If you are looking for a warm, comforting dessert, this delicious pear crisp is a great option. Pears are great sources of fiber, vitamin C, and even provide some potassium, which make them a great addition to your diet. You can always substitute or add additional fruits to this crisp as well. This recipe also offers whole grains and added fiber from the oats and omega-3 fatty acids from the walnuts.
This recipe is from The American Institute of Cancer Research
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 Tbsp. walnuts
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
2 1/2 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. canola oil
6 firm, yet ripe pears, peeled (if desired), cored and cubed
1/4 cup raisins
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
Pinch of cloves
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray 8- or 9- inch round cake pan.
In food processor, pulse oats and walnuts 15 seconds. Add flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Blend 15 more seconds. While running, drizzle oil and blend 30 seconds. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
In another bowl, toss pears with next 6 ingredients. Spoon pears into prepared cake pan. Cover with oat mixture, pressing down gently. Bake 45-50 minutes, until topping is brown and pears are bubbling. Serve hot, topped with nonfat frozen yogurt or lowfat ice cream, if desired.
Makes 9 servings.
Per serving: 164 calories, 4 g. total fat (<1 g. saturated fat), 34 g. carbohydrates, 2 g. protein, 4 g. dietary fiber, 3 mg. sodium.