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Fresh Five Ingredient Blueberry Cobbler

Your cobbler is ready when it is golden brown on top.

A golden brown topped cobbler – ready to eat!

I remember when my grandparents would come home with cement-sized buckets full of blueberries they picked earlier in the day. My sister and I would carefully pick at them, choosing the largest ones to pop into our soon-to-be blue mouths. We always took home a big container full of blueberries after my grandparents when picking. Years later, I went with my parents to a local orchard in CT. We spent the hot morning hours picking and then taking home the delicious blue super fruit. My mom always incorporated the berries into her cooking, either making a blueberry cake, pie, or some other sweet addition to our small kitchen. While it isn’t the optimal growing season for blueberries currently, I found some organic berries at Trader Joe’s. I thought that I needed a little reminder that all the snow would be gone soon and that summer would eventually be on its way.

The cobbler’s crunchy vegan crust, was lightly sweetened with maple syrup and spiced with cinnamon. Warm coconut oil bound the mixture together. The berries, which were delicious on their own, needed little sweetener – so I drizzled a small amount of maple syrup over them to sweeten them. After about 5 minutes of prep and 20 minutes of cook time, this mini pie was ready to be devoured. It did not disappoint, as the pear berry cobbler I tried to make earlier in the night (which turned out to be disastrous by the way – I blame it on the corn meal crust, which I don’t think I will be trying again). The pears were still slightly crisp and eating the topping felt like eating dry cornmeal. Needless to say, that was promptly transported to the trash. Sometimes you have to fail a few times to make the success even sweeter.

blueberry cobbler 2

You’ll be tempted to take your time savoring this mini dessert.

Ingredients for Fresh Five Ingredient Blueberry Cobbler: 

*Serves 2 (triple recipe to make in a pie pan, as I made each serving in a ramekin-style bowl)

2 cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

2 tsp of maple syrup (for drizzling over fresh blueberries in the ramekin)

2 tsp of coconut oil for the crust (or butter, if you choose)

1/2 cup of oats (*for a gluten-free option use gluten-free oats)

1 1/2  tbsp of real maple syrup

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then wash and dry your organic blueberries. After drying the berries, add them to the small ramekin. Gently toss each ramekin of blueberries with one teaspoon of maple syrup.

2- In a separate bowl make the topping. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Then add it to the oats, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Gently toss and set on top of the blueberry-filled ramekins. Put the ramekins in the oven for about 20 minutes (or until the topping starts to become golden brown). Let them cool for about 2 minutes and then enjoy!

I am a lover of all desserts. If you have any favorite pie or cobbler recipes, post them below!

 

 

Week Three: Avoiding Dirty Dozen Produce

Photo Credit: EWG website - www.ewg.org

Photo Credit: EWG website – http://www.ewg.org

I am so happy to have been successful with adding leafy greens into my diet last week! I feel healthier just thinking about that one small success. Sometimes little changes pave the way for larger changes. This week I aim to update my shopping habits, as well as what I eat. In the past I’d heard of the dirty dozen, but I never really did much research on the list until recently. The dirty dozen is a list of fruits and vegetables that are known to have the most pesticides (even after washing them). The Environmental Working Group (EWG) lists twelve produce items and highlight two other vegetables that have very high amounts of pesticides. They also have a list titled the clean fifteen, which records the fifteen fruits and vegetables that had the lowest amount of pesticides in their study. Today, I bought organic bell peppers, spinach, and apples. From the “clean” guide I bought conventional sweet potatoes, eggplant, avocado, and sweet corn (corn may be full of GMO’s, but more on that later).

Ingesting pesticides is unhealthy and it is something I am working at changing. Shopping organic can be expensive, which is why I don’t always buy organic. Also, all fruits and vegetables aren’t always offered pesticide-free, so I buy what I can when I can. From here on I will try to avoid items on the dirty dozen guide at all costs. What are your feelings on pesticides in and on food? I was surprised to read several haunting facts on the EWG website. According to the EWG, a single grape had as many as fifteen types of pesticides on it. I think I’ll pass on the grapes for now, until I can find organic ones. Bell peppers were also found to contain up to fifteen pesticides. It blew my mind to read that. I’ve eaten so many conventionally grown bell peppers, but from now on I’m not willing to take the risk. This week will feature recipes that feature items from both lists.

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