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10 Blueberry Recipes to Make This Summer

I loveeeee me some blueberries. And now that it’s June, we’re in peak domestic blueberry season!

Blueberries are awesome for a lot of reasons: They’re packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants and full of vitamins, including iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Basically they’re full of good stuff that has been shown to help ward off heart disease, promote healthy digestion, maintain healthy bones, and lots more.

I find that a handful or two of blueberries is the perfect little something to eat while I’m waiting for my dinner to cook. I also often throw some of them on top of my cereal or smoothie bowls in the morning for a nutritional boost. While I love the fruit all on its own, I also love to incorporate it into recipes. Here are recipe ideas from myself and a few of my food blogging friends to try this summer while blueberries are at their peak!

1.) Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal Bites. Made with oats, shredded coconut, almond butter, and hemp hearts, this is one of my recent recipes developed for Shape. They make for a great little bite or on-the-go breakfast!

2.) Blueberry Pistachio Coffee Cake via Cook Nourish Bliss. I have a hard time turning down a slice of delicious coffee cake, and this blueberry + pistachio combo sounds just too interesting to resist.

3.) Mixed Green Salad with Blueberries, Goat Cheese & Honeyed Walnut -n- Hemp Seed Clusters. This one’s an oldie but a goodie on the blog! I love these clusters so much, I think I might need to create another recipe with them sometime soon.

4.) Blueberry Chia Oatmeal Bars. These oat bars are great to make for a leisurely morning brunch!

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Maple Blueberry Fontina Grilled Cheese

Hi there and Happy Friday! Let me start this Friday post off with something sweet…

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So, I totally ate this for dinner last night! I’ve been doing a thing where I eat dessert for dinner about one night a week, and it’s working out great for me and my sweet tooth. 80/20 balanced eating baby!

The above deliciousness is scoops of Halo Top Creamery vanilla bean, strawberry, & chocolate flavors (despite me talking abut them twice this week, I’m not affiliated with them at all…. yet! I’d certainly like to be since I love them 🙂 ) with banana, caramel, a TJ’s brownie & oats bar and some chopped up Bark Thins dark chocolate pretzel with sea salt chunks. I went on a kick butt hike with my pup yesterday and just was not feeling any kind of typical dinner, so a dessert bowl for dinner it was…and it was fabulous!

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Scenes from yesterday’s hot & sweaty hike

But let’s get to the real matter at hand today: grilled cheese.

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Pretty much anyone that eats cheese likes grilled cheese. I like to get a little creative with my grilled cheeses: Sometimes I put avocado, tomato & horseradish mustard with a cheddar grilled cheese, other times I put lightly fried zucchini in the sandwich. Today’s grilled cheese is kind of fancy, and a combo you probably don’t see very often:

Blueberry Grilled Cheese

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Cocoa Banana Blueberry Protein Pudding

Happy Friday!!

I’m currently en route to Miami for my friend Meaghan’s bachelorette party – I haven’t seen her since last fall and am really excited to have an awesome girls’ weekend! – but I have a yummy recipe to share with you guys…

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If you read this blog often at all, you probably already know that I love making dessert-like recipes that are actually healthy and can be eaten as snacks or meals as well. Enter Cocoa Banana Blueberry Protein Puddingprotein pudding-1

Blue Diamond recently sent me their dark chocolate almonds as well as sea salt almonds to try, and not surprisingly, I’m kind of in love with the dark chocolate ones.

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Blueberry Almond Granola

Recipe creation is a funny thing sometimes.

At times, I come up with an idea for a recipe moments before and I just throw ingredients together. Other times, I have a recipe in my head for weeks and weeks that I just have a feeling will be a winner that I will want to share on here, but it takes me awhile to actually make and photograph it.

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The latter was the case with this granola. When I randomly threw a bag of dried blueberries into my shopping cart one day, the idea of making granola with them immediately popped into my head… but then I wound up eating all the blueberries before I could get to making any granola. Oops. 

So then I had to wait until the next time I found myself in a food store with dried blues to make this recipe. But, the next time I went to make this granola, I realized that I was out of honey. And agave nectar. And brown rice syrup. And any other sweetener I would use for granola. Damn it.  
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Last weekend, I finally had everything from the ingredient list I had made up in my head on hand, and I was in the mood for creating yumminess in the kitchen…. so my blueberry almond granola finally came to fruition. And it turned out exactly how I wanted it to. Yea! Continue reading

Mixed Green Salad with Blueberries, Goat Cheese & Honeyed Walnut -n- Hemp Seed Clusters

A few weeks ago, I stopped at the Vitamin Shoppe to pick up a few goodies (and buy my first box of Quest bars!), and they had a store party going on. I walked out with a bag of samples to try, which I was obviously excited about. It’s the little things in life people!

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One of the samples in the bag were hemp seeds, which I’ve heard a lot about but have never tried (at home at least). Today I used my sample and whipped up one awesome salad for lunch.

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I adapted this recipe from Vegetarian Times, switching around some ingredients and amounts, and making a single serving portion since it was just little ole me. You can view their original recipe here.

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To make the clusters, I toasted the hemp seeds with walnut pieces, honey and cinnamon. So easy to make, and such a tasty addition to a salad that I’m definitely going to be making again soon!

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At the last minute, I decided that the salad could use some cheese in it. Goat cheese was a great add-in, but you can easily leave it out and have a vegan salad.

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Mixed Green Salad with Blueberries, Goat Cheese & Honey Walnut Hemp Seed Clusters
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups mixed baby salad greens
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ TBSP honey
  • 1 oz creamy goat cheese
  • 1½ TBSP raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 2 TBSP walnut pieces
  • ¼ TSP ground cinnamon
  • ½ TBSP safflower oil
  • Juice from ½ small lemon
  • A pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Line a plate with parchment paper. Mix hemp seeds with cinnamon and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the walnuts, and toast for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the hemp seed mixture, and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Mix in the honey, and stir constantly until it's completely mixed in with walnuts & seeds and the entire mixture is lightly browned.
  3. Transfer to the parchment-lined plated. Lightly press into the plate, and allow to cool.
  4. Whisk safflower oil and lemon juice together, then toss with lettuce. Put into a bowl, and add in blueberries and the goat cheese in chunks. Sprinkle additional salt on top, if desired.
  5. Once walnut/hemp mixture has cooled a bit, break into clusters and add to the salad. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 400, Fat: 29 g, Saturated fat: 6 g, Carbohydrates: 27 g, Sugar: 17 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 14 g

Have you ever tried hemp seeds? Thoughts?

Blueberry, Banana -n- Oats Pancakes

At the beginning of each new year, I constantly find myself entertaining thoughts of ”firsts.” Yesterday was my first hike of 2013 (and Adam and Harley’s too!). Now that I’m getting over this energy zapping cold (WOOHOO!!), today I had my first gym session of the year. And a few days ago, I whipped up my first pancake recipe of 2013:

These pancakes are full of goodness — blueberries high in antioxidants, bananas loaded with potassium, and fiber-full oats. I topped them with a bit of drizzled honey, which added the perfect touch to these fluffy pancakes.

Blueberry, Banana -n- Oats Pancakes
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ medium banana
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ TBSP baking powder
  • A sprinkle of salt
Instructions
  1. Puree the almond milk and oats in a blender or food processor.
  2. Add the banana, flour, baking powder, and a sprinkle of salt and puree for about 15 seconds more.
  3. Let the batter rest for a few minutes. In the meantime, heat a large saute pan coated with cooking spray over medium heat.
  4. Spoon batter into the pan, forming 4 medium pancakes. Evenly spread blueberries onto the pancakes, gently pushing them into the batter. Optional: Keep a bunch of blueberries aside for garnish on top.
  5. Cook until lightly browned on each side, around 5 minutes each.
  6. Top pancakes with honey, butter, syrup, or whatever you desire.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 373, Fat: 6 g, Carbohydrates: 76 g, Protein: 10 g
 

I’m definitely going to keep these in mind to make again the next time I get a pancake craving!