Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so how about trying some better-for-you recipes this year? This apple and pear crisp has all the deliciousness of a fruit pie….minus the calorie-, carb- and saturated fat-rich crust.
This recipe is from Kim Rosenberger, the author of Kim’s Healthy Eats, where she strives to make and share simple healthy recipes, using local food as often as possible. Visit Kim’s site and you’ll find plenty of great lightened-up comfort foods, like loaded baked potato soup, and pumpkin macaroni and cheese.
Apple and Pear Crisp from Kim’s Healthy Eats
Autumn is the perfect time to make desserts with all the abundant apples and pears. However, most apple pie and crisp recipes call for loads of sugar and butter, making them as indulgent as they taste. This recipe, however, cuts down on the fat and uses a small amount of honey instead of granulated sugar.
3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
3 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
½ lemon, juiced
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp corn starch
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 Tbsp honey, warmed
1 Tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
dash of salt
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a cast iron skillet or baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, add sliced apples, sliced pears, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and honey. Mix until coated. In a separate small bowl, mix flour corn starch, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add flour mixture to apples and pears, and mix until fruit is evenly coated. Spread evenly into cast iron skillet or baking dish.
In a bowl, mix rolled oats, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and melted coconut oil. Top the apples and pears evenly with oat mixture. Bake for 45-50 minutes until topping is brown.