How to Make Low Calorie Berry Crumble

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    How to Make Low Calorie Berry Crumble

    Gather Ingredients
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    Take a look at the ingredient list for this low calorie crumble, and you will see that you may actually be doing your heart a favor by diving into a warm, steamy bowl of this delicious crumble dessert! The blueberries and raspberries are loaded with vitamin C, and the blueberries offer phytochemicals which may have a very positive effect on your health. Top the crumble with a mixture of whole grain oats, which offer loads of fiber and has been shown to lower both total and LDL cholesterol. Add to that a little dose of chopped walnuts rich in phytochemicals and healthy fats and you have yourself a healthy dessert! Sure, a bit of sugar is added for a little extra sweetness, but watch your portion size and enjoy without too much guilt!

    To make the low calorie berry crumble, you will first want to gather together the necessary ingredients. You will need:

    3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed if the berries were frozen)

    3/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (thawed if the berries were frozen)

    1 Tbsp orange juice concentrate

    2 Tbsp granulated sugar

    1/2 cup rolled oats

    1/4 cup packed brown sugar

    2 Tbsp chopped raw walnuts

    1 Tbsp canola oil

    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    1/4 tsp salt

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    Prepare the Berry Filling

    Berries
    Berries. Simon Wheeler Ltd/Photolibrary

    First of all, make sure that you preheat the oven so that once your berry crumble is assembled, the oven will be hot and ready to bake it! Preheat the oven to 375°F.

    Now, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the berries. Keep in mind that if you are using frozen berries, you will want to thaw them before beginning. You can do this either by placing them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before beginning, or by rinsing them in cool water in a large collander. Either way, be sure that you eliminate any excess water by patting dry with paper towels.

    Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the berries, and drizzle the orange juice concentrate over the berries as well. Mix the sugar and concentrate into the berries until all the ingredients are evenly mixed.

    Spray an 8-inch shallow round baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, and pour the berries into the pan.

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    Prepare the Topping

    Crumble Topping
    Crumble Topping. Joseph De Leo/Stockfood Creative/GettyImages

    To prepare the topping, pour the oats into a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the packed brown sugar. Then, sprinkle the ground cinnamon and the salt into the oat mixture. Using a fork, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt and be sure they are evenly tossed together.

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    Bake the Berry Crumble

    Low Calorie Berry Crumble
    Low Calorie Berry Crumble. John Freemon/Dorling Kindersley

    Now sprinkle the oat mixture evenly over the berry mixture, making sure to cover the edges as well. Place the berry crumble in the oven, and bake for 25 minutes, until the berry mixture starts to bubble up along the sides of the dessert. Remove, and allow to cool for ten minutes.

    This dish is best served soon after it is baked while it is nice and warm. We enjoy serving it with a small scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream.

    Serves 4

     

    Per Serving Calories 183, Fat 7gm, Carbs 30 gm, Pro 3gm

    Note: You could use small sized individual ramekins if desired. They do make very nice individual desserts for entertaining. Simply divide the berry mixture and the topping mixture evenly among four ramekins when preparing to bake the berry crumble.

    Bake the berry crumble as instructed in the original recipe. However, because individual ramekins will be smaller, begin checking the crumble for doneness after about 15 minutes of baking time. The smaller berry crumbles should be completely cooked through by about 20 minutes.