Monday, February 6, 2012

Apple Cranberry Crisp

What can I say about a simple and easy dessert that’s low in calories? Well, how about, “Yes, please!”?

Using agave nectar instead of sugar makes this a healthier version of this classic comfort food. Unlike sugar and corn syrup, agave nectar has a lower impact on our glycemic index and its sweetness comes from a complex form of fructose which is the sugar that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables. You can use it in baking, cooking and even in your morning cup of coffee.

Ingredients:
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
Simmer 10 minutes, drain, remove stick
Filling:
4 medium apples peeled, sliced (you can use any that are in season; I used honey crisp)
1 T cornstarch
½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup agave nectar
Cooking spray

Topping:
1 cup quick oats
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 T all-purpose flour
3 T light butter, melted
¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
½ tsp salt

Lightly spray a baking dish with cooking spray, combine apples, cranberries and the rest of the filling ingredients in a bowl. Mix to incorporate and then pour into the baking dish and spread out with the back of a spoon

In a separate bowl, combine the topping ingredients, sprinkle over apple/cranberry mix.
Bake for 55-60 minutes or until brown and bubbly…don’t you just love the smell of apples and cinnamon wafting through your house??

When done, serve warm….Mmmmmmmmmmm…
Serves 8; ½ cup serving = 248 calories.

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