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Apple crisp - a healthy dessert that cures the craving to bake

Sometimes you just want to bake something scrumptiously sweet and gooey.  But this usually requires large amounts of unhealthy things.  Well, not with this recipe.  It's an apple crisp that is actually good for you (and the kidlets).  Warm it up and add a little cream and you've got a tasty summer treat.

If you're feeling imaginative, you can substitute apples for any in-season fruit.  Try fresh local peaches or berries from your neighborhood farmers market ... on Saturday mornings in Buckhead there's the Peachtree Road Farmers Market and on Thursday nights there's the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market on the other end of town.  Sub the walnuts for sunflower seeds or almonds.  The great thing about this simple recipe is you can easily make it your own.

Ingredients, Filling

  • 4 medium apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup filtered or spring water for baking dish
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins, loosely packed

Ingredients, Topping

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 to 4 tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 400. Fill 9x9 baking dish with fruit. Add water to the dish. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the fruit, then the raisins. Make topping by rubbing flour into oil, then add the rolled oats, allspice, and salt. Add the water until moistened but still crumbly, then mix in the chopped walnuts. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until fruit is soft.

Makes 9 3x3" squares.

Nutritional Info (per serving)
Calories: 177; Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 159mg; Total Carbs: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Protein: 3g

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