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Eat Smart, Move More at Farmers Markets: Blackberries



Authors as Published

Melissa Chase, Consumer Food Safety Program Manager, Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech; Austin Brooks, Project Associate, Family Nutrition Program, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech; Renee Boyer, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech; Carlin Rafie, Assistant Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech; Anne-Carter Carrington, Central District Coordinator, EFNEP/SCNEP

Key Points

  • Excellent source of vitamins C and K and a good source of fiber. Contain carotenoids andflavonoids that may be good for health.
  • Choose blackberries that are shiny and not bruised or leaking.
  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Refrigerate blackberries for three to six days; wash just before using.

Blackberry Breakfast Bars

Number of servings: 20


2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted


  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine berries, sugar, water, juice, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in melted butter until thoroughly combined.
  • Set aside 1 cup of the oats mixture for topping.
  • Press remaining oats mixture into an ungreased square baking pan.
  • Bake oats mixture at 350°F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Spread berry filling on top of the baked crust.
  • Sprinkle reserved oats mixture on top of filling. Use a fork to press oats mixture into filling.
  • Bake at 350°F for an additional 25 minutes.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack, then cut into bars.

Per serving:  33 calories; trace fat(0 g saturated fat); trace protein; 9 g carbohydrate; trace dietary fiber; 0 mg cholesterol; 11 mg sodium.

Blackberry Muffins

Number of servings: 12


1 cup milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries


  • Heat oven to 400°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line with baking cups.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flours, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and pour in the egg mixture. Stir until just combined. Gently fold in the blackberries.
  • Divide the batter evenly into the muffin cups.
  • Bake at 400°F until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  • Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Per serving: 212 calories; 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat); 5 g protein; 39 g carbohydrate; 2 g dietary fiber; 28 mg cholesterol; 255 mg sodium.

Quick Tips

  • Mix blackberries into waffle orpancake batter or top the stackwhen they are done.
  • Blackberries are an easy “fastfood” for your children.
  • Wash thoroughly with runningwater before peeling, cutting,or eating. Do not wash produceuntil ready to eat.
  • Mix mashed bananas,blackberries, and fruit-flavoredyogurt. Spoon into muffincups, freeze, and enjoy.

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Publication Date

February 8, 2021