Berry Crisp

Fruit crisp is one of my husband’s favorite foods. He often requests it for his birthday or other special meals. I do not mind because it is a dessert that gives my family some fruit and some whole grains (oats). Plus, it is an easy dessert to make. The only problem is that it can be expensive. Below I have some tips for making a fruit crisp fit into your budget.

  1. Make your fruit crisp with in season fruit – it will taste the best and be the least expensive. In the spring and early summer, fresh berries and cherries are in season. Later in the summer, peaches will be in season. In the fall, apples will be in season. For a useful guide to seasonal produce visit this website.
  2. Make your fruit crisp with canned fruit – it is affordable all year around. Drain the juice from the canned fruit and prepare your fruit crisp according to the instructions for this recipe.
  3. Make your fruit crisp with frozen fruit. When the fresh fruit you want is out of season, the frozen version may be less expensive. You just need to compare the prices before choosing which to buy. Our Berry Crisp recipe provides instructions for using frozen fruit instead of fresh.
  4. Make your fruit crisp with leftover fruit – any fruit can combine into a crisp. If you have some extra fruit that needs to be used up, you can add it to your recipe. This could include a handful of berries, an apple with a bruise, or some uneaten canned fruit.

To make your own Berry Crisp, find the full recipe here https://spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipe/berry-crisp/.

Enjoy!

Justine Hoover

Justine Hoover is a Registered Dietitian and mom who loves to cook for her family.

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