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Basic Blueberry Bread

Welcome back and Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!
This week I have another great Sunday morning bread recipe. Even though it says basic, it just means it’s easy to make and easily changeable – but just as delicious.

I am currently without reliable transportation for about another week, so any other recipes I wanted to create are placed on hold until I can carry all groceries in my own car. Also, most recipes I create are ~eXtRa~ and, right now, I am only working with the necessities.

Ingredients:
– 1/3 c. Brown Sugar
– 2/3 c. + 1/4 c. White Sugar
– 2 Eggs
– 1/2 c. (1 stick) Butter
– 2 c. Flour
– 1/4 c. Almond Milk + 1/4 c. Olive Oil (can both be replaced with 1/4 c. Greek Yogurt or Buttermilk)
– 1 tsp. Baking Soda
– 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
– 2 tsp. Maple Syrup (or Vanilla)
– 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
– Sprinkle of Salt

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450. Spray bread loaf pan with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper
2. In small, microwave safe bowl add butter and melt. Add sugars and mix well. Add eggs, oil, and almond milk and mix
3. In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt
4. Add wet to dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Add blueberries and fold in
5. Pour into bread loaf pan, sprinkle brown sugar/cinnamon on top and place in oven
6. Bake for 50 minutes. Until a toothpick or butterknife placed in the center comes out clean then remove from oven
7. Enjoy your Blueberry Bread

ADDED ZEST:
SO, I eagerly began creating this recipe not realizing I did not have greek yogurt or buttermilk (typical impatience) – hence the use of oil and almond milk as a substitute. My batter was thick and I was almost worried it would not turn out right. I HIGHLY recommend using greek yogurt or buttermilk
This bread is also a great base for other fun ingredients: chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, strawberries…but not bananas (refer to banana bread)

Although I would love to begin creating and producing more recipes to post and post more often, this month is HUGE and I know I will be extremely busy.

Mental Health Awareness Month is a big deal for not only my job, but my personal life, as well. Struggling with depression and anxiety since I was a teenager, and now working in behavioral health where I am expected to help others, can be tough. However, it can also be extremely rewarding to know that I am helping people through their hard times, but, just because I work in mental health does not mean you can’t do your part.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling, do not hesitate to reach out! Be kind to those around you, especially this month, and practice extending love to others, but most importantly extending love to yourself. You are worth it and you deserve it.

If I do not post for another week, it is probably safe to just assume I am busy practicing self-care and teaching others, as well.

xo.🍋

Author: Claire Elizabeth

My name is Claire Elizabeth and welcome to my lemon zest life! It all started back in 2015 when I began creating healthy recipes to support my busy lifestyle between the gym, full-time work, and full-time university. Four years later I have updated my healthy recipes but am still living that busy lifestyle. This is catered for the full-time employees, students, parents, and everyone in between that lives a lemon zest life, like me. xo.🍋 ​

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