Berries are nutrition powerhouses; packed with fiber, vitamins, flavonoids, and antioxidants. They’re low in calories; with only about 60 calories in a 1 cup serving. In an earlier blog, I discussed the health benefits of berries, including promoting heart health and improving brain function and memory. What I didn’t mention before is just how delicious they are!
Summertime is the best time to buy tasty berries right here in Hampton Roads. Prices in the grocery store are lower, because berries are in season and often available locally, and the farmers’ markets and farm stands have lots of berries too. Choose from strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries to have as a snack, mix into your oatmeal or yogurt, or to create an amazing dessert like a berry crisp.
Berries are naturally sweet which makes them a great choice for dessert. But don’t take my word for it! I made this berry crisp and took it out to share with the seniors at two of our senior center meal sites, where it got rave reviews. Try the simple recipe below at home. It’s wonderful served warm right out of the oven.
3 cups (washed and dried) berries: blueberries, sliced strawberries, raspberries, blackberries
*You can use a mixture of 2 or 3 types of berries, or a mix of all of them
*Can use fresh or frozen berries
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup slivered almonds or chopped walnuts
¼ cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1. Preheat oven to 325˚F.
2. Combine dry ingredients of the crisp topping in a bowl (through cinnamon.) Then add in the wet ingredients and mix until evenly coated.
3. Add berries to a medium-sized baking dish, then cover with the crisp topping.
4. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown and berries start to bubble. Serve warm.