The best way to save money and enjoy a healthy dessert is to make it yourself. Buying ready made pies, crisps, crumbles, or cobblers may seem like an easy fix at the grocery store, but the ingredients in these desserts could include refined sugars, trans fats, and a host of other unhealthy, unpronounceable, and expensive stuff.
Since summer sweet strawberry dessert recipes are in season and can be made affordably, I’ve put together my favorite and healthy Strawberry Crisp with fresh organic rhubarb and apples. Even the topping is good for you since I used my Easy and Healthy Granola Bars Recipe instead of flours, fats, and sugars. Yay!
This year Carl and I had some fun while being frugal and went to a local organic farm for U-Pick strawberries.
At the U-Pick event there were lots of families getting together to have fun with berries.
We saved 50% just by going directly to the farm and spending a few hours picking a few flats.
If you don’t have the time, then do visit your local farmer’s market for exceptional produce.
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Apples
At first I couldn’t decide what I wanted to make. I have so many yummy fruits on hand this time of year. Both rhubarb and strawberries are plentiful at this time so I decided to mix them with some frozen apples I saved from last year’s harvest. Feel free to choose just two fruits for a strawberry rhubarb crisp or even just a single fruit for simple strawberry crisp. Crisps are a flexible and foolproof dessert, so mix it up and have some fun!
Also, I don’t usually add sugars, flours, or cornstarches to my desserts. I enjoy foods in their simplest state since I’m not exactly a “strawberry whip cream jello dessert” kind of gal. Smile. But if you like sweeter desserts then feel free to add some sugar and spice to your crisp. Life is short!
- 2.5 cups of rhubarb, chopped
- 1 apple, chopped
- 2 cups strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 cup sugar (optional), or sweeten to taste
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch or flour (optional)
- 2.5 cups of granola, using the Healthy Granola Bars Recipe
1. Make the Filling: Preheat oven to 375. In a bowl, mix together rhubarb, strawberries, and apple. Add sugar if you desire a sweeter dessert. Add cornstarch or flour if you like a thicker filling. Transfer the mixture to a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.
1. Make the Topping: Just follow the instructions from the Healthy Granola Bars Recipe. You’ll have extra if you make a full batch.
3. Put it Together: Sprinkle the granola topping evenly over the filling and bake for 30 minutes.
Reduce the oven temperature to 325 and continue baking for about 30 minutes longer, until the fruit filling is bubbling and the topping is nicely browned. Let the crisp rest for about 10 minutes before serving
This crisp didn’t last longer then a meal. But if you’ve got some extra then stick it in a reusable container and bring it for work or school lunches. This particular recipe is low in sugar and starches so it’s a great option for a mid-afternoon snack. Do you love crisps?