BEST Peach Crisp

Life is made sweeter with this BEST peach crisp recipe!  You can make it in the slow cooker or in the oven – your choice – and we’ll show you how to get perfect results either way!

peach crisp recipe best slow cooker crock pot oven

Crisps are one of my all-time favorite desserts.  Growing up my mom would make her famous apple crisp that had everyone clamoring for second helpings.  And though cobblers and crumbles are both delicious as well, between the three crisps are hands down my favorite.  It’s that crunchy caramelized topping that really takes it to the next level for me.  And this peach crisp is just downright wow-worthy!

Every year in mid to late summer I pick up a bulk load of peaches – this time it was 75 pounds!   I use them to make jams, chutneys, peach sauces, fruit leather and freeze a bunch of peach slices for smoothies.  And of course I can’t resist making at least two or three batches of this peach crisp!

Crisp vs. Crumble vs. Cobbler  – What’s the Difference?

The terms are often confused and while there are similarities they are different.

crisp is a baked fruit dessert with crumbly streusel-like topping that is made with oats, flour, butter and sugar and can sometimes include nuts.  A crumble is similar except that the crumbly topping has no oats, rarely includes nuts, and is generally made only with flour, butter and sugar. A cobbler is also a baked fruit dessert but is a deep-dish version (as opposed to the shallower crisp and crumble) and instead of a crumbly, streusel-like topping it is a drop-biscuit or pie dough topping.

peach crisp recipe best slow cooker crock pot oven

Can I Make Sugar Free Peach Crisp?

Yes!  Of course the peaches themselves have fructose, but you can substitute all of the added sugar by using something like Sukrin Gold for the brown sugar and Swerve (or similar) for the white sugar.

How Do I Make Gluten Free Peach Crisp?

Simply substitute almond flour for the regular flour to make the oat topping and substitute 3 teaspoons cornstarch instead of flour for the peach mixture.

Can I Substitute or Add Another Fruit?

Absolutely.  This recipe provides the perfect foundation for any number of fruits including apple, plum, pear and more!  For apples simply increase the baking time to 40 minutes.  For another yummy variation, try adding a handful of blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries to the peach mixture.

Can I Make This in Advance or Freeze It?

Yes, you can!  Both the peach mixture and the oat topping can be made a day in advance.  Place them in separate containers and store in the fridge.

To freeze already baked peach crisp let it cool completely, then wrap the casserole dish with plastic wrap, then with aluminum foil, and freeze it for up to 2 months.  To freeze unbaked peach crisp follow the same instructions for wrapping and likewise freeze for up to 2 months.  Let the peach crisp thaw in the fridge overnight and then proceed with baking.  If you made the peach crisp using the slow cooker method, transfer the peach crisp to a freezer container, seal it, and freeze.

Can This Be Made In the Slow Cooker or Crock Pot?

Yes!  This recipe includes instructions for preparing the crisp in a slow cooker as well as baking it in the oven.  Both ways are equally delicious, the difference lies in the texture of the crumble with the oven version being crispier.  But I’ll also show you how to “crisp up” the peach crisp using the slow cooker route!

Whichever route you go, we’re confident you’re going to love this perfect Peach Crisp!

peach crisp recipe best slow cooker crock pot oven

Peach Crisp Recipe

Let’s get started!

I’m going to show you two different methods for making this:  In the oven or in the slow cooker.

In a large bowl combine the peaches, sugar, flour, lemon juice and vanilla.

SLOW COOKER METHOD:  Place the peach mixture in the slow cooker.

OVEN METHOD:  Place the peach mixture in a 3-quart baking dish.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

preparing the fruit

In another bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

preparing the crumble topping


Place the crumb topping over the peaches.  Close the lid and cook on LOW for 4 hours or on HIGH for 2-3 hours until the peaches are soft and the topping is golden brown.  During the last 30 minutes open the lid to allow the topping to crisp up a bit.

peach crisp recipe best slow cooker crock pot oven


Place the peach mixture in the bottom of a 3-quart casserole dish and sprinkle the crumble on top.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and light golden brown.

baking in the oven

Serve warm with ice cream and/or whipped cream or our homemade Vanilla Sauce.


peach crisp recipe best slow cooker crock pot oven

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet August 16, 2019

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