Plum Crisp with Oats
This healthier option for a plum crisp is made with oats and minimal amount of sugar, just 2 tablespoons per whole recipe to be exact. You don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods and desserts when you are trying to lose and keep it off. Just few little changes can lower the calories significantly.
Desserts like fruit crisps and crumbles are full of sugar, butter and flour. You can achieve great flavor and use only a small portion of butter, flour and sugar. You can also replace flour with oat flour.
For step by step video instructions, check this Plum Crisp video:
What can I do with tasteless plums?
When the plums I buy turn out to be tasteless, and they are just not enjoyable as a snack, I make a dessert out of them. The best way to get the sweetness out of them is to dice them, put them on preheated pan and brown them. They start releasing juice. At this time I cook them down for the juice to slowly reduce. This process makes the plums deliciously sweet. Now, without adding any extra sweetness (aka sugar), I am able to use them in my plum crisp recipe. But there is no need to do that, you can eat the sauteed plums with just a dollop of yogurt or light ice cream. They are so good on their own.
Do you peel plums before baking?
There is no need to peel plums before baking. The skin is very thin and adds nice texture and flavor.
How many calories in a portion of plum crisp or crumble?
One portion (1/4 of the recipe) of Plum Crisp has only 231 calories. Crisp is the most calorie heavy part of the dessert. Ingredients are usually butter, sugar and flour. By adding more fruit and reducing the crumble to minimum, I am able to save lots of calories, making the dessert healthier. I do not add any sugar to the fruit which helps saving additional calories.
Do not be alarmed with the changes – this plum crisp is delicious! You would not know that is a lower calorie, healthier option.
Can you put oats in crumble?
You can use oats in a crumble, either additionally to the flour, for extra texture and flavor. Or you can replace the flour with oat flour.
How to make plum crisp with oats healthier?
The best way to preserve the flavor and make the plum crisp healthier is to reduce the amount of crumble. I only use 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of sugar per whole recipe. There is no sugar needed in the plums because by reducing the liquid and browning them a little bit they get sweeter.
Preparing Plum base
Start with washing the plums first and then cut in half, remove the pit and dice.
Transfer to a large pot or pan, spread evenly and start browning them on a medium high heat. No need for any sugar or sweeteners. Plums are sweet and they will get even sweeter when they release juices.
Stir, cover and lower the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, until the plums start releasing their juices.
Take the lid off. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally until all the juice reduces. Now the plums are very sweet, do a taste test and see for yourself!
Prepare a medium size pan (8 by 8) and transfer the plums into it, be careful its very hot.
Preparing the crumble
I have here 2 tablespoons of room temperature butter. To that I am going to add 1/3 cup all purpose flour, 1/3 cup of old fashioned oats, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
Spread crumble on top of plums.
Bake it at 375F for 35-45 minutes, until the crumble on top browns. You can also use an air fryer to make single serve mugs like this one
The crumble is very hot and when taken out of the oven still liquid. If you let it stand to cool down some, it will become more dense and easier to portion. But I love these hot and I am going to dig in right away. I like to serve it with 5% Greek yogurt, for some protein. Use whatever your calorie budget allows😉
Plum Crisp with Oats in an Air fryer
This plum crisp with oats can also be baked in an air fryer at 390F for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of your dish. I made one with oat crumble using this recipe but instead of flour I grinded oats and used just them.
Plum Crisp with Oats
- 8 medium plums 3.5 oz each (100g)
- 2 tbs unsalted room temperature butter 1 oz (28g)
- 2 tbs brown sugar 1 oz (28g)
- ⅓ cup all purpose flour (or oat flour) 40 g
- ⅓ cup old fashioned oats 30 g
- Wash the plums and then cut in half, remove the pit and dice.
- Transfer to a large pot or pan, spread evenly and start browning them on a medium high heat. No need for any sugar or sweeteners. Plums are sweet and they will get even sweeter when they release juices.
- Stir, cover and lower the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, until the plums start releasing their juices.
- Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally until all the juice reduces.
- Prepare a medium size pan (8 inch by 8 inch) and transfer the plums into it, be careful its very hot.
- For crumble combine 2 tablespoons of room temperature butter, 1/3 cup all purpose flour, 1/3 cup of old fashioned oats, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
- Spread crumble over the fruit.
- Bake it at 375F for 35-45 minutes, until the crumble on top browns.
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