Friday, March 21, 2014

Recipe Weekend- Wake Up Healthy Banana BlueBerry Muffins made with Wyman's of Maine WILD Blue Berries!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Wyman's of Maine, via Conerly Partners PR, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.



Ah Spring is in the air.
Are you ready? Easter is only a month away!

Yes you can scream now....

Better? 
Now how about finding out about a product that can make all your Spring recipes
 extra delicious and yummy? 

wyman's of maine logo
As the weather warms up and the ground begins to thaw, it's time to pull our bag of Wyman's frozen wild blueberries out of the freezer and start to thaw,  for fresh, spring recipes. Whether it's Passover, Easter or a springtime brunch, Wyman's of Maine frozen fruit is the perfect ingredient for a seasonal celebration. Wyman's of Maine thought ahead last summer and harvested (and quick-freezing) their Summer fruit to bring you farm to freezer to table wild blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and mango chunks. 

Just look at the blueberries I used in the muffin recipe- don't they look like they just came off the bush, rather than the deep freeze?

wymans of maine blueberries coming out of the bag


How does Wyman’s keeps their fruit so fresh? By flash freezing them to lock in the freshness and taste, within 24 hours of their being harvested,  to prevent the slow growth of ice crystals inside, which expand and destroy the cell structure, and leads to mushy fruit. AHA- now you know why you've had mushy frozen fruit before! Did you know that the FDA has concluded that frozen produce is just as healthy as fresh and may even retain their nutritional value longer? And wild blueberries, like those fromWyman's of Maine, do the body good with a higher level of antioxidants than 40 other fruits and vegetables? That's why I was thrilled to be able to use them to come up with a new healthy morning muffin!

Let's check them out, and then I'll tell you some more about Wyman's!

Wake Up Healthy Banana BlueBerry Muffins

Wake Up Healthy Banana BlueBerry Muffins


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cps flour (your mixture of GF or regular)
1 tsp bakign soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg (can use up to 1/2 tsp)
1/2 cp honey
1/2 cp brown sugar or cane sugar
1/2 cp oil
4 oz unflavored or vanilla flavored yogurt (the baby cups are exactly the right size)
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla 
2 overripe bananas, smashed
1 cp blueberries (I was actually able to use about 3/4 cp as the Wyman's are more flavorable!)
Option:


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Grease/flour/butter your muffin tins (I got 21 muffins from this mix, you might get 24)
3, In medium mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (except sugar) together.
4. In large mixing bowl, mix together eggs, honey, yogurt, bananas, vanilla and sugar.
5. Add the dry mix to your wet batter and blend.
6. Optional- add 1/8 cp flax seed or flax seed mix. I used one of the nutritional packets I reviewed last year that has flax seed, walnut and almonds, for more flavor) and blend.
7. Add your blueberries and carefully fold them into the batter. If anyone can fold blueberries with NO streaks, PLEASE tell me how! LOL, personally I love the tinge of flavor in the batter!
8. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins and bake for 18-20 min, checking after about 14 minutes for doneness. And this is what you will pull out of your oven:

Wake Up Healthy Banana BlueBerry Muffins out of the oven

Yummy looking aren't they?

Just wait til you open one up and put a bit of butter on them. Trust me, you will have to eat at least one of them warm! 

Wake Up Healthy Banana BlueBerry Muffins opened up

We also recommend reheating in the microwave for 10 seconds each, in the morning, for that just from the oven taste. Your family won't even realize HOW healthy these muffins are for them, they're be so happy with how they taste!  Trust me, Miss Grace would have eaten 3 when they came out of the oven, if I had let her! She LOVES these muffins! You can also make it into a bread loaf, but we like the muffins for easier portability for breakfast on the go! 

Not only are these blueberries in these muffins, SO wonderful tasting, they come from a company with a history of growing great food and being good to the land they harvest from! Wyman’s of Maine has been in the fruit business ever since they started by growing wild blueberries in 1874 ! Wild blueberries are native to Maine and the Canadian Maritimes,  where Wyman's owns 10,000 acres of land.  All their fruit is grown in an environmentally sustainable way with the interest of fresh fruit and care for the land, you can check out all the different ways they make a difference on their website! Since the increasing loss of honey bees, that help pollinate, and produce the berries (and other fruits), Wyman's has been at the for front, with money for research to see how we can stop the loss from occurring! 

When properly stored, the shelf life of Wyman’s fruit can last up to two years, which is quite a long time to enjoy one harvest of frozen fruit. Wyman’s is available in the freezer section of a variety of retailers nationally.Check out their store locator, to find them in your area! They have raspberries, strawberries, mixxed berries, berry blend, mango chunks, and a berry/mango blend!

Wyman's has some super recipes for your nexspringtime celebration, just check out their website for recipes like Cheese Passover blintzes with wild blueberry sauce, Wild blueberry coconut macaroons (we are SO making these next!), Wild blueberry rhubarb tart, and even Meyer lemon and wild blueberry poundcake. Hungry yet? Head on over to Wyman's and check those recipes out!

1 comment:

  1. We've got a couple of old bananas sitting on the counter and this recipe looks delish. Time to start baking.

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