The continuing heat wave has caused blackberries to ripen by the bucket-load! We journeyed down to the river yesterday, Sisko taking point, when we happened upon several enormous wild blackberry bushes. Jackpot!
We hurried home to retrieve our blackberry picking essentials, two plastic bags, and harvested all the ripe berries. In just over a half hour we had three pounds. Sisko also did her share of blackberry picking, making sure she got all the ripe berries on the lower branches 🙂
The best part of blackberry picking is the eating part. My berry picking rhythm went as thus: Pick one berry,eat it; pick a second berry, eat it; pick a third berry, eat it. Pick a fourth berry……and put it in the bag.
There is nothing like eating fresh wild blackberries. I wanted to make a dish that highlighted the natural flavors of the blackberries, and a dish that did not require me to turn on my oven. A raw blackberry crisp sounded like the perfect idea.
A raw crisp is one of the easiest and quickest deserts to prepare. The crisp topping consists of three ingredients: almonds, walnuts and medjool dates. The dates act as the thickener, sweetener and “butter” in the recipe. Medjool dates have a rich smooth taste that is very reminiscent of butter, and pair perfectly with pureed almonds and walnuts. The crumbly topping is my favorite part of this dessert.
Mixing the blackberries with a little lemon juice and a touch of maple syrup really helps to brighten the dish. Top your bowl of blackberries with the crisp topping and your dessert is ready!
We made this dessert three times in the last four days and started getting a little more creative with our crisp topping. We added a splash of chocolate chips and blended them with the almonds, walnuts and dates. And we topped it all off with a smidge of frozen yogurt on top, because, why not, right!?
- 5 cups blackberries
- 1 cup almonds
- ½ cup walnuts
- 4 large medjool dates
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon maple syrup
- In a food processor or blender, add the almonds walnuts, dates and cinnamon. Pulse for 20-30 seconds until the mixture becomes crumbly.
- In a separate bowl combine the blackberries, lemon juice and maple syrup.
- Top the blackberry mixture with the crumb topping and enjoy!