When speaking about “itty bitty” sizes, one of fruits that tops my list is wild blueberries. Just like regular blueberries, they are rich in a range of natural oxidants. But wild blueberries are especially high in anthocyanin, a flavonoid with potent antioxidant capacity. The deep blue color of these tiny berries comes from anthocyanin, and are responsible for landing wild blueberries one of the top spots on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale. USDA research found that one cup serving of wild blueberries has more total antioxidant capacity than 20 other fruits and veggies, including cranberries, strawberries, plums, raspberries and even cultivated blueberries.
Wild blueberries are twice as powerful as regular blueberries when it comes to their capacity to neutralize free radicals and help prevent cell damage. Their high antioxidant content also protects against inflammation, brain aging and other degenerative diseases.
So let’s put some of these miniature gifts from nature to good use by combining them in another one of my favorite “small boxes with the best presents” example: Almond Wild Blueberry mini-muffins! They are bite- sized baked goodness that allow you to portion control while still indulging in a treat. And if I haven’t said it enough, mini-muffins are the solution for busy moms and working adults since you can make a big batch and freeze them to enjoy throughout the week.
These almond and wild blueberry mini-muffins also call for yogurt, which in combination with the Once Again Almond Butter holds all the moisture and softness within without needing any butter or oil! You have the option of sweetening them with honey only and omitting the sugar, or using a little bit of both. When making them for breakfast, I would recommend using just ¼ cup honey, but when baking them for an afternoon tea time, or to bring to a party as a treat, then double up on the honey or use the ¼ cup honey and ¼ cup sugar. They do work out well in large muffin tins, too. And if you are feeling extra generous, top them off with about ½ tablespoon of pure Once Again Creamy Almond Butter for a beautifully delicious finish. Almond Wild Blueberry Muffins recipe below:
Almond and Blueberry Muffin
Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD
- Start by mixing all dry ingredients together in medium sized bowl and set aside. In separate bowl, add almond butter and honey, mix well. Lastly, add in the yogurt and egg.
- Once well mixed, add in the dry ingredients and stir. Fold in the wild blueberries and only stir until mixed in.
- Take it to an oven preheated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. Wait until the muffins are cool to serve. You may freeze and save them for up to 3 months.