On busy weeknights I often have to scrounge just to find something tasty for dinner...let alone the optional addition of dessert! Yet, if I skip the dessert altogether, my hubby and children will often be caught snacking before bedtime. Did I mention I have four very hungry males residing at our house??
Since beginning homeschooling (this past September) I've had a bit more time in the kitchen...so I've been working on a variety of different 'healthier' versions of our fav desserts. Recipes that are filling, and of course they have to be tasty!
& seeing as I am a Nutritionist it would seem fitting that they be somewhat nutritious :)
So here is another idea straight from our home; a slight twist on a traditional classic!
~Easy Fruit Crisp & Variations~
- Find a fruit, or two or 3, available in your home (some of our favs to use are: mango, raspberries, apple, pear, strawberry and/or peaches) and fill the bottom of a rectangular pan with them. About half way filled up from the bottom will suffice.
- On stove, heat about a cup of extra virgin coconut oil (or butter, organic preferred) until it is thoroughly melted.
- Pour oil into a bowl and mix with about 1 1/2 cup of oats (instant, or any ones that don't take too long to cook thoroughly). Add a bit more oats until the mixture is no longer wet but textured looking.
- Mix in cinnamon, allspice (optional), and about 2 tablespoon of sweetener (could be brown sugar, coconut sugar or even chopped up finely dates)
- Optional additions include: unsweetened fine coconut flakes, raisins, walnuts (my fav!) or pecan bits
- Mix all of mixture together and then top the fruit in your pan. Make sure it is covered as completely as possible.
- Cook at 375* for about 30 minutes, watch that the top is fully cooked.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing...if your family can hold off that long!