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I'm not a professional chef and I've had no formal culinary training. What I know and do in the kitchen comes from three women...Nana, Grandma Della, and Rose, my mom. Each one of them knew more about putting a meal on the table than any fancy chef in a white hat. They were the ultimate Balaboostas.

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Cranberry Crunch - Simple & Easy

If you're like me we are always looking for new ways to delight our Thanksgiving guests.
This recipe is an easy crowd pleaser. If you're looking to cut the calories simply substitute Splenda for the white sugar, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend for the brown sugar, and you can even substitute whole wheat flour for the white.
Any way you mix it, you're going to love the results.

Be creative... add some chopped apples or snipped apricots with the cranberry sauce. Or add chopped pecans to the crumble mixture.

Ingredients...

  • 1 and 1/2 cups uncooked rolled oats (not the quick type)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup COLD butter or margarine (choose a healthy version)
  • 16 ounce can Whole Berry (preferably) or Jelled Cranberry Sauce
Here's how you do it...
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Blend together the oats, flour and brown sugar.
  3. Add in butter until crumbly. (If you do not have a pastry cutter use a fork to do this)
  4. Spread half of the mixture in a greased 8" square baking dish.
  5. Evenly spread the cranberry sauce as the next layer.
  6. Add the remaining half of the crumble mix as the top layer.
  7. Bake 45 minutes.

This is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla (or your favorite) ice cream.
Good for 8-9 servings.

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