Light and crispy whole grain waffles; blueberries and vanilla sweeten naturally ~ by Serena Ball, MS, RD
Disclosure: Wild Blueberry Association of North America compensated The Recipe ReDux (co-owned by ReganMillerJones, Inc. and Teaspoon Communications), to sponsor this recipe contest. We are not eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Crispy, piping-hot Wild Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles on a snowy winter morning sounds pretty idealic. But that’s what we had! Thanks to the luxury of having Wild Blueberries in the freezer.
“Wild blueberries” sound rather luxurious and exotic. They taste that way too – at least more exotic than regular blueberries. The “Wild” variety packs more flavor punch: More tart, more sweet, more blueberry-ey.
I learned from the of The Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA) that they also contain more antioxidants; specifically Wild Blueberries are rich in anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is a flavonoid found in the deep blue pigments of Wild Blueberries, giving them their color and their antioxidant power with anti-inflammatory properties.
Thanks to the recipe challenge issued by the WBANA to the members of The Recipe ReDux, I tried to think of a recipe that would highlight the …ahem…special size of wild blueberries. (My youngest boy is always reminding me “small is mighty!”) Regular sized blueberries can make for messy waffles; they sorta squish all over when you close the waffle iron. But I discovered these mighty small wild blueberries worked perfectly in waffles. I added dried oats (pureed quickly in the food processor) for a heartier waffle with the delicious malty flavor of oats.
I also used the last of the beautiful blue hen eggs my neighbor gave me for a late Christmas present…best present ever! They’re shown below to highlight the small size of wild blueberries.
What are you baking during these snowy days?