Tart Cranberry and Fuji Apple Oat Crisp

It’s still cranberry season, so here’s another healthy real food cranberry recipe. I’ve often wondered what the difference is between a crisp, a crumble and cobbler, so I decided to finally find out instead of continuing to wonder. They are all fresh fruit desserts baked until the fruit is tender and topped with some type of pastry. The topping determines what the dessert is called.

Tart Cranberry and Fuji Apple Oat Crumble

I learned a cobbler has a biscuit topping dropped over the fruit, looking something like cobble stones, so it’s called a cobbler. Crumbles and crisps both have a streusel-like topping, but have one main difference. The crisp topping contains oats and the crumble does not. The oats crisp as they bake, so the name “Crisp” would apply to my recipe.

Tart Cranberry and Fuji Apple Oat Crumble

THE FRESH SPICY INGREDIENTS!

The fresh fruit part of this recipe includes fresh organic cranberries and organic Fuji apples along with pure maple syrup for some sweetness, the juice of a lime for brightness, a little water and pumpkin pie spice for that holiday fragrance. Cinnamon can be used if pumpkin pie spice is not available and a little cornstarch is used to keep the fruit juices from running too thin.

Tart Cranberry and Fuji Apple Oat Crumble

The topping for the crisp includes organic old-fashioned oats, white whole wheat flour, organic coconut sugar, good quality cold butter and a little sea salt. I like white whole wheat flour because it’s not as dense as regular whole wheat flour and is still a whole grain. I also like to use more natural sweeteners and the flavor of coconut sugar goes well with this recipe.

Tart Cranberry and Fuji Apple Oat Crumble

Begin by rinsing and draining the cranberries, then slice the unpeeled apples, cutting the slices in half, and add them to a medium sized bowl. Add the pumpkin pie spice and a little cornstarch to the bowl and toss together. Squeeze all the juice from a lime and add it to the bowl, add the pure maple syrup and the water and stir thoroughly. Pour the contents of the bowl into a 9″ baking dish.

Tart Cranberry and Fuji Apple Oat Crumble

Now, assemble the topping by adding some old-fashioned oats to a smaller bowl, along with the organic coconut sugar and sea salt. Remove a stick of butter from the fridge and cut it into cubes, it needs to be cold. Add the cubes to the bowl and, with your hands, work them through the oat mixture until the flour is completely combined with the butter.

Tart Cranberry and Fuji Apple Crumble

Finally, cover the cranberry and apple mixture evenly with the oatmeal topping and place the baking dish on a sheet pan. Put the sheet pan in a pre-heated oven and bake at 375° for 50-60 minutes. Watch the crisp while it’s baking, making sure the oats don’t burn.

Tart Cranberry and Fuji Apple Oat Crumble

After about 50 minutes, insert a knife into the apples to check their doneness. Bake a little longer if necessary. Once the apples are tender, the crisp it done. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 20 minutes, then serve topped with whipped cream or a little all natural ice cream or plain nonfat yogurt with local honey or simply plain. Enjoy!

Tart Cranberry and Fuji Apple Oat Crumble

Cranberries are a rich source of bioactive plant compounds and are high in antioxidants. They are also a rich source of several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, vitamin E and K1, as well as manganese and copper. You can find some Fuji Apple nutritious information at Fuji Apples the Nutrient Rich Fiber Powerhouse on my website.

Tart Cranberry and Fuji Apple Oat Crisp

  • Servings: 10
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This real food organic cranberry and apple crisp is an old-fashioned comforting dessert with all natural organic coconut sugar to keep it on the healthier side. The tartness from the cranberries that pop in your mouth and the crispy wholesome oats make an easy satisfying less-guilty dessert or snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Organic Fresh Cranberries
  • 2 Medium Fuji Apples (Or Any Firm Apple)
  • 2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice (Cinnamon Can Be Substituted)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 Lime (Juice of Whole Lime)
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Water
  • 3/4 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour (Or All-Purpose Flour)
  • 1 Cup Organic Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Organic Coconut Sugar (Or Brown Sugar)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Stick of Butter (Good Quality and Cold)


Preparation

  1. ASSEMBLE THE FILLING – Rinse and drain the cranberries and add them to a medium sized bowl.
  2. Slice the unpeeled apples, cutting the slices in half, and add them to the bowl.
  3. Add the pumpkin pie spice and cornstarch to the bowl and toss together.
  4. Squeeze all the juice from the lime and add it to the bowl.
  5. Add the pure maple syrup and the water to the bowl and stir thoroughly.
  6. Pour the contents of the bowl into a 9″ baking dish.
  7. ASSEMBLE THE TOPPING – Begin by adding the old-fashioned oats to a smaller bowl.
  8. Add the organic coconut sugar and sea salt to the bowl.
  9. Remove a stick of butter from the fridge and cut it into cubes, it needs to be cold.
  10. Add the butter cubes to the bowl and with your hands, work them through the oat mixture until the flour is completely combined with the butter.
  11. BAKE – Cover the cranberry and apple mixture evenly with the oatmeal topping and place the baking dish on a sheet pan.
  12. Put the sheet pan in a pre-heated oven and bake at 375° for 50-60 minutes.
  13. Watch the crisp while it’s baking, making sure the oats don’t burn.
  14. After about 50 minutes, insert a knife into the apples to check their doneness.
  15. Bake a little longer if necessary. Once the apples are tender, the crisp it done.
  16. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 20 minutes.
  17. SERVE topped with whipped cream or a little all natural ice cream or plain nonfat yogurt with local honey or simply plain. Enjoy!


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