Slow Cooker Blueberry Crisp – A Healthy Dessert

Blueberry Crisp in the Slow Cooker

 

I’m pretty sure I’m not known for my healthy dessert recipes.  I like my dessert to be full of sugar and fat!  But this one would come in on the healthy end of the spectrum, I think.

Not only that, but it tastes wonderful!  The crisp topping is made from almond meal, oats and pecans.  It’s sweetened with a bit of honey or maple syrup.

The recipe is adapted from the book Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist.  She mentions this blueberry crisp recipe several times in the book and I decided I would give it a try in the slow cooker.

I like slow cooker desserts just because they can be set up and assembled hours before you want to serve them, but you can still have a warm dessert.  They’re also perfect for summertime, when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen.  (psst…look for a return of the very popular Summer Slow Cooker Series this summer, this time with 100 days of recipes!).

I adapted the recipe in Bread and Wine in a few other ways too, in addition to making it in a slow cooker instead of the oven.  I used butter instead of olive oil.  Because butter tastes better than olive oil.

And I used honey instead of maple syrup, because I had honey in the pantry.

I also used double the amount of “crisp” to berries.  We like it that way.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Blooming Blueberry Bread

You know those pictures of blooming bread on Pinterest?  The ones with pepperoni and cheese or bacon and onions and cheese?  Always cheese!

I decided that a sweet version of that type of bread would be a great idea.  I was right!

Blooming Blueberry Bread

 

It starts with a loaf of artisan bread.  I bought mine in the bakery section of the grocery.  Then I added sweetened cream cheese, fresh blueberries a drizzle of melted butter and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

Pop all of that into the oven and what comes out is purely marvelous!

I could not stay away from this bread.  And neither could anyone else.

When I made it, there were only two of us at home.  And my youngest son, who was with me doesn’t like blueberries.  I wasn’t sure he’d even give the bread a try.  I decided I didn’t need to eat a whole loaf, so I gave some to our neighbors.

Then my youngest daughter and her friend came in.  They both ate bite after bite.  By the time my oldest son got home, there were only a few bites left.

Blooming Blueberry Bread eatathomecooks

 

See all that gooey, sweet cream cheese?  And the blueberries that have “popped” in the oven?  Amazing!

It’s very easy to make, only taking a few minutes to put it together.  Your family will love you for serving this!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Blooming Blueberry Bread ingr

Blooming Blueberry Bread

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 round loaf artisan style bread
  • 4 Tbs. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. sugar
Instructions
  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar together with an electric mixer until blended.
  2. Fold in the blueberries.
  3. Score the bread in a grid pattern, being careful not to cut all the way through.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and spread cream cheese and blueberries all through the scored sections of bread.
  5. Drizzle melted butter over bread.
  6. Mix cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle over the top of bread.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until hot through.
  8. Serve immediately.

 

Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread

It’s no secret that blueberry and lemon is one of my favorite flavor combos, but I am so glad that I decided to try blueberry and orange together! It’s a burst of sunshine and happiness in your mouth! Blueberries are in season, and I am enjoying every minute of it. I love them in my yogurt, in my green smoothies, in muffins, cakes and more!

Blueberry Orange Bread EAH

The only juice my son will drink is Sunny D, so that is what I used in this bread. However, any OJ could be used, you just may need to increase the amount of sugar, depending on how sweet the juice is.

blueberry orange slice EAH

Look at all those blueberries! I made mini loaves of bread, but you could also make one 9 inch loaf (or use a muffin pan, just reduce baking time.)

Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup Sunny D juice drink
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 1 heaping cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Glaze – 1 cup confectioner’s sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and enough Sunny D juice to reach desired consistency.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, & salt.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together juice, egg, oil and zest, if using.
  4. Add your wet ingredients to the dry, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  5. Fold in the blueberries.
  6. Divide batter into 3 mini loaf pans, or one large (9 inch) loaf pan (sprayed with non stick cooking spray, or greased with butter)
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes for mini loaves or approx. 55-60 minutes for large loaf, or until bread is golden and springs back when lightly pressed.
  8. Allow to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. While slightly warm, pour glaze over top of bread loaves, if desired.

If you are looking for more great recipes for blueberries, check out the Ingredient Spotlight: Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries!

KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She lives in NC with her husband, three children, and 2 fur babies. You can find her blogging about her kitchen adventures at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. You can also follow her on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.

Ingredient Spotlight: Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries

Are fresh berries in season at your farmer’s market?  Or maybe even in your own backyard?

I haven’t picked fresh blackberries very many times in my life, but one time stands out as special.  I was with my mom and my oldest daughter, who was just a baby.  We had been visiting with my great-aunt Denny and my cousin Vick.  Both of them were elderly, but still spry.

Aunt Denny decided we should go out to an old family cemetery in Estill County, KY.  I remember she was wearing a house dress and she added a sun bonnet before we went outside.  A real sun bonnet, like in the olden days.  She was in her late 80s or early 90s at the time and this was 20 years ago.  Even so, it was long past the time when people donned sun bonnets, but it seemed fitting for her.

In the cemetery, among the old stones marking graves of great-grandparents and other family members, were blackberry brambles.  We picked enough to make a small cobbler for dessert that night.  That was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten, simply because of the story and the people.

Here’s the recipe we used to make the cobbler, along with a few others:   [Read more…]

New England Blueberry Coffee Cake

How many U.S. states have you been too?  I have not been to very many, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to go.  You know those culprits – time and money – that keep us from getting to do what we’d like to do.

So I had an idea that this summer I would travel the country from my own kitchen and invite you to come along.

This week, we’re in the New England states of Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.   I would love to visit this area of the world, because I hear it is beautiful!  If you’re from New England, please leave a comment and let me know.  And tell us what your favorite regional foods are – links welcome!

I chose to make this recipe for New England Blueberry Coffee Cake.  I found the recipe on AllRecipes.  The only change I made was the baking time.  The time the recipe states was no where near long enough.  I also forgot to add the flour to the butter and brown sugar in the topping.  It still turned out, but the flour would have made it more like a crumb topping.

We loved this cake.  It’s full of blueberries, topped with brown sugar and butter and studded with walnuts.  Oh my! [Read more…]

Nutella and Fruit Topped Waffles

Oh my goodness.  This is beyond amazing.

Nutella slathered over malt waffles and piled high with bananas, blueberries and strawberries.  Wow!

A while back I saw a post on the Disney Food Blog about new waffle sandwiches available at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom.  I’ve vowed that we will try these on our next trip.  But I couldn’t wait that long.  I decided to make them at home.

I used malted milk powder in the waffles to make them more like Magic Kingdom waffles.  I don’t own a Belgian waffle maker, but if you have one, you’ll want to use it for this recipe.   I think thicker waffles might make them easier to fold into a sandwich.  We ate them on a plate, with a fork. [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Blueberries

Little orbs of denim blue

Juicy sweet inside

Disappear into my mouth

I was in a haiku mood.  It happens to me sometimes.

I love fresh blueberries.  Or dried blueberries.  Or chocolate covered blueberries.  I can’t wait to see the recipes you have to share with me this week.  Here are some that I have to share: [Read more…]

Berry Shortcake and Monday’s Celebration

berry shortcake

My husband lucked out this year for his birthday.  His actual day was Thursday, but because our son had soccer practice we decided to celebrate Friday night instead.

Except, the kids thought we should give him his gift on Wednesday night, since it was a fancy new coffee maker.  That way he could enjoy great coffee on his birthday morning.  He has a thing for coffee and even roasts green beans.

On his actual birthday, I didn’t want him to feel we’d done nothing for him, so I made Berry Shortcake.  It’s the same recipe as Strawberry Shortcake, with the addition of blueberries.  Oh so yummy!

And on Friday he got a birthday dinner – his request of meat on the grill, corn on the cob and a variation on his favorite cake, German Chocolate Upside Down Cake.  The recipe for the cake will be coming soon.

Monday’s Celebration

Monday marks the 52nd Menu + Grocery List.  That’s a whole year of free menu planning and grocery list making that has been done for you!

To celebrate there will be a special edition of the menu.

There’s also going to be a giveaway!  You don’t want to miss it!

But first, we get a weekend.  We get to pick our oldest daughter up from the airport on Sunday evening.  She’s been in Bogota, Columbia on a mission trip for 11 days.  I can’t wait to see her again and hear her stories.

What are you doing this weekend?

Blueberry Cobbler

blueberry cobbler done

For reasons I cannot explain, I had never made or eaten blueberry cobbler.  I don’t know why I waited so long to partake of this delicious dessert.

This is adapted from my recipe for Cherry Cobbler, which I’ve also made with blackberries and mixed berries.  I cut the sugar a bit for the blueberry, since they are naturally more sweet than cherries and other berries used in cobblers.

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Blueberry Muffins with Orange Glaze

blueberry muffins with orange glaze done

Do you ever just get a hankering for something?  I did the other day.  I wanted blueberry muffins but I really felt the blueberries needed to be paired with a hint of orange.

Sounds sunny, doesn’t it?  The muffins are perfect for breakfast, but we ate them for a snack.  (Don’t tell anyone, but I prefer muffins to cupcakes.  This tidbit of info could destroy my serious sweet tooth reputation.)

[Read more…]

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