Sugar Free Dried Blueberries
Sugar Free Dried Blueberries
Sugar Free Dried Blueberries are ideal to use in baking and are a fabulous low carb dried fruit option. Use them as a g llow carb dried fruit option in your homemade Low Carb Muesli and Healthy Low Carb Granola. They also taste brilliant in oat meal or this Low Carb No Oat Meal recipe.
Trying to buy sugar free dried blueberries from the store is near on impossible. It’s crazy how much sugar they use add to the commercially produced products. If they don’t contain processed sugars, then generally they contain apple juice. Both products are really high in sugars and carbs an impact on blood sugar levels. This is why this recipe is so brilliant.
Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
Should you live in an area where you can source fresh blueberries, they would be my first preference for this recipe. Frozen blueberries are suitable as well. Make sure you defrost them first and wipe any moisture off them before following the recipe to dry them in the oven.
Easy to Make
Simply place the berries in a mixing bowl and add 2 tablespoons of a powdered stevia/monkfruit blend or erythritol. Stir until well combined. I like my blueberries quite tart, so you can add more sweetener if you want your blueberries sweeter. Add 1/2 tablespoon of mild flavored oil such as extra virgin olive oil, macadamiia or avocado oil. Toss through the berries until they are all coated with oil. Place the blueberries on a large lined baking tray and spread them out as much as you can. Dry out in the oven at 105 C/221 F for between 3-4 hours, or until the the blueberries have dried out.
Store these in the pantry if they have dried out properly, or in the fridge. Should your blueberries be a little less dry, you can also store them in the freezer, as they might be at risk to going rancid.
How To Use Sugar Free Dried Blueberries
How easy is that? Not only are these perfect to use in recipes, cakes and puddings, but they taste delicious in a trail mix as well. One of my favorite ways to use them is to add my low carb muesli.
There’s no need to buy sugar laden dried blueberries from the store when they are this easy to cook!
- 500 gms fresh (or frozen) blueberries
- 2 tablespoons stevia blend
- ½ tablespoon mild tasting extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) -macadamia or avocado oil
- Preheat oven to 105 C/220 F fan forced
- Defrost the blueberries if frozen. Dry them with a cloth or paper towel and cut them in half. If using fresh blueberries simply cut them half.
- Toss the blueberries in a large bowl with sweetener of choice and oil. Spread out as thinly as you can on a large baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Bake for 3-4 hours until the blueberries have dried out sufficiently. Check them at 3 hours to ensure they aren't drying out too much and then keep a regular eye on them until they have dried out enough.
- If they have dried out enough they can be stored in an airtight jar in the fridge. If they still have a little moisture in them they are more susceptible to going off, so store them in the freezer.
- The yield from this recipe is approximately 130 gms/4.5 oz of dried blueberries.