When you want a healthy and delicious end to your meal, this Holiday Apple-Cranberry Crisp won’t let you down. 

Apples are a good source of fiber and help you maintain a healthy gut according to recent studies. Granny Smith apples are known to be especially high in fiber. This luscious fruit is also a good source of Vitamin C and antioxidants that help protect against a variety  of chronic diseases. 

While conventional dried cranberries may be loaded with sugar, the fresh, raw or organically dried varieties also have substantial health benefits.

And the other good news is, this dish is easy to prepare, always a good thing during a busy holiday season.

RECIPE: Apple-Cranberry Crisp

Ingredients
3 tart apples (Granny Smith are a good choice)
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. sweetener of choice (optional)
1 C fresh or dried cranberries (fresh are best)
1 ½ C oats (rolled oats or instant)
¾ C chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, or almonds)
½ C sweetener (maple syrup, honey or your sweetener of choice)
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Thinly slice the apples and spread in a 9” x 9” baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice, cinnamon, and cranberries.
  3. Combine oats, nuts, sweetener, vanilla, and salt in a bowl. Stir to mix, then spread evenly over apples.
  4. Bake until apples are tender when pierced with a knife, about 35 minutes. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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This recipe by Elizabeth Herman was previously published on artofliving.org.

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