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Tart Cherry-Apple Crunch

There is no better start to a dessert than with plump, tart cherries and apples. And the walnuts in here add not only a crunchy texture, they also contribute healthful omega-3 fatty acids.

Food as Medicine
The insoluble fiber in apples attaches to LDL cholesterol in the digestive tract and removes it from the body; adding one large apple to the daily diet has been shown to reduce serum cholesterol by up to 11 percent.


1 pound frozen pitted tart cherries
1 green apple, cored and diced
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1/2 cup unsweetened cherry or apple juice
Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons whole-wheat pastry flour
3 tablespoons grape seed oil
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)


1. Preheat oven to  400°F.
2. In a bowl, toss together the cherries, apple, brown sugar, and almond extract.
3. In a cup, mix the cornstarch and juice and add to the fruit mixture, stirring well.
4. Pour the mixture into an 8-inch-square baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
5. Mix together the remaining ingredients. Crumble the mixture on top of the fruit.
6. Bake for 30 minutes. Raise heat to broil and brown topping lightly for 1-2 minutes. Remove from oven. Serve warm or cold.

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Serves 6

Nutrients Per Serving
Calories: 223.5
Protein: 1.9 grams
Fat: 8.7 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.1 grams
Monounsat Fat: 5.4 grams
Polyunsat Fat: 1.7 grams
Carbohydrate: 36.8 grams
Fiber: 2.3 grams
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Vitamin A: 588.8 IU
Vitamin E: 1.2 mg/IU
Vitamin C: 3.2 mg
Calcium: 31.9 mg
Magnesium: 24.2 mg


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