Healthy Recipe Essentials: Fruit Crisp

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, June 10, 2011
Skillet Granola Apple Crisp
Learn the basic fruit crisp method, then use the recipe year-round!

If you’re a fruit crisp virgin, try baking this dessert classic using fresh seasonal fruit. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get started and some fun combinations to try.

Pick Your Fruit
The first step is to choose your favorite fruit. Spring and summer fruits that make a mean crisp include peaches, plums, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and cherries. You can also use frozen fruit, but make sure you’re not using the sweetened varieties. You’ll get a chance to sweeten your fruit soon enough.

Prepare Filling
Add sugar (brown or granulated) and your favorite flavors like ginger, citrus or berry liqueur, lemon juice or zest. If it’s a sweeter fruit or a very ripe fruit, use less sugar. You’ll also need to add a starch like cornstarch or all-purpose flour to help it thicken up. If your fruit is very juicy, use a little more of the thickener.

Toss fruit with thickener and sweetener to combine and transfer to a baking dish. If you’re using frozen fruit, let the mixture stand 30 minutes before transferring to baking dish to allow the fruit to thaw. Stir occasionally.

Make Your Topping
Crisp toppings are a combination of sugar, oats, sliced nuts, crushed cereal, graham crackers or cookies and butter.  Combine topping in a separate bowl and pour over fruit filling. Then bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until bubbly.

Most recipes call for mounds of butter, which can quickly rack up the calories in the crisp to more than 400 per serving. Tons of nuts and sugar can also contribute more calories than necessary. Halving the topping recipe or just using 1/4 less than the recipe calls for won’t change much in terms of flavor, but will help lighten up the calories and fat. Or, top your crisp with one of these lighter topping options:

Classic Topping
2 tablespoons flour + 3 tablespoons butter + 3 tablespoons brown sugar + 1/2 cup uncooked oats + 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg + pinch of salt

Oat and Nut Topping
2 tablespoons flour + 2 tablespoons butter + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar +1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats + 1/3 cup slivered almonds + 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Super-Crunch Topping
1/3 cup flour + 1/3 cup butter + 1/3 cup brown sugar + ½ cup old fashioned oats + 3 crushed Graham crackers + ¼ cup walnut pieces + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

If you’re pressed for time, the topping can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Lighter Fruit Crisp Recipes to Try:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

You Might Also Like:

How do you make fruit crisp? What’s your favorite topping recipe? Tell us in the comments below.

More posts from .

Similar Posts

Countdown to New Year’s: No-Resolutions Resolution Week 2

If you’re just joining us, it’s not too late to get on board with our No-Resolutions Resolution plan for 2015. We’re grabbing hold of th...

Comments (1,540)

  1. scooriart says:

    Thanks for the tips about credit repair on this particular blog. What I would offer as advice to people should be to give up the mentality that they’ll buy at this point and fork out later. Like a society we all tend to make this happen for many factors. This includes trips, furniture, plus items we want. However, you have to separate your own wants from the needs. When you’re working to improve your credit score actually you need some sacrifices. For example you can shop online to save money or you can click on second hand shops instead of expensive department stores with regard to clothing. More info here

  2. ipod delhi says:

    I think other web-site proprietors should take this website as an model, very clean and wonderful user genial style and design, as well as the content. You’re an expert in this topic!

  3. Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated data, nevertheless actually worth taking a appear, whoa did one particular master about Mid East has got far more problerms too [...]…

  4. Thanks for every other informative blog. Where else could I get that type of information written in such a perfect approach? I have a undertaking that I’m simply now working on, and I’ve been on the glance out for such information.|

  5. Title…

    [...]usually posts some incredibly fascinating stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]…

  6. Title…

    [...]that may be the end of this report. Right here you will locate some web sites that we assume you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]…

  7. Title…

    [...]we prefer to honor quite a few other internet internet sites on the net, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages worth checking out[...]…

  8. Healthy Recipe Essentials: Fruit Crisp | Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog gwuswtkwg sac longchamp

  9. [...] Healthy Recipe Essentials: Fruit Crisp | Healthy Eats … – Jun 10, 2011  · Learn the basic fruit crisp method, then use the recipe year-round! If you’re a fruit crisp virgin, try baking this dessert classic using fresh seasonal … [...]

  10. […] Healthy Recipe Essentials: Fruit Crisp | Healthy Eats … – Jun 10, 2011  · Learn the basic fruit crisp method, then use the recipe year-round! If you’re a fruit crisp virgin, try baking this dessert classic using fresh seasonal … […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>