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Recipe: Apple, Date, and Ginger Crisp
After braving the cold weather inevitable at this time of year, a huge slice of apple pie sounds great— until realizing a single piece can clock in at over 400 calories. The solution? Try this lightened-up apple crisp, which ditches the fat-laden crust, added sugar, and butter of a pie, relying instead on nothing more than couple of spices, some fruits, nuts, and heart-healthy oatmeal.
Apple, Date, and Ginger Crisp
Serves 8. Adapted from Whole Living.
What You’ll Need:
8 apples (we used Granny Smith)
4 tbs. fresh grated ginger (although you can use the powdered version— 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
8 pitted Medjool dates
4 tbs. chopped pecans (you can also use almonds, to get a fourth Greatist Superfood in there)
1 ½ cup instant oatmeal
2 cups applesauce
What to Do:
1. Preheat the stove to 350 degrees.
2. Slice the apples into ½ inch wedges. Roughly chop the dates and pecans into ¼-inch pieces.
3. Combine the apples and dates in a bowl with 1 ½ cups applesauce. Toss with the cinnamon and ginger until everything is evenly coated. Spread mixture into a baking pan (9x11 should work well).
4. Toss the pecans, oatmeal and the remaining applesauce together, and spread evenly on top of the apple mixture.
5. Cover and bake for approximately 20 minutes (or until the thickest pieces of apple are tender). Uncover the dish and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the pecan and oatmeal topping is light brown and crispy.
6. Serve with a dollop of sweetened Greek yogurt or low-fat whipped topping.