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Healthier Cherry Crisp


Pies, cobblers, crisps....take your pick....they're all delicious.
Use fresh fruit when you have it but when you don't, frozen, jarred, or canned fruit works too.
You can't go wrong with this recipe. I keep a couple of jars of pitted sour cherries in my pantry all the time. I also keep a bag of the crumble topping in my freezer making a quick fruit crisp available at a moments notice.
The word "easy" seriously applies to this recipe.

Ingredients...

  • Two jars drained pitted sour cherries (5 cups)
  • 2 cups Splenda sugar substitute (you can use sugar if you prefer and if you're not concerned about calories or carbs)
  • 4 heaping tablespoons whole wheat flour

For Crumble Topping...
  • 1/4 cup margarine (use a healthier variety)
  • 1/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant)
Here's how you do it...

The fruit...
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a large bowl gently toss the cherries, Splenda Sugar Substitute, and whole wheat flour
  3. Pour into a 9x9" baking dish or deep pie plate.

The Topping...
  1. In a medium sized bowl cream together the margarine with 1/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend.
  2. Cut in the 1/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup rolled oats. (If you don't have a pastry cutter use a large fork) Continue until a well blended crumble has formed.
  3. Sprinkle over the fruit mixture.
  4. Bake 35-40 minutes in a preheated 400F oven.
Allow to cool some before serving.

Serving suggestions...

  • serve warm with fat free vanilla ice cream
  • serve warm without ice cream

Hint: If you're worried about gooey drippings, place a cookie sheet under the baking dish.

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