Oatmeal. It can be like a pair of sensible shoes. Comfortable and practical but can be a bit on the bland and boring side. Growing up I ate breakfast in the school cafeteria because my mama had to be at work extra early. Mondays were oatmeal days. I liked it. Cozy and comforting and with a little milk and a
pinch of heaping spoonful of butter and sugar it made my child’s self tummy happy. As a grown up I know the benefits of oatmeal- high in fiber and good for the ticker- but I also like things with lots of flavor. On its own I wouldn’t exactly describe a bowl of oatmeal as off the charts flavor. When you take those oats and pair them with also good for you berries and make something amazing like Lemon Blueberry Bread, suddenly those sensible shoes are date night heels.
My kids loved trying the sweet yet tart blueberries in this Lemon Blueberry Bread. It’s so moist they kept calling it cake.
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup Driscoll's blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Grease loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl gently combine brown sugar, milk oil, sour cream, vanilla, and eggs.
- Add remaining dry ingredients except walnuts and blueberries and slowly mix together.
- Dust blueberries lightly with flour to prevent from sinking when baking.
- Gently fold in blue berries and walnuts.
- Pour batter evenly into loaf pan.
- Top with additional oats if desired.
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until an inserted test toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
- Gently remove from pan and let cool on a rack for 2 hours.
- Sprinkle top with confectioner's sugar if desired.
- Keep covered. Bread will be fresh for approximately 4 days.
The bread is super simple to make. The hard part is waiting the two hours to cool so that it doesn’t fall apart when you slice it! The Walnuts add a bit of earthiness and texture and the lemon accentuates the blueberries and adds brightness. I liked the added sweetness of the confectioner’s on top. This bread is delicious but it’s not overly sweet and the powdered sugar adds just the right touch.
I have been having this Lemon Blueberry Bread for breakfast and as a snack the last couple of days. That’s a bonus of this recipe- it will last a few days so you definitely get bang for your buck. It is heavenly reheated with just a bit of butter. We definitely need to eat well and work into our diets good things like oats and berries, but who says the dish needs to be school cafeteria boring? Put on your good shoes and make some Lemon Blueberry Bread.
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This recipe was adapted from this one by Betty Crocker.