'Twas the day before Christmas,
and all through the house,
dieters were muttering,
"I wish I ate like a mouse!"
If you're already over-doing it when it comes to holiday treats, Women's Health magazine reports that they've found the ideal low-calorie, healthy Christmas dessert: Apple-Pear Compote. With just 195 calories and lots of fill-you-up, not-out, fiber, it's the perfect ending to the holiday meal.
It's from Anjali Shah, a certified health coach and creator of The Picky Eater.
Apple-Pear Compote Recipe
Makes 6 servings
For the filling:
- 2 cups organic Bosc pears, cut into 1/4 inch cubes (about 4 medium pears)
- 2 cups organic Fuji apples, cut into 1/4 inch cubes (about 2 large apples)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
For the topping:
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp graham cracker crumbs (from about 2 1/2 graham cracker sheets)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 Tbsp butter, melted
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F, and coat 6 small ramekins with cooking spray (if you don't have these, you can use a large baking dish).
2. Combine all ingredients for the filling in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer.
3. Decrease the heat to medium, and continue cooking, stirring often, until the apples and pears are tender and the liquid reduces by half (about 25 minutes).
4. Transfer filling to the ramekins or baking dish.
5. Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl.
6. Sprinkle the topping over the apple-pear mixture, then bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the topping has browned and is slightly crispy.
7. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint (optional).
Per serving: 195 cal; 6.3 g fat (1.6 g saturated); 40 g carbs; 29 g sugar; 17.3 mg sodium; 4.5 g fiber; 1.9 g protein