Do you have a weak spot for blueberry muffins? I have loved them for as long as I can remember but I don’t indulge in them very often.
Blueberries are healthy but the blueberry muffins found in today’s bakery cases are not!
They are huge calorie and sugar bombs that my body really doesn’t appreciate. Sure, they taste good, but within an hour or two I’m shaky and ravenous. A feeling I try to avoid. Not to mention the calories…
Did you know that muffins sold today in coffee shops, grocery stores, and vending machines are more than twice as big as those sold back in the 1950s, and are more than three times the size of one standard portion?
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Blueberry Muffins – The Nutritional Realities
A little online research revealed that the blueberry muffins sold at Starbucks pack 450 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 31 grams of sugar, while those at Dunkin Donuts are even worse!
That’s more than twice the calories of a glazed donut and more than the typical chocolate croissant.
That’s where healthy blueberry muffins come in. There are millions of blueberry muffin recipes. Healthy blueberry muffins recipe that also tastes great; not so many.
You can boost the nutrition of your blueberry muffins in lots of different ways – use wholewheat flour instead of white, decrease the sugar and fat, and add more blueberries – for starters. And by baking them in standard muffin tins, intend of the jumbo ones, you will have healthy blueberry muffins that are much closer to a realistic portion size.
Here is a great collection of healthy blueberry muffin recipes for you to try.
Healthy Blueberry Oat Muffins
This healthy delicious healthy blueberry muffin recipe is adapted from 750 Best Muffin Recipes: Everything from breakfast classics to gluten-free, vegan and coffeehouse favorites, a great book by one of my all time favorite food writers and recipe developers, Camilla Saulsbury
- 1-3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
- 1-1/2 cups blueberries
- Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan.
- In a food processor or blender, pulse the oats until they resemble coarse meal.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined and then set the bowl aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, eggs, oil, lemon zest, vanilla, and buttermilk until well blended.
- Add the sugar/egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended and then gently stir in the blueberries.
- Divide the batter equally among the prepared muffin cups of the muffin pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18 to 23 minutes.
- When they are done, remove pan from the oven and let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer them out of the pan and onto a wire rack to cool completely.
8 More Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipes from around the web
2 Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins – This is the ne plus ultra of blueberry muffins, the imaginary blue ribbon winner at the state fair, the top of the blueberry muffin heap with 202 calories, 7.1 g fat, 31 g carbs and 5 WW PointsPlus. Recipe from King Arthur Flour.
3 Healthy Blueberry Muffins – This past week, I picked up a 1/2 pint of organic blueberries from my local CO-OP just to bake muffins. My family absolutely loves blueberry muffins, so I wanted to spoil them just a bit. Instead of baking regular size muffins, I got out my fun mini-muffin pan and made a load of muffins. It made it so much easier to snack on them through out the day and we had just enough for breakfast the next morning. Recipe found at Simple Daily Recipes.
4 Healthier Blueberry Muffins – I think that sometimes muffins can be so sweet that they’re almost like a cupcake. To me, that’s fine for a snack, but I don’t usually like to eat an overly sweet breakfast. These muffins are just slightly sweetened, which really lets the flavor of the blueberries come through. Found at Sara’s Kitchen.
5 Lowfat Blueberry Bran Muffins – These muffins are just as delicious and moist as regular muffins! They’ll be gone before they have time to cool. Low-fat, healthy and yummy, imagine that.” Found at Allrecipes.
6 Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins– Cue in this blueberry oat bran muffin, which hits all four bases and, despite its good-for-you bran content, doesn’t taste like a punishment devised by some misguided flower-child baker. (But then I really like oat bran.) Recipe from Chocolate & Zucchini.
7 The Biggest Loser’s Mini Blueberry Bran Muffins – Yes, you can still have a muffin for breakfast — but it won’t be the size of a grapefruit! Savor blueberries healthy benefits in moist, delicious mini-muffins. They are loaded with fiber and freeze well too! Found at Fabulous Foods.
8 Vegan Blueberry Muffins – Here comes another amazing vegan recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking. I’m pretty sure that this is the best eggless/vegan blueberry muffin one can bake. Found at Eggless Cooking.
9 Whole Wheat Low Fat Blueberry Muffins – with whole wheat pastry flour and applesauce and only 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus found at SkinnyTaste.
10 Health Nut Blueberry Muffins – an awesome good-for-you blueberry muffin filled with whole wheat flour, oat bran, wheat germ and walnuts with 196 calories, 5.8 g fat, 33.4 g carbs and 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values. Found at AllRecipes
And heres a great video demonstrating how to make healthy blueberry muffins from the folks at Chobani yogurt…
More Healthy Muffin Recipes
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
Healthy Muffin Making Tips
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Healthy Muffin Recipes – several recipes along with muffin making ingredient suggestions and baking tips.
Healthy Company Muffins – full of wholesome ingredients including oats, apples and carrots
Whole Wheat Muffins – whole wheat banana and whole wheat pumpkin chocolate chip
Skinny Banana Oatmeal Muffin & Quick Breads – a delicious way to enjoy bananas and oatmeal for breakfast
Muffin Recipes Cookbook
*PointsPlus® for healthy blueberry muffin recipes calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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