I’ve become quite a fan of the blueberry over the last 18 months, mainly because we have a permanent stash in the fridge: they are one of Lentil’s favourite fruits along with grapes (fresh or dried). I can’t recall how the blueberry craving started. I suspect they appealed as they are small, soft, don’t have any pips or stones, don’t require peeling and are therefore convenient and an unlikely choking hazard!
As one of the original superfoods, blueberries have many additional benefits. They are a good source of vitamin K, manganese, dietary fibre and vitamin C. These perennial plants are also recommended for their anti-inflammatory properties and, (believe it or not!), are apparently one of the richest sources of proanthocyanidins, which can decrease free radicals linked to wrinkles!! So not just good for the kiddies!
If, like me, you were horrified to realise your memory isn’t as good as it used to be post-kids you’ll be delighted to hear that, according to the World’s Healthiest Foods, studies indicate regular blueberry consumption is also great for your memory!
Here is a healthy mini muffin recipe packed full of these little blue berries, or if you prefer to drink your fruit check out our blueberry smoothie recipe here. xx
Makes 12 mini muffins
170g wholemeal flour
1 vanilla pod (or you can use 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence)
30g oats (plus a few extra for sprinkling on top)
55g unsalted butter
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
mini cupcake cases
Preheat oven to 200 (180 fan) and place the cupcake cases in a mini cupcake baking tray
Melt the unsalted butter in a small saute pan and set aside to cool.
Mix the wholemeal flour, bicarbonate of soda, oats and vanilla in a large bowl. Next make a well in the centre of the bowl and add the buttermilk, milk, egg and butter to the well and stir quickly with a fork to combine. Add the blueberries and fold in the flour mixture, mixing until well combined.
Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes. Insert a cocktail stick into the centre to ensure they are cooked. The cocktail stick should come out clean.
Place on a rack to cool and then let the kids tuck in!