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Recipe: Winter Crisp

cran crisp

We have a feeling this recipe will hit the spot for most our readers. On a week with projected snow, a warm treat is just the thing to keep our spirits up. We like this dessert because it’s low in fat and contains ingredients that sweeten the treat without hiking your blood sugar.

If it does snow in your area, pop this in the oven while you go out and get active in the winter weather. Then, come in to a warm (and delicious smelling) house, and don’t feel the least bit guilty about having a serving of this scrumptious Winter Crisp!

Winter Crisp


For filling:

½ C sugar
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp grated lemon peel
¾ tsp lemon juice
5 C apples, unpeeled, sliced
1 C cranberries

For topping:

⅔ C rolled oats
⅓ C brown sugar, packed
¼ C whole-wheat flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp soft margarine, melted


1. Preheat oven to 375 °F.

2. To prepare the filling: In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, flour, and lemon peel. Mix well. Add the lemon juice, apples, and cranberries; stir to mix. Spoon into a 6-cup baking dish.

3. To prepare the topping: In a small bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, whole-wheat flour, and cinnamon. Add the melted margarine; stir to mix.

4. Sprinkle the topping over the filling. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the top is brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Makes 6 Servings

Nutrition Facts:

Calories-284;  Total Fat-6 g;  Saturated Fat-1 g;  Cholesterol-0 mg;  Sodium- 56 mg

Thanks to the National Institutes for Health for this delicious treat.