The old saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Since the main ingredient in this crisp recipe is apple, this is a healthier dessert than the typical cake, pie, or cookie. The truth is that the health advantages of apples are great. They prevent different kinds of cancer, lower cholesterol, help you maintain a healthy metabolism, and assist in diabetes management.
Likewise, cranberries offer a number of their own health benefits. As a superfood, cranberries are packed with Vitamin C and fiber. They help to inhibit the growth of oral, colon, breast, and prostate cancer cells, and the berries contain protective, disease-fighting compounds that act as antioxidants in the body.
With the health benefits of the apples and cranberries, the crisp is a sure winner. Although a fall favorite, this crisp can fill sweet treat cravings all year long. With a rich golden oat taste and the natural sweetness of baked fruit, this dessert will be a favorite among all your guests.
The tang of the cranberries and sweetness of apples complement each other perfectly. Throw in a brown sugar topping, and the pan will be empty in minutes. If you’d like, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top, and the dessert transforms into a creamy sweet treat.
Apple Cranberry Crisp Recipe
For the filling:
- 3 cups Granny Smith apples- peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- ¾ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
For the topping:
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup rolled instant oats
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of unsalted butter, melted
To prepare the filling:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 9 x 9″ baking dish.
- Peel, core, and slice the apples. Cut them into quarter inch slices.
- Wash the cranberries, removing all stems and unfavorable berries.
- In a large bowl, combine apples and cranberries with the sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- Add the melted butter, and toss the ingredients until the fruit is evenly coated.
- Pour the fruit mixture into the baking dish.
To prepare the topping:
- In another bowl, combine the sugars, flour, and rolled oats.
- Add the melted butter.
- Mix well until blended and all dry ingredients are moistened.
- Crumble the topping evenly over the fruit.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until golden.
- Serve, and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Use Real Butter.