Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp

We’re about to get so crispy right now.

Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp / Bev Cooks

Do you know the difference between a crisp and a crumble? Because I didn’t, and totally had to look it up because I kept calling this a crumble when I was making it. And it’s not.

A crumble has flour! A crisp – oats. NOW I’M SURE there are loop holes in the universe where one toggles over into the other for no other reason than to make us all crazy. But that’s what I learned from the information super highway and I’m sticking to it.

Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp / Bev Cooks

But this one has pistachios – whaaaaaaaat. (my hands are slanted in the air like a skater kid from the ’90s.)

I don’t even know WHY I wanted pistachios in this, other than the fact that anything with a salty crunch is my LOVE LANGUAGE. But it just makes it. The pistachios. And buy them shelled because I can’t have you cursing my name. I already have to wash my hair today, so.

Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp / Bev Cooks

Millions of peaches, peaches for me.

Millions of peaches, peaches for free.

(you had to see it coming.)

Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp / Bev Cooks

So I didn’t boil these first. Which might be a cardinal sin in the world of crisps and crumbles and cobblers (oh my). But they were so perfectly ripe and soft (and okay, I had zero patience and needed this in my face immediately) that I skipped the boiling all together! I’m sure they’d have been even softer post boilage. But these were fine. Really. Just make sure they’re SUPER ripe and soft. Have I said the word soft enough yet? Geez.

Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp / Bev Cooks

Take those shelled pistachios and just chop ’em up. Go crazy. Quentin Tarantino those mothers.

Then liiiiightly toast them in a little skillet for a few seconds, until you can smell them. Until the scent wafts up through your nasal cavity and punches you in the soul. 30 seconds. 45. Yep.

Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp / Bev Cooks

And oh! I forgot to photograph the oat part. It’s honestly just oats + melted butter + brown sugar. Then sprinkle it over the layered peaches (that you’ve also spritzed with lemon juice!), followed by the chopped pistachios and lemon zest. And omg.

Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp / Bev Cooks

Roughly 40 minutes you’ll get this delightful little pan of crispy bliss.

But I need to tell you – this is much lighter than a traditional crumble. Since there’s no flour, it’s a lot looser. Not as dense. So if you need that creamy cobbler-like feel, maybe add another two Tbs. of butter to this.

But ALSO, once you add ice cream to the mix (which you obviously will because you’re a human and not insane) it’s melts all in with everything and it’s PERFECT. If you eat it sans ice cream (what kind of animal are you) it probably won’t satisfy you the way you want it to.

What’s weird is that this crumbles, but it’s a crisp. Ha! I don’t get life either.

Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp / Bev Cooks

The peaches have wilted in the heat, but still have a slight heft right in the center that screams SUMMER FACE LIVING OMG Y’ALL (<–just like that), and the pistachios, with their salty crunch that marries up with the brown sugar in the oats STOP. Perfection. Can’t. Did.

I love this crisp because it’s not heavy. Because it’s not all melted down into a pan of goo. Because it still offers texture and acidity and all the other trendy food blogging words.

Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp / Bev Cooks

Get so crispy.

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  • 5 peaches, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, chopped and lightly toasted in a pan
  • 4 Tbs. butter, divided
  • 2 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 lemon (zested first, then sliced in half)


  1. Preheat your oven 375.
  2. Layer the peaches in a 9x13 sheet pan. Spritz with lemon juice all over.
  3. Melt 3 Tbs. of the butter in a medium bowl, then add the oats and brown sugar to it. Sprinkle the mix over the peaches. Then sprinkle the chopped pistachios over the oats, followed by the lemon zest. Take the last Tbs. of butter and pinch it into small dabs with your fingers. Then just sort of dot them over the whole crisp.
  4. Bake for about 40 minutes (rotate at the 20-minute mark), until the peaches have softened and the oat mixture is golden brown. If any of the pistachio pieces have darkened a little too much, just flip them over before serving. 😉
  5. Serve with vanilla ice cream!
  6. Serves 6.

Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp / Bev Cooks

Also, add more ice cream, byeeeeee.

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4 Responses to Simple Peach and Pistachio Crisp

  1. Katy July 30, 2019 at 2:20 pm #
    YUM! This looks like a new and minimilst twist on a something my Mom used to make, can't wait to try it! And I LOVE seeing the comics section in the background. I didn't know Funky Winkerbean was still going!
  2. Ashley July 30, 2019 at 6:20 pm #
    Never met a crisp (or a crumble) I didn’t like! I will be making it this week, serving with a honeyed yogurt and calling it breakfast. Thanks!
  3. writemyessaytoday August 13, 2019 at 3:52 am #
    I never thought there's a difference between a crumble and a crisp. Found an article by Medical News Today about the pros and cons of peaches in various recipes (by Megan Ware). Yvette Brazier added some references too. Randy BB
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