Lemon Blueberry Brownies

Well…Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful week.  My week was extremely busy.  My mom fell last Friday and ended up in the hospital.  She is recovering beautifully, thankfully.  She is an 87 years old, mother of nine and is extremely resilient.  But needless to say, it was a tough week for me.  And because she needed me, my poor kitchen did not see much of me this week.

Last night, I had a few minutes and decided I would try to whip up a little dessert.  I had seen a recipe for lemon brownies that piqued my interest.  And of course, the nutritionist in me tried to figure out what fruit could be a good add in. I opted for blueberries.

Say Hello to my Lemon Blueberry Brownies!

But I bet some grated zucchini could be a good add in too–lemon zucchini brownies–hmmmm?

This time of  year, I go for the frozen berries.  Organic of course.

I juiced a couple lemons and blended up the brownies ingredients.

I spread about 1/2 of the  batter in the 8×8 pan and then sprinkle with blueberries…then topped with the remaining batter.

I finished the recipe with a little lemon glaze and sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar…but both are completely optional.

So…other important news….

I did a talk about FODMAPs at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts this past Tuesday—spreading the good word about this diet and educating dietitians so that there are more knowledgable practitioners to educate people on the diet specifics.  I received great feedback on my talk (Yay!) –so that always makes me happy.  Here is the first slide of my presentation.

After a long week working my tailbone off and helping my mom…the sweetest man in the world, Russell T. gave me this gorgeous bouquet.  Ladies do love flowers and I am fortunate that my husband knows that….and takes the time to buy me some. 🙂

Really, it is small gesture that can turn someone’s day around….a quick email, a note in the mail, a bouquet of flowers…

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
~Leo Buscaglia

We are gearing up for Hurricane Sandy here in New England…hopefully it won’t be as bad as they are predicting.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Lemon Blueberry Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature (probably could sub coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour (FODMAPers use King Arthur GF multipurpose or your favorite blend)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries (preferably organic)
  • Lemon Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 1/2 TB fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 8 x 8 pan.
  2. In medium bowl, add butter and sugar and beat with electric beaters until creamy.
  3. Beat in vanilla and eggs.
  4. Slowly add in flour, lemon juice and zest.
  5. Add half of the batter to the pan and top with blueberries.
  6. Spread out the rest of the batter on top of blueberries.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Prepare lemon glaze by whisking confectioner's sugar and lemon juice.
  9. Drizzle over top of brownies.
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12 replies on “Lemon Blueberry Brownies

  • Vanessa

    I have made that recipe and it is DELICIOUS!

    I have reached out to you before, and have also purchased your book (which was great!) I was curious if you do phone consultations. I live in Jacksonville, FL, and have not been able to find an RD that is also knowledgable about IBS. Thank you!

  • Lisa

    Russ is the BEST, the flowers are gorgeous and the Lemon Blueberry Brownies look and sound delish!!! I’m so glad to hear your mother is mending well, what a week you’ve had! I hope you find some time to take your run with Lucy and Russ and head to Starbucks this weekend! : )

  • Amy

    I hope your Mum is feeling a bit better soon. Falls are awful 🙁

    Brownies look and sound delicious! Definitely on my have to make list!

  • Sharon

    Kate, Thank you a million times for your site. I’m just starting on the low FODMAP diet and you have been EXTREMELY helpful. I am traveling to see family next week and they are asking what special foods they could have around the house. This is so different from any other diet I’ve ever been on, so I’m not sure what to tell them. But, my question I guess is — Do you have some ideas for traveling, eating out. Thanks again! And hope your mom is feeling better!!

    • katescarlata

      Sharon-
      For dining out try salads with fresh lemon and olive oil for dressing. Or plain grilled meats, chicken, fish with baked potato and steamed veggies–green beans, carrots, summer squash or zucchini. Some restaurants offer gluten free pasta and you could have that served with fresh grated parmesan cheese and butter. Many of my clients have enjoyed sushi as another option. Asian style restaurants have many rice based meals so you could ask about preparation of various dishes.

  • Hollis

    My daughter was diagnosed with celiac 1 year ago and recently diagnosed with IBS. Your Lemon Blueberry brownies sound wonderful, but I thought butter was not allowed on the FODMAPS diet. We meet with our dietitian shortly to discuss FODMAPS diet but I thought you could give me a heads up with the butter. thank you!!!

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