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Streusel Topped Wild Blueberry Coffee Cake

by Courtney on December 9, 2013

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Wild Blueberry Association of North America.

Hey guys, happy Monday! How did the weekend treat ya? We had a really nice weekend here. Friday night was spent with our friends Joe & Kate with some Chinese take-out. Saturday morning Jay and I had a baptism class to attend (Lucas will be getting baptized next month), so he stayed home with my mom and got some grandma time. Saturday evening we had two Christmas parties to go to, which were great, and then Sunday was spent relaxing at home.

Actually, I woke up Sunday morning feeling super refreshed after Lucas decided to sleep through the night until 7:30(!!), so I decided to do a little baking. (*Edited to add: I think that night’s sleep was the calm before the storm…see below)

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Now, when I tell you I’ve been craving coffee cake for months, I’m really not exaggerating. It’s one of those things I’ve always loved, and I’ve been meaning to make one for what seems like forever, but I just never get around to it. Well…yesterday was the day. So while I got to work in the kitchen, Jay hung out with smiley.

Seriously…can’t get enough of that big, toothless grin. Winking smile

Part of my reasoning for yesterday’s coffee cake extravaganza is because I needed to come up with a recipe incorporating wild blueberries, as part of a campaign I was chosen to participate in through FitFluential.

I think a lot of people – myself included – assume that a blueberry is a blueberry. But I’ve quickly discovered that this is hardly the case. Wild blueberries have a very different taste than regular blueberries and are also harvested quite differently, too. They’re grown in Maine, eastern Canada, and Quebec, and are never harvested commercially, so they’ve never been modified or meddled with. Most are simply frozen at harvest, which locks in their intense blueberry flavor and antioxidant power.

And did you know that they have twice the antioxidants as regular blueberries? Apparently, they have a flavonoid called Anthocyanin, which gives them their deep color and antioxidant power. Who knew?

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Wild blueberries are also smaller, much more intense in flavor and color, and they contain less water, making them easier to freeze and bake with. I also love the fact that, since they’re mostly frozen, they’re available year-round (for the locals, I found them at Hannaford!).

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So, when my desire to bake once again strikes, I’ll have nothing holding me back. Winking smile

To find out more about Wild Blueberries, feel free to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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But anyways…back to this recipe. Think, subtly sweet cake, topped with tart yet sweet wild blueberries, and finished off with all sorts crumbly, sweet streusel topping. Oh yes…there was no skimping on the streusel here.

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Both Jay and I immediately fell in love at first bite.

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And honestly, I’m totally diggin’ how the blueberries wound up in a layer above the cake, rather than baking into it. I think it gives the whole coffee cake a totally different feel…but don’t just go by my word. Give it a try for yourself!

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P.S. – If this post started sound a bit scattered and/or full of grammatical errors, forgive me. I started writing it up right before we attempted to put Lucas down for bed in our first night of transitioning him from his Rock ‘n’ Play to the crib. And, umm, let’s just say that so far, he’s not too happy with us. I think we’ve got a long few days/week ahead of us…feel free to send me some good thoughts and sleep wishes. Winking smile

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1 Stacie @ Simply Southern Stacie December 9, 2013 at 7:05 am

This looks amazing! I’m supposed to bring the dessert for a Christmas party this weekend, and this is definitely a contender now!
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2 Elizabeth @ my neon running shoes December 9, 2013 at 7:21 am

Good luck with the sleep transition! I hope it gets easier for you!!!
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3 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl December 9, 2013 at 7:44 am

What a delicious looking recipe! I’m drinking a cup of coffee and right now and would love to have a piece of that cake. I had no idea that wild blueberries have more antioxidants, but I agree, they do taste better. Good luck with Lucas and his sleeping!
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4 Jamie @ Dishing Out Health December 9, 2013 at 7:56 am

Great to know about the wild blueberries! Thanks for the fun fact(s) of the day :) sending you wishes for a good nights sleep and a smooth week!
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5 FitBritt@MyOwnBalance December 9, 2013 at 8:03 am

Mmmm that blueberry coffee cake looks yum! I am sending you sleep vibes!
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6 Jess @dearhealthyness December 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

That cake … looks yummy! :) wishing you the best for the next couple of days… Specially a couple hours of sweet dreams!

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7 Melissa December 9, 2013 at 8:37 am

This recipe looks excellent! I love all the ingredients and of course, anything with streusel!
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8 Linz @ Itz Linz December 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

that cake looks phenomenal!!!
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9 Sanaz @Run for Cake December 9, 2013 at 8:56 am

Looks yummy! I keep seeing similar recipes pop up everywhere so I think its time for me to take the hint and bake the cake!
For Lucas, we did something similar with our daughter around four months. Just be patient and try using a sound machine or something that helps generate some noise since he may not be used to a super quiet room. It took us about a week before she got used to it. Good luck!

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10 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

This cake looks SO delicious!!! I love blueberries and coffee cake so the combination together looks awesome! I have never tried wild blueberries but the color is so vibrant! Good luck with the sleep transition! I hope it gets better!!
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11 Gracie December 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

YUM. I love anything with a streusel topping. This is such a great recipe, and seems like it could easily be switched up with another fruit/berry too!
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12 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat December 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

What a fabulous cake! Coffee cake with streusel on top has always been a favorite of mine. Yummy!

LOVE that pic of Lucas! What a happy little guy! :-)
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13 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries December 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

Yum! The coffee cake sounds delicious! My dad LOVES blueberry coffee cake, so this immediately made me think of him. :)

As for the sleep thing… My tips: 1) Be CONSISTENT! Don’t give in. I know it’s hard, but trust me. Babies are smarter than you think. 2) Give yourself a week. From everything I’ve read, it takes about 3-7 days for babies to become accustomed to changes. When we were making the transition from the swing to the crib, I was SO anxious about it. But instead of falling apart about it, I just kept telling myself, the longest this will take is a week. And sure enough, by the third night, he was blissfully sleeping fine. :) Hang in there!
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14 Chelsea December 9, 2013 at 10:14 am

I will definitely be looking for Wild Blueberries next time I’m at the store! Good luck with Lucas!! This is one of the many reasons I’m afraid to have kids haha.
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15 Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life December 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

Yummm that coffee cake looks amazing!!
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16 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles December 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

Good luck with the sleep transition – I hope he’s able to make the switch pretty quickly!
And I don’t even know if I like coffee cake, to be honest…as a kid I always assumed it tasted like coffee so I wouldn’t touch it. But it’s cake, so i can only assume I’d be a fan. ;-)
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17 Chelsea @ Crazy Bullies December 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

That looks delicious!
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18 Jessica @ Prayers and Apples December 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

I’m all about some blueberries! :) I did a post on them a while back and research (from a 2009 study published in “Free Radical Biology and Medicine”) shows that anthocyanin that may actually have the ability to REVERSE memory problems! They found that rats who received blueberry powder increased their memory task performance from 60% to 83% accuracy! (Ok – major dork moment over!!) hahaha :) ..and Lucas is looking at cute as ever! :)
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19 Jolynn @ Lift Pray Love December 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Yum! Good luck with the transition!
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20 sara @ fitcupcaker December 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I cannot wait to try this. I need to pin this recipe when I get home!!
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21 Harsha @ Healthy Cooking 'N' Fitness December 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thats looks delicious. Cant wait to try this.
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22 Ashley Morris December 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Coffee cake is one of my favorite breakfast pastries/sweet by far. I love that this recipe adds blueberries, yum!
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23 Nicole December 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Mmm, I could go for some coffee cake right about now. Wishing you all the best this week.

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24 Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine December 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

this. looks. fantastic. Yum!! I can not wait to try it out. It would be so delicious with some warm coffee and a warm fire. :)

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25 Ali December 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Looks really yummy! I promise it’ll get better with the crib! I remember how hard that was.

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26 cait @pieceofcait December 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm

oh my.. I love coffee and I love cake. I always love when those 2 words are together :) this looks DELISH.

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27 Andrea @ Andrea out loud! December 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

that just sounds/looks SO good right now!!
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28 Kristen @ notsodomesticated December 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Hugs!!! The transition WILL get easier. My Moms on Call book that I follow always says to allow 3 days for any changes. So hopefully things will be better within a few days!!!
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29 Leigha @ Minougirl December 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Wild blueberries are my favorite! They grow here in Michigan and I’m so lucky to have them right at my camp. We pick for days, but we have lots in the freezer for those winter months! This coffee cake looks amazing!
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30 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves December 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Sweet deliciousness! I am a huge fan of anything with streusel on it. Add in blueberries and you’ve got me sold. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)
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31 Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog December 10, 2013 at 12:28 am

Awww good luck with the sleep transition! I saw one of your instagram posts of Lucas having a little fun with his feet during nap time. It was SO cute. I “awwed” out loud :-)

Here’s to hoping the transition goes even smoother than you think!

PS – as usual, your baked goods look drool-worthy and delicious. I literally want to go to the store for some wild blueberries RIGHT NOW!
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32 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 10, 2013 at 6:42 am

Looove coffee cake, but like you said, never get around to actually making it!

Hope Lucas took it easy on you guys! :-)
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33 Danica @ It's Progression December 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

This looks fantastic! Coffee cake is one of those foods that always reminds me of my childhood – my mom makes an awesome one!
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34 Jessica December 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Looks super delish!
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35 sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com December 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I hope lucas gets used to the sleeping thing soon! good luck!
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36 Annette@FitnessPerks December 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Mmmmmm coffee cake!! This looks tasty!

Good luck on the sleep transition….boy is sleep tricky with babies!
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37 Sarah Ingle December 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Mmm girl that looks DELICIOUS!!!! I LOVE blueberries, so this is getting bookmarked asap, great pics too :)
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38 Amelia December 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Wild blueberries are the best! I love them in pancakes and waffles too. The coffee cake sounds delicious. It’s been forever since I have had a good coffee cake.

Little Lucas is so cute, as always. Y’all make cute babies. ;)

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39 Nala December 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

The coffee cake looks heavenly, I need to make it sometime soon! I can’t figure why they call it a coffee cake though……And Lucas’s smile is definitely adorable!

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40 Jenny December 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Hope things are going better with the crib!! That coffee cake looks amazing! can’t wait to try it!
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41 Jen@PregnantDiabetic December 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I LOOOOOVE coffee cake! I can’t wait to make this, sounds incredible!!!
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