Nectarine Lime Crumble

Nectarine Lime Crumble

Okay, have I mentioned that I have a thing for white nectarines? Well, I do. In the summer, I cannot go to a grocery store without buying at least six. And if I’m in a store two days in a row, well, that’s 12. I eat them plain, put them in salads, and bake them up in desserts.

But I have another obsession as well, and it’s kind of a year-round thing. Anything with lime, anytime, I’m there. I know it’s not fashionable to like lime in December, but hey, they sell limes all the time. I’m buying them. Simple as that!

Last week, I had an idea. What if I took my two favorite summer fruit flavors and combined them? Gross, or spectacular? I had to find out. Turns out, it paid off!

Nectarine Lime Crumble

Yep! White nectarines and lime zest are the new chocolate and peanut butter. They’re a happy pair. And this crisp is now gone. I’m so glad I took pictures of it already!

Nectarine Lime Crumble

Could you do this with regular nectarines or peaches? Sure, why not? But if you use peaches, I’d peel them first. Too fuzzy. That’s why I’m not a peach girl. In fact, most food likes and dislikes are rooted in texture. Did you know that? A fun fact! Don’t say I never do anything for you.

Nectarine Lime Crumble

If you want, you can easily double this recipe. I typically make a smaller crisp because it’s perfect for a family dinner or friendly gathering, and then it’s gone. You can make it a little fancier with ice cream on top, but it’s not necessary!

With the lime zest, there’s a great tang that balances out the nectarines. You do need that sprinkle of sugar on top of the fruit, though, or you’ll have quite a sour tart. Nobody likes that.

Nectarine Lime Crumble

July is winding down, everyone. Before you start crying, make as many summery desserts as you can! Start here. It’s a good place to be!



  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar minus 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup rolled or quick oats (depends on the texture you want)



  • 6 white nectarines, pitted and sliced (but not peeled)
  • lime zest from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon flour



Preheat the oven to 350. Spray an 8 x 8 square pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix the dry topping ingredients. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, work the butter in until the mixture is crumbly. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, toss the nectarines, lime zest, sugar, vanilla and flour. Spread the filling evenly into the prepared pan.Β Top with the crumb mixture and pat down gently.

Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven. This can be served warm or at room temperature. If you refrigerate it, the crumb topping will get soft.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Erin | The Law Student's Wife

    I never would have thought to put nectarines and limes together, but I do love a peach margarita, so I think you are onto something!
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    1. Mir

      Oooh, peach margarita. Now I want one so badly. Thanks, Erin!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    What a wonderful combination, Mir! I think this is the most creative crumble recipe that I’ve seen. I have to admit that I’ve never heard of white nectarines before, but now I’m intrigued! Definitely going to check them out when I go to the grocery store this weekend. And I love that you added lime zest to this. Looks delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Gayle! I honestly wasn’t sure if it would work, and then I was shocked when it turned out to be so organically good!
      Definitely check out the white nectarines. They’re sweeter than regular ones and I’m totally addicted. Let me know what you think!

  3. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    That sounds fantastic!! I’m with you in the peaches. I can’t get past the fuzz!
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    1. Mir

      Oh, I’m so glad! It’s always hard to feel like you’re the only one! Thanks, Michele!

  4. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life

    Ooh, this looks delicious, Mir! I love peaches and nectarines both, but I have a few family members that can’t STAND the fuzz of peaches, so we were always a nectarine household growing up. πŸ™‚ I don’t think I’ve thought of nectarines and limes paired together, but I bet it tastes great! Plus anything with a crumb topping is a winner in my book. πŸ™‚

    1. Mir

      Thanks so much! I just can’t deal with the fuzz.
      I’m so with you on crumb topping! What is better? Nothing!

  5. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    I can just imagine how good this crisp was! White nectarines and limes sound like a fun pair! πŸ™‚ And I totally didn’t know that most food dislikes were because of texture, but when I think of my own, that’s definitely true!
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    1. Mir

      I had no idea either until someone told me, and then I thought about it. It’s so true! Thanks, Jocelyn!

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