Monday, July 12, 2010

Blueberry Heaven

We had a wonderful weekend – so wonderful I was really sad to see it come to an end. One of the highlights was visiting Garwood Orchard in LaPorte, Indiana to pick some fresh produce. We ended up picking 10 pounds of luscious blueberries.




It was such a peaceful and lovely morning – we got there bright and early, so we had the field all to ourselves, and of course we got to scout out the best berries!



We also picked a few pounds of green beans and purchased some heirloom tomatoes, kirby cucumbers, sweet corn, and new potatoes.



Alfred is ready to go back this weekend! While we probably won’t make it back that soon – we’re definitely going back in the fall when they’ll have over 2 dozen varieties of apples to choose from. The trees are already full of apples!




We froze most of the blueberries – though I’ve been enjoying some with my breakfast each morning. My favorite option is to mix together 1 small ripe banana mashed, 1/2 Cup of old fashioned oats, and enough milk (I use almond) to cover the oats. I let this soak overnight or for an hour in the morning while I workout. When I'm ready to eat, I microwave the oats for 3 minutes then stir in a handful of blueberries and a handful of toasted walnuts! It's a great way to start the day.

I also made my sweetie a loaf of blueberry bread this morning – it must be good because he’s eaten nearly half of it already!

Blueberry Oatmeal Streusel Bread



Dry Ingredients:
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
2 Tablespoons Flax Seed Meal (optional)
3 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:
2 eggs
¼ Cup Oil (I used Olive Oil)
¼ Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
¾ Cup Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 Cup packed light brown sugar
1 ½ Cups Blueberries

Streusel:
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, softened (could sub butter)
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
¼ Cup Flour

Directions:
1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly oil a loaf pan
2)Combine the streusel ingredients, set aside
3)Sift together dry ingredients
4)Thoroughly combine wet ingredients, except the blueberries
5)Gently, but thoroughly, combine the wet and dry ingredients
6)Fold in the blueberries
7)Pour the batter into the prepared pan
8)Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter
9)Bake 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
10)Allow the bread to cool in the pan 15 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to cool
11)Enjoy!




Expect many more blueberry recipes in the near future. In the meantime, here’s a great gluten free cake featuring blueberries, and some lovely gluten-full blueberry banana muffins.


As usual, I've also included this recipe as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays ,Tuesdays at the Table, Friday Foodie, and Friday Favorites. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!

12 comments:

  1. oh, wow! Love this recipe.

    I bake with olive oil too and love it -- nice to meet someone else who does too :)

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  2. Hi SnoWhite - Yes, I love olive oil - it's the only liquid oil I keep in my house. It's great for everything, including baking! I hope the recipe works as well for you as it did for us! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  3. Love to find people who enjoy cooking with whole foods like I do! I'm bookmarking this recipe - thanks for sharing it! :)

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  4. That bread looks divine! I believe streusel makes anything delicious. ;) Your blueberry bonanza looks wonderful... we go through massive amounts of blueberries in this house. They are my 13mo's absolute favorite food in the world. Thanks for sharing your bread recipe!

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  5. Thanks Jessica, I agree and I'll have to check out your blog soon!

    Jessie - if you go through a lot of berries I would recommend checking to see if there are any u-pick farms in your area. Not only is it fun to pick your own - these berries were only $1.50 per pound! You can look check for farms at this website: http://www.pickyourown.org/

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  6. I love your healthy recipes!

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  7. Thanks Brenda - I feel a lot better about baking treats for my hubby and my friends when I know they are good for them!

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  8. Sounds like a perfect healthy summertime sweet bread!
    http://www.inspired2cook.com/

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  9. My parents have several blueberry bushes and this looks like a perfect way to use the blueberries they send home. Thank you so much!

    Stopping by from TMTT, New Follower :)

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  10. Thanks for stopping by Andrea and Alexis!

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  11. Blueberries are my absolute favorite fruit and this bread looks sooo great! It's definitely going in the recipe file.

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  12. Oh yummy yummy yummy for my tummy. What beautiful fruit you have. The bread looks out of this world.

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