Blueberries are in season right now, which means we can get our hands on these delicious little bursts of nutritional goodness for a fraction of the price, so it's well worth grabbing a few punnets next time you are at the markets and whipping up some mouth-watering, health-boosting treats.
Blueberries are nutritional superstars in the fruit and vege world. Recent studies have demonstrated that blueberries can help us fight against diseases of ageing including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental decline just to name a few. The secret to the success of the humble little blueberry is its stratospheric antioxidant content. Just half a cup of blueberries contains the same amount of antioxidants as 2.5 cups of broccoli, spinach or corn and I know which my kids would rather eat!
So to get your creative juices flowing, here is a delicious little dessert that showcases the humble blueberry that both kids and adults alike will love. The recipe calls for 5 whole food ingredients only, a mini food processor and a small snippet of your time to whip up.
And if for some reason you can't get your hands on fresh berries, or you want to freeze them while you can get them so super cheap, this recipe works well with frozen blueberries too and scientists agree that both frozen and fresh blueberries are comparable in terms of their nutritional power. So grab a pack next time you are at the supermarket and keep them stored to bring out when you want to make an impressive, quick, and nutritious dessert.
Berry & Cashew Mousse (2 serves)
½ cup fresh blueberries (or frozen if you would prefer)
½ cup cashews
2 small ripe bananas (broken into bite sized chunks)
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
Soak cashews in a cup of warm water for 30 minutes to soften. Drain cashews and rinse well with fresh water, then place cashews, banana pieces, honey and melted coconut oil in a mini food processor and blend on high speed until mixture is smooth.
Add blueberries and blitz again until well combined.
Spoon mousse into glass serving pots, decorate with your favourite toppings (think mixed berries, coconut flakes, crushed macadamias, cacao nibs etc), then cover with cling wrap and place in the freezer for an hour or so to firm up before serving.