1 Girl, 2 Desserts

Berry season is coming up soon! They’re going to start creeping up on the sides of roads and at random stands. My advice? Buy as much as you possibly can. I’ve already made about 6 batches of fruit/berry salad with mint, lime, honey sauce (recipe has been changed). I plan on being stuffed on fruit 24/7!

An awesome use for blueberries would be in this raw vegan blueberry cobbler.

Blueberry Cobbler (based on Ani Phyo’s recipe)

  • 1 cup raw almonds (I’m sure other nuts will do)
  • 1 cup dates, pitted (I think raisins might work!)
  • 1/8+ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups (18 oz) fresh blueberries
  • Optional: 1T+ maple syrup
  • Optional: fresh mint (it was intended as garnish, but eating it with a bite of cobbler took it to a whole. notha. level.)

Directions:

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in food processor and process until crumbly, not pasty – It doesn’t take long! Set mixture aside. (I’m not a fan of nutmeg so I reduced the recipe from originally 1 tsp, so adjust to your taste).
  2. Combine blueberries and maple syrup if used. Start with a small amount of syrup and adjust according to sugar needs. It’s delicious  and a little less dry using 1/4 cup, but 2 tablespoons was fine too.
  3. Combine about 3/4 of the almond mixture into the blueberry mixture.
  4. Put into serving bowl or pan and top with remaining almond mixture. Garnish with mint.

This is so awesome and easy!! I thought it was even more flavorful the next day. I’m sure it could serve 6 easily, but Jon and I ate 2 massive servings each…so, there’s that.

How awesome is it?

SO.

With more potassium per serving than a medium banana, this is a delicious way to get lots of your nutrients.

Calories 310
Total Fat 12 g
Potassium 539 mg
Carbohydrate 50 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Sugars 39 g
Vitamin C 21%
Vitamin E 36%
Copper 23%
Magnesium 23%
Manganese 53%

The ratios above are using 1 T of grade B maple syrup. Maple syrup does have it’s fine points!

Blueberries are brain food. Like SUPER brain food thanks to Dr. James Joseph. You can read this whole summary, but I’ll skip to the end; “Blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidant phytonutrients of the fresh fruits and vegetables we have studied.” One of the main effects of the increased ingestion of the antioxidants in blueberries is protection against aging. When rats were fed blueberry extract their mental deterioration, loss of coordination and poor balance disappeared (that’s poor neuron function). Their compounds help the existing neurons in your brain signal more efficiently, and then the brain can actually grow more! They have one of the highest oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC) ratings at 2,400, beating kale by over 600! This means that it has the ability to work with other whole foods as a team and reduce the free radicals in your body.

Do yourself a favor tonight and have 2 servings of dessert.

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About Sarah Hiller

Eco-maniacal! I love learning about food and health, and then sharing! I'm also an aspiring photographer, lover of kale, dogs, yoga, anything fitness, sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and heavy metal. It is my goal to empower and support people through nutrition and attitude. I have an Etsy store you can check out as well www.etsy.com/shop/ironballoon

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