This warm sunny weather makes me crave sweet, refreshing fruit. I've been stocking up on fresh fruit at least 3 times a week. I cannot believe how much fruit my husband and I go through! I'm not complaining. I know once winter comes I'll be sick of apples and bananas. This is my go-to recipe for a nice, warm fruit crisp. It's super easy to throw together and I usually have all the ingredients already in my pantry. You can also play around with the fruit combination. For the fall, I enjoy a nice variety of apples (granny smith, fuji, pink ladies, gala etc.). But for the summer I like to throw together a berry mix with some fresh peaches or nectarines. And my husband, Jon enjoys this with a cold scoop of vanilla ice cream. Too bad I'm lactose intolerant or else I would join him :P. It's the perfect after dinner treat! It's also gluten free! Which comes in handy when we're entertaining large groups of people.
I'm really enjoying being outside this summer. Our gym closed its doors unfortunately, but since then we have moved to a park close by that allow us to enjoy the beautiful weather! Although our workouts are at the mercy of the weather, it's been a nice change from being inside four walls. We hope to find a place soon, so when the weather changes we can still keep up our community and the workouts! In my previous post, I didn't seem as keen on the workouts, but since then, I've noticed such a huge improvement in my strength, body and sleeping patterns, that I'm a huge fan now! Thanks Monkey Bar Gym trainers for all that you do! I never thought I would be so in love with it, but I am! :)
A part of our gym training is to also eat healthier, which we definitely have since we've joined. Since I'm a baker, I've been trying to make desserts that we can enjoy without feeling guilty about it. And this is one of those! Yes, there is butter, but it's a small amount in comparison to other desserts. I hope you take advantage of the fresh fruits and make this! You won't regret it!
Summer Fresh Fruit Crisp
3 cups of washed, fresh, ripe fruit (variety of your choice) For this recipe, I used strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and nectarines.*
1 cup Gluten Free Organic Rolled Oats
1 cup Gluten Free Granola (I used a KIND brand granola)
1/2 cup Almond flour
1/2 cup Raw Cane Sugar (or if you prefer brown sugar)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 stick cold butter (cut into 10 pads)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Wash and cut fruit to your liking. (I halved my strawberries to make them easier to eat). To peel the nectarines, cut an X on the top and peel down. Cube the nectarine once peeled.
3. Mix together Rolled Oats, Almond flour, Cane Sugar, Cinnamon and nutmeg.
4. Add the pads of butter. Using a fork, cut the butter into the mixture until butter forms into balls covered in mixture. These are called Crisp crumbs.
5. Add Granola to mixture to the crisp crumbs.
6. Pour enough of the mix to add a thin layer on bottom of pie pan. (This is optional as well, I like the crisp on the bottom and top. Traditional crisps have only the top layer).
7. Arrange fruit in pan.
8. Top with the crisp mixture.
9. Bake for 35-40 minutes until top is golden brown, and fruit is bubbling.
10. Allow to cool before serving, fruit filling is very hot. Top with your favorite vanilla ice cream and devour!
*Because there is no additional sugar added to the fruit, make sure your fruit is ripe and sweet. This will effect how sweet your crisp tastes. Unless you enjoy tart crisps!