Remember those figs I bought about a month ago?
Well…I tried experimenting with a healthy fig newton, but that didn’t turn out very well. I tried eating them plain, and didn’t like them too much. Then I froze them for later.
A couple days ago I looked in my freezer and saw the frozen figs and the overflowing bucket of fresh plums in my fridge, and I decided to make a crisp. A fruit crisp full of fresh plums, figs, orange zest, and topped with crunchy granola.
Fresh Fig and Plum Crisp
~This crisp was adapted from my Pick-a-Fruit Crisp recipe. Dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, and, of course, sugar-free!
- 8 plums, chopped
- 6 figs, chopped
- zest and juice of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used a mix of walnuts and almonds)
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, or oil of choice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375*. Mix the figs, plums, orange juice, and orange zest together in a 2-qt baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine the oats, nuts, spice, oil, and salt until combined. Sprinkle this topping on the fruit. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the fruit is tender and bubbling. If the top is not yet golden brown, you may wish to broil it for a few seconds until it has nice golden coloring.
- Oats: Click HERE for a post about the benefits of oats.
- Cinnamon: Studies have shown that it can help lower LDL cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar levels, has anti-clotting effect on blood, and it can boost cognitive function and memory.
- Plum: Several studies have demonstrated that plums, which contain high amounts of polyphenols, can restore bone mass and structure. High potassium content of plums is beneficial for cardiovascular health. It has a low glycemic index and can be used as a natural laxative.
- Fig: Excellent source of poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants such ascarotenes, lutein, tannins, chlorgenic acid. Full of fiber, and vitamins A, E, and K. Research studies suggest that chlorogenic acid in these berries help lower blood sugar levels and control blood glucose levels in type-II diabetes. Contains potassium, copper, and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation as well for cellular oxidation.
- Orange Peel-Contains lots of antioxidants, and the scent can help people feel more awake.
I loved eating this warm with a dollop of coconut cream or a drizzle of unsweetened almond milk. Leftovers taste great cold and make a great breakfast the next day.
THOUGHT-PROVOKING, MIND-PRODDING QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What are your favorite fruit crisp ingredients? What about your favorite fall fruit?
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