Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Pear Crisp
An easy, healthy holiday dessert — this Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Pear Crisp is vegan, gluten-free and full of seasonal flavor!
It’s beginning to taste a lot like Crispmas.
Sorry for the corny pun. Obviously, I’ve been spending way too much time stuffing my face with crispy, crunchy, fruity desserts.
When something is this tasty though — and this healthy — how could you not go a little crisp-cray?
Fruit crisps have always been one of my favorite desserts. If you follow my Instagram, you’ve seen at least two of them in the past week.
Incorporating whole-grain oats, heart-healthy fat and nature’s perfect candy (fruit) all into one delicious dish, fruit crisps are a guilt-free dessert when made right.
I usually play it safe with a blueberry or apple version, but this time I decided to get funky and combine tart, seasonal cranberries with sweet, velvety pears. Topped off with a variety of spices, including ginger, this dish has a complex, tantalizing taste.
Don’t worry, it’s just as sweet as traditional crisp recipes, but with an exciting tang from the cranberries.
When I told my man my idea for this dish, he scowled like a schoolboy.
“Cranberries?” he whined. “It’s going to be too sour.”
Guess who was raiding the fridge for seconds a mere five minutes after his first bowl?
I rest my case.
- 2 C. Cranberries
- 3 Pears
- 1 C. Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 C. Oat Flour
- 6 T. Coconut Oil
- 4 T. Maple Syrup
- 1 T. Cinnamon
- 3 T. Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp. Ginger
- Pinch of Salt
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Peel and slice pears. Combine with cranberries, 2 T. maple syrup, and half of the spices. Pour into the bottom of a baking dish.
- Combine oats, flour, and remaining spices in a medium-sized bowl.
- Heat coconut oil and remaining 2 T. maple syrup in a saucepan over low heat until melted. Pour over oat mixture and stir until everything is well-coated.
- Crumble topping over the fruit.
- Bake uncovered for about 40-45 minutes, until top turns slightly golden brown.
- Serve over ice cream, banana froyo or just dig right in!
I served this batch over coconut ice cream.
It also goes great with Banana Faux-Yo, as seen on Instagram.
I used oat flour in this recipe while I created by simply grinding whole oats in a food processor. Alternatively, you can use whole wheat flour or brown rice flour.
If the incredible taste doesn’t incentivize you to make this for your holiday dessert, the health benefits should!
As I’ve mentioned before, cranberries are full of proanthocyanidins, powerful antioxidants that promote heart health.
Fingers crossed that they have the necessary ingredients in New Zealand so I can recreate this on Christmas Eve!
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