Easy Plum Crisp Recipe

Plum Crisp with ice cream

Plum Crisp ~ this classic summer dessert is easy and gluten free. If you can slice plums you can make this awesome dessert!

plum crisp in a glass with vanilla ice cream

Ripe seasonal stone fruit doesn’t need very much to become an amazing dessert ~ a little sugar, a little butter, some oats, and some heat. You can’t beat it.

Plums for Plum Crisp

I call this a plum crisp, but actually I just mixed plums and plutos from the farmer’s market. Pluots are a plum/apricot hybrid, and they come in all kinds of colors, all fantastic. Grab any variety you can find, they will all be good. One of the hallmarks of both plums and pluots is that they are extra juicy so they work really well in quick baked crisps. This is one fruit you don’t peel, the skin provides lots of extra flavor, and color, too.

fresh plums ready to be made into plum crisp

I made this small batch crisp for two in a couple of heavy drinking glasses. I  like to use glass for fruit crisps because you get the pleasure of seeing all the jewel toned fruit bubbling away. Just be sure your glasses can stand the oven heat. Small wide mouthed mason jars work well, too. I slice the fruit right into the jar, I don’t bother with sugar or thickener, just a splash of lemon to bring out the best in the plums. Then I heap on the topping and they’re ready to bake.

plum crisp in a glass with scoop of vanilla ice cream

My simple crisp topping is more of a formula than a recipe. You can use the basic proportions to make as much or a little as you need. I usually do it by eye. I mix old fashioned oats, flour, sugar (brown or white) and cold butter together with my fingers until it’s crumbly and there is no dry flour left. That’s it. You can add a touch of cinnamon if you like, I add cardamom. You can add chopped nuts, too. I pile it on as high as I can because the whole thing shrinks as the fruit bakes down.

2 glasses of plum crisp

Other summer fruit desserts to try ~

plum crisp in a glass with scoop of vanilla ice cream
3.53 from 21 votes

Plum Crisp

Author Sue Moran


  • about 8-10 plums washed and sliced. No need to peel.
  • a squeeze of lemon juice

crisp topping

  • 2 Tbsp old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cold butter cut in small pieces
  • 4 Tbsp flour or almond flour
  • a pinch of cinnamon or cardamom
  • 2 Tbsp sliced almonds or chopped nuts optional


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Toss the sliced plums with a little lemon juice and load them into your glasses or jars. Fill them not quite to the top.
  • Mix the crisp topping ingredients with your fingers, breaking apart the butter and getting everything incorporated until there is no dry flour left.
  • Pile the topping onto the fruit and bake until it is golden browned on top and the fruit is bubbling away, about 20 - 30 minutes. Set the glasses on a baking sheet to catch any possible juice overflow.
  • Eat hot, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Cook's notes

If you like a thicker filling, toss the fruit with 2 tsp of cornstarch first.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • This can easily be made gluten free, just replace the flour with almond flour, or leave it out entirely.
  • Use whatever fresh ripe stone fruit you can get your hands on…apricots or peaches would be wonderful.
  • Make a plum apple crisp by using equal amounts of sliced apple with the plums.


don’t forget to pin this plum crisp!

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    July 16, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. I didn’t get it sweet enough. My fault, I used organic sugar and almond flour. But I didn’t get enough cinnamon either. Definitely could have used ice cream! L

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    Laura Dembowski
    July 10, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I can’t get enough summer fruit, but I need to eat some more plums! This looks incredible, especially with the ice cream melting down into it. Pinned!

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    July 8, 2014 at 4:55 am

    purple is my favorite color so i have a special love for plums…especially when served in this fashion. gorgeous creation, sue!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 7, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I gasped when I saw that first photo – gorgeous! The fruit is so beautiful and that melted ice cream – amazing!

    • Reply
      July 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Tricia!

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    July 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Wow! This looks so tempting! Pinned!

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    July 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    That looks so good! Simeple, fresh and absolutely delicious!

    Happy 4th of July!


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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    July 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Oh yes please! There’s nothing better than a good crisp in the summer!

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    July 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Gorgeous Sue!

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    July 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    this looks delicious!

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    July 4, 2014 at 9:08 am

    So beautiful! This is exactly the kind of thing I like to do to eat up all our harvest of plums. NOM.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    July 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

    What a beautiful summer dessert! Pass the one with ice cream over please!

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