It takes a looooot of convincing to get me to eat fruit for dessert.

As a self proclaimed chocolate spaz and as someone who desires desserts so rich that they make your teeth spring cavities in mere seconds, fruit rarely fits the bill.

I lovelovelove fruit so much but IT IS NOT DESSERT.

Unless it looks like this.

Welcome to the rules of Jessica.

Give me some crunch and some crumble and that texture totally throws me for a loop.

As a kid, I was all about the strawberry kiwi flavor. I mean, you could have flavored a boot with strawberry kiwi and I probably would have tried to consume it. That’s a whole other issue in itself but whatever.

I feel like it may have been a trendy a flavor of the 90s, so in that case it’s totally my job to bring it back in the twenty twelve. I also adored things of the vanilla and coconut varieties – as sparse as they were back then, along with anything labeled “red.”

“What kind of popsicle do you want? Red.

“What flavor of huggie do you want to drink?” Red.

“What kind of Warheads should I buy so we can burn our mouths and faces off?” Definitely red.

“What color ice-pop thing that comes in plastic do you want? I mean I know this is your seventh one of the day but I figured you might want a change.” Only red. Okay maybe pink.

I never got down with “blue,” but that was SUPER swanky, right? Everyone lapped up their blue ice pops just so they could sport blue lips and tongues. I later learned that I didn’t love “blue” because raspberry is not my drug of choice, but I definitely succumbed to peer pressure and proudly displayed my blue teeth summer after summer. Orange was okay, but only if red was not available. Anything grape was a big fat NO. Yuck, yuck, yuck. Totally wasn’t a fan. Same with yellow, though once in a blue moon “yellow” turned out to be banana, which was totally awesome for about five minutes and then made you want to toss your cookies.

When other crazy (and utterly delicious) artificial flavors started popping up, like peach and lime and watermelon, my adventurous streak was in full force. I would seriously try anything with a tropical or not-so-common fruit flavor, which is probably why I harbored serious margarita and daquiri envy from the age of 14.

The thing is, I haven’t strayed much from my tween years. I’m still a marketer’s dream when it comes to things like pink grapefruit, nectarine mint and mandarin, it’s just that now things like that come in the form of foaming hand soap, lipgloss and nail polish.

And fruity dessert crisp, apparently.

Strawberry Kiwi Crisp

[adapted from my balsamic blueberry crisp]

serves 4

2 cups of quartered and chopped strawberries

5 kiwis, peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon of sugar

1/2 tablespoon flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

crisp

2/3 cup old fashioned oats

2/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 stick softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 vanilla ice cream for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, mix strawberries and kiwi with sugar, 1/2 tablespoon of flour and salt. Spray a baking dish (I used a 9-inch pie plate) with non-stick spray and add fruit.

In a bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Add softened butter and vanilla, and mix thoroughly with a fork and your hands until it becomes clumped together. Layer crumble mixture on top of fruit. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until fruit is juicy and crisp is golden.

Serve hot with vanilla ice cream!

I’m going to find a Warhead today.

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92 Responses to “Strawberry Kiwi Crisp.”

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 22, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    Crisps are my favorite dessert and I love a strawberry and kiwi one! This looks fantastic! Personally I’d rather have a crisp over chocolate any day! :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 22, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    I love fruit crisps but have never tried with kiwi… love this!!

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — May 22, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Crumbles, crisps, cobblers…all of the above! I’m obsessed, especially in the Summertime.
    I love that you did a strawberry kiwi variety, Jess! I never would have thought to add kiwi!

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    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — May 22, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Eww yes, I agree.. grape anything is disgusting. It all taste like rancid medicine of some sort. This crisp however, looks incredible. Apple crisp is my faaaaaaaaavorite dessert. Love anything with crumbs/streusel/crisp involved. Is it weird I’d want to eat this with a crapload of whipped cream and chocolate chips? yumyumyum.

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    Ryan - Spicy Richmond — May 22, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    I’ve always been a red or pink fan too. They never do you wrong! And grape? Hell to the no.

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    Stacy T — May 22, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    Huggies!! Totally made me giggle! Snapped me right back to age 8!

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — May 22, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    I’ll eat anything under that crumble! It looks so butter and soggy-crisp. Heaven!

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    Kim in MD — May 22, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    I am still all about the red anything! Grape and banana? No way! :-)

    This crisp look delicious, and I could seriously eat this for breakfast- I mean, it has fruit and oatmeal, right? I’ve never thought to use kiwi in a crisp…great idea!

    Oh- if you want a Warhead, my children have a stash in my pantry. I’m sure there are some red ones! ;-)

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    • Jessica — May 22nd, 2012 @ 7:22 am

      It makes me happy that Warheads are still around!

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    j3nn — May 22, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    I love the first pic of the strawberries and kiwis! So beautiful. And I love fruit. Have to admit I did a double take when I saw the title of this… “How Sweet It Is” — Nooo, that can’t be. Two fruits in a title, haha.

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    Hilliary@Brunch and Cupcakes — May 22, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Looks delicious! Fruit crisps are one of my favorite desserts, right behind cupcakes with tons of frosting!

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    Kristie — May 22, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Well, I wish I would have known all of you when I was a kid – you could have given me all of your grape flavored things (and I would have happily given up my reds, oranges, yellows and greens). There may have been a childhood incident involving my 5 year old self trying to drink a bottle of Dimetapp because I liked the flavor so much (luckily for all of us, I dropped it in the sink and the bottle broke).

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — May 22, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Crisps are such a great treat! Especially with melting ice cream on top! Tony does not care for them and prefers cobblers…this is one of those things in our marriage that I just look past. That crisp looks like a perfect breakfast too!

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    Becki's Whole Life — May 22, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    I love a good crisp. Have never used kiwi though – what a great idea!

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    Katrina — May 22, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    I love that you threw some kiwis in there – this looks fabulous! I’m with you too…fruit is not a dessert unless it has a lot of crispy topping on it or a pie crust around it!

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    ronda — May 22, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Can I say double yum. This looks so good, blackberry crisp is my favorite but I do love me some strawberry kiwi as well. I still don’t really like red popsicles, but green & blue I was totally on that trend, okay still am who doesn’t love to sport a blue tongue like the cool kids.

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    Rachel Cooks — May 22, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    Love that you put kiwi in this! Looks amazing.
    PS: I was a purple girl–I love grape anything.

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 22, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    Oh I agree whole-heartedly on strawberry kiwi being one of the best possible flavour combinations! As a kid I was alllll about the strawberry kiwi Hubba Bubba chewing gum, and never did I ever settle for grape. Ew. That is NOT at all what real grapes taste like. Another fabulous artificially flavoured candy of the 90s: Green apple. Particularly the Jolly Rancher hard sweets and the Jolly Rancher freezies. Oh bliss!

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    • Jessica — May 22nd, 2012 @ 7:52 am

      Oh seriously. How could I forget green apple?!

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    Jenna — May 22, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Wow: I remember eating so many Warheads that I would burn all the tastebuds off my tongue, but only in the shape of my Warhead. It’s like I had a crop circle on my tongue!

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    • Jessica — May 22nd, 2012 @ 9:25 am

      Hahah!

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    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — May 22, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    Now THIS is a dessert!

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — May 22, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    I was all about blue raspberry or red popsicles as a kid. Any other flavor I just wasn’t interested in. And that’s still true about Skittles or Starbursts … I only want the red ones.

    I also agree with you that although I love fruits, I typically don’t want a fruity dessert. But I might have to make an exception on this one. ;)

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    Cara — May 22, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Ha, I think we were the same child! As soon as you said you loved strawberry-kiwi as a kid, my thoughts immediately turned to strawberry-kiwi snapple. I know you must remember that well :) And naturally, I was all about the red too. I bet my brothers have never had red popsicles, jolly ranchers, etc etc because I hoarded them all :)

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    • Jessica — May 22nd, 2012 @ 9:24 am

      I think that is where the obsession began!

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    Cait's Plate — May 22, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    I’m with you – I generally don’t view fruit as a true dessert…but slap that in front of me and top it with ice cream and I’m sold :)

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    Monsterscircus — May 22, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    This dessert must be the definition of summer!! Love the colours and the crunch! Must try this one!

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — May 22, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    This post was literally my childhood. I never liked warheads, though. I actually would rinse them with water before I would eat them because they were too sour, which basically defeated the purpose of eating them at all.

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    • Jessica — May 22nd, 2012 @ 9:24 am

      OMG I did the same thing! Same with those fireballs too. I don’t think I ever liked them either, but wanted to be cool and eat them.

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    Jessica — May 22, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    have you tried the little EOS lip balms? They look like a little egg and are fantastic. Specifically the Sweet Mint flavor. It takes everything I’ve got not to just straight up eat it.

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    • Jessica — May 22nd, 2012 @ 9:23 am

      YES! Love. Soul mates?

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      • Jessica — May 22nd, 2012 @ 9:30 am

        duh <3

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — May 22, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    Strawberry + kiwi is a combo that never gets old, top it with ice cream and you have the best light and fresh summer dessert!

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    Amanda @ The Dormestic Goddess — May 22, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Seeing as how I still drink Huggies and eat dozens of freezies during the summer months this post made my morning! The recipe looks fantastic too!

    Truth be told…I was never really a red fan (blasphemy, I know!) – it made my throat hurt! Of course, that could have been because I would consume dozens of huggies/freezies/jolly ranchers at a time. I am actually a huge grape fan, HUGE. That, and any thing pink lemonade I can get my hands on! Oh, pink lemonade, be still my heart!

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    • Jessica — May 22nd, 2012 @ 9:23 am

      Oh yeah. Total pink lemonade freak here too.

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — May 22, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I’ve never thought of using kiwi in a crisp, but this looks fantastic!

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    Connie — May 22, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I never thought about using kiwi in cooked desserts…I always ate them fresh! But still delightful looking, nevertheless. Anyway, I think you and I have the same obsession with all things red: ice pops, candies, fruits…all but red velvet cake. Go figure. I think this dish might be suitable for breakfast, with a spoonful of yogurt. Thanks for posting this :-)

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    Michelle — May 22, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    This looks fantastic! :)

    I’m surprised nobody caught that the directions say : “Layer crumble mixture on top of blueberries…”

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    • Jessica — May 22nd, 2012 @ 9:22 am

      Hahaha oops, sorry!

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    Meghan @ After the Ivy League — May 22, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I love strawberry kiwi and I totally agree that it was a “trendy” flavor back in the day. So glad you’re bringing it back with this recipe, it looks delicious!

    I was also obsessed with red flavored anything. Especially skittles and freeze pops! Wasn’t a fan of the blue or green freeze pops either, and it just blew my mind that the “blue” flavor was raspberry. Crazy.

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    Lindsay @ Lindsay's List — May 22, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Totally random…Clara, my 1 year old, just walked by the computer as I was reading this post, pointed and said, “Food. Yum.”
    Indeed.

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — May 22, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Look at you going way out of your box – planting tomatoes and eating fruit for dessert!! What’s next?This is so exciting!!
    I never would have thought about putting kiwi in a crisp, but I love it! And that first picture, the colors are spectacular!
    I heart you.

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    Maria — May 22, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Such a pretty crisp! I love strawberries and kiwi together!

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — May 22, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    What about the lick-a-stick candy? I think the red powder was my favorite, but the stick itself was the most delicious part.

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    Stephanie — May 22, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Love the Strawberry Kiwi combo! Thanks!

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    Laura — May 22, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Another crisp! I was just over at The Boot blog (have you ever been?) and she posted a cherry crisp and now you have this delicious one…bonus that strawberries and kiwis are being sold in these parts like no tomorrow!!

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    jessica lynn — May 22, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Strawberry Kiwi Smackers chapstick was my favorite thing in the entire universe back in the day. That said, I must make this ASAP. Did you know there’s a lot of kiwi grown in Northern Italy? I was shocked when I saw it locally grown here!

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    Iris — May 22, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Ooo strawberry and kiwi. Will have to make this, looks delicious!

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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — May 22, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    totally agree, anything grape is sick. Luckily my fiance loves all things grape, including his grape bubbleyum chapstick, so we are a match made in heaven.

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    Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 22, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    This is such an original flavor combo for a crisp! I usually think apples or peaches or other boring things, but this gives it a real tropical kick :) Also I totally agree with you–grape is the worst.

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    Penny @ Big Spoon, Little Spoon — May 22, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Warheads!!! That takes me back to the challenges of which kid could eat the most of those things at once. Ah, 1993.

    I couldnt agree more on the choice of red. My hubs went to buy us popsicles once from an ice-cream truck, and came with GREEN. Who willingly chooses green??? He clearly didnt get the color/flavor hierarchy.

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    Julie — May 22, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    This dessert looks delicious! I have kiwi at home, but we consumed the strawberries already. Trip to the store after work maybe??

    I, too, called flavors by their colors. “Green” Kool-Aid was a fave. And I still ask my husband to get me some “white” ice cream…for some reason, he has to confirm that this means vanilla.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — May 22, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    i actually ONLY like kiwi if it’s mixed with strawberries…nate thinks i’m nuts.

    and i totally succumbed to peer pressure with the blue flavor when all along i knew red was the way to go. thank goodness i learned!

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    Stephanie — May 22, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    hahahaha warheads. in 8th grade on our class trip to DC we made my friend eat 5 lemon warheads at once, and took a picture of the most awesome pucker face ever!

    red, pink, green apple, and lemon were my go to flavors. no blue, purple, grape, ug gross.

    only problem is i had a slight issue with watermelon vodka in college, so now red might mean melon and that’s not going to fly. i just have to be careful.

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    This looks so perfect for summer! I love it! Really, anything with strawberries and I’m in. Definitely one of my top fiber-licious foods this time of year.

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    Vicki H. — May 22, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    Definitely trying this…I usually make crisps when I am doing “healthy” dessert (fruit, oatmeal – some of my rules)…

    since you are a fan of the strawberry kiwi and like fruit….chop up some strawberries, kiwi and an orange in a bowl and it together. The combo is AMAZING! That is part of my breakfast 5 out of 7 days of the week!

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    Moni Meals — May 22, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    Oh wow again! This is heaven. I am just like you…dessert must have chocolate UNLESS it is a recipe like this with crumble and vanilla bean ice cream. :) Great dish!!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 22, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    I love crisps and crumbles and this looks delicious! all that berry juice..yum!

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    jenna — May 22, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    mmmm….this looks amazing! i love the straw/kiwi combo!

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