It was always a treat to open Grandma’s refrigerator and see Blueberry Delight sitting there, waiting for our arrival. I honestly don’t know if anyone in my family even liked this dessert, but I certainly did.
I had not made this in years, but as I was getting ready for the Fourth of July, it occurred to me that it would be perfect. I pulled out her recipe (Typed on a card when I was in high school – eons ago.) It was even more simple than I remembered
Family Legacy – Good Food and Diabetes
My family’s legacy of diabetes began catching up with me 10 years ago. To avoid it as long as possible, I chose to implement a low-carb lifestyle. I knew I would not be able to maintain that unless I learned to make treats that were both delicious and sharable with the rest of my family. After all, I’m a Southern gal who grew up with tables filled with wonderful treats: Buttermilk biscuits….Chocolate Meringue Pie…..Blackberry Cobbler…… Coconut Cake ….. Hummingbird Cake ….. Blackberry Jam Cake …. sigh. So delicious! Happily, I now have a collection of sugar and grain-free treats that satisfy my sweet tooth, feel like indulgences, and yet don’t elevate my blood sugar.
Once I had a collection of reliable sugar/gain-free recipes, I began experimenting with “heritage” type recipes. As you would expect, some don’t turn out well if both sugar and grains are eliminated. Grandma’s Blueberry Delight recipe, however, was easy to adapt.
If you are not sugar-compromised, just skip to the recipe. It’s easy and with a little sliced strawberry on the side is festive enough for your Fourth of July celebration.
My Low-Carb Mods
My crust is similar to the one in this recipe: WholeSomeYum Sugar-Free Cheesecake. I used a combination of nut flours along with crushed pecans which gave my crust a texture very much like a graham cracker crust. I used Swerve powdered erythritol along with a touch of Whole Foods 360 powdered Stevia. I sweeten to taste for low-carb desserts, rather than strictly adhering to units of measure.
The jam was inspired by WholeSomeYum’s Strawberry Chia Jam. My blueberries were very juicy so I also added 1/4 tsp xanthan gum to thicken it a bit more.
Happy to report that I gave my husband a slice and it got a thumbs up. I’ll be making Grandma’s Blueberry Delight again. And again. And again.
- 20 graham crackers crushed/roll w rolling pin
- 5 tbsp butter melted
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 can blueberry pie filling
- Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1/4 sugar.
- Press graham cracker mixture in an 11 x 7 pan (or 8 x 8).
- Mix cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar with electric mixer, beating eggs in, one at a time.
- Add vanilla and Mix.
- Pour filling over graham cracker crumb crust
- Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
- Cool slightly
- Cover top with can of blueberry pie filling.