Blueberry Swirl Yogurt Muffins

Having muffins in my kitchen can be a dangerous! I can hardly walk in there and without hearing those little babies calling my name. :D Muffins are a great snack or quick grab-n-go breakfast food. I love all flavors of muffins, but blueberry is at the top of my list. These Blueberry Muffins are without a doubt the best blueberry muffins I have ever made! My Blueberry Swirl Yogurt Muffins are loaded with fresh blueberries and greek yogurt…

Blueberry muffins

Blueberries

The phytonutrients in these berries function as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds. The antioxidants in blueberries work to defend the whole body from oxidative stress.

Blueberries are full of antioxidants in the form of flavonoids. The flavonoid anthocyanin (found in blueberries) is a pigment that gives many foods their shades of blue, purple, and red. They function as anti-inflammatory compounds in our body. A study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, showed that out of 100 different foods tested blueberries had some of the highest levels of antioxidants. 

Benefits of Eating Blueberries:

  • Studies have show that blueberries contain a bacteria-blocking substance that helps guard against urinary tract infections
  • Nutrients in blueberries have anti-inflammatory effects that reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers
  • There is evidence that damage to muscles following strenuous exercise can be reduced by eating blueberries
  • Blueberries have been shown to protect us against oxidative stress in the brain and may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease 

Blueberry Nutrition

1 cup (fresh)
 
Calories 84
Vitamin C 14 mg
Vitamin A 80 IU
Vitamin K 29 µg
Potassium 114 mg
 
 
 
Blueberry muffins
 
 
My kids are back in school and these make an early morning breakfast a breeze! The greek yogurt gives them lots of great protein to help keep them feeling full until lunch. My daughter begins school at 720am and doesn’t have lunch until 1pm, so I send a muffin with her as a snack to hold her over until then. I know I can’t concentrate when I’m hungry :D
 
 
Blueberry Swirl Yogurt Muffins
Serves: 24 muffins
 
Ingredients
  • For Blueberry Swirl:
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and cleaned
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • For Muffins:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter or smart balance spread
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups 0% plain greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, cleaned and picked
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Prepare muffin tin with muffin cup liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Begin making the blueberry sauce by add blueberries, sugar and water in to a small saucepan. Heat over medium low heat until blueberries have burst and sauce has thickened, 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool while preparing the batter.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl, set aside.
  4. Beat butter and sugar in mixer on medium until creamed. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer on low and add the yogurt and almond milk. Beat just until combined.
  5. With the mixer on medium low slowly add the flour mixture until combined.
  6. In a medium bowl gently toss blueberries with a tablespoon of flour. Gently fold blueberries into batter.
  7. Use a muffin scoop to fill muffin cups or fill to at ¾ full.
  8. Add ½ tsp of blueberry jam mix to the top of each muffin. Use a toothpick to gently swirl the jam into the muffin batter.
  9. Bake 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden.
  10. Cool on wire rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.
 

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 Blueberry yogurt muffins

These Blueberry Swirl Yogurt Muffins are amazing! The are soft, tender and loaded with fresh blueberries. Adding the blueberry swirl to these muffins gives you blueberry taste in every bite along with the burst of fresh berries. 

 

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Sources:
http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2184
http://www.environmentalnutrition.com/issues/34_1/features/152106-1.html
http://www.environmentalnutrition.com/issues/28_6/enonfoods/151183-1.html

 

 
 

 

Comments

  1. Oh, Cindy! These look so great, especially for snacking! I have a similar problem with the school schedule in trying to keep my little ones fed this school year. They have lunch at school at 10:20. Can you believe that?!?!? They get home in the afternoon RAVENOUS! I am pulling out all my best after-school-snack ideas to get them fueled back up for their busy evenings!

    • These lunch schedules are ridiculous. I feel like I’m sending so much food with these guys. Both of mine do after school sports. My son has lunch at a reasonable time…11 am, but does a 2 hr soccer practice right after school so he doesn’t get home until after 5pm. Poor kid is so hungry he is snacking while I’m making dinner! This is my biggest no-no, but I feel so bad for him I let him have a little something. I need some of your snack ideas :D

  2. Now this is how a cheat day should start and finish

  3. These muffins look so darn amazing! I’m loving the greek yogurt addition, I’m sure it makes them super moist!
    I’ll be making these soon for myself when I start school classes again. Woould you believe that I don’t have lunch until 3 pm?? I’m always on the search for healthy snack that keep me full until that time and these will be really, really handy :D

    • You are so right! The greek yogurt keeps these muffins so tender and moist. My guys like to heat them up for a few seconds so they are like they just came out of the oven. Lunch at 3?! I would pass out! lol My daughter puts a snack in her locker, so in between classes she can nibble on something to keep her stomach from grumbling. :D

  4. I’m making these for breakfast as school is starting in a couple of days and these will surely put me in a good mood! Thanks a bunch! =D

  5. Wow, your muffins look fantastic! I’d love one for breakfast this morning!

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