Blueberry Almond Bread #breadbakers

Blueberry Almond Bread

Blueberry Almond Bread delivers sweet blueberries and almonds three ways for almond lovers. Enjoy the boost of antioxidants, vitamin E, magnesium too!

Welcome to another edition of Bread Bakers. This month we are focusing on healthier breads.

January Challenge

Start the new year with a healthy bread. Bake any bread that you think is ‘Healthy’ — with or without yeast. Some ideas are 100% whole grains, without white sugar, could be gluten free etc etc.

Thanks Pavani from Cook’s Hideout Cook’s Hideout for hosting this event!

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We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

I love baking with blueberries. Muffins, pancakes and even cookies taste great with that sweet, tart flavor.

Almonds are also a favorite of mine. I recently discovered by substituting almond flour for some of the all-purpose that you can add texture and more nutrition to your baked goods.

Almond flour is finely ground almonds high in fiber, vitamin E, magnesium and calcium. Add the antioxidant power of blueberries and you really kicked your quick bread up a notch, maybe two ;)!

Blueberry Almond Bread

Not to mention a great almond taste! I use Bob’s Red Mill almond flour. It blends wonderfully and doesn’t clump.

Food for Thought…What healthier ingredients do you substitute in baked goods to add more nutrition? Fruit, nut flours and seeds are some of my favorites. I’d love to hear your ideas in a comment below!

Blueberry Almond Bread

Blueberry Almond Bread #breadbakers

Yield: 12 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice


  • 3/4 cup sugar or maple sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup, (I use Royal Crown)
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup almond flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  • Toss blueberries in 1/4 cup flour. Set aside.
  • Cream together sugar and shortening.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk, syrup and almond extract.
  • In another bowl, add remaining 2 cups flour, almond flour, baking powder.
  • Alternate adding wet and dry ingredients to form a thick batter. Stir in blueberries and any remaining flour. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  • Pour batter into a well greased 5x9-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes until golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on a rack for at least 30 minutes before removing from pan. Allow bread to cool completely before slicing.
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Blueberry Almond Bread

Enjoy all these healthier breads for your new year from the #BreadBakers !

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Beef Vegetable Stir-Fry #SundaySupper

Beef Vegetable Stir-Fry

Beef Vegetable Stir-Fry adds colorful, full-flavored nutrition to a quick dinner.

This week Sunday Supper is featuring Lean Beef Recipes.

Beef often gets a bad reputation as an unhealthy food, but lean beef can make for some healthy and delicious recipes.
Here’s some facts about lean beef from The Beef Checkoff.

  • A 3 o.z. serving of lean beef is about 150 calories
  • Nearly half of the daily value for protein which helps build strong muscles
  • Less than 10 grams of fat per serving, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat
  • Less than 95 mg of cholesterol
  • delivers iron and B-vitamins to help satisfy you and maintain a healthy weight
  • Research suggests that eating lean beef can also improve cholesterol levels.

Stir-fry is a quick and easy meal as individual as you are. I like to add a lean protein like beef that cooks quickly but add a lot of flavor. Bright colored veggies stay that way when you flash cook them in a hot pan with oil. Quick cooking also reserves the crunch of vegetables like celery, broccoli and carrots.
Texture is also important. I add water chestnuts and bamboo shoots for contrast.

A good base vegetable is cabbage. Cabbage goes with any protein and you can vary the thickness depending on your tastes at the time.
I’m hooked on black sesame seeds lately for their taste and appearance. Hemp seeds also often find their way into my stir-fry.

Beef Vegetable Stir-Fry

Beef Vegetable Stir-Fry

Beef Vegetable Stir-Fry

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 12 ounces lean beef pounded thin and cut into 1/-inch strips (I used top round)
  • 4 cups assorted vegetables chopped; cabbage, broccoli, carrots, scallions, snow peas, red peppers, mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced or diced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup bamboo shoots
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, optional
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds for garnish, optional


  • Heat oils in skillet below smoke point. Add beef and vegetables. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and broth. Reduce heat slightly and cook until beef is done and vegetables are crisp tender. Sprinkle with cornstarch if desired to thicken.
  • Serve as is or over cooked rice or ramen. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
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Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #229

Welcome to another fun Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party!

Please share your recipes, crafts and DIY projects with our friends!

Before we get started let’s say, “Congratulations” to last week’s winners!


You can find the links to our Host Favorite Picks here at Daily Dish Magazine!

On to the Party!

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Almond Oatmeal Cookies #FillTheCookieJar


Almond Oatmeal Cookies. A healthier cookie to start your new year!


Welcome to another fun #FillTheCookieJar cookie party! This month we’re sharing our healthier cookie recipes with you!

Thank you Cynthia Landrie from Feeding Big at for hosting this fun event! If you would like to join us, click on the cookie jar!

Oatmeal in itself is a good choice to add fiber and iron and vitamins A, B-6 and magnesium to your cookie. Substitute a bit of almond flour for some of the all purpose flour for more benefits.
Almond flour is nothing more than finely ground almonds. Almonds add more flavor, fiber, magnesium and vitamin E. I use Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour for it’s smooth texture.
Win, win!
I really loved the texture of these Almond Oatmeal Cookies. Maple sugar makes these cookies a little chewy, soft but not crumbly. Almond extract adds extra almond flavor. I chose not to add almond pieces to the batter. Although chopped almonds in these cookies would be divine!

Almond Oatmeal Cookies


Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 5 dozen

Serving Size: 1 cookie


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar (I use Royal Crown)
  • 1/2 cup shortening or butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 3 cups oats, uncooked


  • Cream together sugars and shortening. Add egg, water and almond extract.
  • In a separate bowl mix together flour, almond flour and oats. Stir into wet ingredients.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes until set and golden brown.
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