Berry crumble in a jar

There are a lot of things I’ve been behind the trends with, and I’m ok with that. Skinny jeans (it took me a good two years to feel comfortable wearing them, which is funny now because they can actually be very flattering), a top knot (my mom got me one of those cool bunmaker things and if I’m wearing my hair in a bun, you can guess with 100% accuracy that I haven’t washed it) and the whole mason jar thing.

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There’s something endearing about being served a drink in a jar. It feels rustic and trendy, while uniquely showcasing the beverage inside.

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(Lemon thyme spritzer from Cody’s in La Jolla)

Now a dessert in a jar… that’s a whole new level, friends.

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When we celebrated Mother’s Day, madre, nana, Liv and I went to Ventana for our favorite Sunday brunch. While I tend to get the same things for the meal portion (jalapeño cornbread, grilled salmon, salad, eggs), I always like to switch it up for dessert. They usually have a fantastic trifle, chocolate mousse, fondue (Livi goes crazy for chocolate-covered strawberries), and little tarts, cookies and brûlées to choose from. Then, on Sunday, I saw something totally new: berry crumble in a jar. I definitely snatched up one of those bad boys.

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Immediately, I knew that it would be an awesome dessert to make at home, especially when we have dinner company. The best part about the crumble is that there are TWO layers of crumbly goodness: one on top, and one as a lovely surprise in the middle. You can also make it in advance, so all you have to do the night of the party is bake then top with ice cream.

I decided to surprise the Pilot with a random Tuesday night dessert to go with our wine.

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Hope you love it, too!

Mixed berry crumble in a jar

Makes 2 large servings (can easily be doubled.. tripled… if you have extra crumble mixture, freeze it and enjoy with ice cream, on a smoothie or with oatmeal)

Gluten-free and vegan options below

1/2 C old-fashioned oats (gluten-free friends, use gluten-free oats)

1/2 C almond meal

3 tablespoons brown sugar or Sucanat

2 tablespoons butter (or vegan butter substitute), cold and chopped into small pieces

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of sea salt

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen berries

1 t sugar (can use a small amount Stevia or Xylitol instead)

juice of half a lemon + 1/2 t lemon zest

1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray two mason jars with nonstick spray. (I used the pint-sized jars, but if you use larger or small, adjust the recipe accordingly. This is one of those beautiful things where you don’t have to be super precisel; you can easily use ratios you prefer.)

2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almond meal, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt. Using a fork, smash in the butter until the butter is crumbled into the mixture. Set aside.

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3. In another bowl, combine the berries, sugar, lemon juice and zest.

4. Layer 1/4 of the berry mixture into each jar, top with 1/4 of the crumble mixture. Add the rest of the berry mixture to each jar and top with the remaining crumble.

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(I can’t wait to try this with the Very Cherry Berry Blend from Trader Joe’s. We had frozen strawberries on hand, and they were rather lovely, but the pieces were large)

5. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, until browned, bubbly and glorious.

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6. Enjoy as is, or top with a scoop of ice cream

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and sprig of fresh mint.

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xoxo

Gina

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Comments

  1. Steffany says:

    OMG this looks amazing. Can’t wait to try. But where on earth did you get that heavenly sounding horchata ice cream !?! MUST GET MY HANDS ON SOME OF THAT !!

  2. Yaara Leve says:

    That cinnamon cream ice cream looks like heaven on a spoon. Is it? The crumble don’t look too shabby either :)!

  3. Totally agree about the mason jar thing. It’s funny because everywhere I go now, I see people carrying green smoothies in mason jars or salads in their jars. Clearly it’s a big trend over here.
    And this looks absolutely incredible!
    I’m a little embarrassed to admit, I’ve never had a crumble in my life before, but this looks so tasty!
    Anything with berries and oatsI can get on board with for sure;)

  4. Yes! Everything in a mason jar is cuter, yummier, and fun-ner. 🙂 And your crumble jars look so darling! That horchata ice cream brings memories of high school when I’d get the BIGGEST cups of horchata from Ampm stations~I kind of miss horchata right now.

  5. Jolene J. says:

    Gina! This looks amazing! Thanks for the great and EASY recipe! I think I may surprise the hubby and make this tonight…the only thing I don’t have on hand is the almond meal. Do you have any suggestions for a good substitution? Thanks! 🙂

  6. everything tastes better when eaten from a jar… true story 🙂 the berry crumble looks delicious!

  7. I love this idea! This is so perfect for summer get togethers. Anything with berries I’m a fan of!

  8. yum! can you share where you got that horchata ice cream??? I need that in my life. 🙂

  9. Gorgeous! I love this idea. I never thought about baking in a mason jar, but now my brain is filled with ideas!

  10. That looks way delicious and makes me smile because I was in a fruit and oat crumble mood last night too. I used up all of my apples and basically made the same thing. I bet this would be way good with the raspberries hanging out in my fridge. And now I can make it look way adorable in a mason jar 🙂

    I was resisting jumping on board with the whole mason jar thing but then I saw a light fixture with them and now have a mason jar chandelier over my table. It makes me smile too. Have a wonderful day!

  11. I’m really loving the mason jar trend, and even more so when it comes with the promise of dessert 😀 I mean, salads and smoothies in jars are great and all, but a warm berry crumble with ice cream on top? That definitely takes the cake.

  12. I love using mason jars for making things. It helps that we have a lot of them around the house since I use them for the canning I do. With the crumble in a jar coconut sugar works really well too. I’ve been using coconut sugar exclusively in our baked goods for 5 months now and no one can tell the difference. I like that it’s got a lower GI than white sugar but we still use it in moderation.

  13. Yum, must try!

  14. this looks so tasty! I cant wait to try it!

  15. Oh how I LOVE this. I think I would even have this for breakfast!! It sounds and looks so good!! Maybe without the ice cream though 🙂 I am all about the mason jar thing, it just looks so much more pretty!!

  16. Such a good idea using it as a baking and serving dish…a must try!

  17. OH yum this looks delicious!!

  18. Yum! This is a great idea and sounds like it’s got some good healthy aspects going for it too. I’ve never attempted to do anything with mason jars either. Maybe it’s time.

  19. YUM! That looks delicious! Thanks as always for your amazing recipe ideas!

  20. Horchata ice cream. I have never seen that flavor before, amazing!

  21. Amanda Lee says:

    Must. Buy. Tiny. Mason. Jars. 😉
    Love!

  22. So cute! These would be perfect for a party! Cook ahead of time, top with ice cream to serve. Cat wait to try these out!

  23. Those look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Oh my gosh this looks fantastic

  25. This is suuuch a cute idea. Even for hosting people for summer dinners or parties in lieu of cake! My mind is running away with ideas now 🙂

  26. Kimberly says:

    I rarely comment, but I just wanted to let you know that I was vacationing in La Jolla this week with my boyfriend and remembered you created a post with restaurant recommendations for that area. We went to Cody’s and it was perfect! Great food and décor. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Fitnessista says:

      yay, i’m so happy you liked it! my favorite part is their little herb garden 🙂 hope you had a great vacay!

  27. This looks amazing!! 🙂

  28. That brunch looks delicious! I have not been to a good brunch in a loong time! I need to find a good one out here in la! Can’t wait to make these desserts for my backyard bbq parties this summer! Love + Shine Courtstar

  29. OMG this looks so good!! I haven’t gotten into the Mason Jar but I keep forgetting to get some. Now I just have to get it for this recipe alone! Awesome

  30. OMG this sounds like a pretty tasty summer dessert…too bad I already started on the brownies 😉

  31. Off topic, but had been wanting to roast a batch of grapes & in looking for ways to use ’em came across this recipe. Thought I’d share — it had your name all over it & was delicious last night for dinner.

    http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/01/roasted-grape-goat-cheese-honey-stuffed-sweet-potatoes/

  32. quick question: could you set everything up ahead of time/overnight and bake right before serving?

    • Fitnessista says:

      definitely!

      • it worked so great. set them up overnight in the fridge, went to work, came home at lunch and took them out to sit at room temp and then baked them an hour or so later.

        used the Very Cherry Blend and TJs Soy Dreamy Vanilla…they were a total hit! thank you…and great blog. i love peeking at it when i get a minute!

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