Most of the time, we think of dessert as an indulgence; something we need to “earn” or “work off.” That’s because desserts are usually made with unhealthy ingredients like flour, sugar, and other processed ingredients.
But in some instances, a sweet after-dinner treat can be good for us. Such as this Paleo Blueberry Cobbler recipe.
It only has six ingredients. And those ingredients include low-carb blueberries, fiber-rich almond flour, and antioxidant-packed cinnamon. So yes, it’s totally possible to have a delicious dessert that’s also good for your health!
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This Recipe Is:
This Recipe Features:
- Fresh blueberries
- Lemon zest
- Almond Flour
- Almond Milk
- Monk Fruit Sweetener
Top Three Benefits of This Paleo Blueberry Cobbler Recipe
Here are three reasons you can feel good about making this cobbler recipe.
1. Rich in antioxidants
Cinnamon and blueberries both contain antioxidants, which are molecules that help stabilize free radicals in the body. Left unchecked, these unstable cells can lead to diseases like cancer, which is why eating lots of antioxidants is super important [*]. Antioxidants also help keep your skin healthy, prevent wrinkles, and ward off inflammation [*].
2. Loaded with fiber
You’d be hard-pressed to find a cobbler recipe with this much fiber elsewhere. That’s because most blueberry cobbler crusts are made with flour, sugar, and butter, none of which contain a lot of fiber. With almond flour, though, you’re getting tons of it. One serving of almonds contains 14% of your recommended daily fiber intake [*]. And if you’re on a diet, fiber is important. It keeps you full longer, which is one reason scientists consider it an important tool for weight loss and weight management [*].
3. Low in net carbs
Not familiar with the term net carbs (aka impact carbs)? If you’re on a low-carb diet, it’s an important one to know. Basically, net carbs measure fiber, sugar alcohols, and carbohydrates in food. Take this recipe for example: it has 22.5 grams of carbs per serving, which is kind of high if you’re on a keto diet (about half your daily intake). However, with 5.5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of sugar alcohols from the monk fruit sweetener, you can subtract 13.5 grams from that total. Therefore, each serving of this recipe contains 9 grams of net carbs.
Here’s the formula for future reference:
Net Carbs = Total Carbohydrates - Fiber - Sugar Alcohol
Now let’s look at the health benefits of this cobbler’s main ingredient: blueberries!
Healthy Ingredient Spotlight: Blueberries
Low-carb dieters will tell you that some fruits just don’t work on their diet. While almost all fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals, some contain too many carbs to work on a diet like keto or paleo.
But blueberries don’t have that problem.
In general, berries have a lower glycemic index (GI) than most fruits [*]. What this means is that not all carbs are digested equally by the body. When a food has a high GI (white bread, for example), it’s rapidly absorbed and spikes your blood sugar. Not ideal for a low-carb diet.
Because blueberries are packed with fiber and pretty low-carb to begin with, they are a perfect fit.
And when it comes to overall health benefits, blueberries are considered a superfood. One study showed they [*]:
- Reduce inflammation
- Promote eye, lung, and brain health
- Improve your immune system
- May help prevent cardiovascular disease
- Improve the natural decline of cognitive function as we age
That’s a lot for a little fruit, isn’t it? Blueberries pack a nutritional punch, which is why they’re considered among the best fruits for human health.
Now that you know what you’re getting from your dessert, let’s take a look at the recipe.
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Yield: 12 servings
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 35 minutes
- 3 cups almond flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 5 cups blueberries
- ½ cup monk fruit sweetener
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour with almond milk. Mix until you get a pasty consistency and set aside.
- In another bowl, combine the blueberries with your sweetener, lemon zest, and cinnamon.
- Coat all blueberries completely by stirring with a spatula.
- Once evenly coated, toss into a 9x13 baking dish. Make sure the blueberries are laying flat against the bottom of the pan.
- Top the blueberry mixture evenly with the almond flour paste.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let the cobbler rest before serving so the cooked blueberries can thicken.
Nutritional Information Per Serving
- Fat: 13.5g
- Protein: 6g
- Total Carbohydrates: 22.5g
- Fiber: 5.5g
- Sugar Alcohol: 8g
- Net Carbs: 9g
- Fat: 52%
- Protein: 11%
- Carbohydrates: 37%