A little instant gratification in the morning is a good thing - this fresh fruit crisp is made in the microwave in minutes!

A 5 minute microwave crisp

Sunset colors like peach, apricot, and plum have always been my favorites, so I get really excited when stone fruits come into season.  Once I start slicing into those juicy pluots and nectarines I get lost in the gorgeous colors and almost forget to eat!  This recipe makes the most of their beauty, and even though there are lots of fancier ways to fix up wonderful summer fruit, I always like to start with something simple first.  It allows me to really appreciate how lucky I am.  This one is made in minutes in the microwave, and you can call it breakfast.

breakfast fruit crisp

I used an assortment of plums, pluots, nectarines, and apricots for these crisps.   I like to take one or two of each when I’m shopping.  For the best selection, hit up your local farmers market.  Out here in California the growers are going crazy creating all sorts of hybrid varieties like pluots, which are a cross between plums and apricots.  The mix is fun because some of the fruit will be sweet, some tart, and the flavors and colors will mingle to make a unique filling every time.

Stone Fruit

This will be saucy, and might even bubble over your bowl or mug a bit, especially if you use plums.  Your sweet tart sauce will range in color from peachy, to mauve, to a deep blood red depending on which fruit you use.

 microwave stone fruit crisp

I’m not one of those people who turns up my nose at the microwave.  I love it, it’s a tool like anything else in the kitchen and it can do amazing things.  In this case it transforms slices of fresh fruit into a delicious bubbling jammy filling in a couple of minutes.   Chop the fruit smaller and let it go one more minute and you’d actually have jam.  This is nothing short of miraculous if you ask me.

5 minute microwave crisp

I make a classic crumble topping with equal parts oats, brown sugar, flour, and butter.  I add sliced almonds, but you could add any other nut, or leave them out.  You can make the crumble ahead and store it in the fridge for up to a week.


Pile everything high in the cup or bowl, because it will shrink down as it cooks, and set it on a saucer to catch any overflow.  Mine cooks in just under 2 minutes, but your microwave may vary slightly.  Be careful, the filling will be hot!

5 Minute Stone Fruit Breakfast Crisp

5 Minute Stone Fruit Breakfast Crisp


  • assorted stone fruit, washed and sliced, allow about 2 pieces per serving
    topping (makes enough for 4 servings)
  • 4 Tbsp old fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp all purpose flour (or almond flour for gluten free)
  • 4 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • 4 Tbsp cold butter, cut in small pieces


  1. To make the topping, put everything in a bowl and mix together with your fingers until it has a coarse crumbly texture. Keep breaking apart the butter into smaller and smaller bits, and combining everything until it has been thoroughly mixed.
  2. Fill a mug or small bowl with pieces of fruit. Top with the crumble. I like to mound the fruit and topping up fairly high because it shrinks down as it cooks.
  3. Set the bowl on a saucer to catch any drips, and microwave for approximately 2 minutes. It could take slightly less time.
  4. Enjoy right away with a dollop of yogurt, creme fraiche, whipped cream or ice cream.

5 minute microwave stone fruit breakfast crisp

I added a dollop of Honey flavored Greek Yogurt, but nothing is stopping you from raiding the freezer…


  • Cook the fruit all by itself and then top it with your favorite crunchy granola.
  • Quadruple the recipe and bake this in a cast iron skillet in the oven.
  • Use berries or apples instead of stone fruit.
  • Toss the fruit with a few drops of vanilla or almond extract before cooking.
  • Make this for dessert and top with ice cream or whipped cream.


more stone fruit…

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nectarine frozen yogurtNectarine Frozen Yogurt

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Plum CrispPlum Crisp

 Jack Daniel's peach pie barsJack Daniel’s Peach Pie Bars

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16 Responses to 5 Minute Stone Fruit Breakfast Crisp

  1. ski says:

    do you peel the fruit?

  2. Susan says:

    I love the stone fruit season! What a juicy and delicious treat for breakfast.

  3. BJ says:

    I made this last night for a light supper and it was perfect.

  4. Kate says:

    I never thought of making this in the microwave, Sue.
    Whenever I have the oven on I always throw in small ramekins of whatever fruit I have on hand and pull the bag of frozen crumble mixture out of the freezer to top it.
    I usually make it with frozen blackberries and or raspberries. I have used other kind of fruit and I always keep a frozen bag of the crumble topping.
    It has always been relegated to a day when the oven is on, so usually not in the dog days of summer.
    Now that I can do it in the microwave I’ll be eating a lot more :-)

  5. Oh yum!! I too love stone fruit. I could eat this for breakfast everyday of the week.

  6. Stone fruit season is the best, isn’t it? Can’t get enough! This crisp looks wonderful! Really fun idea — thanks.

  7. Joan Hayes says:

    Stone fruits are my favorite, and I love the simplicity of this! Can’t wait to give it a try with some of the wonderful peaches that are in season where I live!

  8. I would love to wake up to this any morning – warm and comforting and quick and easy, too! :)

  9. My bowl would be as clean as yours, it looks wonderful! ! I just made a stone fruit crisp too but it would definitely not be legal for breakfast! Pinning this one!

  10. YOU are a genius! This makes so much sense when I read the recipe but it would never have crossed my mind to do it. Love all the sunset hued fruits too!

  11. Leftover crisp always makes a great breakfast, so I love this excuse to make crisps just for breakfast! And in the microwave?! Yes please, a must on hot summer mornings.

  12. i too am all for the microwave. If it helps me then get something done fast with the same result then why not! This crisp looks amazing.

  13. You are incredibly brilliant! So cool to be thinking outside the “breakfast” box – it looks like dessert but is really a wonderful healthy snack, breakfast, dessert or whatever! I am loving this and can’t wait to try it in the morning! Thank you sooooo much!

  14. Eileen says:

    This is such a good idea — especially for breakfast! I mean, who doesn’t want pie (or close enough) first thing in the morning? I certainly do. :)

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