What you consume can strongly affect your brain functioning.  From time to time, I’m going to provide one of my brain food recipes.  They’re easy to put together, and they’ll make you an Einstein.  Enjoy!

Cranberry-Apple Crisp

Cranberries top the list of antioxidant-rich foods.  And as we all know, antioxidants are a superfood that help bolster our immune systems and ensure our brain operates at maximum efficiency.  And during the holidays, you don’t have to limit cranberries to the sauce.  Try this dessert for a new way to give your body and brain a boost. Makes 8 servings.

Preparation Time:

Prep – 15 minutes Bake – 45 minutes          Ingredients

  • 3 Granny Smith apples (unpeeled), cored and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 2 cups  whole fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup  sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups  old-fashioned oats (not quick-cook)
  • 1/2 cup  packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup  chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

 Preparation

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees, and butter a 2-quart baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, mix together apples, cranberries and sugar. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
  • In same bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, flour and pecans. Stir in melted butter.
  • Sprinkle oatmeal mixture evenly over the top of the apples.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, until bubbly and apples are tender. Serve warm or cold with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

 

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