How to make Fresh Baked Blueberry Bread
Blueberries are a nutrient powerhouse bursting with antioxidants and phytochemicals. Together they boost your immune system and provide anti-inflammatory protection to your cells. These small berries are also packed with fiber, folate, vitamin B6, C, and K, as well as iron, calcium, manganese, and zinc. All of these nutrients play an important role in your brain, gut, and heart health. Vitamin K also increases calcium absorption, which helps keep bones strong. In addition, vitamin C is essential for healthy skin-one cup of blueberries provides 24% of your daily value.
Research suggests that the blue-hued antioxidant anthocyanin may help delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Blueberries are a great source of prebiotics. In conjunction with probiotics, they promote a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut (microbiome). Gut bacteria are important for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. Your gut health also keeps your emotional and cognitive systems regulated through the gut-brain axis. Therefore, a nutritious eating plan that incorporates antioxidant and phytochemical-rich foods like blueberries can have a positive impact on your overall health and well-being.
In honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, here’s a blueberry filled recipe that’s bursting with flavor and nutrition! When baking, I try to add as many nutrients to a recipe as possible. Yogurt provides additional calcium and protein. I also tossed in some chia seeds because they’re a great source of fiber, heart-healthy fats, plant protein, and calcium. Enjoy our Blueberry Bread for breakfast, as a snack or dessert!
11 slices / 1 slice per serving
- 1 c fresh blueberries
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 (5.3 oz) full-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour (gluten-free optional)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- ¼ c fresh blueberries, garnish
- Preheat oven to 350ºF degrees and line a 9 x 5-inch pan with parchment paper. If you use a different size pan baking time will vary.
- Toss blueberries in 1 tablespoon of flour and set aside. This prevents the berries from sinking to the bottom of the pan.
- Mix in the sugar and then the flour. Add baking powder, salt, and chia seeds. Be careful not to over mix.
- Fold in the blueberries and place batter in baking pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 45 minutes. Slice and serve.