Homemade Christmas Breakfast Chocolate Chip Blueberry Cornbread Muffins Recipe
Homemade Chocolate Chip Blueberry Cornbread Muffins
A Little Information on Blueberries
Blueberries are in season starting in the spring and they go all the way into the early summer. This fruit is grown all over the world but the United States is the leading producer of blueberries for commercial production. I personally love these little bluish purple berries and have kicked myself because once again, I didn't put any plants into my yard last year.
The bush is easy to grow and is quite common in backyard gardens. Many people purchase them as small plants that look like a little stick growing up through the soil in the pot or bag. Unlike many varieties of blackberries, the blueberry bush is thorn less which makes harvesting the sweet berries a much more enjoyable experience.
These berries are quite nutritious. They are sweet but it is a natural sugar. 1 cup of raw blueberries contains approximately 15g of natural sugar. That same cup of berries also contains 24% of the RDA of vitamin C, 36% of the RDA of vitamin K and 25% of the RDA of Manganese. Manganese helps with bone repair and growth, helps produce collagen in the skin and helps keep our blood sugar under control.
While not a perfect food in my opinion, blueberries are quite tasty and are a very versatile berry that can be used as an ingredient in many foods. They are an excellent addition to fruit salads and will add a little twang when mixed with other berries. Almost everyone likes a blueberry pancake, bagel or the straight up blueberry muffin. These berries are well loved the world over.
A word of caution though for anyone purchasing processed foods that are supposed to contain blueberries or blueberry flavoring. You will want to read the label to make sure you are in fact eating real blueberries and will be surprised to find that in the majority of cases, you aren't. It is a concoction of chemicals and artificial colors to trick your brain into thinking you are eating blueberries. It's sad but when you make your own muffins, like we are doing here, you have nothing to worry about because you are in fact using real, sweet and juicy blueberries.
These muffins are not overly sweet and would be great with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning or as a snack through the day. The occasional burst of creamy chocolate and burst of juicy sweetness from the blueberries makes for an interesting muffin where two bites are just not the same.
Ingredients for Chocolate Blueberry Corn Muffins
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup unbleached, all purpose white flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar, organic is best
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil, I used melted coconut oil
- 1 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- 1 cup chocolate chips
How to Make Chocolate Blueberry Corn Muffins
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix them together well.
- Add the milk, egg and vegetable or coconut oil (depending on which one you decided to use) and mix for about 20 strokes. Just enough to incorporate the dry and wet ingredients.
- If you are using frozen blueberries, make sure they are completely thawed before adding them. For fresh or frozen berries, rinse them off and pat them as dry as you can. Be careful not to squeeze them though or the juice will come out!
- Add the 1 1/2 cups of blueberries and gently fold them into the batter.
- Measure out 1 cup of chocolate chips and add them into the batter. Fold the chocolate chips in gently so you don't mash the berries.
- You can either bake these in muffin cups like I did or generously grease a muffin pan to bake them directly in the pan. Fill the muffin cups to the top to ensure a nice crown when the muffins bake.
- Bake in the preheated, 425 degree oven for 20 to 22 minutes until the tops are golden brown.
- Remove them from the oven and TRY to wait until they have cooled off to enjoy! I like mine with a dab of butter and a cup of nicely fresh brewed coffee.
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A Lovely, Singe Blueberry
A Few Facts About Blueberries
- Blueberries are one of the few fruits that will not continue to ripen once they are picked.
- Blueberry season is from May to August in the United States.
- Blueberries ripen at different times. The same bush can be harvested more than once. It is said by many growers that it is best to only harvest your bushes three times per season.
- Fresh blueberries have a refrigerated shelf life of approximately 14 days.
- Blueberry bushes do not have thorns. This makes them popular for growing at home.
- Blueberries can be frozen by rinsing the berries and putting them in the freezer in a single layer on a pan until they are frozen. After they have frozen, they can be bagged, labeled and put back into the freezer for later use.
- Blueberries can be used to make a natural mauve dye for fabrics.
- Fake blueberry flavoring is used in many processed foods that claim to contain real blueberries. It is one of the most commonly faked ingredients in processed foods.
- It is said that eating blueberries can help you retain your memory.
- Blueberries are on the lower end of the glycemic index, scoring between 40-53. This means their natural sugar will not spike your blood sugar levels as much as other, sweeter foods.
© 2014 Helena Ricketts