For those of you that have sworn of dessert for lent, I give you your oasis…
Just think of this as breakfast (and eat it after dinner!).
In true “Spring Cleaning, Clean Eating” fashion, these past few weeks have involved a lot of research through all my healthy lifestyle books scattered around my room. One of my favorites go-to reads is “The Probiotics Revolution” by Gary B. Huffnagle, Ph.D. He provides quality insight into how consuming a certain balance of probiotics and prebiotics can help your body manage any issue from allergies to immune system disorders, or even just plain old eczema.
Today I am not eating to solve any ailment, thank goodness, but I am eating to take care of myself.
Amongst advice and information are scattered recipes. Crafted by the Dr. is the ultimate recipe for a complete, yet indulgent, way to enjoy the beautiful fresh fruits and berries that are slowly trickling into the produce department. He calls it Fresh Fruit Crunch.
I prefer to think of it as the Strawberry Crumbley Parfait.
The crumbley is bascially like the invisible cloak for one of the best things you can add to your diet, flaxseed meal. 3-6 tablespoons a day on yogurt, mixed into oatmeal, or baked into muffins is a great habit to get yourself into. It is a healthy omega-3 fat and a healing fat and it is extremely rich in fiber. The taste is nutty, but sometimes off putting if you just eat it raw.
Now, if I didn’t tell you that flaxseed had their hand in this dish you wouldn’t have noticed, as this recipe combines tons of sweetness for the flaxseed to practically go unnoticed by… just the little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon is enough to do the trick!
The baking step is also an awesome way to amp up the flavors. The raw oats gets toasted, so does the flaxseed, and the butter and flour marry into these crunchy on the outside smooth on the inside bites!
Depending on what fruit is in season, or what your tastes buds love together, strawberries don’t have to be the only star in this sweet. Throw in blueberries, bake up some apple chunks and introduce them, or dice some juicy pineapple. It all works well with the sweet and nutty flavors of the crumble.
Dr. Huffnagle also adds one of the best probiotics there is to the mix, vanilla yogurt. I love nonfat greek yogurt, and prefer to use it with this recipe because its tangy and sour persona does well to dumb down the sweetness of the rest of the ingredients. It is also high in protein, so why not bulk up if you can!
The layering is up to you…. and I suggest you construct your dessert in either a fancy glass, or clear bowl.
But beautiful is not an option, it just can’t help itself!
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