For the topping on this quickly assembled dessert, you could use any low-fat granola, such as those sold in bulk in health-food stores. But we tested this with a national brand of granola available in supermarkets and it worked very nicely. For an extra treat, serve the crisp with a scoop of frozen yogurt or a dollop of lightly sweetened reduced-fat sour cream.

Blueberries IMage - Corbis


2 pints blueberries
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups low-fat granola


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, stir together the blueberries, flour, allspice, and salt.
  2. Transfer the berries to a 9-inch pie plate. Sprinkle the sugar over the berries and scatter the granola over the top.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the fruit is thick and bubbling. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 6 servings

Three-Berry Granola Crisp Reduce the blueberries to 1 pint and add 1/2 pint each raspberries and strawberries. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (in addition to the allspice) to the berries in step 1.

Nutrition Facts

per serving
calories 198
total fat 1.6g
saturated fat 0.4g
cholesterol 0mg
dietary fiber 4g
carbohydrate 46g
protein 3g
sodium 153mg
good source of: folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B12, vitamin E


Along with supplying fiber, the blueberries and the granola supply a good amount of folate in this baked blueberry crisp. While folate occurs naturally in the blueberries, the granola has been fortified with this important B vitamin, which is called “folic acid” when it is added to a food or supplement.

Many of the recipes in this book contain off-the-shelf foods to help keep recipe prep effort to a minimum – a benefit for your arthritic hands. However, some foods – like canned beans – can hike up sodium levels. If you are carefully watching your sodium, be sure to read this before preparing this recipe: Sodium Intake and Salt in Recipes

From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for Arthritis Health, edited by John A. Flynn, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.R. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 07 Jul 2011

Last Modified: 06 Apr 2015