I love recipes with fun names, and classic American baking features some great recipe titles. “Blueberry Boy Bait” may be among the best, however. No, I can’t take credit for the name but I can take credit for an amazing Paleo adaption of a decadent treat (that may be even better than the original, who knows?) using all gluten-free, low glycemic ingredients. Speaking of the original, it has the story one might expect behind its coy name: “blueberry boy bait” placed second (they were just jealous) in the junior division of the 1954 Pillsbury Grand National Baking Contest. Fifteen year-old Adrienne Powell submitted this family recipe named for the affect it had on boys. Anyway, the Examiner doesn’t call this a “bake sale classic” for no reason. My version and meltingly rich, almost cake-y in texture, with just the right amount of berries to liven it up. I’ll definitely be making this on a visit back to Texas this summer, because it has down-home Southern delicious written all over it.
If you’re curious about the coconut sugar listed in the ingredients, that’s the “low glycemic” aspect I mentioned above. There’s something called the Glycemic Index that ranks carbs on a scale of 0 to 100, with higher values given to foods that cause the most rapid rise in blood sugar. Pure glucose is ranked 100, white sugar is 65 and honey is 55 (and a white potato is 85). Coconut sugar only clocks in at 35! So, while this tastes like oven-browned, blueberry-speckled heaven, it’s actually taking your blood sugar for a comparatively smooth ride.
So give this a try, and… happy boy-baiting?
Paleo Blueberry Boy Bait
Paleo Blueberry Boy Bait is a delicious, moist, single-layer cake studded with fresh blueberries.
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