Thanksgiving is a holiday that is steeped in tradition and while there are so many great things to love about Thanksgiving, everyone knows that dessert is not to be missed.

It doesn’t matter how much we eat at Thanksgiving dinner, we always seem to make room for dessert.

Unfortunately, many of our beloved holiday desserts are loaded with sugar and after indulging in Thanksgiving dinner, that slice of pie can feel like a big ol’ brick sitting in your belly.  Know what I mean?

Now I would never dream of telling you to give up your slice of pie, but….if you’re looking for a dessert that won’t weigh you down, you’re going to love this Mixed Berry Crisp.

This recipe, which pairs sweet, juicy berries with a crunchy topping, is so delicious and it’s loaded with antioxidants and good-for-you nutrients.  Plus, it looks really festive and who doesn’t love a festive dessert?

Truth be told, what I really love about this dessert is that it goes perfectly with a scoop of my favorite non-dairy ice cream.  You know me, I’ll use any excuse to eat Cosmic Bliss ice cream!

Let’s face it, holiday meals can be tricky to navigate and Thanksgiving is no exception.  Although many of the side dishes are filled with nutrient dense veggies, you still need to watch out for the sugar.

The good news is you don’t have to change your entire Thanksgiving menu in order to eat healthy.  With just a few substitutions, you can balance high calorie dishes with more nutritious lower calorie and lower sugar choices.

That way you can keep your nutrition on track while still enjoying a relaxing day with family and friends.

Now that’s something to be thankful for!

Gobble, Gobble 😉

Seasonal Recipe

Mixed Berry Crisp

Mixed Berry Filling:
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
3 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crisp Topping:
3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup solid coconut oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, gently toss all of the ingredients for the berry filling.  Pour the mixture into a pie plate.
3.  In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, oats, coconut, cinnamon and salt.  Using a fork, fold in the solid coconut oil and maple syrup until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.  Sprinkle evenly on top of the berry mixture.
4.  Place the pie in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.  Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Recipe by Kris Carr author of Crazy Sexy Diet.