Healthy Blueberry Cobbler is a decadent dessert that’s vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and full of flavor. Requiring just 10 minutes of prep time, this is a must-try dish that you’re guaranteed to love!
A perfectly delicious healthy dessert
If you’ve been looking for a treat so indulgent that it feels like a luxurious dessert, this is it. Healthy blueberry cobbler is a dish that sits on the nutritious end of the spectrum and tastes great. Trust me… despite being a healthier dessert option, this cobbler doesn’t sacrifice a single smidgen of flavor.
One of the best parts about this recipe is that it’s vegan, which makes it an option suitable for many! This is a great dessert to serve up when entertaining guests or attending a potluck. People will be absolutely blown away when they learn about its healthy ingredients!
Ingredients used to create blueberry cobbler
This recipe comes with two sections: the base and the cobbler. Within both parts are easy, simple ingredients. Don’t worry, you won’t have to hunt down any obscure baking items! Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious dessert.
- Maple syrup
- Lemon juice
- Arrowroot or cornstarch
Tools needed to make this recipe
When I say this recipe is simple, I mean it! In total, you’ll only need four items to bring this cobbler to life: 2 mixing bowls, a stirring utensil, and an 8×8 baking pan. If you have a different sized pan, feel free to use it, but keep a close eye during baking.
How to make healthy blueberry cobbler
Healthy cobbler is one of my favorite dessert recipes to make. You’ll need to prepare for 40 minutes of baking time, but the prep shouldn’t take more than 10! In total, this dish will take less than 1 hour from start to finish.
Start by preheating the oven to 350F.
Then, in a large bowl, mix the blueberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla. Add the arrowroot starch and toss the blueberries.
Spoon the berries into an 8×8 inch pan, leaving the juice behind in the mixing bowl.
In another bowl, mix the oats, walnuts, almond flour, and salt.
Next, spread the cobbler topping on top of the blueberries until most of the berries are covered.
Bake in the oven for 40 munutes or until the topping is golden brown.
Let cool for 15 minutes, and then enjoy!
Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Cobbler topping ideas
Want to spice up your cobbler and include a little extra fun? Add some toppings! Here are some delicious ideas.
I love to eat icecream alongside my cobbler, especially when the cobbler is warm! The hot and cold combo really enhances the flavors.
I know this recipe includes walnuts, but feel free to add extra on top! Walnuts, peanuts, pecans, almond slivers… they all taste great!
Chocolate is always a good idea, so why not add some to your cobbler? Sprinkle your bowl with crushed chocolate, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips, or even Mini M&Ms! You won’t regret it.
Like with the nuts, you can’t go wrong with extra fruit. Top your cobbler with the fruit of your choice. More blueberries? Sure! Strawberries, blackberries, or peaches? Of course!
This one is a no brainer! All desserts taste better with a dollop (or more than a dollop) of whipped cream on top!
Blueberry cobbler substitution options
Do you have a few alternative ingredients on hand that you’re looking to use in this recipe? Here are some easy swaps that may work for your cobbler.
- Blueberries: Love a good cobbler but aren’t a big fan of blueberries? That’s ok! They can be swapped with strawberries, raspberries, or even blackberries. You could try peaches too! Choose the fruit of your choice, and follow the directions as outlined in the recipe card.
- Maple syrup: Maple syrup is used in both portions of this recipe. If you’d prefer something else, you can use molasses or honey!
- Walnuts: I love using walnuts in this cobbler, but you can use any type of nut that you’d like. I’m sure pecans in particular would taste great!
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil can be replaced with any similar fatty oil.
A healthier cobbler recipe
When I make new dessert recipes, health is at the forefront of my mind. I love playing around with ingredients to make dishes that are as healthy as possible! For this recipe, I used four ingredients that make it a bit more nutritious than the classic recipe.
To sweeten my cobbler, I used maple syrup. This is one of my go-to ingredients because it serves as an all-natural sweetener that tastes wonderful and eliminates the need for granulated sugar. Combined with the blueberries, the taste is something else!
Many cobbler recipes use sugar cookie dough as the top layer. Though I’m all for an indulgent sugar cookie topping from time to time, using rolled oats is a much healthier alternative. I combine the oats with the flour, oil, and a few more ingredients to achieve a dough that works wonderfully as the top layer of the cobbler.
Tips for making the best healthy cobbler
Here are a couple of quick how-tos that will help you create the best cobbler you’ve ever had!
- Don’t skip any of the ingredients: It may be tempting to omit the cornstarch or maple syrup, for example, but these ingredients are vital! You’ll want to use all of the ingredients listed to end up with a delicious cobbler. *I suggest doubling the cobbler topping if you really like extra crumble topping
- Use fresh or frozen fruit: Don’t used canned fruit in this recipe. Canned fruits often have added sugars and flavorings that can ruin your cobbler. Plus, they’re filled with liquids that will make your dish too runny. Stick with fresh or frozen, and no need to let frozen fruit thaw before adding to your recipe.
- Cool thoroughly before eating: The recipe instructs to wait until the cobbler has cooled before digging in. This is for good reason! As the cobbler cools, the inside begins to thicken, creating the thick, gooey texture that we all love. If you eat it too soon, it will be runnier than it should be. Let it cool!
- Storing blueberry cobbler: Be sure to refrigerate any leftover cobbler in a sealed container. Enjoy within 2 days. Feel free to eat it cold or reheat in the microwave in 15 second increments.
Try these blueberry recipes too!
If you liked this healthy blueberry cobbler, I can guarantee that you’ll like these blueberry desserts as well. Muffins, cheesecake bars, scones, bread… I’ll take one of each, please!
- Healthy Whole Wheat Blueberry Bread
- Healthy Blueberry Scones (Paleo, Gluten Free)
- Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Cups
- Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins
- Triple Layer Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
- Healthy Blueberry Banana Muffins
- 4 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen)
- 2 tbsps maple syrup
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) – this is optional but recommended. it will be more liquidy without!
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, mix together blueberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla. Then add arrowroot starch and toss blueberries.
- Spoon berries into an 8×8 inch pan, leaving juice in bowl behind.
- In another bowl, mix together oats, walnuts, almond flour, and salt.
- Stir in maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla until well combined.
- Spread cobbler topping on top of blueberries until most of the blueberries are covered.
- Bake in oven for 40-45 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
- Let cool for 15 minutes before eating. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
*I suggest doubling the cobbler topping if you really like extra crumble topping
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