Sunday, June 24, 2012 / 17 Comments / , , , ,

No Sugar Added Plum Berry Crisp

It's no secret I love my sweets. But I also like having the energy to play with my kids and run a few miles pushing the jogging stroller - and sugar just makes me feel icky. The kids are happier off sugar too - though they would definitely argue that point. This crisp is healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast, but delicious enough to serve as a decadent dessert with a scoop of ice cream.

 Every summer when the plums, peaches, and apricots appear dangling from trees and piled high at the farmers' market I get really excited. Stone fruits may be my favorite summer produce. What is your favorite way to use them?
 Although a ripe plum is practically dessert in itself, I like to make a special plum crisp with them at least once during the summer. A scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it over-the-top delicious and without any sugar in the crisp I think there's room for a little indulgence.
Ever since I started writing this post I've been singing the rhymes from the children's book, JAMBERRY. "One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry..." It's a favorite in our house. Do you have this book too?

No Sugar Added Plum Berry Crisp 
Serves 6 

6 cups pitted sliced plums (skin on) 
1 cup fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a combination
2 teaspoons dry stevia* (I used Tuvia which is available at most supermarkets.) 
1 1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup flour (okay to omit for gluten-free)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup melted coconut oil 
vanilla ice cream (optional but highly recommended) 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl stir together plum pieces, berries, and 1 teaspoon stevia. Pour into prepared baking dish.

In another medium bowl stir together oats, flour, almonds, remaining teaspoon of stevia and coconut oil.

Sprinkle oat mixture over the fruit. Bake for 1 hour or until fruit is bubbling and topping is golden brown.

Let cool 5 minutes and top with vanilla ice cream. 

* Stevia is a natural zero-calorie sweetener that will not raise blood your blood sugar. It is very sweet so be careful not to add too much.
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