Blueberry Coffee Cake

 

Blueberry Avocado Salsa

This fruity Blueberry Avocado Salsa is a refreshing snack or a delightful side to grilled meat and fish recipes.  You can spice it up with some jalapeno or add more sweetness by doubling the strawberries.  Either way, it’s going to make your meal!

Blueberry Avocado Salsa from Barrie Hill Farms

Combining delicious blueberries and strawberries from Barrie Hill Farms is the perfect way to celebrate summer and you’ll find that entertaining has never been this easy.  The kids will love this too and it’s such a wonderful way to get those necessary nutrients into them during those important years of growth.

Blueberry Avocado Salsa from Barrie Hill Farms

Blueberries Are Considered A Superfood!

  • Low in calories but high in fibre, Vitamin C and Vitamin K
  • Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all the popular fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids appear to be the berries’ antioxidant with the greatest impact.
  • Several studies suggest that blueberries and blueberry juice reduce DNA damage, which is a leading driver of aging and cancer.
  • The antioxidants in blueberries have been shown to reduce a predominant risk factor for heart disease by preventing oxidative damage to “bad” LDL cholesterol

Blueberry Avocado Salsa from Barrie Hill Farms

How do you cook your fresh picked blueberries?   Share in the comments section or tag us #barriehillfarms on social media with your creations.  We’d love to share your inspiration with our readers!

Blueberry Avocado Sala

This fruity Blueberry Avocado Salsa is a refreshing snack or a delightful side to grilled meat and fish recipes.  You can spice it up with some jalapeno or add more sweetness by doubling the strawberries.  Either way, it’s going to make your meal!

Prep Time: 15 days
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: blueberry avocado salsa
Servings: 4
Calories: 59kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 5 medium strawberries, hulled, chopped into chunks
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • zest of two limes
  • 1/2 cup avocado, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine blueberries, strawberries, onion, lime zest, juice and cilantro in a food processor or blender and pulse. For a chunky salsa, pulse 6-7 times. If you like it creamy, 10-12 times.

  • Season with salt and pepper and pour into serving bowl. Add avocado and mix. Serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe can easily be doubled.
If you want some heat, add some jalapeno pepper.  Sweet and spicy is awesome!

Nutrition

Serving: 75g | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 14.8mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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More Blueberry Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Berry French Toast Casserole

Blueberry Pizza

Balsamic Blueberry Steak Crostinis

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Barrie Hill Lemon Blueberry Cashew Cake

Barrie Hill Lemon Blueberry Cashew Cake is that irresistible combo of lemon and blueberry.  It’s creamy, delicious and healthy!

Barrie Hill Lemon Blueberry Cashew Cake top view

Ok, on to the dessert – these pictures were taken on the fly because my friend, Paula and I were both so busy chatting that I forgot about taking more pics but these will give you a good look at her super delicious treat. This was the first taste test of her experiment and we were both delighted with the results.

Paula used Barrie Hill Farms frozen blueberries for this recipe and we both agreed that they are amazing. When you open up that package, the wonderful aroma of fresh berries greets you and you feel as though you’ve picked them that morning.  Fabulous!

Barrie Hill Lemon Blueberry Cashew Cake on a dish

Barrie Hill Lemon Blueberry Cashew Cake

Author: Paula Card

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds

Filling

  • 1.5 cups raw cashews
  • 2 large lemons
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 can coconut milk (add a little more if you want it thick)

Topping

  • 1 600 gram bag of Barrie Hill Farms Frozen blueberries or fresh if available.
  • 2.5 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

Crust

  • Soak dates in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain
  • Process nuts into a meal using food processor. Set aside.
  • Process dates until small bits remain and it forms into a bal. Add nuts back into processor and blend until a loose dough forms. It should stick together when you squeeze a bit between you fingers.Too dry? Add more dates. Too wet? Add more almonds.
  • Line a small baking dish with parchment paper and pack down the crust using your fingers. Place in freezer and let set.

Filling

  • Soak in water 4-6 hours then drain. (note…to speed this process up, pour boiling hot water over cashews and soak for one hour).
  • Juice and zest lemons. Place all filling ingredients into food processor and blend till smooth. For coconut milk, be sure to use the ‘cream’ part first as this makes the filling richer tasting then add the liquid after.
  • Taste mixture to ensure it has a good lemony flavour. Add more lemon juice and zest if needed.
  • Once mixture is to your liking, pour it into the cake pan, layering it over the crust evenly.

Topping

  • Place all topping ingredients into a fry pan and sauté till blueberries soften Pour blueberry mixture over cashew cake and serve.
  • Garnish on the side with additional fruit if desired.
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More Blueberry Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Blueberry Pizza

Berry French Toast Casserole

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Mixed Berry Crisp

Mixed Berry Crisp is very light and super easy to make. So even if you’re not very experienced in the baking department you’re going to love it.

Crispy mixed berry in a fry pan

Mixed Berry Crisp

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Keyword: blueberries
Servings: 8 persons
Calories: 193kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of ½ lemon and juice
  • ¼ cup tapioca

Topping

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup tapioca
  • ¼ maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup butter, slightly softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray your baking dish or individual ramekins
  • Clean and cut your strawberries. Add all ingredients to bowl except tapioca and mix very gently. Sprinkle tapioca over mixture and mix gently again. Pour mixture into baking dish or individual ramekins.

Topping

  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and combine. Use fork to mix in butter well.
  • Sprinkle topping over the berry mixture, covering completely. Bake for 35-40 minutes until bubbly. (If you’ve filled it to the brim, place your baking dishes on a baking sheet to avoid spillage in your oven)
  • Let cool for 10 minutes and serve with whipped coconut milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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Blueberry Pizza

Quinoa Lentil Salad with Blueberries and Toasted Pecans

 

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Top Recipes Featuring Locally Grown Ontario Foods

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With the holidays and first day of winter coming up soon, there’s no better time to plan out a lovely dinner of local food recipes that will bring together your family and friends. From appetizers to dessert, we have all your local food bases covered in a delicious grouping of Ontario asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, and apples.

Ontario Strawberry and Blueberry Savoury Appetizers

It’s chilly outside, but your house is warm from the oven and filled with the mouth-watering scent of home cooked foods. Your family and friends arrive, cheeks red from the snow and ravenous from the drive – but don’t worry, you’re ready and waiting with two amazing appetizer options. The first is a Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa that pairs perfectly with your favourite cracker or some corn tortillas. It’s sweet and spicy flavours combine in a unique and tongue tingling way, and best of all you only need strawberries, Jalapeno, red onion, cilantro and lime.

If you think that your guests are amazed at your culinary prowess now, just wait until they see your Balsamic Blueberry Steak Crostinis. These delightful bite sized snacks are a perfect combination of sweet and savoury, and are completely customizable. This crostini recipe includes steak that’s as spiced as you want, your favourite soft cheese, a tangy green such as spinach or arugula, and an Ontario blueberry balsamic dressing. Not only does this dish make an impressive presentation and taste delicious, but the blueberries provide some amazing health benefits as well.

Ontario Apple and Asparagus Main Courses

Everyone has settled in by now, the wine and conversations are flowing and you’re ready to unveil the next dish – a winter chill-defying Asparagus, Spinach & Garlic Soup. This simple dish is made using only a few ingredients, but never fails to impress with it’s elegant presentation. You can add in milk or Ontario potatoes if you want to make it creamier or thicker, and the garlic in the recipe lends an extra savoury note to this humble but warming dish.

It’s time for the main event, and in a fresh twist on a classic dish you’ve prepared Oven Roasted Chicken with Apples & Grapes. The combination of meat and fruit will surprise not only your guests, but their taste buds as well. The addition of sweet Ontario apples and tart grapes brings out the natural flavours in your chicken and adds additional juiciness to the entire dish. This healthy and deceptively simple main course shows amazingly on your table and will definitely spark a conversation.

Nestled beside your chicken is the fantastically colourful Autumn Kale, Apple & Quinoa Salad that combines some of our favourite tasty superfoods. This salad looks complex but will only take you a couple minutes to prepare, and can be customized in a couple of ways to suit your taste. Barrie Hill Farms grows a variety of Ontario apples, all of which can be picked yourself from our fields. The Zestar! apple was chosen for this recipe because of its sweet-tart taste that can be compared to a Honey Crisp. It’s firm crisp flesh holds up very nicely if you want to make it ahead of time for dinner.

Local Strawberries for Holiday Desserts

Dinner is over and everyone is sated, smiling and nestled down by the fire to chat and laugh, but you’re not done yet! You have one last showstopper of a dish to finish out an amazing and delicious night: a Sugar-Free Strawberry topping. This super simple, three-ingredient dish is sugar free and can be eaten on its own or on top of any number of desserts. Pairs perfectly with a drink and some entertaining stories from the past.

Locally Grown Foods All Year Long

This is the time of year when we gather to celebrate the past 12 months, and what better way to do it than with local foods gathered from the fields in your neighbourhood. Here at Barrie Hill Farms we’re eagerly looking forward to spring, but until then are making use of our winter stores of fresh produce to create some delicious recipes for family and friends.

Balsamic Blueberry Steak Crostinis

Balsamic Blueberry Steak Crostinis are the ultimate sweet and savory delight.  Caution though – these easy appetizers are very addictive!

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They are messy and sloppy and you’ll want to rip into them so be sure you’re serving them to friends and not the boss or someone you want to impress.  But oh man, are they delicious!

You can do this with any type of steak and it doesn’t have to be spiced with peppercorn but it certainly adds that extra bite.  Likewise with the greens – I used spinach leaves but feel free to use anything you have handy.   Arugula would be a scrumptious substitute.

Peppercorn Steak Crostini with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce | Simply Fresh Dinners

Did you know these important facts about blueberries?

  • A one cup serving of blueberries – about a handful – contains just 80 calories, but a whopping 25 percent of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C and 4 grams of fiber.
  • They slow the aging process.  Everyone wants a natural “fountain of youth” – and slowing the breakdown of DNA in your body might get you there.
  • Promotes heart health. Eating blueberries has been linked to reducing high blood pressure. It also reduces the stiffness in arterial walls, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly through your body.

Peppercorn Steak Crostini with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce | Simply Fresh Dinners

I added some fresh herbs to the goat cheese and whipped it to give it some fluffiness.  The blueberry/balsamic sauce came together in 4 minutes with a simple addition of maple syrup.

Some fresh chives on top with a few pea tendrils strewn about make for an attractive presentation, don’t you think?  Along with the herbs, the blueberries are fresh picked from Barrie Hill Farms and were beyond delicious.  I’m smacking my lips again just thinking about the taste!

Peppercorn Steak Crostini with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce | Simply Fresh Dinners

Another bonus about making these delectable little bites is that you can convince the grill master in your family to help out.  The more, the merrier – right?

I’ve been told by American friends and family that we have too many long weekends in the summer.  Is that really possible?!  Americans need to lobby for that extra August holiday – we celebrate summer on the first long weekend of each August.   And I suppose it’s also a  celebration of surviving our winters, ha!  Cheers, everyone!

Balsamic Blueberry Steak Crostinis

Blueberry sauce on steak is the ultimate sweet and savory delight.  Caution though - these easy appetizers are very addictive!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: blueberries
Servings: 8
Author: Robyn Gleason

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound peppercorn steak, or regular steak, cut of your choice
  • 1-2 tbsp black and white peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • handful of spinach or arugula leaves, washed and trimmed
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • Additional fresh chives, chopped, for topping

Instructions

  • For peppercorn steak, rub the crushed peppercorns into the steak, pressing them lightly to ensure they stay while cooking. Melt butter in saucepan on high heat and cook approximately 2-3 minutes per side. (can be grilled as well)Steak should be medium rare for crostini. Remove from heat, tent loosely with foil and let rest while you prepare the other ingredients. Slice thinly after 10 -15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 and brush baguette piece lightly with olive oil. Place on baking sheet and toast for 5-7 minutes until golden. Remove.
  • You can slice the goat cheese or whip it. To whip put in food processor or use mixer, adding chives and garlic. Whip until fluffy. 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Combine balsamic vinegar, blueberries and maple syrup in saucepan and bring to a boil before reducing heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Mixture should stick lightly to spoon.
  • Assembly:
    Place one spinach leaf on each baguette piece followed by a generous dollop of goat cheese. Place one slice of steak on top of cheese, and drizzle with blueberry/balsamic sauce. Top with chopped chives.
    Serve immediately
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More Blueberry Recipes from Barrie Hill Farms

Berry French Toast Casserole

Blueberry Pizza

 

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Blueberry Picking 101 – How to Pick the Sweetest, Most Delicious Berries

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Blueberry picking is another hallmark of a summer well-lived. The whole experience of taking the wagon to the blueberry patch, filling your baskets with these delicious blue gems, followed up with a tasty blueberry treat, is one to revisit every single year.

Blueberries ripen in July and August at blueberry farms in Ontario. They come in wild and highbush varieties. What’s commonly known as ‘wild’ is a berry that comes from a native stand of lowbush variety. These bushes aren’t intentionally planted, but are cared for with pruning and pest management. Highbush blueberries are cultivated and generally produce larger berries.

The striking blueberry not only packs a visual punch when you’re preparing dessert or a fruity summer salad. It also has an excellent nutritional impact. It’s low in calories and is a source of potassium, Vitamins A, C and B-6, Iron and Magnesium. Use a light hand with the sugar, and you have a healthy dessert option.

Blueberry Picking Tips:

  • Don’t forget the container! Choose a smaller container with a handle so you can loop it through your belt. This keeps it handy and allows you to use both hands for more efficient picking.
  • Be selective. Not every berry will ripen at the same time. Look for larger, plump berries that are firm to the touch and don’t have cracks. These will be the sweetest.
  • A ripe berry will roll off the stem easily and fall into your hand. Gently hold a cluster in your hand and roll the berries off. Ones that do not come away easily should be left on the bush to ripen further.
  • Like strawberries, blueberries don’t ripen when picked. So leave unripened berries for the next person in a few days.
  • Commit to a bush, and pick all the ripe berries on it, before moving onto the next one. This is the most efficient way, plus, you’re leaving unpicked bushes for the next person.
  • Once your picking is done, be sure to handle your berries gently and refrigerate them promptly.

At Barrie Hill Farms, there is a $5 pre-paid picking fee per person if you wish to take a wagon to the fields. This cost is deducted from your purchase of berries when you’re all done. This fee helps to support our clean and tidy farm and picnic area, and for your wagon ride. You can also simply enjoy the wagon ride if you decide not to pick! It’s a lot of fun to get out in the sunshine and explore the farm.

How to Freeze Fresh Picked Blueberries

Blueberries are excellent to freeze because they hold their nutritional value, shape, taste, and texture well. To freeze blueberries, simply wash and dry them thoroughly, removing any stems or debris, and lay them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment. You don’t want the berries to be touching as they will tend to freeze together.
Once they are frozen, transfer the berries to a freezer bag, and you’re done! You can now use the berries for a year-round taste of local produce.

Our Favourite Way to Enjoy Blueberries

Blueberries make an excellent substitution for syrup on pancakes or french toast! To make blueberry syrup, simply simmer 1 cup of washed blueberries, 1 cup of warm water, 1 cup of sugar, a teaspoon of lemon juice on the stovetop until the berries are soft and the syrup is thickened, about 15 minutes.
Leftover syrup can also be frozen for a delicious mid-winter breakfast that reminds you of summer.

Visit Blueberry Farms in Ontario

Blueberries are native to Canada, so they’re an amazingly hearty plant built to withstand Ontario’s harshest winters. This makes them an excellent choice of crop for Ontario farms. Show your support for fresh, local produce, including blueberries by spending a day blueberry picking each summer.

Blueberry Pizza

This recipe for sweet and savory Blueberry Pizza will have your eyes popping in surprise and your taste buds thanking you as you do the happy dance.  This easy blueberry pizza recipe is baked on naan bread for a tasty shortcut.

A individual serving of blueberry pizza on naan bread.

 

Blueberry Season at Barrie Hill Farms

It’s blueberry season and I love being at Barrie Hill Farms to watch everyone’s excitement to climb the wagons and get into the fields to pick.  This year the berries are as big as quarters and SO juicy!

Did you know that blueberries contain:
  • blueberries are the most nutrient dense of all the berries
  • the king of antioxidant foods
  • reduce DNA damage which may help protect against aging and cancer
  • can help maintain brain function and improve memory

Blueberries hanging on the vine at Barrie Hill Farms.

An Easy Blueberry Pizza Recipe

I’ve included pancetta on this pizza but I’m sure it would be delicious without it as well if you’re vegetarian.  I don’t cook pancetta very often and every time I do I’m left wondering why I don’t add it to everything, ha.  I absolutely love it!

I used mini Naan because you know I’m all about quick and easy.  The kids can help with this dish and each make their own.  The base is simply honey and goat cheese combined topped with the red onion, pancetta and a little thyme.   Bake for 12 minutes and add the blueberries for another 5 minutes and lunch is served!

A pizza made on naan bread with blueberries, pancetta, red onion and basil.

I will be making these often throughout the summer because I love the look of surprise on everyone’s face when they take their first bite – fabulous!

What’s your favourite dish for the family this summer?  Do you have a go-to meal that is sure to please everyone?  Share it with me on Instagram so I can share your talents with my followers.  Cheers!

Blueberry Pizza

This recipe for sweet and savory blueberry pizza will have your eyes popping in surprise and your taste buds thanking you as you do the happy dance. I swear, this isn't strange - it may sound a little weird but just look at that yummy blue deliciousness!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10 mini pizzas
Calories: 675kcal
Author: Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners

Ingredients

  • 10 mini naan bread or 5 regular sized
  • 10 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 12 ounces pancetta cooked and drained
  • 1 red onion sliced thinly
  • 2 pints blueberries
  • fresh thyme optional, to garnish
  • fresh basil cut into this strips, optional, to garnish
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F. In a bowl, combine softened goat cheese and honey until well blended.
  • Place the naan on a baking sheet. With the back end of a spoon or knife, spread the goat cheese evenly on the naan, leaving a one inch border. Top with cooked pancetta, red onion and a few sprigs of thyme.
  • Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until sides are golden. Add blueberries and return to oven for 3 minutes. Remove and top with thin strips of basil and pepper if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 675kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1178mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 1mg
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A crisp blueberry pizza garnished with basil leaves.

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Quinoa Lentil Salad With Blueberries and Toasted Pecans

This is not your ordinary brown rice salad, folks, this has blueberries, toasted pecans, barley, green lentils, red quinoa, scallions, mint and more!  This quinoa lentil salad is packed with goodness and deliciousness! The sweet and savory tastes go well together and it packs a whole lot of flavour into each bite. Enjoy!

an overhead shot of a quinoa lentil salad with blueberries and pecans in a white bowl with a spoon and some condiments and cutlery around the edge

A Quinoa Lentil Salad With Unique Combinations

In a roundabout way this salad was inspired by an appetizer I did last summer – Peppercorn Steak Crostini with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce.  While creating this I discovered that I absolutely love the combination of balsamic vinegar, blueberries and a touch of pure maple syrup.  I definitely needed to do something with them again. The balsamic vinegar and maple syrup penetrate the blueberries perfectly and meld together to create a sweet, fruity, tart taste that is truly memorable.  You can see how dark the berries get and when I was sauteing them.  It was all I could do not to gobble them up!

I think some goat cheese would be delightful in this as well.  You could also use almonds instead of pecans, parsley instead of mint and how about some roasted corn in there? This is a recipe that gives you the bones and you can make it your own.  It’s a great side dish for any BBQ feast.   You don’t even have to tell people you saw it here first!

I’d love to know what your favorite dish is this summer.   Is there one recipe that your family asks for over and over again? Take a shot next time and share it with me on Instagram at #BarrieHillFarms.  You know I love hearing about what you’re making.  I’m nosy like that!  Cheers!

Quinoa Lentil Salad With Blueberries and Toasted Pecans

A salad that celebrates the flavors of blueberries and balsamic vinegar and incorporates a variety of elements like pecans, scallions, lentils and quinoa to boost the taste explosion!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 420kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason @ Simply Fresh Dinners

Ingredients

  • 1 package brown rice with barley, green lentil and red quinoa blend (you can choose any blend that you prefer. Wild rice would be fantastic!)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup scallions both chopped and thinly sliced lengthwise (purely for aesthetic purposes so skip this if you prefer)
  • 4 tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Berry French Toast Casserole

This Berry French Toast Casserole mixes delicious berries with an even sweeter french toast and can be made with lots of tasty additions. Anyone that likes to eat breakfast for dinner will love this sweet treat that makes a great breakfast (or dinner!).  The crunchiness of the granola adds to the already wide variety of textures in this dish that everyone is going to love.

two small bowls of berry french toast casserole

Berry French Toast Casserole: An All-Day Treat

Berry French Toast Casserole is now my favorite meal!  Oh boy, I could have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner!  The best thing is that you don’t need refined sugar when you’ve got the sweetness from all those berries PLUS I added some pure maple syrup and freshly squeezed orange juice.  Gotta love it, right?

If you’re like me and demand some texture in your food then I’ve got that for you too.  A delicious maple granola tops this treat – love that extra tasty crunch! My friend, Fran, from Not Yer Granny’s Granola hand-bakes it in small batches and it’s chock full of natural, healthy ingredients.   Of course, this doesn’t require three berries.  If you just want to use one that works just fine, too.  For a berry nut like me, I would have used 10 varieties if they were available to me!

A pan of baked french toast surrounded by bowls of berries.

Locally Bought & Locally Made

I love it when I can create a meal with locally made products. The berries are from Barrie Hill Farms, the delicious eggs, freshly baked bread, and pure maple syrup are from local markets and the milk is from a local company, Sheldon Creek Dairy. Don’t you love the little bottle shaped like a maple leaf for the maple syrup?  We’re very proud of our syrup up here, ha!

a photo showing an open container of a dozen eggs and a row of maple syrup and small pieces of bread

You can make this in a baking dish or let the kids help make up their own ramekins.  You can also prepare this the night before and just cover and refrigerate.  I simply poured the egg mixture over the bread and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes before tossing it in the oven. The flavors were top notch so either way will work depending on your schedule.

This doesn’t have to be just for the weekends.   By preparing it the night before, it’s an easy and delicious way to start your weekday as well.  I especially love this recipe because it’s a year-round treat.  You can even use well-frozen berries in the winter!  I think we all need more french toast, don’t you?

Don’t forget to share your photos with me on Instagram with the hashtag, #BarrieHillFarms.  I want to know what you’re going with your berries this summer.  Cheers!

Berry French Toast Casserole

You don’t need loads of refined sugar for tasty french toast. Sweeten it with berries, pure maple syrup and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 410kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason @ Simply Fresh Dinners

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf whole grain bread or challah, farmer’s market bread – your choice
  • 8 eggs you can use 4 eggs and 4 egg whites if you prefer)
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk (or coconut milk, whole milk, skim milk)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp orange juice freshly squeezed
  • zest from 1/2 the orange
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen)
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup granola
  • extra maple syrup for drizzling

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, maple syrup, extract, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg. Whisk well.
  • Oil a baking dish (about 9 x 13) or ramekins and fill with bread.
  • Pour the liquid mixture over the bread and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes, mixing once or twice to be sure all parts of the bread are moistened.
  • Mix in the blueberries.
  • Bake the casserole at 350 F. for about 20 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with half of the granola; return to oven and bake another 15 minutes or until there is no longer any liquid between the bread.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Top with raspberries, blackberries and remaining granola. Drizzle with additional maple syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 16.3mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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Recipe courtesy of Simply Fresh Dinners,  A partner with Barrie Hill Farms in bringing fresh recipes to your table.

 

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