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Fresh Cherry Crisp Recipe

This gluten free Cherry Crisp Recipe uses fresh cherries and honey! It’s a delicious spring and summer dessert that’s perfect for sharing!

For another tasty crisp recipe, you have to try my awesome Cinnamon Apple Pear Crisp!

Fresh Cherry Crisp Recipe

One of my favorite desserts to have in the spring time, besides s’mores of course, are homemade fruit crisps.

There is nothing better that naturally sweet fruit covered in a crunchy topping then served with or without a melting scoop of vanilla ice cream. It gets devoured every time it’s put in front of me.

A pint of fresh cherries

So when Kroger asked me to develop a fun spring time dessert recipe featuring their Simple Truth Organic Honey it was a no brainer what I was going to make. Can you guess it? FRUIT CRISP! (you’re so smart)

Normally fruit crisps are loaded with brown sugar, butter, flour, and all kinds of things that kinda take the “healthy” out. But with this Fresh Cherry Crisp you are golden!

On a side note, after I took these photos, Mike and I sat down to eat them… because otherwise the ice cream was going to melt … DUH. And the first thing he says, with a little smirk in the corner of his mouth was “babe, this is soo good. Did you make it with canned cherries?”

Honey being measured into a mixing bowl with halved cherries


So of course my answer was, “NOOOOO. I hand pitted and sliced each and every one of those cherries baby. Canned cherries… pfff.” On another side note, if you don’t have a cherry pitter, get one. It’s a life saver during cherry season and Kroger has them on sale right now… woot woot!

Ok, back to the actual point. How to make a fruit crisp healthier!

How to Make This Healthy Fruit Crisp

For this Fresh Cherry Crisp Recipe, Simple Truth Organic Honey was the star. To the cherry mixture itself I just added honey, arrowroot (which is kinda acts like cornstarch, but gluten free), lemon juice, salt, and of course the cherries. That’s it!

Top view of Cherry Crisp in a cast-iron pan

For the topping, which is my favorite part, all you need is gluten free oats, almonds, coconut oil, Simple Truth Organic Honey, and a few other spices.

So why do I like the topping so much?

It’s not like any other topping I’ve made before. There is no butter or flour to “bind” it together. The topping is still crispy which is what we all love, but it almost tastes like a sweet cinnamon-y granola on top. It’s absolutely amazing!

Collage of Cherry Crisp during and after preparation

So the next time you’re looking to make a fruit crisp, use this recipe. And honestly, the best part is, it’s easily adaptable. If you aren’t feeling cherries and want peaches, just swap out the fruit and keep everything else the same.


I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the flavors, how easy it is to make and the fact that it’s ahem.. “healthier”.

Bon Appetit friends!

Top view of Cherry Crisp in a cast-iron pan with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

*** This recipe was sponsored by Kroger and Simple Truth, I was given product. However, like always all opinions are 100% mine! Thank you for supporting the brands that support Joyful Healthy Eats. ***

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Fresh Cherry Crisp Recipe

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This gluten free Cherry Crisp Recipe uses fresh cherries and honey! It’s a delicious spring and summer dessert that’s perfect for sharing!


  • 3 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 3 tablespoons Simple Truth Raw Honey
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • dash of salt

Crisp Topping:

  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup gluten free regular oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons Simple Truth Raw Honey
  • 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. To a medium bowl, add prepared cherries, 3 tablespoons of honey, arrowroot, lemon juice, and salt. Toss to coat. Set aside.
  3. To a small bowl, add sliced almonds, regular oats, 2 tablespoons of honey, coconut oil, ground cinnamon, and salt. Toss to combine all the ingredients.
  4. Using two 2.5″ cast iron skillets (or an 8×8 pan) evenly spread the cherry mixture between the two. Then do the same with the crisp topping.
  5. Place skillets on a baking sheet and place in the oven.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. (until the cherry mixture is “bubbly” and crisp is slightly browned)
  7. Remove and serve.
  8. Optional: serve with ice cream


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 223
  • Sugar: 23 g
  • Sodium: 96 mg
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g

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Recipe collage for Fresh Cherry Crisp



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.


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22 comments on “Fresh Cherry Crisp Recipe”

  1. If you don’t have arrowroot how much cornstarch? Can something besides the previous 2 mentioned be used as a binder?

  2. My hubby would absolutely die for this! He is the biggest cherry fan, and I… well, I love any dessert, let’s be honest. Looks so good!

  3. I’d love to try this recipe, but would you please clarify whether it’s 1/2 or 12 Tbsp do coconut oil?
    Thank you!

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    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

    I’m completely in love with this dessert and SUCH a fan of all things Simple Truth!

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    Jennifer @ Because Food Is Love

    Love this! One of my favorite things are heathy treats. They taste delicious and are guilt free 😊I’m so excited that it’s stone fruit season. I think you’ve convinced me to buy a cherry pitter cause this looks delicious and it would take forever to pit all the cherries with a pairing knife 😝 And I’m with you, canned cherries just wouldn’t suffice. Thanks for the recipe!