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This Healthy Peach Crisp Recipe is a quick and easy recipe that is ready in less than an hour. The peaches come out juicy and tender with a crunchy oat crumb topping. Serve over a scoop of Low Fat Greek yogurt or your favorite vanilla ice cream.
I grew up at my grandparent's house and they had apple trees, peach trees, and an apricot tree. So come June, we always had lots of sweet juicy peaches.
My grandmother would make peach cobbler, peach ice cream, and peach crisp.
These recipes were full of sweet peach flavor and spices. Anytime I have one of these it takes me right back to picking peaches out of their trees and the smell of peaches.
I decided I wanted to make a Healthy Peach Crisp Recipe so that I could again enjoy those flavors. With a few adjustments, I came up with this recipe that uses whole-grain pastry flour and lower sugar.
In addition, rather than serving over ice cream, for a healthier alternative, consider a scoop of Greek yogurt.
Ingredients for Healthy Peach Crisp Recipe
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 1-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
Step 2. Peel the peaches and slice them thinly into a glass bowl. Drizzle lemon juice over the peaches and lightly toss to coat.
Step 3. Mix sugar and one tablespoon of whole wheat pastry flour and sprinkle over peaches. Toss to coat. Set aside.
Step 4. Next, prepare the crisp topping. Mix the flour, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl until well combined. Drizzle in olive oil. Mix with a pastry cutter or a fork, until a crumb starts to form. To test, take a tablespoon and compress the crumb mixture in your hand. The mixture should hold together in large crumbs.
Step 5. The peaches may have released some of their juice. Using a slotted spoon to help drain the juice, add peaches to the baking dish.
Step 6. Sprinkle with crumb topping. Pressing topping into large chunks before sprinkling on peaches. Add evenly over peaches.
Step 7. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the crumb topping starts to brown and juices bubble at the sides of the pan.
Step 8. Serve with a scoop of Greek yogurt or your favorite vanilla ice cream.
While often used interchangeably, because both are toppings used on baked fruit, a crisp often includes nuts and oats, while a crumble doesn't. A crumble is more cakelike.
Peaches are in season from April until September, and even October depending on where they are grown. The ripe fruit season starts in April in the Southern states and ends in September or October in Idaho.
Ripe peaches are easy to target using the four signs below and your sense of sight, touch, and smell.
1. Skin - look for peaches that have slight wrinkling around the stem. This is an indication that the peach is losing some moisture and the flavors and sweetness are at peak levels.
2. Color - avoid peaches with remaining hints of green. Look for those that have a golden yellow color and sometimes rosy pink color.
3. Firmness - peaches should feel slightly soft and tender. If it feels too firm, you risk a less ideal flavor and texture. Avoid peaches with obvious bruising and brown discoloration. These peaches are probably past their prime.
4. Scent - peaches should have a sweet fruity smell when they are ripe.
What to Serve with Healthy Peach Crisp
The quick and simple healthy peach dessert is full of sweet peach flavor and crispy crumb topping. Serve over a scoop of low-fat Greek yogurt or a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream.
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May 2022 Update: Updated post with Instructions and Other Recipes for You sections. Added FAQs. Minor updates to recipe card.