Autumn Fruit Crisp with Green Tea Syrup
October, 2004

Serves 8 / This naturally sweet, nutrient-rich crisp works equally well for dessert or breakfast. Use very ripe bananas for best flavor.

2 pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 large tart apples, such as Jonathan or Macoun, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 ripe bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup water
2 bags green tea
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss pears and apples with lemon juice in a large mixing bowl. Gently mix in bananas and cherries.

2. In a glass measuring cup, heat water to boiling; add tea bags and steep for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in honey. Add tea to pear mixture and mix gently. Transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish.

3. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, walnuts, and oatmeal; sprinkle over fruit. Pour orange juice over all. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

PER SERVING: 229 cal, 20% fat cal, 5g fat, 1g sat fat, 0mg chol, 3g protein, 46g carb, 5g fiber, 6mg sodium