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This warm and comforting Cranberry, Apple & Pear Crisp is the perfect THM E dessert – with easy ingredients! Swap out the THM Super Sweet Blend for your favorite low-glycemic sweetener (to taste) and you should be able to source all the ingredients locally!
I’m in love with the taste and softness of the pears. You can experiment with substituting more apples or other fruits if you can’t find pears at certain times of year; but this combination of soft pears, tart ‘n’ crisp Granny Smith apples, and bright red cranberries was a real winner. I loved the pears so much that if anything, I would try using all pears!
The texture of this crisp is just amazing. It has the perfect “goo” on the bottom and a nice topping layer. The flavors of the crisp are relatively bold…bold enough to stand up to being served with a hefty scoop of vanilla ice cream and not lose their identity. 😛 Speaking of ice cream…
Some serving suggestions:
- Any THM-friendly, sugar-free vanilla ice cream, like my Basic Vanilla Scoopable Ice Cream, if you don’t mind a crossover
- A low-fat, sugar-free ice cream, like my Low Fat Soft Serve, if you want to stay in a THM E setting
- A dab of fat-free Reddi-wip
- Stevia-sweetened low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt, like Oikos Triple Zero or your own homemade version
- Unsweetened almond or cashew milk
- Sugar-free “maple” syrup
SOME RECIPE NOTES:
Cranberries can be hard (read: next to impossible) to find except in a very narrow window around Thanksgiving. I buy up big time then and freeze the cranberries to use the rest of the year! They keep amazingly well.
This recipe is fairly tart as written due to the Granny Smith apples and cranberries, so feel free to add more sweetener. I usually err on the lower side with sweetener because I prefer things less sweet rather than having an aftertaste, but everyone’s taste buds are different!
The only “flour” used in this recipe is oat flour! Good news to the budget-conscious: oat flour is just flour made by grinding up old-fashioned or quick oats in a blender or coffee/spice grinder.
Since this is a THM E recipe, I used less than a teaspoon of added fat (butter) per serving to stay within THM E guidelines. For a dairy-free version you could try using Nutiva butter-flavored coconut oil. If you don’t mind a crossover (which is a combination of carbs and fats), feel free to use more butter to create a richer topping layer (but it’s great as written).
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- 4 cups peeled, cored, and chopped Granny Smith apples
- 4 cups peeled, cored, and chopped D’Anjou pears
- 1 ½ cups cranberries
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons THM Super Sweet Blend (or more, to taste)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats (use gluten-free if necessary)
- ½ cup oat flour (use gluten-free if necessary)
- 2 teaspoons THM Super Sweet Blend
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons salted butter (melted)
- Layer the apples, pears, and cranberries in a greased 9” x 13” baking pan.
- Whisk the second section of ingredients together, adding the xanthan gum a little at a time while whisking so it doesn’t clump.
- Pour the sauce over the fruit in the pan and use a spatula to toss the fruit and sauce together and spread out the mixture evenly.
- Whisk the dry ingredients for the topping together, then add the melted butter and mix well to distribute the butter evenly. Spread the topping mixture evenly over the fruit in the pan.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350* for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes uncovered. Let the crisp cool for a few minutes before serving.
- Enjoy with some low-fat, sugar-free ice cream such as my Low Fat Soft Serve recipe, or top with a dab of fat-free Reddi-wip. Stevia-sweetened low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt, some unsweetened almond or cashew milk, or even sugar-free “maple” syrup would be good toppings as well.
-Feel free to substitute other varieties of apples and pears as long as they’re good for baking.
-I buy and freeze cranberries over Thanksgiving when they’re available in grocery stores.
-The recipe is fairly tart as written from the Granny Smith apples and cranberries, so feel free to add more sweetener. I err on the lower side with sweetener because I prefer things less sweet rather than having an aftertaste, but everyone’s taste buds are different!
-Molasses is approved on the THM plan in small amounts (up to ¼ teaspoon per serving) for flavor.
-Oat flour is just flour made by grinding up old-fashioned or quick oats in a blender or coffee/spice grinder.
-This is a THM E recipe, but I used less than a teaspoon of added fat (butter) per serving to stay within THM E guidelines. For a dairy-free version you could try using Nutiva butter-flavored coconut oil. If you don’t mind a crossover (combination of carbs and fats), feel free to use more butter to create a richer topping layer (but it’s great like this).
-Nutrition calculated for 12 large servings (nutrition and allergy info for crisp only, not including toppings such as ice cream, etc.).
-Gluten free (use GF ingredients)
-Dairy free (use a DF butter-flavored coconut oil like Nutiva butter-flavored coconut oil in place of the butter)