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Friday, June 29, 2012

"Sugar Free" Cherry Blueberry Cobbler Featuring CA Walnuts

I made Cobbler for the very first time. I did a lot of recipe reading to try and find something that suited my vision, however nothing was really working for me. I like my cobbler with a crumbly crust. I guess that's called a crumble, but it's all the same to me. Fruity filling and yummy topping. However, most of the recipes I found called for lots and lots and lots of sugar. And the healthy versions were too far from the golden-brown crumbly topping I was craving.

I decided I was going to experiment. It would either turn out really awesome, or be a complete fail. I was hoping for awesome because it's no fun having to throw away a failed recipe. Especially one with yummy berries in it.

And the verdict is...Yum!!

I made this after the kids were asleep, so I was the only one eating it. But, I am pregnant and cravings are specific, and this met my craving, so I call it a success! I will say that it's not super sweet, like the store-bought pie-filling-type cobblers. It's a little sweet and a little tangy, and a lot delicious. And you can always add more sweetener if you want. 

Cherry Blueberry Cobbler with Walnuts

Topping:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup brown rice crisps cereal 
1/4 teaspoon stevia extract powder
1/3 cup fat free plain greek yogurt

Filling:
3 cups pitted cherries
3 cups blueberries
1 Tablespoon Honey
1/4 cup water

Most cobbler recipes don't require you to cook the fruit first. But it's hot outside and I didn't want to have my oven on for an hour. And this is my recipe, so I'm in charge! 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Dump your filling ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil, then simmer on medium heat for 10-15 minutes while you make the topping. Throw your oats and brown rice crisps in the food processor and grind it up a bit. Put your mixture into a bowl, stir in the stevia, and then add the greek yogurt. Using your hands (the best way) or a fork, mix until nice and crumbly. Then smash your walnuts into tiny pieces and at that in as well. You can skip them, but you'll miss out on a great crunch and yummy flavor. Yes there are quite a few steps to this topping, but it comes together rather quickly and easily regardless. 

Next, pour your filling into an 8x8 baking dish and sprinkle your topping on top. Bake for 25 minutes. Try not to eat it immediately after you take it out. You might burn your mouth. That's just my guess...

It will look sort of like this. Can you see the little walnut pieces? They give it such a great flavor and crunch! 

The next step is to not eat the entire pan. Divided into 12 servings, it's roughly 145 calories per serving. Even if you eat a double-serving like I did, it's still under 300 calories. Not too bad for a traditionally unhealthy dish. 

If you want it sweeter, you could add another Tablespoon of honey, or even a small scoop (or packet) of stevia to the filling while you're cooking it. Or whatever kind of sweetener you like, that's entirely up to you and your taste.

If you decide to try it, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

3 comments:

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Definitely bookmarking this recipe to try myself! I'm not much of a cherry fan, but I would love to try this with natural cherries to see if there is a difference in taste.

If nothing else I'm sure other people would appreciate the fruits of my labor :)

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Shelby Barone said...

Yummy!! This looks amazing!!