Pleasing the Crowd

digging in

I try to serve healthful, satisfying breakfasts around here. This can be a tall order, for sure, especially with one child with food allergies (dairy, eggs, and soy), and another who doesn't really like oatmeal or porridge. What? I know.

Sometimes I like to whip up a fruit crisp. I should remember this a little more often, because it's a crowd-pleaser.

pear crisp: october

Today, it was a pear crisp. So easy. I didn't even peel the pears first. It ended up being like stewed pears with streusel topping. Yum. I found some photos from late August, when I made a peach-apple crisp, with equally delicious results.

peach-apple crisp: august

So, without further ado, here's the recipe.

Grace's Crowd-Pleasing Breakfast Fruit Crisp

serves about 4

3-4 cups fruit, sliced and peeled, if necessary (whatever you have on hand: apples, pears, peaches, berries, or any combination)

4-6 Tbsp coconut oil (or butter), melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp blackstrap molasses
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2-3/4 tsp cinnamon or a spice blend (like this)

Heat oven to 350F. Put sliced fruit in a pie plate or other shallow baking dish. If you're using mostly apples, add a bit of water or fruit juice (1/4 cup or so). Combine the melted coconut oil, sugar, molasses, oats, flour, and cinnamon until it forms crumbs. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Let me know if you try it! Edited: This makes a crumb topping that is not very sweet. I hate really, really sweet crumb toppings. Add more sugar & molasses if desired.

pear crisp

Have a great weekend! I hope you all have something fun planned -- I do! I'm off tonight for an evening with friends.