Sweet Relief for the Blues
Photos by Ingrid Beckman
I’ve come out of hiding today to share a blueberry cobbler recipe that is simply too delicious to keep to myself! In keeping with my 2020 theme of healthy comfort food, this is scrumptious enough to chase your blues away. I’ve found cooking delicious food to be a respite from the anxieties of these perilous and sometimes lonely times. On the other hand, if you’re feeling hopeful, as I am, then a dessert that’s made with fresh berries and unrefined sugar can offer guilt-free pleasure that reminds us of life’s inherent sweetness.
I make the topping to my cobblers with almond flour to add some protein and lower the dish’s carb load. I mix the flour with maple sugar, not only because it is so delicious, but also because maple is the lightest color among unrefined sugars. I use maple so the final result will look more like the dainty cobblers that you see in homes and restaurants across the US. Warning: pure maple sugar is pricey. If you want it to look pretty for less, you can certainly use regular table sugar, but white sugar is inflammatory and it weakens the immune system. So, for health reasons, I would opt for the unrefined sugar of your choice as a maple replacement. Ayurveda suggests that, in moderation, maple sugar (or syrup) is strengthening. If you can afford to splurge on the maple sugar, I promise you the most delicious blueberry cobbler you’ve ever tasted—bar none.