Tart Cherry Crisp {gluten free option}

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Summer is still here, thank goodness. The NFL pre-season has begun and the back-to-school commercials have started appearing on TV. This is how the beginning of my birth month goes each and every year. I just love August as it is always bittersweet, pleasantly so. It’s time to relish everything summer has to offer as our days grow shorter and shorter by the minute, prepare ourselves to say good-bye to her and yet anxiously await the autumn season.

It’s time to appreciate the stark beauty of bright yellow sunflowers, delight in the last of summer’s tart cherries and the divine sweet and fruity taste of juicy and fuzzy fresh peaches while easing ourselves into thoughts of shorter, crisp and cool fall days. August is definitely a time of transition—albeit emotionally and psychologically.

Tart Cherry Crisp

Some may say that September is the true time of transition because summer continues well into the month. However, by then, at least for most of us, we are back in the saddle again with new routines as the academic year begins and we are already prepared to embrace fall and all her glory once again. For now, I say we embrace summer at her fullest and put all thoughts of fall aside—even if fall is my very favorite time of year.

As a relatively new food blogger, I had contemplated whether I should continue my tart cherry mania here on the blog with yet one more recipe, or forge ahead with peaches and then settle into baking cakes and cookies or start working with apples, chocolate, nuts, Nutella, peanut butter and pumpkin as well as share some wickedly cheesy and spicy-hot football fare in full anticipation of the fall season. Although I look forward to sharing those recipes with y’all, the truth is I cannot help but be driven to hold onto summer during these last precious weeks. I keep telling myself, there will be time for all that other good stuff later.

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Missing out last summer on fresh berries and fruit of any sort kind of scarred me. As most of you may know, I was on a special diet of no dairy, grains or sugar (including fruit!). By all accounts it was strict paleo (stricter than my usual paleo regimen which allows fresh fruit and chocolate treats from time to time), in order to recover from a terrible infection. So, I think I am making up for lost time this summer. Don’t you?

Being fully aware of the fact that I could be boring you to tears with yet another tart cherry recipe calling for our Homemade Tart Cherry Pie Filling, I am going to present you with an incredibly easy and tasty tart cherry recipe regardless. Why? Because, my friends, this is as easy as it gets when relishing these last treasured days of summer and what the season has to offer in the way of fresh tart cherries with a big payoff for such little time in the kitchen. Big time. Of course, this takes into account first having made the pie filling for an easy breezy day in the kitchen.

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Today, I am presenting you with a simple but scrumptious Tart Cherry Crisp. The streusel topping is a variation of the topping from my Cranberry & Cider Honeycrisp Apple Crisp recipe.

A side note: If you have never tasted apple crisp made from fresh in-season Honeycrisp apples, you do not know what you are missing. These apples are especially juicy and taste just like apple cider. I swear, they are apple cider apples! They are my very favorite apple in the entire world and start appearing in markets in September. I may even prepare this recipe again and reshoot it because even though I reworked the image for an “eye-catching” Pinterest pin, it didn’t fare very well in my test this morning, putting rubber to the road, on a large group board. So back to the kitchen on that one!

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However, instead of using light or dark brown sugar typically found in a crisp or crumble topping, I simply call for flavorful granulated organic cane sugar. (I like to use Zulka® or 365 Organics brand by Whole Foods Market®.) This sugar tastes incredible right from the spoon, I tell you! And, I am not being paid to tell you so. Also, I use a light hand when it comes to the cinnamon and incorporate sliced almonds to complement the tart cherry flavor versus a heartier nut like pecans or walnuts. Plus, I think this “blonde” streusel complements the stark red cherry color as well. The result? Simply sublime, people!

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So, here is yet another easy to prepare tart cherry fresh summer fruit dessert without all the muss and fuss of a pie. There’s always next year to share with you my Mom’s Michigan Tart Cherry Pie. Or, perhaps I will share it with you sooner as frozen Michigan Montmorency tart cherries will be available, locally here at Stuckey Farm, in Sheridan, Indiana, until apple picking season gets underway. In fact, I currently have 10 pounds of tart Montmorency cherries from Michigan in my freezer. (I kid you not.) There’s nothing like making a tart cherry pie in November for Thanksgiving as a special treat!

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If you are serious about acquiring some frozen tart or sweet cherries for baking, or just want to read more about cherry orchards and the families behind them, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite sites: KingOrchards.com. Not only do they have a cute site with a store offering healthy tart cherry juice and frozen tart cherries, they even have a blog!

And, as I’ve shared with you in my previous post, if you’d like an easy approach to making our Tart Cherry Crisp, you can always opt for using Fruit Perfect® Sour Cherries made with tart (sour) Montmorency cherries from my native Michigan by American Spoon Foods. You will love it. It’s sheer heaven in a jar. Again, I am not being paid for saying so. I just adore the stuff!

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What makes our Tart Cherry Crisp wicked good? A sumptuous homemade cherry pie filling made with plenty of fresh picked tart cherries as well as a “blonde” oat streusel topping with just the right salty-sweet and buttery richness you would expect in a darn good tart cherry pie and accented with the subtle crunch of sliced almonds and a whisper of cinnamon. Scrumptious. Both easy and scrumptious. What’s not to love about that?

Bon appétit!






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Tart Cherry Crisp {gluten free option}

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 8 servings.

Tart Cherry Crisp {gluten free option}

What makes our Tart Cherry Crisp wicked good? A sumptuous homemade cherry pie filling made with plenty of fresh picked tart cherries as well as a “blonde” oat streusel topping with just the right salty-sweet and buttery richness you would expect in a darn good tart cherry pie and accented with the subtle crunch of sliced almonds. Scrumptious. Both easy and scrumptious. What’s not to love about that?


  • For the Tart Cherry Pie Filling
  • 3 cups (1½ pints/810 grams) Homemade Tart Cherry Pie Filling, by Wicked Good Kitchen™
  • For the Almond Streusel Topping
  • ¾ cup (68 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats, such as Quaker®
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (78 grams) all-purpose flour, such as Gold Medal®
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon (112 grams) granulated cane sugar, such as Zulka®
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick/85 grams) chilled unsalted butter, cubed
  • 6 tablespoons (36 grams) sliced blanched or unblanched almonds
  • Shortening, to prepare baking dish, such as organic palm by Spectrum®


Arrange oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly grease 9-inch deep-dish pie plate or baking dish with shortening. Spoon and pour filling into prepared baking dish and smooth the top evenly with rubber spatula.

Prepare the Almond Streusel Topping: In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add butter and toss to coat with flour mixture. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles very coarse crumbs. Finish blending with fingers until mixture holds together in clumps. Gently toss in nuts.

Use hand to gently clump portions of streusel by squeezing and use fingers to sprinkle small clumps of streusel evenly over top of filling.

Bake until juices are bubbling and the topping is golden brown, about 50 minutes. To prevent topping from browning excessively, cover with aluminum foil during last 15 to 20 minutes of baking. Cool on wire rack.

To Serve: Serve warm with ice cream, frozen yogurt or fresh whipped cream. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes


When measuring flour, use dip and sweep method.

For Gluten-Free Option: Substitute ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (80 grams) Cup4Cup (C4C) Gluten-Free Flour, available at Williams-Sonoma, or your favorite gluten-free flour blend measured cup for cup or by grams in place of the all-purpose wheat flour called for in the recipe. Also, be sure to substitute the oats with certified gluten-free oats such as Bob's Red Mill®.

Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com


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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.


  1. This tart looks great and perfect for August, but I have to say I’m pretty excited for those Fall recipes you have up your sleeve too! Fall tends to be my favorite time of the year, but August is bittersweet with the changing of so much… once the month is over, then it all feels differently. Have a great day!
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    • Thank you, Pamela! I am with you…I just adore fall. It’s my favorite time of year with the color, falling leaves and fallen leaves crunching underfoot. And, like you, I just adore those bright orange pumpkins and Halloween! xo

  2. Gorgeous and delicious looking! Thanks for putting this together!!
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  3. Crisps are my faaavorite way to fruits for dessert, they’re not only easy but SO yummy! That streusel topping sounds extra delicious.
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  4. Wow, that crisp is a looker Stacy! Using your homemade cherry pie filling for this must taste out of this world! I can go for a big plate of this. Delicious! 🙂 Have a great rest of the week.
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  5. I want to sit on my porch with a bowl of this and an unsweet iced tea. Because that’s the southern way.
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  6. Maria | Pink Patisserie says:

    Bring on the cherries! I just love all that you are doing with them. So happy you are now able to enjoy fruit. That must have been really, really tough. You are more than making up for lost time! So lovely!

    • Thank you, Maria! Oh, that diet was really rough. I made it through and healed quite miraculously. It is amazing what diet can do to heal the body when all else in medicine fails. Thank you for stopping by, girlfriend! xo

  7. There’s never too much of a good thing you love. The crisp looks delicious, the topping might be my favorite. Looks so juicy and the whipping cream..oooo
    August is always bitter sweet, love that the kids are home but ready for them to be in school too…:)

    • Thank you, Ash! I’m glad you are in agreement with me on the tart cherry thing. It’s definitely a mania of mine. Enjoy the rest of your summer and have a good time poking at the kids that they must go back to school. 😉 In contrast, my Mom went into mourning when we had to return to school!

  8. Honeycrisp apples are my FAVE. Holy cow, it’s like nature’s candy! 🙂 It still feels very much like summer to me, and I think it will for a while. It will be quite hot in Virginia for a couple more months, so I don’t know how soon I’ll be in the mood for pumpkin dishes!

    But, this I can get behind! I’m already professed my love for tart cherries, and this looks so beautiful and delicious! Plus, I’m all for easy dishes! 🙂
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    • Thank you for stopping by, Jennifer! I am like you…Honeycrisp apples are indeed nature’s candy. I’m sure down in Virginia it will be summer for quite a while. Keep cool and thanks again for dropping by! xo

  9. Gaaawwwsh! All I can say is YUM YUM YUM!
    Such a mouthwatering crisp!
    Luv it! Thanks for sharing!
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  10. Your photos are beautiful, what a perfect nod to summer and all its beautiful fruit.
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  11. Yumm-o! I’m glad you’re holding on to the last of summer. This recipe looks amazing, especially the almond streusel topping!
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  12. This looks so wonderful!! My husband’s family is BIG on cherry pies and I bet I could impress them with this tart cherry crisp option 😉 i love tart cherries, it’s something about the tartness that I enjoy so much!
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    • Thank you, Julie! If you enjoy tartness, you will love this tart cherry pie filling and crisp. Thanks for stopping by, m’lady!

  13. Such a beautiful looking tart!! My husband would LOVE THIS!
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  14. Tart cherries never bore me! I grew up with 3 tart cherry trees in our garden, and pitting huge amounts of cherries every summer was a favorite pastime for me and my sister. 🙂 Tart cherry pies, tart cherry drinks, teas, tart cherry dumplings – I’ve had them all and I love it! Too bad fresh tart cherries are so hard to find if you don’t have your own tree. 🙂 Pinning this beautiful recipe!
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    • Thank you, Julia! I just adore your story of growing up with 3 cherry trees. Lucky, girl! Thanks so much for sharing your story and thanks for pinning! xo

  15. Girl, you are killlllllllin me with this crisp! It looks incredible!!!
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  16. I just love crisps and crumbles and the lovely topping on yours makes me want to gobble it right up! And way to rock it being GF!

  17. It’s crazy that the end of summer is upon us already! But this is the BEST way to start saying goodbye!
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  18. Delicious!!! This would be great for a summer bbq!
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  19. Crisps are such a quick and delicious way to satisfy a fruit dessert craving. Love that almond streusel topping!
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  20. I would be that poop who picked all of the almonds off of the crisp, haha. I love crisps! The more crisp the BETTER.
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  21. These are gorgeous!

  22. Stacy this Cherry Crisp looks amazing! I love the almonds in the topping! Deliciousness!
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  23. Kumar's Kitchen says:

    Stacy, it is so good you thought of sharing another cherry recipe…we just can’t have enough of them…these crisps look scrumptious to the core, almonds make them perfectly crisp and are darn good,irresistible…another big hit for the fruity dessert weekend, thanks for sharing…HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! 🙂
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    • Thank you, Kumar! It is always a good day when I hear from you in my comments section. I greatly appreciate all of your kind words. You are a sweetheart! I hope you had an enjoyable day and that the rest of your weekend is swell. Thanks again, my friend! xo

  24. Your photos make me want to eat this entire serving all by myself!

  25. The cherries look so tasty! I love pies and crisps with berries and loads of sweet and salty nutty & oats topping. It’s divine! I think you’d inspired me to make a vegan version!
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  26. This looks gorgeous !
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  27. This looks beautiful and delicious. I love King Orchards! It’s one of my favorite places to visit here Up North in Michigan in the summer. I just purchased 10 pounds of tart pitted cherries. I will try your recipe soon. Thank you.
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  28. You can make as many cherry tarts as you want to as far as I’m concerned and if they taste as good as they look then keep them coming.

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