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Strawberry Crumble

This irresistible homemade strawberry crumble is loaded with fresh strawberries and topped with a crunchy and buttery oat streusel. It’s a quick and easy strawberry dessert that you’ll crave year-round!

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Easy Homemade Strawberry Crumble Recipe

This is a humble crumble, made with simple ingredients. But, at 140 calories per serving, my strawberry crumble is really more of a humble brag. This recipe is packed with juicy ripe strawberries and brown sugar, baked beneath a crunchy, buttery oat topping, with a hint of lemon and spice. All this, while keeping things light. Bragging rights, earned!

After a short time in the oven, the strawberries bake down to release their sweet berry juices, while the crumble topping crisps up to caramelized perfection. This strawberry crumble is syrupy, crunchy, sweet, and buttery all at once. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, it’s the ultimate treat.

Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Dessert

  • Easy ingredients. One of the best things about a crumble? No matter how simple the ingredients are, it always comes out tasting great.
  • Sweet strawberry flavor. Strawberry desserts don’t get better than an old-timey crumble. The bright berry filling underneath a rich layer of buttery streusel is hard to beat.
  • Crowd-pleasing. This juicy strawberry crumble is the perfect dessert for any occasion. Bake it up for Mother’s Day, Easter brunch, or your neighborhood potluck. It’s always a hit!
  • Customizable. There are endless ways that you can customize this recipe with different fruit, flavors, and add-ons. Don’t forget to scroll for variations and serving suggestions.
Strawberry crumble in an oval baking dish with a spoon resting in the space where a few scoops are missing.

What Is Strawberry Crumble Made Of?

Let’s have a quick look at the main ingredients that go into a strawberry crumble. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for a full ingredient list and detailed instructions.

  • Strawberries – Well, duh! But not just any strawberries. You want the ripest, plumpest strawberries you can find (ideally in the summer when they’re in season). Look for red berries with color from tip to toe, with perky green leaves.
  • Lemon – A squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightens the flavors in the strawberry filling. You could even mix in a sprinkle of lemon zest if you’d like.
  • Flour and Sugar – Tossing your strawberries with a bit of all-purpose flour and light brown sugar (or coconut sugar) helps to create and thicken a saucy filling. 
  • Almond Flour and Oats – You’ll whisk together almond flour with rolled oats, baking powder, and a pinch of salt for the crumbly oat streusel.
  • Cinnamon – For a hint of cozy spice. Ground or grated nutmeg or mixed spice would also be delicious.
  • Butter – You’ll cut cold, unsalted butter into the oats to create the crumble mixture.
Chopped strawberries spread into the bottom of an oval baking dish with a spoon, next to a bowl of oat crumble topping.

How to Make a Strawberry Crumble

Before you start, you’ll need to hull the strawberries. Use a sharp knife to trim the leafy part from the top, then chop them into quarters. Now, while your oven preheats to 375ºF, let’s prepare some crumble!

  • Prepare the filling. First, spread the chopped strawberries into the bottom of a greased baking dish. Toss them with lemon juice, followed by a mixture of flour and brown sugar. Set the strawberry filling aside for now.
  • Make the crumble topping. Next, you’ll whisk together almond flour with oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and the last of the brown sugar. Cut your cold butter into cubes and add these to the oat mixture, then use your hands to work it into a crumble.
  • Assemble and bake. Sprinkle the crumble topping all over the strawberry filling. Finally, bake at 375ºF for 30-35 minutes. When the top of the crumble is golden and the edges are bubbling, take it out of the oven and leave it to rest for a bit before serving.
Overhead view of strawberry crumble in an oval baking dish.

Tips for Success

It’s nearly impossible to fumble a crumble. But a few key things can make a difference! Here are some final recipe tips for the best strawberry crumble:

  • Use ripe strawberries. You’ll get maximum flavor out of the freshest berries.
  • Make sure that your butter is cold. Cold butter is important when making the crumble, as warm butter won’t “crumble” as well. Cutting the butter into cubes beforehand and using your hands will make it easier to mix.
  • Prepare the topping ahead. You can mix the crumble topping 1-2 days in advance and keep it airtight in the fridge, or freeze it for up to 3 months.
  • Use leftover crumble topping. If you have leftover crumble topping, sprinkle leftovers over yogurt, ice cream, and puddings, or more baked goods like muffins and coffee cake.

Common Questions

Does a crumble need baking powder?

Adding baking soda to the crumble topping gives it a more tender texture. It’s perfectly fine to make this recipe without it, though.

Can I use frozen strawberries in this recipe?

Fresh, in-season strawberries will give your crumble the best flavor. However, frozen strawberries will also work. Make sure that you thaw and drain them beforehand.

Why is my fruit crumble soggy?

If you’re using frozen strawberries, it’s possible that they weren’t thawed completely. Another reason could be that your topping has too much butter, which can cause the crumble to come out soggy or greasy.

Easy Variation Ideas

As you’ll see, there are plenty of ways that you can adapt an easy fruit crumble recipe. Try these ideas:

  • More Berries – You can make this recipe with another type of berry, like raspberries and blueberries. Or combine them, as I do in my strawberry blueberry crumble.
  • Strawberry Rhubarb – Another popular combination! Make this a strawberry rhubarb crumble. Combine 1 ½ cups of peeled and chopped rhubarb stalks with the chopped strawberries and follow the recipe as directed.
  • Different Fruit – Adapt this recipe all year round with fruit that’s in season. It’s the beauty of a crumble! Make a peach crumble in the spring or an easy apple crumble in the fall. 
  • Vanilla Extract – Add a dash of vanilla extract to bring more depth of flavor to the filling.
  • More Crunch – Add flaked almonds, crushed pecans, or walnuts to the crumble for extra crunch.
  • Add-ons – Top your crumble with chopped milk or white chocolate, a drizzle of honey, or a sprinkle of shredded coconut. 
  • Gluten-free – Substitute all-purpose flour with regular gluten-free flour to make a gluten-free strawberry crumble.
  • Vegan – To make this a vegan dessert, use your preferred vegan butter alternative in place of regular butter in the crumble.
Overhead view of strawberry crumble in an oval baking dish with a spoon resting in the space where a few scoops are missing.

Ways to Serve

My favorite way to serve this strawberry crumble is while it’s still warm, topped with a fat scoop of vanilla ice cream (or my 2-ingredient homemade ice cream). A light dusting with powdered sugar also makes an easy garnish. 

For something more dessert-like, top your servings with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce or strawberry sauce.

This easy strawberry crumble is fabulous to serve at brunch (I’ll often bring it to our Easter and Mother’s Day brunches!). It’s the perfect sweet treat alongside bacon, eggs, and mimosas

Storage and Freezing

  • Fridge: Store any leftover strawberry crumble covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, you can warm portions in the microwave or in the oven until they’re heated to your liking.
  • Freezer: Your homemade strawberry crumble can be frozen baked or unbaked. To freeze the unbaked crumble, assemble the recipe as directed and wrap it tightly in a freezer-safe baking dish. To freeze the crumble after it’s baked, wrap it or store it airtight and freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw the crumble in the fridge overnight before baking or reheating.

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Strawberry Crumble

Katerina | Diethood
This homemade strawberry crumble is a quick and easy strawberry dessert, loaded with fresh strawberries baked beneath a crunchy, buttery oat topping.
4.82 from 16 votes
Servings : 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 6 cups (about 1-1/2 pounds) strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar , divided
  • 1/3- cup almond flour
  • 1/3- cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter , cut into pieces


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Lightly grease an oval baking dish or an 8-inch brownie dish with cooking spray.
  • Layer the strawberries on the bottom of the dish and toss with lemon juice.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine flour and 1 tablespoon light brown sugar; mix until incorporated.
  • Add the brown sugar mixture to the strawberries and mix to combine. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and remaining brown sugar.
  • With your fingers, rub in butter until mixture is crumbly.
  • Press mixture in between your fingers into small lumps and sprinkle over strawberries.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is golden brown and fruit is bubbling.
  • Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes.
  • Serve warm or cold.
  • Optionally, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Calories: 181 kcal | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 15 mg | Sodium: 53 mg | Potassium: 278 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 13 g | Vitamin A: 190 IU | Vitamin C: 85.6 mg | Calcium: 60 mg | Iron: 1.2 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry crumble, strawberry crumble recipe, strawberry dessert
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32 comments on “Strawberry Crumble”

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    Larry Ciummo

    Not really a crumble or crisp. Not tasty either – it just doesn’t work. Save your calories for a small portion of something good.

  2. I tried this recipe and it was easy to follow and very tasty. The only thing that puzzles me why the author added a baking powder ingredient to the crumble mix. It won’t work with rolled oats or almond flour ( which is just ground almonds) so why add it?

  3. Awesome recipe and easy to follow. Just made it today and it came out super. I had coconut flakes in the pantry so I toasted them and added them to the crumble. I’m a coconut fan. Seems like enough crumble to me but maybe next time I would increase it 1.5x.

  4. In Turkey, there is a day for children. Children play games. Moreover, they come from different countries. We wait. Crumble also looks delicious 🙂 I wrote a translation, I hope it is not wrong.

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    AnnMarie Jones

    Hi this looks delightful but was wondering about the inclusion of the all purpose flour. Is there a substitute I could use in lieu of that? tyia

    1. I used a tablespoon of oat ground up Oats and a heaped tablespoon of arrowroot powder, though any starch would do for the latter. I also ended up doubling the crumb topping because it was pretty sparse when using an 8″ square pan.

  6. Just returned from a trip to the pick-’em-yourself strawberry farm. These ultra-fresh strawberries will soon be in a crumble!

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    Laura Dembowski

    This looks crazy good! I can’t believe it’s healthy. But I would probably eat the whole thing, so maybe not so healthy then …

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    Laura | Petite Allergy Treats

    Looks great Katerina! I had to laugh a bit with your 5 year old, the world revolves around them. 😉

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    Myrtice Stevens

    You can never go wrong strawberry. Well, in this case strawberry crumble. Your strawberry crumble not only super gorgeous but all so delicious i can tell. Can’t wait to make it!

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    Jennie @onesweetmess

    Oh my, girl has some big demands. Hey, I gotta hand it to her, she does have good taste. Who wouldn’t want Frozen powers? I’m 30 and I wouldn’t mind having Frozen powers. Girl, I want to get all up in this crumble. Pinned.

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    Cate | Chez CateyLou

    HA I love your answer that every day is kids day! This crumble looks awesome, and I love that it is slightly healthy! Can’t wait to make this!

  12. All I can say is WOW. That, and thank goodness it’s strawberry season, so I can make this delicious looking dessert!

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Screw serving suggestions! I will gladly take this entire dish and not be shamed one bit 😉

  14. Your recipes look delicious and I will make the “Strawberry Crumble soon”. But I need to tell you your sense of humor is WONDERFUL!!! If I never baked a thing I would read your recipes just for your humor.Keep up the good work ,and thank you

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    amanda @ fake ginger

    Oh man, kids have the craziest imaginations! I love this crumble. Oat toppings are my favorite!

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    Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Haha! I love the way your daughter thinks. My little nieces were pondering over why there wasn’t a “kids day” on Sunday too! LOL. Like you said: that’s totally every day. 😉
    Uhmm about this crumble. Me = Obsessed. I am seriously swooning over that gorgeous crumble topping and all those pretty berries! I think this needs to be breakfast this morning. 😀

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    your daughter is too adorable.yep ipad for all the kids. love how bright and summery these look.

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Oooo this looks beautiful and delicious! Love that it’s a fab dessert that won’t tip the scales! Nice!

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    Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire

    Haha, oh boy, I am sure I will be dealing with that next year with my daughter. Earlier this year I explained what a “food baby” was to my little girl and now she thinks she has babies in her tummy, therefore Mother’s Day was a day for her, too! This crumble though… I must have it in my life!

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    Joanie @ ZagLeft

    I love a good fruity crumble and haven’t had strawberry in a long time. This looks so good and I love that it’s healthier too – this is definitely on my “must make” list.

  21. I hope feature me will remember to make this crumble during the weekend! I’ll have to set a reminder, just in case 🙂

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    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah

    WOW – that’s all I can say. This looks gorgeous (and delicious!) And I’m seriously in love how low calorie it is. Pinning this one for later 😀

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    There is nothing better than strawberry crumble to me. So good! And I love that you made it much healthier. Beautiful photos as always!

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