Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

 

Kids are back in school! My daughter seems to have adjusted to going back to school very easily, but my son not so much. He has a rigorous schedule and is playing soccer this year. He comes home looking so tired, then stays up late getting homework completed. I joke that he will have to pull “all-nighters” just to get everything done. He laughs now, but when the classes really get moving, I don’t think he will be laughing so much.

To give him and me a little extra sleep in the morning, I decided to make some Healthy Blueberry Muffins.  He loves them and they let him eat them on the go.

 

Whole Grain Blueberry Muffins

 

Muffins are my favorite quick bread to make. Quick breads are muffins, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, and cake doughnuts.

The thing that makes them different from one another is the mixing method that you use. Get ready for this…you use the “muffin-method” to make these. Fancy name, right? Which basically means the dry ingredients are mixed in one bowl, and the wet ingredients in another bowl, and then poured in to the dry ingredients.

There is also the biscuit method when the fat is cut into the flour and all the liquid is added all at once.  Lastly, is the conventional method of mixing ingredients. With this method, the fat and sugar are creamed, and then beaten eggs are added, followed by adding dry ingredients and liquid in an alternating pattern. Each method is important in producing the desired texture in different quick breads.

 

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

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Sorry, I get a little carried away with science of baking. I just think it is interesting that all quick breads use the same basic ingredients, but he mixing method really matters. You won’t get the same end result if you just dump everything all at once into a bowl.

 

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

 

Back to these amazing Healthy Blueberry Muffins! They are delicious, light, and perfectly sweetened. I made these healthier by using unsweetened natural applesauce to cut the fat and sugar in these muffins. I also use white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.  This adds fiber, B vitamins, and great antioxidants.

These muffins are moist and so tasty! I love when you bite into them and taste those beautiful blueberries with a slight hint of lemon, it just makes my mouth so happy. I pretty much love streusel topping on any baked good. It adds another layer of delicious flavor and texture. Are you a streusel fan? One of my kids loves the streusel and the other will knock it all off.  Me…I can’t get enough!

 

Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

 

 

 

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Healthy Blueberry Muffins
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup suar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened natural applesauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup skim milk
  • 1½ cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 tbsp white whole flour
FOR TOPPING
  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  4. In a large bowl beat eggs for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and oil and whisk for 30 seconds.
  5. Whisk in applesauce, lemon juice, vanilla, and milk.
  6. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined, about 20 strokes. Toss blueberries with 2 tbsp of flour to coat. Gently stir blueberries into batter.
  7. Scoop batter with a muffin scoop into paper cups. Evenly sprinkle topping over muffins (about 1 tablespoon per muffin).
  8. Bake until muffins are lightly golden, about 15-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick in center, if it comes out clean they are done.
FOR THE TOPPING:
  1. Combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon in medium bowl. Pour melted butter over mixture. Stir until mixture is moist.

 

 

 

 


Comments

  1. I like how you described the different baking methods, Cindy! Although I have used each of those methods, I didn’t know there were specific names for them. Good to know! Blueberry muffins are just about my favorite kind to bake, and I love that you made these on the healthier side. Looks delicious!

  2. Hi Cindy, love the streusel! also how you made these a little more healthy using apple sauce and whole wheat flour. Great idea to have these for your son to eat on the go.

  3. Those look wonderful! Love the addition of streusel. :)

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says:

    Great recipe Cindy! I love that you have used apple sauce in it.

  5. Robyn says:

    I’m fascinated by the science of baking and thanks for the valuable information, Cindy! Blueberry muffins are so yummy, especially on the run on busy mornings. Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. So glad your daughter is adjusting to school so far and hopefully it won’t get too hectic for your son later on in the year. Healthy muffins sound perfect for them to take on the go. Love that you used white whole wheat flour and applesauce in here too! Hehe I enjoyed reading about all the mixing methods, thanks for the awesome info, Cindy:)

  7. Bless his heart. It is hard to balance school and extra activities. Your a good mom for making his mornings a little easier!

  8. I hope school doesn’t get too out of control for your son, and glad they’re adjusting well! Mine started yesterday, but they’re not into anything too tough yet. It is amazing how differently muffins come out depending on how you mix them. These muffins look amazing, Cindy, and for healthy muffins, they look nice and tender! Muffins are my favorite breakfast treat. :)

  9. whiskandshout says:

    I’m making muffins to bring into AP Bio soon and these will definitely be the ones! Thanks for sharing, these look awesome :)

  10. Yum! These muffins look phenomenal and I’m loving the addition of that crumb topping!
    Best of luck to your kids! xxx

  11. You are right Cindy, texture depends on the different ways of mixing the ingredients. Love streusel topping. The muffins look yummy.

  12. I’m loving blueberry muffins right now, I need to make these with my next batch! The topping on these looks so perfect and delicious. Pinning these!

  13. I had no idea that the mixing of the ingredients mattered so much! Baking really is such a science! Wow, your son does sound he has a busy schedule, that does not sound fun at all! He is so lucky to have you to make these awesome muffins for him :)

  14. I love fresh baked muffins, especially with blueberries…and yes nice topping Cindy.
    It is always to go back to school after a long summer vacation…hope your son adjusts to the schedule…
    Have a wonderful week :D

  15. I’m always happy for a healthier version of a sweet treat…and your muffins look divine. My youngest (a boy) used to always tell me the worst day of the year was the first day of school and the best day of the year was the last. He was a great student, just was not thrilled with the end of summer!

  16. I love all your muffin tips, Cindy! It’s true—you can’t just a dump a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and call it done if you want the tastiest muffins. I also love that your recipe calls for a whole tablespoon of baking powder—Maximum rising and lift for sure!
    These look totally indulgent and since they’re healthy I can totally have like 5 this morning right? ;)

  17. You must have done your job well because now i just want a blueberry muffin….or one in each hand. Pinning!
    Have a great Wednesday!

  18. spicedblog says:

    How did you know that blueberry muffins are one of my favorite muffins of all time?? These look absolutely delicious…I only wish one was sitting next to my cup of coffee right now! :-)

  19. I am so anti homework given how long the school day is already. And, I’m pro these muffins which are my favourite flavour :)

  20. The muffins look fabulous Cindy! I always mix the dry ingredients separate from the wet ingredients, but I didn’t know the ‘method’ had an actual name! And, i certainly didn’t know there were 3 types of methods. What a great lesson!

  21. caileejoy says:

    Wow!! These look amazing!! …and I usually just mix all the ingredients in one bowl! …I know… not the best idea! haha… but yeah, these look so good… and to think they’re healthy! Win-win… blueberry bakery muffins are usually packed with unnecessary fat and calories! :) But good for you for making them good for you!! Haha…

  22. Awesome recipe Cindy, I always love eating blueberry muffins but have weirdly never made my own batch before. These “healthy” muffins still look as delicious as their buttery counterparts so I definitely will be trying out the recipe… thanks for sharing it!

  23. I love blueberry muffins but definitely don’t make them enough. Love that these are healthy.

  24. I could sure use a couple of these for a midnight snack right about now! YUM!

  25. Blueberry muffins are my absolute favorite kind! I always come back to them! These look wonderful.

    And I love all the science behind baking too (or cooking even) – it’s just so fascinating!!

  26. Hope your son gets a bit of a breather soon! And how sweet of you to make him these muffins. A great way to start the day!

  27. These are just shouting at me to eat them! They look wonderful :)

  28. If I bit into one of these, I’m pretty sure four of them would be gone like *that*! They look SO good, Cindy, you nailed the light texture and domed top! That is really interesting, about the different methods, I don’t think I’ve ever tried the biscuit method. I always learn something when I come over here! Thanks!

  29. These muffins look great, Cindy. The photography is fantastic too.

  30. I loved your description of the different baking methods, Cindy! So interesting how much of a difference each one makes. These muffins look great – white whole wheat is the way to go!

  31. Whoa Cindy, I love love LOVE the explanation that you have given for different mixing methods! I had no idea about this and it’s so exciting that I got to learn something new today! :* It’s so great that school has begun, must be giving you some time to relax and unwind when the house gets quiet! I know my mum enjoys the peace when I’m out during the college lecture time hehe!!! these muffins are such a great power-up treat and especially since my lectures are in the evening, I’m going to need something that won’t put me to sleep! I see myself eating these with my cup of coffee every evening! :D <3 Loved it!

  32. These blueberry muffins look like the perfect way to send your kid off to school with a healthy breakfast! Delicious. And thanks for a little baking science info. I bake often and adore doing so- but I’d wouldn’t call myself and expert at the art by any means. It’s always nice to hear a few new helpful tips!

  33. I had no idea of all of the names for the mixing methods! These muffins look great – perfect for busy mornings!

  34. These muffins are gorgeous! I am always needing some muffins. This looks like the perfect grab and go breakfast!

  35. Two Healthy Kitchens says:

    Oh, these look so wonderful! I love muffins, too – and I totally agree that they’re a perfect on-the-go choice (so portable and perfectly sized!). And yeah – I love the “food geek” discussion of mixing methods. You’re not alone, my friend! I think that sorta stuff is crazy-interesting, too! :D Hope your son’s gotten into a good school groove. Soccer must be about over by now, right? My son’s official outdoor season ended last weekend, and indoor doesn’t get fired up for a couple more weeks. Hang in there, Mom! :D ~Shelley

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