This delicious dessert does have a little sugar, but it’s far less than you’ll find in most packaged desserts or dessert recipes. It also has far more fiber, making it good for you—it’s a great indulgence for the occasional sweet tooth.
Nonstick cooking spray
6 medium Anjou pears
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup uncooked rolled oats oatmeal
3 tbsp. toasted wheat germ
3 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
2 tbsp. melted butter
Prepare a 12-x-8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pre-heat the oven to 350.
Peel and core the pears, then cut them into thin slices.
Mix the pears, applesauce and salt. Toss to coat pears thoroughly. Pour them into the baking dish and spread them out evenly.
In a clean bowl, mix oats, wheat germ, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss the dry ingredients to blend. Pour in the butter and mix with your fingers to thoroughly incorporate and coat the butter to make the crumble.
Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the pears. Put the baking dish in the oven for about 30 minutes. When the topping is golden-brown and the pears are soft and bubbling, it’s done.
Allow to cool slightly before serving. Dollop with some fat-free whipped topping, if desired.
Photo: Betty Crocker