Updated: Dec 6, 2021
This easy recipe provides phytonutrient power and color to a holiday meal or any meal you'd like to top off with a healthier dessert!
Some meals simply require offering a dessert - holidays, special occasions, or dinner parties. Instead of offering some sort of cake, pastry, or cookies, why not offer a healthy alternative to a traditional dessert!
Can this Cranberry Crisp actually provide healthful nutrients? Yes, and it is delicious too!
Here are some health benefits of the ingredients!
are a good source of vitamin C, which benefits the immune system and skin health
provide proanthocyanidins (type of polyphenol), which are bioactive compounds that have anti-inflammatory benefits, promote heart health, and protect urinary tract health
provide anthocyanins, which give cranberries their red color and act as powerful antioxidants to reduce free radical damage in the body
provide polyphenols and other active plant compounds that benefit the gut microbiota
good source of vitamin C, which benefits the immune system and skin health
good source of prebiotic rich soluble fiber to benefit the gut microbiome
provide beta-glucans to promote healthy cholesterol levels
rich source of fiber, unsaturated fats and polyphenols, all of which have been shown to benefit the gut microbiome
rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamin E and magnesium, benefiting cellular health
Recipe for Cranberry Crisp
Cranberry filling ingredients:
24 ounces (approx. 6 cups) fresh cranberries
2/3 cup packed brown sugar*
1/2 cup orange juice (100% natural, no sugar added; or freshly squeezed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of one orange
Crispy oatmeal topping ingredients:
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts work best)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar*
1/3 cup melted butter or coconut oil
1/4 cup flour (or gluten-free flour or almond meal)
pinch of ground cinnamon (adjust to taste)
pinch of salt
* Feel free to use your favorite natural alternative sweetener for the brown sugar.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9x9-inch baking dish (or 8 small ramekins) with cooking spray. Set aside.
Prepare cranberry filling:
Stir cranberries, brown sugar, orange juice, vanilla extract and orange zest together in a large bowl until evenly combined. Set aside.
Prepare crispy oatmeal topping:
Stir oats, nuts, brown sugar, melted butter, flour (or almond meal), salt and cinnamon together in a separate large bowl until evenly combined. Set aside.
Spoon the cranberry filling evenly into the baking dish or into the 8 ramekins (approx. 3/4 cup per ramekin).
Sprinkle the crispy oatmeal topping evenly over the cranberry filling.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cranberries are bubbling and the topping is lightly golden.
Rest on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream (or non-dairy alternative)
Adapted from www.gimmesomeoven.com