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Thanksgiving Dessert Pear Pistachio Crisp

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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! Hope you have a wonderful day with your family! Hopefully this delicious dessert recipe will make it even better!
  Pears 5 Medium, peeled, cored and diced
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Lemon juice 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Oats 1 Cup (16 tbs) (old fashioned)
  Whole wheat flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Brown sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Unsalted butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Pistachios 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the pears and cinnamon. Add lemon juice.
3. In another bowl, whisk oats, flour, brown sugar and salt.
4. Add butter to this dry mixture and mix it well with hands. Add pistachios and set aside.
5. In a greased baking dish, pour pears and cover with oats mixture.
6. Pop it into the oven for 40-45 minutes.

7. Serve it with vanilla ice cream or plain Greek yogurt.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
55 Minutes
I'm okay offering kids dessert. There, I said it. I know plenty of parents who don't like giving their kids dessert unless it is a special occasion. I respect that, but I also believe in moderation in most things and, sometimes, you've got to live a little. When it comes to desserts, I've been know to whip up everything from seriously rich holiday treats like Holiday Baked Alaska to the less exotic Sugar Cookies, but I often try to prepare desserts made with less sugar, like this Pear and Pistachio Crisp -- which my kids in fact prefer to more sugary desserts. I like this dish too, especially when I want a pie but have no time to make a homemade crust (which is all the time!). A fall crisp is a lot more simple to make and still delivers a lot of what I love about pie. This one has a crunchy topping made from oats, pistachios, brown sugar, and aromatic cinnamon, and a naturally nummy sweetness from all of the chunks of baked pear. It's got so much less sugar than a regular dessert that I even served this to my kids one morning on top of plain Greek yogurt and they went bonkers with excitement at the thought of getting dessert for breakfast!

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