Sunday, February 8, 2009

Heart-Healthy Apple Crisp

This is a basic, no-brainer, but it’s still worth writing about. Apple crisp! I love it—who doesn’t? It includes all my favorite ingredients: fresh fruit (I love me some tart Granny Smiths!), cinnamon and sugar. Plus, the whole wheat flour is good for your heart (yes, even when covered in sugar—yes it is!, trust me on this). I normally make this in the fall, when there’s an excess of Biglerville apples, but what’s wrong with a taste of fall in February? Nothing! In fact, it’s downright delicious!

Apple Crisp:

2 Granny Smith apples

3 Tbs. brown sugar

1 Tbs. white sugar

4 Tbs. whole-wheat flour

½ c. old-fashioned oats

2 Tbs. cinnamon (I really like cinnamon; if you don’t, it’s not a bad idea to curtail this otherwise unnecessary and maybe even unhealthy amount)

½ stick of butter

Peel and cut apples into chunks. Place in a greased 8x8 pan. Mix oats, flour and sugars in bowl. Cut butter into half-inch chunks. Place in mixture and combine. Spoon over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until apples are soft. Serve over vanilla ice-cream.

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