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Fruit crisps are a great way to feature seasonal produce in a dessert that is easy to make and low in added sugars. This is a non-traditional spin on the more traditional apple crisp.

I love making crisps because they take minimal effort, and I can bake them while we’re eating dinner. Bonus: They make the house smell amazing!

In the summer, I use fresh berries, but good quality fresh berries are not an option in New England in Winter!  So, pears and cranberries it was!

I used Anjou pears, but you could use any variety. I think Asian pears would be amazing in this. The cranberries were bought fresh and then I froze them, because, unless I’m making sauce, I generally only use a handful.

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For the topping, I started with melted butter. I like Kerrygold’s grass-fed butter, or Kate’s, which is a local (Maine) brand. I mixed in ginger, cinnamon, ground pecans (I gave them a buzz in my Nutribullet, which does an awesome job of grinding nuts), and some local NH maple syrup. I spread that on top.

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Then I popped it in the oven and baked it for about 45 minutes, until the fruit was softened and the top was nice and golden.

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My whole house smelled like Christmas, prompting the man to ask what deliciousness I was cooking.

Of course, fruit crisp is best served with ice cream. I used Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-free Cherry Garcia. You could also top with some fresh whipped cream or yogurt for a lower-sugar treat.

With a full serving of fruit, 7 grams of fiber, less than 25 grams of net carbs, and plenty of healthy monunsaturated fat, this makes for a much healthier holiday dessert option.


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Cranberry Pear Ginger Crisp

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 333kcal


  • 4 Anjou pears
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1.5 cups pecans, ground
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Slice the pears and place in a glass baking pan. Combine with the cranberries.
  • In a bowl, combine the melted butter, cinnamon, ginger, pecans, and maple syrup.
  • Spread the nut mixture on top of the fruit.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, until fruit is soft and topping is golden brown.


Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

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