Pear, Mango & Cranberry Crisp
Jennifer Danter, Nutrition Magazine, Fall 2008
Ready in 1 hour / Makes 8 servings
4 ripe pears, such as Bosc or Packham
2 ripe mangos
3 Tbsp blue agave nectar
1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
3 Tbsp chopped crystallized ginger
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, divided
3/4 cup organic, rolled oats
1 Tbsp sweetened, shredded coconut (optional)
1/4 cup applesauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and core pears, then coarsely chop. Peel mangos. Cut fruit from stone in thick strips, then coarsely chop. Place in a large bowl and grate in 1 tsp lemon peel. then squeeze in juice. Add agave nectar, cranberries, ginger and salt. Stir to mix. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp flour and stir in. Turn into 10-inch, deep-dish pie plate. Pan will be very full but will deflate as it bakes. Place on baking sheet.
For the topping, in a bowl stir oats with remaining 1/2 cup flour and coconut, if using. Spoon applesauce over top. Using your fingers, gently rub in to form coarse lumps. Dollop over fruit--it won't completely cover. Bake until pears are soft and juices bubble, 45 minutes to 1 hour. If topping gets too dark before fruit is cooked, loosely cover with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Spoon into bowls and top with vanilla frozen yogurt.
Calories 190, Total Fat 3 g, Fiber 7g
Results: Yum! The taste is sweet, fruity, nicely spiced from the ginger and a little tang from the cranberries. The topping is crumbly and chewy and the coconut (which I did add but is optional), adds another dimension of sweet chewiness. A really good crisp and you don't pick up the additions of the whole wheat and agave or notice the lack of butter that is often in crisp toppings. I wasn't sure I would like the ginger but it really adds a nice warmth and spice to the crisp and you could easily swap the pears and mango out for other fruit. (You could probably also use honey if you can't find agave to sweeten). With less calories, more health benefits (agave doesn't spike your blood sugar the way regular sugar does for one thing) but great taste, this one is a keeper. (Bonus--it makes your house smell incredible too!)
Hope you are enjoying your weekend!