When Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Executive Chef Laura LaCroix introduced her Apple Berry Sweet Potato Crisp recipe during a cooking demo this fall, the audience was interested. What would it be like to combine sweet potatoes, berries, and apples in a dessert? When the tasting portions of this unusual recipe circulated through the crowd, the group was converted. Of the six recipes showcased that night, it was the run-away favorite.
For Allison, the benefits extend far beyond the hospital campus.
Here's the recipe:
Apples, Berries & Sweet Potato Crisp
3 cups Apples, sliced
2 cups Frozen Mixed Berries
1 cup Sweet Potato, diced and boiled or roasted until just tender
1 - 2 tsp Combination of your favorite pie spices
1 cup Flour
1 cup Sugar
4 oz. Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9 x 11 pan with olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Mix fruit and sweet potato together with your favorite pie spices: Cinnamon, ginger, or others.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
- Fork together the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and sprinkle over the fruit and potato mix.
- Drizzle with 4 ounces olive oil.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
Apart from how delicious and easy the recipe is, audience member loved that it allowed them to "sneak in" vegetables that their family members wouldn't usually try.
They also loved the versatility. Chef Laura encouraged experimentation. For the night of the cooking demo, she had swapped out the egg for an equal amount of pumpkin puree. This made the recipe vegan. Use whole white wheat flour for more whole grains or a mixture of oats and oat flour for a gluten-free version. If you like tang, you can switch the berries for cranberries and some of the spices for lemon or orange zest. There are endless combinations.
The audience was most surprised by how well the olive oil worked to crisp the top, just like butter would in an old-fashioned crisp recipe. It's a lot healthier and just as tasty.
Whether you want to put a little something healthier on your holiday table or you need a boost sticking to your New Year's resolutions, this recipe has you covered.