Vegan No-Bake Cherry Fruit Crisp

Dive into this National Cherry Dessert Day the way it’s meant to be celebrated with this Vegan No-Bake Cherry Fruit Crisp dessert. And not only that, but I’m offering you a whole lot more cherry dessert recipes from some of my food blog friends below.

A bowl of vegan no-bake cherry fruit crisp in a serving dish with ice cream on top and other toppings behind it.

Did I mention to you I used to have a cherry tree in my yard? Not just one, but two! And they were sour cherry trees which means that the squirrels stayed away from them, so that’s a positive. I enjoyed having these tart cherries in the freezer, and then we moved. But the good news is, we have a neighbor that has a beautiful cherry tree. She doesn’t mind us picking a few (we leave some for the birds of course) and so we still have lots of cherries in the freezer. Yay!

So, I knew for this national day of celebration that I wanted to make a crisp recipe using cherries. But when I went to the store I noticed they were really expensive. So I’ve added other fruits to make this dessert, healthy in so many ways and also affordable.

Let’s talk about this Vegan No-Bake Cherry Fruit Crisp.

You’ll Love Vegan No-Bake Cherry Fruit Crisp

I’m sure you know that a traditional crisp recipe is baked. It usually has a crust on top which is…crispy. I decided that I didn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen over a hot oven, and I imagined you didn’t want that either. So I decided to make a nut-based crisp that didn’t have to be baked.

And I used chia seeds in the fruit to thicken it. I’m a fan of the chia seed because it does such a great job thickening things once it gets exposed to moisture. So, this is a really simple dessert. Simply through together the fruit, add it to your serving cups, and then make the crisp in a food processor. I added a dollop of vegan ice cream to the top.

Berries are good for you, there’s no doubt about that. And this recipe includes a mixture of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and of course, cherries. It’s a lightly sweet, healthy Vegan No-Bake Cherry Fruit Crisp dessert. Perfect for summertime!

Vegan No-Bake Cherry Fruit Crisp in a serving dish with ice cream on top.

Put Your Touch On It

Look, I’m sharing this Vegan No-Bake Cherry Fruit Crisp with you because I like it. But I am not you. Brilliant, I know. But, seriously, you should look at this recipe and put your own touch on it. If you need some help with getting started adapting this recipe, here are some ideas:

  • Add some cocoa powder to that crisp topping to make it a chocolate crisp
  • How about adding slices of banana to the fruit cup?
  • For sure you could top it with Coconut Whipped Cream
  • You could also add some tropical fruits like mango or pineapple
  • I could also see drizzling some Vegan Date Caramel Sauce on top

Do you get my point? There’s so much you can do, even with a simple recipe like this one! I love making the crisp topping and storing it in the fridge so we can make the fruit cups any time we like. It’s also pretty good over a bowl of vegan ice cream. Just saying.

A bowl of vegan no-bake cherry fruit crisp in a serving dish with ice cream on top and other toppings behind it.

No-Bake Cherry Crisp

Enjoy this fresh, tasty No-Bake Cherry Crisp as a healthy alternative to your after-dinner treat, otherwise known as dessert.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 209kcal


  • 2 cups fresh sweet cherries , washed & pitted
  • 2 cups mixed berries *
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons maple syrup , divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Coconut Whipped Cream


  • Slice the washed, pitted cherries into quarters. Add fresh or frozen berries. If using fresh, be sure to wash and slice. Place in a bowl and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup (depending on your desired sweetness) and stir to combine. 
  • Place chia seeds in a coffee grinder and pulse until powder forms. Pour this into the fruit mixture. Stir until combined.
  • Place almonds and oatmeal in a food processor. Pulse a few seconds until crumbly.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and vanilla. Pulse again for a few seconds. You'll be left with a thick, crumbly mixture.
  • Spoon the cherry mixture into four serving bowls. Sprinkle the Almond Crisp on top and top with Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream. 

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*You can use fresh or frozen mixed berries, like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
**Nutrition information for this recipe does not include Coconut Whipped Topping.
Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1.3mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

National Cherry Dessert Day

Hey, y’all, I’ve got some great news! Today is National Cherry Dessert Day and my national food day food blog friends and I created a plan to help you celebrate. So today we’re sharing a whole bunch of cherry dessert recipes. How fun!  Of course, I realize some of the recipes below are not vegan. Just send me a note if you’d like ideas for veganizing them. Otherwise, enjoy!

A collage of several cherry dessert photos with the text, "Cherry Desserts for National Cherry Dessert Day!"

Cherries signal that spring is coming to a close and summer is upon us. That’s why this National Cherry Dessert Day comes at the perfect time! That’s why we’re giving you lots of ways to participate in the festivities. Enjoy these 23 cherry dessert recipes:

Whatever cherry dessert you’re preparing to dig into, enjoy!

4 Responses to Vegan No-Bake Cherry Fruit Crisp

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyShawn Reply

    5 stars
    I can confirm, this is delicious

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLaura Powell Reply

    I’m loving the sound of this!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKara Reply

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious, and healthy enough that I feel like I could eat it for breakfast. 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Ooh. Breakfast! Maybe with a dollop of vegan yogurt. YAS!!

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