Moist and flavorful healthy blueberry muffins that are made without refined sugar or butter. No one will ever be able to tell that these muffins are better for you!
I always believed that muffins should always be on the healthy side. A muffin filled with a bunch of sugar and butter is basically a cupcake without any frosting. I'd rather just go all out and add the frosting at that point. Instead, I want a muffin that is wholesome and I can feel good about eating first thing in the morning or giving to my daughter whenever she claims she is "totally, tooooootally starvinggggg" (which is about 8 times a day, by the way).
And again, as I said before in my healthy banana bread recipe, this adheres to my own personal version of healthy which may or may not align with your definition. And that is perfectly okay. If you need something that fits your needs, like vegan, or paleo, there are so many talented bakers out there that have their own amazing versions. But if you want something that is wholesome and guilt-free that tastes just as amazing as your favorite bakery blueberry muffins, you are in the right place. These muffins are refined sugar free, butterless, and made with whole wheat flour. To keep them from being dense, I added a bit of arrowroot starch (you can also use cornstarch) to keep them incredibly light and fluffy.
To add to the depth of flavor, we add lemon zest which brings a brightness to the healthy blueberry muffins while the vanilla rounds everything out. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries. If you use frozen blueberries, I especially love Wyman's of Main wild blueberries. Do not thaw frozen blueberries.
The muffins are amazing as-is, but for the purposes of the photos, I added a sprinkling of coconut sugar to the tops of the muffins. It isn't necessary and doesn't add anything to the muffins, but I did want to point that out.
Healthy Blueberry Muffins: The Flour
For these muffins, we use white whole wheat flour. The whole wheat give us added fiber, plus a plethora of vitamins and minerals. The white whole wheat bakes more similarly to all-purpose flour, so there isn't any differences in the ratios when making your batter.
Feel free to use a gluten-free baking mix - a mix that allows you a 1:1 replacement works best. Many of my readers have suggested to leave your muffin batter to rest and hydrate for a minute or two before baking.
Healthy Blueberry Muffins: The Oil
Some muffins are made with butter, but I prefer to use oil in my muffins. Oil tends to give you a nicer rise and texture. For these particular blueberry muffins, we use refined coconut oil (it doesn't taste like coconut when you bake with it) because it is higher in healthy fats, plus raises the good HDL cholesterol in your blood. Also, don't quote me on this, but it is believed that coconut oil helps with fat burning.
Healthy Blueberry Muffins: The Yogurt
We use plain nonfat yogurt in this recipe, I prefer using Greek yogurt. It is higher in protein, filling, as well as being lower in calories.
Healthy Blueberry Muffins: The Milk
You can use any type of milk you prefer in these muffins. Personally, I use almond milk because it's my preferred milk, plus it is lower in calories (if you get the unsweetened version). You can also try coconut, oat, flax, soy, and skim milk. They are all really amazing choices here in these blueberry muffins. It all really depends on what your personal preferences are.
Healthy Blueberry Muffins: The Sweetener
So, I try not to use refined sugar in my healthy blueberry muffins. The easiest replacement that is easier to find in most stores is pure maple syrup (not the Aunt Jemima stuff). It can be a bit pricey, but there are tons of places now that sell pure maple syrup for less money. It also doesn't taste like maple, especially in these muffins. Feel free to experiment with your favorite type of sugar replacement.
These healthy blueberry muffins last for about 5 days in an air tight container and freeze well.
Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 203mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g