Fresh organic blueberries are out of season now, but you can use frozen organic blueberries for this recipe and that is what I recommend. Frozen organic blueberries are much cheaper than fresh and perfect for baking!
I love using plantains in baking, because they provide a nice amount of resistant starch that feeds our microbiome and, pragmatically, they help hold grain free baked goods together.
Gluten is like a glue (not something I want to eat) – that is why gluten grains are so easy to use in baking. But we know the dangers of using gluten and grains in general – going grain free helps so many health issues.
Using other safe starches in baking can be more challenging, but once you do it a few times you will know what to expect.
Plantains also contain loads of potassium, vitamin A, folate and all the B vitamins as well as minerals such as calcium and zinc. Wow! What a powerhouse of nutrition!
Blueberries are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium, calcium, magnesium and manganese.
Anthocyanin (the pigment that makes blueberries blue) contains naturally occurring plant chemicals called polyphenols which have very high antioxidant characteristics. The darker, deeper blue fruits have the highest anthocyanin values, thereby supplying the most potent antioxidant sources.
Antioxidants consist of a group of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that help bind up harmful metabolic by-products called free radicals that can lead to tissue and DNA damage, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other age-related diseases.
Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that are formed from normal metabolic functions in the body and also when our cells are exposed to a variety of substances such as radiation, chemicals, pollution, smoke, drugs, alcohol, pesticides and the sun.
Compounds in blueberries protect us against free radical damage.
The USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston has developed an assay called ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), which rates the antioxidant capacity of foods. Fresh blueberries have a high level of ORAC, at 2400 per 100 grams. Researchers have found that blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 common fresh fruits and vegetables.
Another great reason to have blueberries in your diet!
Tip: Taste the batter before use to make sure it is sweet enough. I use these as a more savory item and most times I do not add the honey, but that is a personal preference.
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These recipes are suitable for Paleo, SCD, GAPS and all grain free eaters.