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Cobbling Up a Lighter Cobbler

Member question: In the summer I love to make fresh fruit cobblers. How can I lighten up cobbler? I am already adding flax seed to the topping!

Magee: I actually have a to-die-for recipe for any fruit crisp in my flax seed cookbook, which is called The Flax Cookbook. It's page 172 of the cookbook. Let me just read off the topping ingredients, because that's basically where you're making the changes.

For the crisp topping I use:

  • 1/3 cups walnuts
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed, and if you don't want to use flax seed just increase the flour.
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt, if using unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted. You can use a no trans margarine in place of the butter, if you want.
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or light pancake syrup

That's it! Basically what we've done is decrease the brown sugar a little, cut the butter in half, and used maple syrup in place of half the butter. So the calories have gone down and the fat grams have gone down.

Moderator: I have made your Any Fruit Crisp -- it is fantastic! You also have fruit smoothies in there that make terrific cool summertime snacks.

Magee: My favorite is probably strawberry banana-fana smoothie. It has:

  • One cup apple juice
  • Two cups frozen or fresh strawberries
  • Two small bananas or one large banana sliced
  • Two cups vanilla non-fat frozen yogurt or light ice cream
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed

This makes three smoothies. Each smoothie has almost 7 grams of fiber, too. They're delicious. I don't even like bananas, but I like that smoothie. I can tell you my children's favorite is peanut butter cup smoothie. And there are lots of other choices, like the Maui mango smoothie.

Moderator: We've been talking about summertime foods for most people. But now let's take a look at those with special needs.

Member question: I am hypoglycemic and I also have difficulties with irritable bowel syndrome. My husband does not have any problems now but diabetes runs in his family. We are on a budget; what foods are best for us? Also, I've heard different things about low carbs versus no carbs versus low fat versus high fat, and no meat versus lots of meat. What is best?

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