This post was not planned. In fact, it was only halfway through eating this crisp that I realized how perfectly sweet, crunchy, and healthy each spoonful was and knew I needed to share it. Unfortunately that means I don’t have a picture of the whole crisp to show off the oatmeal topping and bubbling berries. BUT, thankfully, I still had a tiny bit left in the pan to use for a quick, messy picture.
By now you’ve probably noticed I always try to have protein in my meals and snacks. While some people can go all day without eating, I need to be munching on something at least every 3 hours otherwise I get hangry. This goes for after dinner too. While cheese sticks and Greek yogurt are my go-to nighttime snacks, sometimes you need something that feels more like a dessert and the other night was one of those nights. Looking through the pantry we had plenty of chocolate ingredients, but I was craving something warm and tart. Opening up the freezer, I found a big bag of frozen berries and immediately knew what to do with them: top them with an oatmeal crumble sweetened with maple syrup.
So where does the protein come in? Rather than serving with ice cream, I placed a scoop of Greek yogurt in a bowl and popped it in the freezer while the crisp baked. While it by no means was the equivalent of ice cream (let’s not kid ourselves), it still provided that contrasting temperature that I crave with crisps and cobblers.
So if you’re craving something sweet tonight, treat yourself (and a friend) to this healthier mixed berry oatmeal crisp for two!
Here’s a toast to recipes that can be both healthy and dessert!
- For the Filling
- 2 cups frozen berries
- Juice of ½ large orange
- 0.5 T chia seeds
- ¼ cup oats
- 1 T maple syrup
- 1 T melted butter
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 T almond milk
- 2/3 cup Plain Greek yogurt
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Place berries in a small casserole dish or individual ramekins.
- Add orange juice, chia seeds, and sprinkle of cinnamon. Stir well.
- In a small bowl, combine oats (I used regular rolled oats), maple syrup, butter, vanilla, and almond milk.
- Sprinkle oat topping evenly over berries and bake for 20 minutes.
- While crisp bakes, place 1/3 cup of yogurt in each bowl. Place bowls in freezer until ready to serve.
- When crisp is done, remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Pour over yogurt and enjoy!
- Nutrition for 1/2 recipe (includes Greek yogurt): 220 calories, 6 g fat, 32 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 18 g sugar, 10 g protein