Summer brings us so many bright, delicious berries – one of my favorites is blueberries. Blueberries are nutritional stars, literally bursting with nutrition and flavor. They are a high source of fiber and antioxidants. I made these moist, fluffy blueberry pancakes this sunny Saturday morning. They are super tasty and will prepare you for whatever your day has in store. Enjoy!
1 cup whole grain spelt flour
1/8 cup of unrefined cane sugar
1 + 1/8 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp sea salt
1 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil or butter
1 cup blueberries
- Combine the dry ingredients and mix until well combined with whisk.
- Melt the coconut oil or butter in a pot and whist in the almond milk until well combined.
- Add the wet mixture to dry ingredients and mix well, but do not over mix (will result in flat, heavy pancakes). Fold in blueberries.
- Take a stainless steal pan, grease it once at the beginning with coconut oil. At medium heat (just under medium on a gas stove), cook both sides until thoroughly cooked. Makes 8 good size pancakes.
- Top with fresh blueberries and pure maple syrup.
Whole Food Sneak Peak:
Blueberries are fruits of a shrub and grow in clusters. The have a flared crown at the end and can range in size from a small pea to a marble. When growing they start off a pale greenish color, then reddish-purple and finally blueish-purple when ripe. Blueberry bushes typically bear sweet, juicy blueberries in late summer.
Cultivated blueberries (seen at grocery stores) are much larger than wild, low-bush blueberries. Wild blue berries are about one-third the size of cultivated ones, are firmer, tangier and more complex in flavor and nutrients. Wild blueberries are organic as they come and offer a potpourri of sweet and sour tastes. I grew eating wild blueberries from North-Western Ontario and I have never tasted any berries better J …thank you blueberry hill(s).
Blueberries have been a popular folk remedy for diarrhea and intestinal flu – they combat “the runs” thanks to a substance called anthocyanin (also found in cherries). They are also beneficial to vision health, urinary tract health, digestive health, heart health, anti-aging, and cancer inhibiting properties. The high anti-oxidant content help neutralize free-radicals before they wreak havoc on your body.
Blueberries are delicious eaten all by themselves or enjoy them in pancakes, cereals, salads, puddings, dressings, smoothies, desserts, jellies, jams, pies, muffins, juice etc.
Blueberries are a worthy addition to your diet, for the flavor and nutrition.