Berry Crumble Slow Cooker Recipe and the low-FODMAP Diet

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Slow Cooker Berry Crumble
Slow Cooker Berry Crumble is an easy, no-sugar-added recipe that can double as a dessert or breakfast. Just a few simple ingredients and a little while in the crock pot and it’s ready to eat!
Slow Cooker Berry Crumble is an easy, no-sugar-added recipe that can double as a dessert or breakfast. Just a few simple ingredients and a little while in the crock pot and it's ready to eat!
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Ok. I am not sure if this Berry Crumble recipe is a dessert or a breakfast. We enjoyed it on its own, but I want to try pairing with plain greek yogurt for a delicious high-protein breakfast treat.

It’s surprisingly sweet-tart flavor combination makes it the perfect dessert, as well.   It shocked our guest to learn that, other than the naturally occurring fruit sugars, it is also a healthy sugar-free dessert.

I made the Berry Crumble in a slow cooker, so the house filled with the delightful fruit and oat aroma, too.  I love getting rave reviews about such an easy recipe!

Where I found the recipe

Essential IBS Cookbook: 200 Delicious IBS Meals To Manage Symptoms Of IBS
Essential IBS Cookbook: 200 Delicious IBS Meals To Manage Symptoms Of IBS

I adapted this recipe from the book Essential IBS Cookbook.  This book contains 200 delicious low-FODMAP recipes to help control IBS symptoms.  I became interested in this book because David suffers from IBS.  Frequently, foods trigger his symptoms.  A low-FODMAP diet consists of foods low in sugar and sugar alcohols.  It’s an acronym:
F – Fermentable
O – Oligosaccharides (think fructose or galactose)
D – Disaccharides (such as lactose)
M – Monosaccharides (such as glucose and fructose)
AP – and Polyols – Alcohol sugars (xylitol, erythritol, and other sweeteners that end in ‘ol’)

IBS sufferers are not the only people who benefit from a low-FODMAP diet, though.  People who have other gastrointestinal disorders, frequent migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, or non-celiac gluten sensitivities also see benefit from eating this way.

So, in addition to recipes for every meal, the Essential IBS Cookbook includes a handy pantry checklist, restaurant guide, and a FODMAP shopping guide.

The Essential IBS Cookbook is not a vegetarian or pescatarian cookbook.  However, it does have a vegetarian and a seafood section.  Also, many of the breakfast and dessert recipes are vegetarian.

A serving of this flavorful breakfast/dessert treat has fewer than 200 calories and is nutritionally dense, making Berry Crumble a winner.
A serving of this flavorful breakfast/dessert treat has fewer than 200 calories and is nutritionally dense, making Berry Crumble a winner.

Adaptations I made to the Berry Crumble Slow Cooker recipe

Of course, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all eating plan.  You may experience other triggers. Splenda (sucralose) is a huge trigger for David.  Or something may not trigger you at all.  Basically, I added blackberries.  Blackberries are naturally high in “polyols,” but they aren’t a trigger for David. If blackberries upset your issues, simply leave them out.  We had some in the fridge, so I tossed them in.

I include the full Berry Crumble recipe below, but it’s so simple that I made this 40-second Youtube video:

Slow Cooker Berry Crumble

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Yields: 4

Make this easy, tasty no-sugar added berry crumble recipe for breakfast or dessert! It’s cooked in a slow-cooker, too!

  • 1 qt sliced strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 TBS grated lemon peel
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats

Combine all the fruit and the grated lemon peel in the bottom of a slow cooker.

Stir cinnamon into oats.

Sprinkle on top of fruit (do not stir).

Cook on high for 2-3 hours and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 186
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 41 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams

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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

85 Comments

  • Daniela Anderson

    April 23, 2017 - 5:00 am

    I love any kind of fruit crumble, in the UK it seems to be one of the favourite desserts. Strawberries happen to be my favourite, so l can’t wait to give this a try. Such a treat!

    • Alicia Taylor

      April 27, 2017 - 5:18 pm

      Be sure to let me know what you think!

  • Mandy Carter

    April 19, 2017 - 3:51 pm

    My kids would love this recipe because they are obsessed with berries. I love how easy it is to put together!

    • Alicia Taylor

      April 19, 2017 - 5:17 pm

      …and you don’t have to tell them it’s also healthy 😀

  • Natalie

    April 18, 2017 - 9:56 am

    I could eat this for breakfast and as a dessert… in one same day 🙂 Sounds delicious. Since I experienced IBS and gastritis 2 y ago I know all about food that triggers the symptoms. Thanks for this lovely recipe and recommendation of that book. It’s very helpful information for those who still have mentioned problems.

    • Alicia Taylor

      April 18, 2017 - 11:24 am

      I did just that when I ate it. Several of my family members have tummy issues, and this is the requested dessert for our mother’s day brunch. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

  • Kylee Cooks

    April 17, 2017 - 4:10 pm

    I love anything that can be made in a slow cooker! It makes the house smell AMAZING – plus it’s hands off. This look so yummy!

    • Alicia Taylor

      April 18, 2017 - 11:25 am

      Oh yea – and this really fills the house with sweet smell.

  • Lori Vachon

    April 17, 2017 - 2:48 pm

    Great way to enjoy a dessert without the guilt. My slow cookers are my absolute favorite small kitchen appliances!

  • Lord Byron's Kitchen

    April 17, 2017 - 1:34 pm

    I’m so excited for crumble season – yes, there’s a season! Right about now and in the next few weeks to come, my neck of the woods will be permeated with lots of local fresh grown berries and I can’t wait to try this dessert. Looks sooooooooo good!

  • ManilaSpoon

    April 17, 2017 - 12:20 pm

    In the midst of summer I do love using my slow cooker as it’s too hot and I don’t want to turn the oven on. I have made berry cobbler on my slow cooker so I can be sure this crumble would be a great recipe to try there, too. YUM!

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    April 17, 2017 - 11:16 am

    What a lovely dish and so happy that this brings out the natural sweetness from the berries rather than anything added. I can have this for breakfast and also as dessert with some yogurt.

  • Stephanie@ApplesforCJ

    April 17, 2017 - 10:29 am

    This would actually be perfect for breakfast or dessert. I bet it makes your house smell amazing. Love that there is no added sugar. Will be trying this soon as I’m a big fan of slow cooker recipes.

  • Jennifer

    April 17, 2017 - 7:48 am

    This is really interesting, I have never heard of the FODMAP diet. I have IBS and I am pretty sure my son may have it also, I am definitely going to read more about this and check out the book Essential IBS Cookbook. The berry crumble looks wonderful I can not wait until berries come into season here!

  • Molly Kumar

    April 17, 2017 - 2:03 am

    That looks like one easy yet super yum recipe. I love berries in summer and always looking for recipes to include more of them.

  • Lynne Curry

    April 16, 2017 - 10:13 pm

    Wow, that is really ingenious. Plus, simple and totally sugar free. Bet it’s terrific with Greek yogurt!

  • Just Jo

    April 16, 2017 - 3:40 am

    Ooo I dare say this would be perfect for breakfast or dessert. I love oaty crumbles so I shall really enjoy this 😀

  • Sara @ Modern Little Victories

    April 15, 2017 - 9:41 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make a good fruit crumble lately and this one looks like just the thing. I’ve never tired it in my slow cooker before though. I need to try that!

  • katrinagehman

    April 15, 2017 - 9:33 pm

    this looks amazing! i will have to make this really soon. i know my daughter would love.

  • Elizabeth O.

    April 15, 2017 - 12:36 pm

    This is lovely! Berries and oats has always been a good combination. It would be nice to give this one a try, to be honest. I’m sure it would taste great with yogurt!

  • carolinescookingblog

    April 15, 2017 - 9:13 am

    I do love crumbles and with oats is always good too. I’ve never tried in the slow cooker, though, so might have to try that next time.

  • VeenaAzmanov

    April 15, 2017 - 3:40 am

    Love oats with fruits and love using my slow cooker so I know this is for me.. yum

  • Adriana Martin (@ABRecipes)

    April 14, 2017 - 10:59 pm

    I do not use the slow cooker a lot never thought to use it for making a berry crumble great idea!

  • Elizabeth Brico

    April 14, 2017 - 9:36 pm

    My best friend has IBS and I’m vegan and I sometimes struggle to find food we can both eat and enjoy when we are together. I’ll definitely have to give this a try! Thanks!

  • Glenda K.

    April 14, 2017 - 8:30 pm

    Slow Cooker Berry Crumble looks so easy to make. I cannot believe it is a no-sugar-added dessert.

  • Gloria Duggan

    April 14, 2017 - 5:43 pm

    Ok…I love using my slow cooker, but have NEVER made dessert in it. Not sure why..but this looks totally delicious. My husband loves apple crisps and apple crumbles. I think I will show him how to make them in the slow cooker. That way he can make them whenever he likes.

  • trialandeater1

    April 14, 2017 - 5:38 pm

    I’m so happy it’s berry season so I can make something like this! And in the slow cooker, even better!

  • Sondra Barker

    April 14, 2017 - 10:31 am

    This looks so yummy. I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  • Wendy Polisi

    April 13, 2017 - 10:33 pm

    I had to laugh because when I saw this, I wasn’t sure if it would be perfect for dessert or breakfast. Then I read your first paragraph and realized I wasn’t alone.

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    April 13, 2017 - 10:20 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh IBS – how I loathe you yet put up with your BS! hahaha!

  • E H

    April 13, 2017 - 9:57 pm

    Looks like a great idea for one of those busy days when I want a dessert but am too lazy to bake anything. I absolutely love crumbles!

  • Emily

    April 13, 2017 - 9:19 pm

    I love that this is a slow cooker idea! That makes is even easier to make! This seems like a great snack option, and healthy too!

  • vishalgmr1971

    April 13, 2017 - 9:15 pm

    We are vegetarians and try to have high protein breakfast and if it is sweet, it’s for us. Sounds like this recipe is for us.

  • sparkofsouthernmoms

    April 13, 2017 - 8:41 pm

    This dish looks so yummy! I like it because it is better for you then the run of the mill snacks! Great recipe!

  • Lux G.

    April 13, 2017 - 8:36 pm

    Berry crumble. Oh, yes please!

  • Beso Beauty

    April 13, 2017 - 8:08 pm

    I think it could be a breakfast OR a dessert! hehe I really love anything that has oats in it – lots of vitamins there too. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • emmaeatsandexplores

    April 13, 2017 - 6:53 pm

    I love a crumble and this looks gorgeous. Didn’t realise you could do it in the slow cooker so I’l have to give that one a go!

  • taylermorrell

    April 13, 2017 - 5:24 pm

    I love berry cobblers and and crumbles@ They are so absolutely delicious!

  • eazynazy

    April 13, 2017 - 4:31 pm

    wow this looks so amazingly delicious, gonna try this for sure

  • Cynthia Nicoletti

    April 13, 2017 - 3:34 pm

    This sounds really good and nice and healthy. Great after a workout.

  • Michelle

    April 13, 2017 - 2:55 pm

    Oh wow this looks soooo good, have to try it out asap!

  • Alayna

    April 13, 2017 - 1:39 pm

    I was just reading about FODMAP foods the other day! I’m going to have to try this. Looks awesome!

  • Emily, Our house now a home

    April 13, 2017 - 12:58 pm

    This looks great! It will make a great breakfast or snack. The video is awesome too, makes it very simple to follow along with!

  • Michelle Waller

    April 13, 2017 - 10:42 am

    This looks really delicious. I bet it would be great for breakfast in the mornings.

  • The FoodOlic

    April 13, 2017 - 5:49 am

    I like that you let the sugar from the fruits shine!! It’s ultra healthy and looks delicious!! Great recipe!

  • Shirley

    April 13, 2017 - 1:40 am

    I love slow cooker recipes. Thanks for sharing this one.I love Oats and this is the best recipe with good nutritional value.

  • Pamela King

    April 12, 2017 - 11:46 pm

    I am a slower cooker girl. If I cook it, most likely it’s in the crock pot LOL Thanks for this recipe.

  • Melanie Walsh

    April 12, 2017 - 11:39 pm

    I’d love to start my day off with something sweet that I don’t feel guilty about. This crumble looks so yummy!

  • Michelle Gwynn Jones

    April 12, 2017 - 9:38 pm

    I really need to you my slow cooker more. I never really think about it. This could get me to take it off the shelve. Thank you.

  • Claudia Krusch

    April 12, 2017 - 9:32 pm

    I love to try new recipes in my slow cooker. I am excited to get the ingredients I need to make this on the weekend. I am sure it will be a big hit.

  • Anitra | The Mom on the Move

    April 12, 2017 - 7:17 pm

    I’ll have to consider a low FODMAP diet to address my food allergies. This recipe looks tasty, but I’m allergic to citrus and bananas. How do you modify for that?

    • Alicia Taylor

      April 13, 2017 - 12:48 pm

      FODMAP is really to treat IBS and digestive disorders rather than food allergies. You could use apples in place of the bananas and eliminate the lemon altogether.

  • FredNonterah

    April 12, 2017 - 5:24 pm

    It looks like its quite simple to make them. Plus I love because it will energize for a long period. Thanks for sharing!

  • Traditionally Modern Food

    April 12, 2017 - 4:45 pm

    slow cooker makes things easy, i should conisder buying one. crumble with it is super aweome

  • irishred13

    April 12, 2017 - 4:06 pm

    This looks amazing. The kids and I would eat this up for sure. And I could make enough to have another day too.

  • Jenny

    April 12, 2017 - 3:08 pm

    I love a good berry crumble. This looks delicious and easy!

  • reesann723

    April 12, 2017 - 2:04 pm

    I have never used my slow cooker to make a dessert before! This sounds delicious!

  • Rebecca Bryant

    April 12, 2017 - 1:55 pm

    YUM…I love a good fruit crumble. I must try your recipe this weekend with my fresh strawberries.

  • Hra Karidi

    April 12, 2017 - 11:19 am

    wow this seems so useful and delicious!!! i definitely try this recipe at the weekend 🙂

  • Robin Rue

    April 12, 2017 - 10:37 am

    Mmmmm! This sounds SO good. My whole family would LOVE this.

  • Stephanie Jeannot

    April 12, 2017 - 10:31 am

    Wait! You are telling me that you made that in your slow cooker? I have definitely got to try this. Looks delicious.

    • Alicia Taylor

      April 12, 2017 - 10:37 am

      Yep 🙂 It’s delicious, healthy – and soooo easy!

  • anasdomain

    April 11, 2017 - 2:52 pm

    This seems so simple and yummy! I must try it! x

  • leuchocojummy

    April 11, 2017 - 1:20 pm

    The berry crumble looks nice and easy to make. I love blending fruits with milk or yoghurt to make shakes. I can’t wait to try a new way of cooking oats.

  • Raksha Kamat

    April 11, 2017 - 11:39 am

    Would love to have this healthy recipe for breakfast

  • Luci's Morsels

    April 11, 2017 - 11:13 am

    Yummy! This recipe looks amazing and so versatile. I could see myself eating this for breakfast or dessert! Thanks for sharing!

  • Elaine @ Dishes Delish

    April 11, 2017 - 10:14 am

    This berry crumble looks so yummy. I wouldn’t have thought about using a slow cooker. Great recipe.

  • Diana

    April 11, 2017 - 10:00 am

    This would be amazing if served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Yum!

  • Amy

    April 11, 2017 - 9:55 am

    This sounds like a wonderful breakfast option to me – like a baked oatmeal with lots of warm fruit compote!

  • Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    April 11, 2017 - 9:51 am

    Your berry crumble sounds delicious and I like how it’s good for you too. What a great idea to use your slow cooker, bookmarking for later 🙂

  • onelazychic

    April 11, 2017 - 9:07 am

    Really love anything that can use slow cooker. I am an addict using this as it makes life so much easier. Love the video so much, you made it look so easy and yummy. I will definitely try it soon.

    • Alicia Taylor

      April 11, 2017 - 9:17 am

      It’s so simple 🙂 I love my slow cooker, too. Especially in the summer.

  • Lynn | The Road to Honey

    April 11, 2017 - 7:58 am

    Loving that this is made with all natural ingredients and no sugar. Paired with a nice scoop of Icelandic yogurt for protein. . .I think that it would make the perfect breakfast. Oh. . .and I love that it doubles as an “air freshener”. 😉

    • Alicia Taylor

      April 11, 2017 - 9:04 am

      Yes – Icelandic or greek yogurt would be awesome with this!

  • Milijana

    April 11, 2017 - 7:10 am

    This looks so delicious. I am a pescateraain .. it’s good to know that the cookbook have receipes for pescetarians as well!

  • neha

    April 11, 2017 - 4:16 am

    They seems so yummy. I am going to give them a try.

  • Lisa Newman-Morris

    April 11, 2017 - 2:55 am

    This looks amazing! I’m am going to try this recipe it sounds delicious

  • Nicole Anderson

    April 11, 2017 - 2:18 am

    This dish has the two things I look for. It looks really yummy and secondly it looks really easy to make. What a great video as well – that really underscored how easy this dish is. Into the kitchen I go…

  • Andrea Broom

    April 10, 2017 - 11:11 pm

    this looks crazy crazy good. The best part is it looks so healthy and the ingredients are clean I could have this for breakfast. Totally my kind of thing. Maybe with some almond milk poured on top.

    • Alicia Taylor

      April 11, 2017 - 9:05 am

      You could try some almond milk – or some coconut milk.

  • Nicole

    April 10, 2017 - 8:03 pm

    I love oats with fruit, and all these flavours cooked together sound wonderful! A great post workout snack, thanks!

    • Alicia Taylor

      April 11, 2017 - 9:06 am

      Yep – for workout snacks, I do prefer a little protein, though – so maybe sprinkle it with a few nuts before enjoying? I bet it would be delicious.

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