Heart Healthy Apple, Mango, Guava Crisp

• 3 medium tart cooking apples, thinly sliced
• 2 fresh mangos, chopped
• 2 fresh guavas
• ¾ cup packed brown sugar
• ½ cup all-purpose flour
• ½ cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
• ⅓ cup butter or margarine, softened
• ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
• ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice
• Light whipped cream or frozen yogurt, if desired


1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan or a pie dish with butter or margarine.
2. Peel and remove seeds from guava fruit. Then push through using a sieve. We used a garlic press.
3. Combine apples, mangos and guava and pour onto baking dish.
4. In a medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except butter until well mixed.
5. Add melted butter and mix well.
6. Sprinkle sugar and oats mixture over fruit and bake for 30-45 minutes.
7. Apples should be tender when pierced with a fork.
8. Serve warm with whipped cream or frozen yogurt.
Note: If after 30 minutes, the sprinkle mixture starts to brown, cover with foil until the apples are fork tender.

Serves 8-10

Elizabeth Carrion, a Dominican, co-founded Mi Cocina, a New Jersey-based catering service that also offers cooking classes, with her sister, Ana Martinez.