Blueberry Peach Crisp /

It happens to me every year. Sometime about the end of June, when our CSA is in full swing and the daylight’s stretching past 8 p.m., I marvel at the sweetness of the season around me, so hot and bright and full. We open our fridge and it’s packed with greens. We go to the store and come home with pints of blueberries. Our coats are stuffed in the closet, far away from everyday thought, and our flip-flops are near the door, ready to be slipped on as we pop out for an afternoon walk or drive. I love summer in part because of treasures like these that it gives me: greater freedom, greater daytime, a rich color palette. But I love it most for the very fact that it is so clearly, undeniably being given to me, not being earned or created on my own. Whether or not I think about the seasons, whether or not I remember that April or May in Nashville usually means higher temps, the earth knows to switch, day by day, progressively to summer, just like it will know to switch, day by day, to fall when the months move on. The seasons are like promises being made and kept to us each year, tangible consequences of an earlier decree we are all counting on, whether we know it or not.

Blueberry Peach Crisp /
Blueberry Peach Crisp /
Blueberry Peach Crisp /
peach blueberry crisp

This is something Kimberley Hasselbrink, the blogger behind The Year in Food and author of the new cookbook Vibrant Food, understands. On her blog and in her book, she celebrates the gifts of each season with photos and recipes that highlight the colors and tastes specific to the various times of year. This blueberry peach crisp, for example, adapted from a triple-berry peach crisp in the book, is the third Vibrant Food recipe we’ve eaten and enjoyed over the last few weeks, each one selected based on what we’d been picking up on Monday nights or seeing on sale at the grocery when we shop. When we came home Saturday afternoon with a giant box of blueberries (there was a 2 for $6 sale!), it was only natural to pull out the recipe she designed to make the most of summer berries. Designed to be less sweet than typical crisps, this version is also easily gluten-free, with a crumbly topping made of almonds and oats.

The day after we ate it, fresh from the oven and topped with homemade ice cream, we stood in an auditorium of people, singing lyrics about the hand of God in “creation’s grand design.” As my mouth formed the words “children of the promise” and moved to the one that ends “walk by faith and not by sight,” I thought about the post I wrote less than a week ago, wrestling with questions about finances and planning and expenses I wished I didn’t have. It is hard to feel poor when I look at the created world around me, the one of blue skies and shocking thunder and a pot that’s growing tomato vines on my front porch. It is also hard to feel afraid when I think about the hands that have had me through every life season—when I totaled my car my junior year of college, when I moved home as a college-grad 21-year-old and worked as a receptionist, when I had my heart broken, when I was in so much physical pain I almost didn’t want to go on. When I need my heart pointed to Him, when I need reminders He is worthy of all trust, I need only look at how He’s never left me in all of those moments, how He’s always been the one sustaining me, how He’s encouraged me through His Word and through people and through reminders that He is the One who keeps every promise, year after year sending sun and rain to make the blueberries that today are baked and buried under ice cream on my plate.

Blueberry Peach Crisp from Vibrant Food


Blueberry Peach Crisp from Vibrant Food

Adapted from Vibrant Food by Kimberley Hasselbrink, which we received a review copy of. All opinions expressed are our own.


    for the fruit filling:
  • 3 ripe yellow peaches, sliced
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon flour (we used rice flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • for the oat-almond topping:
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup roughly chopped almonds (I whirred them in the food processor after making oat flour)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (easy to make by grinding oats in the food processor!)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

In a large bowl, combine peaches and blueberries. Fold in lemon juice, coconut sugar, your choice of flour, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom.

Then, in a separate bowl, mix together the rolled oats, chopped almonds, oat flour, coconut sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Add the cubes of butter and, using your fingers, work the dry mixture together with the cubes of butter until a loose topping has come together.

Grease a large 2- to 2.5-quart baking dish.

Pour in the fruit mixture. Top evenly with the crumbled topping.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until crust is lightly browned. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.

Serve warm, with ice cream on top if you like! Note that the crisp is not overly sweet, especially because we used all blueberries instead of blueberries and blackberries and strawberries. So! This is another reason some ice cream on top is especially nice.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Nicole

    Gorgeous words and gorgeous recipe! I love waking up to the sun streaming in through the window and having the sun stay after dinner. The bounty at the market sends my senses into overdrive. Your beautiful photos make me want to grab into the screen for a plate of that crisp.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Aw, you’re so sweet, Nicole! Thank you and, I know, right? This season is the best.

  2. Kathryn

    A beautiful variation on Kimberley’s recipe; I so agree with what you say about her book. I’ve read it multiple times since it arrived last week and every time I’m struck again by how she captures the bounty of the (whole) year.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Exactly! You said it perfectly.

  3. Joanna

    Those are the words I needed to hear this morning. Both about summer and its richness and about God and His promise keeping.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Oh, Joanna, you pour out grace everywhere you go. We miss you guys so much.

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Blueberries and peaches are so fabulous together. Love this crisp!

    1. Shanna Mallon

      They really are!

  5. Joyti

    I love blueberries too. They’re pretty darn wonderful.

    I actually had the original version of this already, I’ll attest to how good it is. :)

    1. Shanna Mallon

      I love hearing about the launch party! I bet it was so fun and filled with so many great tastes!

  6. Madison

    Your words were like salve for my soul today. Thank you for the reminder that God always sees us through whatever we are going through, even when it’s easy to forget.

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  9. KathreenM

    I love the combination blueberries and peaches. Thanks for sharing this vibrant recipe for summer.

  10. Jess

    Living in a place where it is eternal summer, I forget the beauty of this season back home. You’ve captured it perfectly. Beautiful post as always Shanna – your spirit comes through so much in your writing.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Eternal summer! Sounds pretty dreamy… but I know what you mean. The seasons are good for making us notice what’s happening and savoring it. Thank you, Jess, for your kind words — always so sweet.

  11. Lauren @ Living the Savory Life

    I can’t wait until peaches are back in season here! Beautiful photos.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Thanks, Lauren!

  12. Kimberley

    So very lovely, Shanna. Thank you. Such a beautiful time of year, indeed.

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Seriously, thank you, Kimberley! It’s a stunner and I’m just happy to have a copy!

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