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.

Mason Jars

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

Lemon thyme spritzer from Cody's in La Jolla

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

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

Berry crumble in a jar

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.

Mothers day brunch

Berry Crumble Dessert in a Mason Jar

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.

berry crumble in a jar

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

mason jar dessert berry crumble

Hope you love it, too!

This berry crumble dessert in a mason jar takes your dessert to another level. Presentation really can make something taste better!


Mixed Berry Crumble in a Jar


  • 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.
  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.
  5. (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)
  6. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, until browned, bubbly and glorious.
  7. Enjoy as is, or top with a scoop of ice cream and a sprig of fresh mint!


  • Serving Size: 2

This recipe can easily be doubled.. tripled… if you have extra crumble mixture, freeze it and enjoy with ice cream, on a smoothie or with oatmeal!

berry crumble ingredients


berry crumble without ice cream

cinnamon cream horchata ice cream

berry crumble dessert in a mason jar

What’s your favorite thing to enjoy from a mason jar?



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  1. Steffany on May 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    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 !!

    • Fitnessista on May 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

      my nana brought it over, and it is INSANE

  2. Yaara Leve on May 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

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

    • Fitnessista on May 16, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      it’s amaaaaaaaazing 🙂

  3. Lisa on May 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

    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. Ellie@Fit for the soul on May 16, 2013 at 11:39 am

    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. on May 16, 2013 at 11:39 am

    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! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 16, 2013 at 11:40 am

      you can use flour instead! or grind up some oats and make an oat flour 🙂

      • Jolene J. on May 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        You are the BEST! Thanks so much! 🙂 Have a lovely day!

    • Stacey on May 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      I just grind up almonds until they’re a meal-like consistency. Works great!

      • Jolene J. on May 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        Great idea! That thought didn’t even cross my mind! 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 16, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      how was it?! 🙂

  6. Christa @ Edible Balance on May 16, 2013 at 11:43 am

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

  7. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on May 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

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

  8. Maggie @ RealLifeMaggie on May 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on May 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      my nana brought it over — i’m not sure where she got it. sooooo good

    • Holly on May 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      if it’s lucerne, it’s from safeway/ randalls/vons whatever it’s called where you live

  9. kt h on May 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on May 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      you can bake cake in there too.. just sayin 😉

  10. Sylvia on May 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    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. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on May 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    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. Amy on May 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    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.

    • Fitnessista on May 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      love coconut sugar too — especially since they have it at trader joe’s now!

  13. Jay on May 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Yum, must try!

  14. sara @ fitcupcaker on May 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

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

  15. lucie on May 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    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. Sharon on May 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

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

  17. Erin @ Sugar Magnolia on May 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    OH yum this looks delicious!!

  18. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on May 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    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. Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate on May 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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

  20. Pippa@popovertopippas on May 16, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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

  21. Amanda Lee on May 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Must. Buy. Tiny. Mason. Jars. 😉

  22. Ashlee@HisnHers on May 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    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. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Those look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Ashley @ BrocBlog on May 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks fantastic

  25. Kelly @ Femme Fitale on May 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    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 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      let me know if you think of anything awesome… i’m thinking of layered s’mores….

  26. Kimberly on May 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    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 on May 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm

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

  27. Lisa on May 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    This looks amazing!! 🙂

  28. courtstar @ starsystemz on May 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    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. NeverEverBeenSkinny (Alicia Orozco) on May 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    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. Kaily on May 17, 2013 at 2:35 am

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

  31. Ruthie on May 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

    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.

  32. anna on May 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm


      • anna on May 19, 2013 at 12:55 am

        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!

  33. Amie on January 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Just whipped this up and forgot to add the almond meal. Will update on how it turned out.

  34. Patricia Baker on May 2, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I can bake in a mason jar? Do I just put them in the oven? I love to makethe berry crumble for our vineyard picinics. New to your site but your recipe look great and easy.

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      yes! please let me know if you give it a try!

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