Berry Crisp

Less really is More

There’s always something to do. I was sitting in my kitchen this morning looking at the dishes that need to be put away, thinking about the laundry (that also needs to be put away), and realizing once again that in life, there’s always that stuff. Regular old daily responsibilities of living…the “doing” that never ends! Since our vacation, I’ve been thinking about how our life needs more fun and relaxation in it daily — how I really need to let some of the chores go sometimes to make time in each day for some spontaneity…the good stuff!

So on that note, I decided to make dessert. We went blueberry picking when we were staying by Lake Michigan and brought home some berries that we haven’t finished yet. Perfect for making something sweet that actually is pretty light and healthy, too — considering that I’m still trying to take off a few pounds since indulging in just about every good thing while we were away!

Berry Crisp

This recipe makes about six traditional-sized servings…but in my family, it makes four! 🙂

1 quart (4 cups) blueberries or raspberries
1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup trans-fat free butter spread
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
¾ cup oats (old-fashioned type)

Raspberries are also delicious in this recipe.

Combining the oat mixture works best by using your hands — just dampen fingers with a little bit of cool water beforehand so that it doesn’t stick to you.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash berries and place in bottom of canola-oil sprayed baking dish. (9″ square or 7½ x 11 rectangular pan) Sprinkle sugar over berries evenly. In a separate bowl, combine butter spread, flour, brown sugar and oats. Sprinkle over top of sugared berries. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool a little, and serve with vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream.

This is about the healthiest recipe I’ve seen for this type of dessert — not much fat, lots of fiber — and still delicious, especially with a scoop of low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream! I’m enjoying it while I watch the dust collect on the windowsills, thinking that it’s okay, because that really means I’ve been doing less and enjoying more.

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