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The granola fruit crisp is a variation of the old-fashioned southern apple cobbler. Any kind of fruit cobbler was something I enjoyed for dessert when I grew up.
As a matter of fact, my grandparents always made sure that they had one made with whatever fruit was in season when I visited. When I ate it together with vanilla ice cream, I was in hog heaven (southern slang for ecstasy).
It’s super simple to make this granola fruit crisp dessert with pie filling or canned fruit. It’s also good with fresh fruit, although it requires an extra step or two. This is why I prefer the canned pie filling or fruit for a quick dessert. It’s both easy and scrumptious!
Great Company Dessert
When I have people over for dinner or a snack, I like to make crisps in a variety of flavors, including apple, cherry, and blueberry. That way, my guests can pick their favorite.
Granola Fruit Crisp Topping Options
Most dessert is best when served with something on top of it. I like my granola fruit crisp served with vanilla ice cream, but it’s also good with whipped cream. Or you can do both. Other toppings you might enjoy include caramel or chocolate syrup.
Making the Granola Fruit Crisp
Any medium casserole dish or pan will work. I used a glass Pyrex dish that I sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Start out with a can of pie filling. Any brand and flavor will do, including the store brand since they all taste pretty much the same. You’ll need one can of fruit filling per four people you serve.
Sprinkle some cinnamon on top of the pie filling.
Next, you’ll need some granola cereal. Since I have to have a gluten-free diet, I have a specific type, but it doesn’t matter what brand you choose. Sprinkle the granola on top of the fruit.
Last, drizzle the melted butter over the granola. Then put it in the oven.
After you bake it until it bubbles, pull it out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
Scoop it into bowls and finish with your favorite topping. Serve it right away. Mmm . . . This is the epitome of delicious southern cuisine.
Variations of the Granola Fruit Crisp
You can add other things to the granola before you sprinkle it over the fruit filling. Some of my favorites are chopped nuts, crumbled peanut butter cookies, and chocolate chips.
Serve the granola fruit crisp with your favorite beverage, such as cold milk, tea, or café latte.
Most southern food isn’t difficult to prepare. It simply takes a little know-how and finesse to prepare something everyone will enjoy.
Food Blogs I Enjoy
If you enjoy getting new recipes, check out these blogs:
Back to My Southern Roots
Julia’s Simply Southern
Big Bear’s Wife
Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Sweet Little Bluebird
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
- 1 can of fruit pie filling
- 1 cup any type of granola cereal
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a medium casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Pour the contents of the fruit pie filling into the casserole dish and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top of the fruit.
- Spread the granola evenly over the top.
- Drizzle the melted butter over the granola.
- Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until the fruit begins to bubble.
- Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
If you use regular canned fruit, add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to the liquid in the can. Whisk or shake it well, mix in the fruit, and use that in place of the pie filling.
This dessert is delicious served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Serving Size1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 278 Total Fat 18g Saturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 31mg Sodium 166mg Carbohydrates 29g Fiber 3g Sugar 10g Protein 3g