Fresh Cranberry Dessert

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Cranberry Pear Brown Betty


If you’re looking for a good recipe to use up some fresh (or frozen) cranberries, made with only the healthiest of ingredients, look no further.  I found this recipe in The Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook.  It’s a nice blend of whole grain bread, pears and cranberries, sweetened with stevia.  I think it would make a great fresh cranberry dessert for Thanksgiving.

So here we are, a tasty recipe for using those healthy cranberries.


2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs*
2 tablespoons melted butter, or extra virgin olive oil
6 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice (best freshly squeezed)
1 cup fresh cranberries (frozen may also be used)
2 tablespoons stevia extract*

  1. Combine bread crumbs and butter in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine pears, lemon juice, cranberries and stevia in another bowl.
  3. In greased slow cooker stoneware, spread one-third of the bread crumb mixture on the bottom. Put half the cranberry and pear mixture over top.
  4. Repeat layers.
  5. Finish with a layer of crumbs, then pour cranberry juice over the top.
  6. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours, until fruit is tender and the mixture is all hot and bubbly.

*Note: To make the dried bread crumbs, toast 4 slices of whole wheat bread, then tear the slices into pieces and put them through a food processor with a metal blade.  Process until finely ground.
*Note: If you don’t have stevia, try 1/4 cup brown sugar or evaporated can juice sugar.

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