A pan filled with food sitting on top of a table
November 15, 2023
A pan filled with food sitting on top of a table

Brain Healthy Ingredients: Blueberries and dark berries, Eggs, Nuts, Oats

Serves: 2

A recent study from New Zealand has found that blackcurrants may improve mental performance and boost mood. The study was small–with just 28 participants–but the results statistically significant. Comparing 2 types of blackcurrant juice and a matched placebo drink, the researchers saw improved attention and mood and decreased fatigue in the two blackcurrant groups but not in the placebo group.

In the meantime, we’ve put together a brain healthy pancake recipe featuring dried blackcurrants. It also includes walnuts, oatmeal, and eggs.

Having trouble finding dried blackcurrants? You can easily order them online.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup dried blackcurrants
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar (can substitute brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Butter, oil, or cooking spray


  1. Whisk eggs and milk together in a bowl.
  2. Add oatmeal, blackcurrants, walnuts, sugar, and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Heat a saute pan or griddle over medium high heat. Add butter, oil, or cooking spray. Pour or spoon batter into the pan and
  4. Serve immediately with syrup, jam, or yogurt.