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Hawaii Health Alerts: How to Celebrate National Blueberry Month

Hawaii Health Alerts: How to Celebrate National Blueberry Month

This easy recipe is packed with flavor and health benefits.

When I was growing up, we never ate blueberries. I don’t know if it was a family thing or a hard-to-get-in-Hawaii thing or what, but we never ate blueberries. I’m too embarrassed to tell you how old I was when I first ate fresh blueberries.

But here we are in the 21st century. I’m all grown up and I know blueberries. They’re a good source of fiber and vitamins C and K, and they’re yummy. And it’s July, which is National Blueberry Month, an especially good time to enjoy fresh blueberries because they’re on sale at local supermarkets. That makes them even more attractive.

Other than eating them fresh as a snack, I like to get my blueberry boost in baked oatmeal. This version features blueberries, bananas and walnuts. I make a batch on Sunday, then reheat a portion for breakfast the rest of the week. It’s the perfect breakfast. Enjoy!

Blueberry-banana baked oatmeal

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup agave, honey or maple syrup, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon. baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place banana slices in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of the agave. Add half of the blueberries. (If you’re using frozen berries, there’s no need to thaw them.) In a medium bowl, stir together oats, half of the walnuts, baking powder, salt and remaining cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over blueberries and bananas. In a small bowl, beat the egg, then stir in milk, vanilla and remaining agave. Pour milk mixture over the oats as evenly as possible. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts and blueberries. Bake about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal has set. Makes 6 servings.

Per serving: Calories 200, protein 4 g, carbohydrates 35 g, total fat 5 g, cholesterol 30 mg, sodium 170 mg, fiber 4 g, total sugar 18 g

This content originally appeared on Well-Being Hawaii.

Medically reviewed in May 2018.

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