Life is too short…let’s start with dessert!!!

The delightful fragrance of apples and cinnamon baking in an oven take you back to grandma’s house so quickly, it can make you head spin. From Apple Pie and Apple Cobbler, to Fresh Apple Cake, these recipes not only entice and temp most of us beyond our control, but they spell “Love and…home” like none other. Unfortunately, most traditional apple and cinnamon-based recipes are so heavy on sugar, salt and fat that are packed with calories and served with a thick layer of guilt.

Inspired by a recipe found at www.PCRM.org this Crunchy Apple-Pear Crisp is sure to please the family without the guilt!

Crunchy Apple-Pear Crisp

Makes 10-12 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 Gala apples
  • 2 Green pears
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tsp cinnamon separated
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup organic maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Using the SaladMaster food processor, slice the apples and pears using cone #3. If you do not have the food processors, chop and core apples leaving the skin intact. Arrange apples and pears in the bottom of a 9”x13” pan (I use the SaladMaster 12” Gourmet Skillet.) Toss with lemon juice and 2 tsp of cinnamon; toss to evenly coat. Pour apple juice over the apples and pears.

In a separate bowl, combine old fashioned oats, whole wheat flour and nuts. In a liquid measuring cup, combine maple syrup and vanilla extract; mix well. Add to the oats mixture and combine well.  Sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the apples/pears.

If using the 9”x 13” pan, bake in a preheated oven for approximately 60 minutes or until the apples are soft and the crunchies (top layer) are…crunchy! If using the SaladMaster Gourmet Skillet, bake covered on the stovetop for 50 minutes (begin on medium, when it clicks, turn to low). Put under a broiler the last 10 minutes to “crisp-up and brown” the crunchies.

Enjoy!