By Katie Jeffrey, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
I enjoy traditional pie crust but love the taste and texture of crisp toppings for fruit pies. This crisp topping is healthier than most because it uses a small amount of butter and heart healthy oil. The taste is wonderful and has a buttery taste without lots of butter.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Makes: One 9 x 9-inch glass baking dish, or one 9-inch pie plate.
Storage: Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 week
1½ Tbsp. melted butter
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1 Tbsp. water
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour or whole wheat graham flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in microwave until soft. Add oil and water to butter and mix well. Add brown sugar and salt and mix well.
2. In a medium bowl, combine cinnamon, flour and oats. Add dry mixture to butter and oil mixture. Using a fork or pastry cutter, work them together until it resembles coarse mixture.
3. Prepare fruit pie filling and pour into pie dish or glass baking dish.
4. Sprinkle oatmeal mixture evenly on fruit pie mixture and follow baking directions for pie.
1. Press half of the crisp topping mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
2. Fill with pie mixture.
3. Evenly sprinkle remaining crisp mixture on top of filling and bake according to pie directions.