Wild Blueberry Nettle Granola
The rough winters and light summers of the north give our Finnish blueberries unique growing conditions that make them true power berries with loads of vitamins, antioxidants and polyphenols. Approximately, one to two teaspoons of dried wild berry powder or crush equals to a handful of fresh, frozen or freeze-dried blueberries.
Dried berries are perfect and easy to use when cooking for example granolas and mueslis that you want store in a room temperature. Freezers are energy gluttons so using dried wild berries, vegetables, herbs and mushrooms is also an easy act for our climate and supports green living. Of course, nothing beats the fresh hand-picked wild blueberries in the late summer time.
Our Blueberry Crush contains also a hint of birch sugar, which is a natural sweetener that has 40% less calories than traditional sugar, a lower glycemic index and studies have also shown that its beneficial for teeth and prevents ear infections. Birch sugar withstands heat so it's perfect for baking as well. Birch sugar, also known as xylitol, is produced ecologically in Finland using the side stream fibre waste from the wood industry.
We at Helsinki Wildfoods are huge fans of the nettle and honestly, it’s hard to think of any recipe that this Finnish herb would not fit in; nettle gives a nice flavour to sweet desserts and breakfast bowls and, goes perfectly with wild blueberries. That's why we couldn't resist on adding some Nettle Crush to this granola recipe as well.
Wild blueberry nettle granola (5 portions)
- 1dl oats
- 1/2dl sunflower seeds
- 1/2dl coconut flakes
- 1/2dl VegeSun Pea Protein Crush
- 1tbsp of Birch Sugar
- 1tbsp of cold pressed coconut oil, ghee or butter
Mix the ingredients and fry in a pan in a medium temperature. Mix with a spatula while frying and be careful not to burn the ingredients. After the oats and sunflower seeds have gotten a slight golden colour, turn the heat off and add the rest of the ingredients.
- 100g dried dates, cut with scissors to small pieces
- 1/2tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/2tsp cardamom
- 1tsp Nettle Crush
- 3tsp Blueberry Crush with Birch Sugar
Blueberry yoghurt (1 portion)
- 2dl natural yoghurt or a dairy free alternative
- 1tsp Blueberry Crush with Birch Sugar
Tip! Use the same main ingredients and turn them into a mellow vegan dessert – Nettle Blueberry Bliss Balls!
Read more about the benefits of blueberry and nettle on our Wild Plants section!
ENJOY!Photos: Pauliina Toivanen