Blueberry Swirl Energy Cups are a nourishing on-the-go snack ideal for an active lifestyle. This post is sponsored by Nature’s Touch™ Frozen Foods. All Opinions are our own.Keith and I share a true taste for adventure. No, we are not scaling mountains, jumping out of planes, or hiking through uninhabited rain forests. Our adventures together began at little-known restaurants in the East Village, sampling flavor combinations that only cosmopolitan chefs would attempt. We peruse menus, looking for that special something, seeking out inspiring flavor profiles, and searching for that special dish that makes our hearts beat fast. Our journeys have led us to cities big and small, to food trucks, street vendors, and hole-in-the wall joints where recipes have been passed down through generations. Together we have discovered food artistry, and our journey has just begun.We are always looking for ideas that highlight natural, organic ingredients, ones that make food that is good for you, taste good and nourish your body. With the help of Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods and Shoprite, we have come up with a Blueberry Swirl Energy Cup that does these things. We focused on one of my favorite “super foods”: the blueberry. Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, blueberries are a great base for a nutrient-rich snack. But sometimes, in the off-season, they are not as easy to come by (or as plump and flavorful as we would like them to be). Nature’s Touch has us covered. Their Organic Wild Blueberries and Pesticide-Free Wild Blueberries are sourced ethically and harvested at the peak of flavor. They are ready to be used all year long.We think these Blueberry Swirl Energy Cups are ideal for an active lifestyle. They are super easy to make, and they keep well for a few days so that you can grab one and go… for breakfast or for a nutrient-packed afternoon snack. Unlike sugar-filled traditional blueberry muffins, these Energy Cups are made with rolled oats, whole wheat flour and bananas. There is no dairy, and just a touch of sugar. They are more like an energy bar than a muffin—a breakfast full of fiber and protein that will keep you satisfied in between meals. Inspired by healthy breakfast treats at some of our favorite eco-friendly coffee shops, these Blueberry Swirl Energy Cups represent our effort to find creative ways of eating healthy. Even if we can’t do it every day, we think this is a good start.Nature’s Touch has more great frozen fruit options, picked and packed at the peak of freshness. Try some of our other favorites: Organic Mangoes and Pesticide-Free Three Berry Mix.
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- FOR THE ENERGY CUPS:
- 1 Cup rolled oats
- ½ Cup wheat flour
- ½ Cup pecans, chopped
- 1 Teaspoon baking powder
- 2 Ripe bananas
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Cup Nature's Touch Organic Wild Blueberries
- 1 Teaspoon granulated sugar
- FOR THE CRUNCHY TOPPING:
- ¼ Cup rolled oats
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Mix all ingredients for the crunchy topping together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Place blueberries in sauce pan with granulated sugar over medium heat. Stir mixture for 5 minutes to combine as it heats, smashing some berries to create a thickened sauce. Set aside to cool.
- Spray muffin pan generously with non-stick spray and set aside.
- Combine rolled oats, wheat flour, pecans and baking powder in large bowl. Add eggs, smashed banana, and vanilla. Stir mixture together. Batter should be just combined and chunky.
- Using an ice cream scoop, place overflowing scoop of batter into each muffin cup, dividing evenly. Add a spoonful of blueberry mixture over the top of each cup.
- Using a chopstick, swirl the blueberry mixture into the cup gently. Do not over mix. Add a sprinkle of the crunchy topping to the top of each cup.
- Bake for 5 minutes at 425°. Reduce temperature to 375° and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes.
- Allow cups to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.