Yesterday I made a lemon blueberry oat loaf. It's delicious, not too sweet and fairly healthy. I made it with white flour, but I'll adjust the recipe to include bran flour next time.
The loaf quickly became a family favourite. It was moist, but unlike other recipes I've found on the internet, mine was not crunchy on the outside. After reading the ingredients, I realized that I only added 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder instead of 1.5 (1 1/2) teaspoons.
It was still tasty! It is a good treat with your coffee break! I'll certainly make it again with the correct amounts.
Plus, it's easy to make and nutritious with the addition of oatmeal and blueberries.
RECIPE CALORIES & PREP DETAILS
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 60 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes | Servings: 9 slices | 1x2x3x | Calories: 230 kcal
Lemon Blueberry Oat Loaf Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
zest of 2 fresh lemons
1 cup fresh blueberries
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 C.
Prepare a standard loaf pan by greasing it with butter and lined with parchment paper. Make sure to add the butter to all the corners. My load pan size is the Loaf Pan European Style - Gold Nonstick, 8.9 x 3.2-in (photo below)
Bring together the all-purpose flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lemon zest. Whisk to remove any lumps.
Add the blueberries and gently toss the fruit to coat them with the flour. It will help to prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom.
In a separate bowl, combine the liquid ingredients, milk, oil, and eggs. Mix with a whisk to combine.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold them together with a rubber spatula until combined. Don't over mix.
Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes. Check the loaf 15 minutes before as each stove and local environment changes the cooking time. Insert with a toothpick into the middle of the loaf, and when it comes out clean, it is cooked.
Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool almost completely before slicing and serving.
Benefits of Lemon Zest
The lemon peel contains small amounts of calcium, vitamin C, potassium, and fibre. Considering most of us are not going to sit down and nosh on the lemon peel, add the zest to the loaf is one way to reap the benefits.
Additional uses with Lemon Zest: Grate the sprinkles of lemon peel over your yogurt or oatmeal, in your drinks, and on your soups for a zesty flavour.
Benefits of Blueberries
Blueberries are considered a superfood. It is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants provide powerhouse vitamins and minerals that can help to prevent diseases and boost your health. Two fruits have the highest levels, which are blueberries and cranberries.
Blueberries also offer us a significant source of micronutrients such as magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, E, K, and B-complex.
By the way, antioxidants combat free radicals. Free radicals are found in every human body and can be destructive to tissues and cells, which in turn causes premature ageing. Antioxidants combat this to provide healthier, more youthful, glowing-looking skin.
Benefits of Milled Oats
What can I say that hasn't been already promoted about the health benefits of oats? Well, I'll try.
Whole grain rolled oats are known for phytochemicals called avenanthramides with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-histamine properties. Ever take an oat bath to soothe your skin? That’s why it works.
You’ve probably heard oats help lower cholesterol due to their beta-glucan soluble fibre that makes oatmeal sticky. A new research review of 58 clinical trials on oats that involved 3,974 people across the globe expands oatmeal's role in reducing cardiovascular risk. Not only did an average daily intake of 3.5 grams of soluble fibre from oats reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol by 4.2%, it also reduced other markers of bad cholesterol, grouped as non-HDL cholesterol (all potentially harmful types), by 4.8% and the protein on these particles, apoB, by 2.3% compared with control interventions. A standard -cup serving of uncooked rolled oats provides 2 grams of soluble fibre.
I look forward to hearing how you liked the recipe.
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