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Huckleberry Crisp

Wild Huckleberry Crisp with a granola topping.

Wild Huckleberries turned into a delicious Huckleberry Crisp

Huckleberry Crisp made with wild huckleberries and a granola topping.

This post has been updated: New, updated pictures have been added and small changes to the recipe have been made.

Huckleberries grow wild in the mountains of the inland northwest.  They are a coveted berry that are a local treat.  All the restaurants sell something on their menus highlighting the huckleberry. Souvenirs all have something to do with the huckleberry.  Every summer, we set out huckleberrying.  Everyone here does, but no one ever shares where they found their prized possessions.  It’s top secret.

Wild Huckleberry Plant

Wild Huckleberry Plant

Huckleberries resemble blueberries.  The taste is usually tarter than a blueberry.  They are smaller and often have a purplish tint. They are much harder to pick than blueberries, and not just because you have to drive way up in the mountains to find them.  The bushes grow on rough terrain and the berries aren’t clumped together.

A gallon of huckleberries currently sells for $40 a gallon!  Isn’t that crazy!!!  My boys think they will make a killing being huckleberry pickers.  Of course, after picking for several hours, they only picked a gallon each.  Still, that’s a lot of money and it’s fairly easy to find buyers (Thanks, Grandma!)

Huckleberry Crisp ready for the oven

Huckleberry Crisp fresh out of the oven

We briefly consider selling our berries too, but it’s just not worth it.  Instead we freeze all our berries and use them throughout the year.  Any recipe that calls for blueberries can be substituted with huckleberries.

Huckleberry Stained Hands

The tell tale sign of a huckleberry picker is the stained hands. The tell tale sign of a huckleberry picker who has been eating their berries is a stained mouth! You can always spot ’em!

 

Mountain View

View While Huckleberry Picking. Those are huckleberry bushes in the foreground.

This crisp is super simple to make.  I’ve used this homemade granola that I already had on hand.  You can make your own, or just use your favorite granola. You can also use an oatmeal topping that I’ve used in rhubarb crisp. Pick the topping you love or pick the one with the ingredients you have in your pantry!

5 from 4 votes
Wild Huckleberry Crisp with a granola topping.
Huckleberry Crisp
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
This crisp is made with locally grown wild huckleberries. Blueberries can be substituted.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: huckleberry, huckleberry crisp, huckleberry desserts, huckleberry recipes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 342 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 4 cups wild huckleberries
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
Topping
  • 2 cups granola
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Mix huckleberries, sugar and 1/4 cup flour together. Pour into a greased baking dish.

  2. In another bowl, mix granola, butter, and 1/4 flour together.
  3. Pour granola mixture over huckleberries.
  4. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes.
  5. Keep a close eye on your crisp. You want the mixture to be bubbling, but you don't want your topping to burn.
Recipe Notes

Blueberries can be used in place of the huckleberries.

Fresh or frozen berries work in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Huckleberry Crisp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 123mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 24g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 5.4%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 4.6%
Iron 11.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Fred G
    April 19, 2019 at 7:19 am


    My favorite berry in a crisp.

  • Reply
    sophie jerry
    November 20, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    it was too dry needed more liquid. tasted good though!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 21, 2018 at 6:06 am

      Hi Sophie,
      I’m sorry this turned out too dry for you. Was it the topping that was too dry or the filling?
      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Chellis
    August 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Kathy My mother introduced me to a great pie!! When making a blueberry pie,use 2/3rds blueberries and 1/3 huckleberries. I’d write more but your page only prints 2-3 letters in a word and then stops…and I have to wait Sorry
    Do not send anything…have tons recipes already.

  • Reply
    Liz
    July 29, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Hee…I missed this post when I came over for the lard post. I live between Bigfork and Kalispell in Northwest Montana. I am a buyer, not a picker, though 🙂 ! Fortunately, my neighbors are avid pickers so I add to the very local economy.

    Last year, I took a gallon of frozen hucks to my Mom’s in southwest Colorado and we made Meyer Lemon-Huckleberry marmalade. This year, I added an ice cream maker to my kitchen arsenal and woo-boy!! – the huckleberry ice cream was so, so good. My neighbor gave me fresh huckleberries, I made the ice cream and we shared. Perfect trade!

    And I think a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream on this crisp would be most excellent – thanks for the crisp recipe!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 29, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Well, we are neighbors…I’m in northern Idaho! I always put huckleberries on ice cream, but I need to make huckleberry ice cream! And you are right…this crisp is just perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

  • Reply
    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
    July 25, 2015 at 2:46 am

    I’ve never tried a huckleberry before – but I am intrigued, they sound delicious and look absolutely perfect in this dessert! Love the crispy, crunchy topping!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 25, 2015 at 4:58 am

      The crunchy topping was delish!

  • Reply
    Annie @ The Garlic Diaries
    July 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm


    This makes me so happy! It reminds me of my childhood. It looks absolutely DELICIOUS. Can’t wait it try it!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 25, 2015 at 4:57 am

      There’s nothing like happy memories. I hope you give this a try!

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