Who doesn’t love pie? But pie takes a bit more time and skill than a simple fruit crisp.

Instead of going to the trouble of pie crust, adding an oat topping to sliced fruit is a great way to enjoy a dessert that gets a serving of fruit into your day! To make this dessert in even less time, consider adding a peeler to your kitchen gadget cabinet. I love this one. It not only makes peeling and coring quicker, it makes even slices. Plus, the kids may enjoy helping you so it’s perfect for Family Meals Month®!

Adding this fruit crisp to this week’s menu may help your child succeed. Did you know that kids from elementary school to high school who eat meals with their families four times a week or more earn better test scores? Crisps are so easy to throw together and make a healthy dessert. Here’s how to do it.

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Simple Pear Crisp

You can also use sliced apples or peaches in this recipe, or you can combine apples and pears.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Rosanne Rust MS RDN, www.rustnutrition.com


  • 6 cups sliced pears (peeled, about 6-8 pears) you can also use peeled apples or peaches, or a combination. I use a hand cranked peeler which saves time.
  • 2 TB sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 TB lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 TB vegetable oil


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9x11 oven-proof baking dish with vegetable spray.
  • Combine peeled pears, sugar, spices, lemon juice and toss. Place into the prepared dish.
  • Mix oats, brown sugar, flour and oil until combined.
  • Sprinkle oat mixture evenly over pears.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until topping is lightly browned.
  • Enjoy warm, or at room temperature.