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Three Ways to Use Bilberry

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This post is in collaboration with Bilberry.ae.

You guys know that I love all things berry, so you can imagine how excited I am to team up with Berryfect to showcase their bilberry powder! You read that right: bilberry. That’s not a typo while attempting to type “blueberry”, but a closely related berry with a similar appearance. However, bilberries are much juicier, packed with more flavor, and higher in vitamin content. Unlike the blueberry, the interior of a bilberry is completely blue.

At Berryfect, they’ve taken these tasty Finish berries and transformed them into a berry powder. Of course, nothing beats a fresh bilberry, but the powder allows you enjoy the taste and benefits of bilberries on the go. Next time I travel, I’ll be tucking a few single serving bilberry packets into my purse. It’ll be a fun, healthy way to spruce up some sad airport food. Bilberry is the star berry over at Berryfect, but their full collection features other berries as well. You can order Berryfect berry powders online.

Berryfect Berry Powders

So, what can you do with bilberry powder? Obviously, it can be sprinkled over anything from oatmeal and yogurt, to soy milk and pancakes. You can even add it to baked goods like muffins and cake. To show off the vibrant flavor and color of bilberry, here are three easy recipes!

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Bilberry Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are all the rage these days on Instagram, so naturally, I had to make a bilberry bowl. This recipe uses my go to apple, banana, soy milk smoothie base, and the bilberry powder add a beautiful color to it. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even use the powder to do some detailed sand art on your smoothie bowl!

Ingredients
2 frozen bananas
1 apple, chopped
1 cup soy milk
3 packets of Berryfect bilberry powder

Combine the bananas, apple, and soy milk in a blender and blend until smooth. (If you don’t have frozen bananas, you can use regular bananas and add some ice or frozen berries to achieve the desired consistency.) Add 2 packets of bilberry powder and blend until incorporated.

Transfer the blended mixture to a serving bowl. Decorate with the remaining packet of bilberry powder and other toppings. I used coconut flakes, chia seeds, and agave syrup for my bowl.

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Bilberry Lemonade
With all the snow we’ve gotten in Portland lately (which is not normal, by the way), I’ve been daydreaming of summer days. Summer is a ways to go, but this bilberry lemonade will tide me over until warmer weather arrives! Make it a boozy lemonade with a splash or two of vodka. ;)

Ingredients
Your favorite lemonade recipe
Fresh mint leaves (2 sprigs for every 3 cups of lemonade)
Berryfect bilberry powder (1 packet for every 3 cups of lemonade)
Berries, for garnish

In a pitcher, muddle the mint leaves until they begin to tear. You can use a little sugar to help with this process. Mix up a batch of lemonade in the pitcher. (Tip: make it bubbly with sparkling water or lemon lime soda!) Whisk in the bilberry powder. Taste and adjust to your liking. Serve in glasses and garnish with berries.

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Bilberry Chia Pudding Parfait
I make chia seed pudding regularly, but I’ve only made vanilla pudding until now. A couple packets of bilberry powder give this pudding its pretty color, and when you layer it with cereal and cashew whip, you’ve got a Insta-worthy parfait! This recipe makes two small parfaits or one big way to share with a friend.

Ingredients
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract (for pudding)
2 packets Berryfect bilberry powder
1-1/4 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp vanilla (for cashew whip)
Pinch of salt
3 tbsp sugar
Cereal (I used an accidentally vegan chocolate cereal)

Chia Seed Pudding
Whisk together the chia seeds, soy milk, vanilla, and bilberry powder. Let sit in fridge for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight, until a pudding has formed.

Cashew Whip
Soak the cashews overnight. Drain and rinse well. Combine cashews, water, vanilla, and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. You may need to add more water to achieve the desired consistency. Add sugar and blend for 20 more seconds. Store in fridge for until completely chilled.

To Assemble the Parfait:
In a mason jar or narrow glass, layer the chia seed pudding, cereal, and cashew whip. Repeat this process so you have two of each layer. The final layer should bring you to the top of the jar/glass. Add toppings, if desired.

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Note: This post is in collaboration with Bilberry.ae, and I received complimentary samples of their products. This was not in exchange for a positive review and all opinions expressed here are my own.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Casey
    January 23, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I love berries and these recipes look amazing! Where can you get this locally?

    • Reply
      wazwu
      January 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks! You can order bilberry online from the Berryfect website (www.berryfect.fi). Locally, I’m not sure… you may want to check Whole Foods or similar stores. Hope you find some!

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    maggiesimplelife
    January 23, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Omg! So yummy looking!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      January 25, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Thank you!!!

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    annie lee
    January 23, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    makes me wanna try it cos of how it looks! haha so pretty :) especially that Bilberry Chia Pudding Parfait.. ahhh <3

    • Reply
      wazwu
      January 25, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Thanks Annie! This bilberry powder was so fun to play with. So glad you are now part of our Whatsapp group chat! Yay!

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    sileas
    January 24, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Gosh, your ideas are brilliant! And the results look all super delicious! Thanks for the inspiration, I already ran out of ideas what to do with my leftover powder :P

    • Reply
      wazwu
      January 25, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Thanks so much! I considered baking it into a cake, but I was worried it would turn out gray, not purple/blue, and a gray cake wouldn’t be very appetizing. ;P

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    PinaySkattebasse
    January 24, 2017 at 9:09 am

    wow.. everything looks good! yum.

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      wazwu
      January 25, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thanks so much!!

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    jewels
    January 24, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    That chia pudding… I am currently obsessed with chia pudding…

    • Reply
      wazwu
      January 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Welcome to the chia pudding club! It works both as dessert and breakfast! :)

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    Mitzie Mee
    January 28, 2017 at 8:34 am

    That’s some really nice suggestions Waz. I’m so curious about the chia pudding. As I wrote to you on Instagram, I made a horrible chia pudding a while ago, and I haven’t dared to try making it again ever since. Though I think I’m now ready to give it another try, and I’ll use your recipe:)

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    Sofia
    January 30, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Your food ideas look so good, especially the chia bowl! The last time I used chia I threw it out because a butterfly came out of the seeds and I freaked out lol. I have to overcome my chia fear and buy some more to make some chia seed pudding, must try similar to yours.

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    Hanna
    January 30, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Your chia pudding looks so delicious! You are full of ideas and inspiration for me with food.
    Bilberry powder definitely is a good ingredient when traveling. It is one of these things: “what do you have in a ladyยดs purse?” – Bilberry powder, just in case ;)

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