My inspiration for this beauty came from hours and hours of thought and precise planning. Days of working to get things just right. Yeah…not a chance that is true here. Ha! My true reason or inspiration behind this treat was that I had a fruit bowl full of apples that were not being eaten. I couldn’t stand the thought of the apples going bad before we used them. I know, the first explanation sounded so much better right, professional almost. But honesty is best, so there you have it.
I had some extra cranberries on hand from another blog post that I add in also. Blueberries would work great in this dish during the summer months as well.
Just look at that fruit, isn’t it so pretty with the red cranberries mixed in. They added just the right pop of flavor and color to this crisp. Their tartness works well with the sweetness of the apples and the spices in this recipe. It smelled divine as I cooked it on the stove!
My topping oat flour and whole old fashion oats. I chose these two toppings because I had them on hand and they are typical for crisps. Along with some spices and a little butter these two items tasted so good. With the fruit and this oat topping this crisp dessert falls into the E meals or snacks for Trim Healthy Mama. The butter is not enough to cause a crossover since it is just one tablespoon divided between the crisp.
I debated on calling this a “crumble” or a “crisp” as I was writing up this recipe. I have always considered them both the same thing and basically they are…fruit with a crumbled topping. Now, some things that I have read suggest that if the recipe includes oats then it is not a crisp…it is a crumble. But as for me, I say this is a crisp. Why? Hmm…well just because I like the way it sounded better than crumble. Lol, I am very scientific that way! Besides, I really think the name is not nearly as important as the taste and the taste here is fantastic.
Not only is this crisp tasty it is simple and has no special ingredients. If you can’t find oat flour you can grind up 1/2 cup of old fashion oats in your blender to make it. Basically the hardest part is peeling and chopping the apples. Everything else is “dumping” things in the pan and cooking it. How great is that? I can’t wait to make this with blueberries this summer!
Cranberry Apple Crisp(Low Fat, THM-E)
Oven Temp: 350 Serves: 3-4
- 4 medium apples, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup cranberries or blueberries
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp of THM Super Sweet*(or 1/3 Truvia)
- 1 donk of THM Pure Stevia (optional for extra sweetness)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 c whole old fashion oats
- 1/2 c oat flour
- 1 Tbsp melted butter or coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp THM Super Sweet* (or 2 Tbsp Truvia)
*If you prefer to use a different sweetener you c this conversion chart on the Trim Healthy Mama site to help you decide the amount you need for your brand of sweetener.
Directions: Add your filling ingredients to pan and cook over medium heat until you apples become tender and the cranberries begin to pop. The mixture will thicken as it cooks. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t scorch. Taste and adjust the mixture to reach your desired result. Once your filling is ready pour it into a 9 inch baking dish and mix your topping ingredients. Be sure to mix the topping well before sprinkling it evenly over the fruit filling. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.