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.

1 cup dried cranberries
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
Simmer 10 minutes, drain, remove stick
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

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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