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I LOVE blueberries and it always puts a smile on my face when summer rolls around and I can finally buy blueberries that are: A) affordable, since, around here, blueberries are INSANELY priced in the out-of-season months, and B) flavorful, like a blueberry should be instead of tasting like the plastic fruit that used to sit on the buffet table in my grandmother’s kitchen.
While my preferred method of enjoying blueberries is popping them straight in my mouth, I have a tendency to go crazy when I find them on sale and then I bring home way more than I could possibly eat in a few days time. I freeze some, of course, but I find myself wanting to make something fresh and wonderful with all those gorgeous berries.
So…..just the other day I remembered an old strawberry bread recipe I used to pull out fairly often. Why not try it with blueberries, I thought. And, better yet, why not try to remove some of the calories and cholesterol at the same time?
This is what I came up with, and my family was pretty impressed! Not to mention it is so easy to fix.
- 1 1/2 cups mashed fresh blueberries
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. organic coconut oil
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup stevia
- 2/3 cup sugar
*The coconut oil adds a distinctive and delicious flavor to this bread, not to mention it’s a cholesterol-free fat. I think it compliments the blueberries very well. And while I did replace 1/3 of the original sugar in this recipe with stevia, I wouldn’t try replacing much more than that. Real sugar helps retain moisture. Without it you may have a SWEET bread, but it’ll also be a VERY DRY one!
**Oh, and don’t let the ugly grayish color of the batter scare you! It just means all that blueberry goodness will be distributed evenly through your bread. As you can see in the picture below, it bakes into a nice brown.
So if your fridge is packed with more blueberries than you know what to do with, I’m offering you a possible solution. Whip up some blueberry bread!
As for myself, I’m being careful to avoid my local grocery store when they’re offering a fabulous deal on blueberries. I just can’t handle it. Of course, the last time I was at the store, sweet cherries were on sale instead.
Rats! Why do they always do this to me? Now…what to do with all these cherries…?
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