Heart-Smart Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe for the Holidays

November 17, 2023

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Cranberries have become a Thanksgiving dinner staple. How about making a heart-smart cranberry apple crisp this year?

Jen Welper, a wellness executive chef with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, has a new cookbook, "Cook Smart, Eat Well: Mayo Clinic Recipes and Strategies for Healthy Living." She shares this recipe for a delicious dessert for your Thanksgiving table that is full of fiber, low in fat but rich in flavor.

To find out how a few ingredients and 40 minutes can taste so good and be so good for you, watch this video



  • 6 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen/thawed (doesn’t matter too much they thaw quick)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Ingredients for Topping:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup flax, ground
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.'
  • Place apples, cranberries, sugar, flour and cinnamon in a bowl and toss until evenly coated.
  • Lightly grease 9x13 baking pan and spread apple cranberry mixture on the bottom.
  • Mix softened butter, flour, oats, flax seed, brown sugar and cinnamon in bowl until butter is incorporated into flour mixture and turned into crumbles.
  • Place crumble mixture over apples.
  • Place in oven for 35-40 minutes.

Serves: 18
Calories: 192
Fat: 7

Recipe from:
Jen Welper's cookbook, "Cook Smart, Eat Well: Mayo Clinic Recipes and Strategies for Healthy Living."

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