Blackberry bushes spring up and make a stubborn home in so many places in our garden. I have loathed them for so long, them with their thorny, vicious stems, tangling up my flowers. I have loathed them…until today, when we stopped to notice the sweet, plump berries that have suddenly ripened on the bushes. We picked a whole bowlful, and delighted in stained fingers and mouths and tongues. A purple delight!
Like all other berries, blackberries are packed with lots of nutrients. They are a great source of vitamin-C, which can help to build up the immune system and resist infectious agents. They also carry adequate levels of vitamin-A, E and K, and minerals such as potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium. They are also loaded with antioxidant compounds such as phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals: anthocyanins, ellagic acid, tannin, quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidin, pelargonidin, catechins, kaempferol, and salicylic acid. Scientific studies suggest that these antioxidant compounds may have potential health benefits against cancer, ageing, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
Thank you to our friend Steve for reminding me to see beauty in the ugly. And for my two metre tall hubby for plucking the sweetest at the top. I knew there was a reason I married you 😉
With all these berries, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a healthy gluten-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free cobbler. Here’s what I made, and it was berry (lol) delicious:
- 4 cups of blackberries (or any other berries you might have, fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- optional: stevia, organic honey or maple syrup to taste
- optional: organic whole cream, whipped with vanilla (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
- Grease a 8×8 or larger baking dish with coconut oil.
- Place berries in baking dish.
- Combine almond flour, coconut oil/butter and vanilla with your hands until it makes a crumbly topping. You may need to adjust the almond flour up or down slightly, depending on the texture of the brand you use. If using stevia, you can add a small amount to the topping at this point.
- Using your hands, sprinkle/crumble the topping over the berries.
- Put dish into oven and cook for about 20 minutes (fresh fruit) to 30-40 minutes (frozen fruit).
- When done, drizzle with organic honey or maple syrup if using(optional)
- Top with whipped organic cream/vanilla if using.