all their juicy goodness. You just don't want to over cook it, to the point where the fruit becomes mushy.

 When the top has slightly browned and the inside is nice and tender, it is ready. Let it cool down a little bit and then dig in!

Skinny Berry Crisp

Yield: 1 single-serving (recipe doubles easily)


Berry filling: 
  • 1 cup berries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon sugar OR 1 teaspoon sugar substitute
  • 1 teaspoon flour (all-purpose, whole wheat flour or gluten free flour)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
Oat Streusel Topping:
  • 1 uncooked (35g-45g) packet of instant oatmeal (about 1/3 cup), the "lower sugar" cinnamon spice or maple brown sugar work great
  • 1 tablespoon flour (all-purpose, whole wheat flour or gluten free flour)
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter, margarine or buttery spread
**May substitute oatmeal packet with 1/3 cup quick-cooking instant oats, pinch of salt and 1-2 tbsp. sugar or 1-2 tsp. sugar substitute


Prepare filling:

Mix all filling ingredients in a small bowl, until fruit is coated. Pour into a 7-8oz. microwave safe mug, ramekin or small dish.

Prepare topping:
Combine all topping ingredients together in a small bowl until mixture is coarse and crumbly and press on top of berries.

Microwave for 1 1/2-2 1/2 minutes until topping is golden brown and berries have plumped and burst. (May also bake in toaster oven at 350 degrees F for about 20-30 minutes)