Honestly, what breakfast or lunchtime snack is better than a delicious blueberry muffin? Filling, scrumptious, and moreish, what more could we ask from a baked good?
Many people don’t realize that you can actually make a healthier version of this popular breakfast item, meaning that you don’t have to worry about the calories you’re consuming.
This is where we come in. We’ve created the perfect blueberry oat muffin recipe that will leave you feeling satisfied, without the added sugar content.
This doesn’t mean that they’re not oh so delicious, in fact, we think that this recipe will become a regular staple in your kitchen. To find out more, simply keep reading below.
What Makes This Blueberry Muffin Recipe So Healthy?
Let’s dive straight in, and answer the question of, what makes these blueberry muffins so healthy? Well, a few things actually, and we’re very excited to tell you all about them.
- No sugar – Well, this goes without saying, but avoiding the sugar content makes a big difference when it comes to making healthy blueberry muffins.
- No sweetners – In addition to not using sugar, we don’t include any artificial sweeteners as substitutes either, so you can rest easy knowing that everything that you’re consuming is 100 percent natural.
- No gluten – For all of my gluten adverse friends out there, there’s no need to worry, as these muffins are completely gluten free, so there will be no upset stomachs with this recipe.
- No dairy – For those who struggle with dairy products, you’ll be pleased to know that this recipe doesn’t call for any dairy products at all.
- Whole grain oats – We use the best quality, whole grain oats in our recipe, so that you’ll be left feeling satisfied after each bite.
The Ingredients You’ll Require
Now that we’ve taken a closer look at just what makes these blueberry muffins so healthy and delicious, we can move on to discuss the ingredients.
The ingredients listed below aren’t difficult to find in your local supermarket, and chances are that you’ll already have some of them in your pantry.
In fact, you’ll probably only need to pick up a few additional ingredients in order to make these delicious little treats.
1 Cup Gluten Free Oat Flour & 1 Cup Almond Flour
In order to make your super tasty blueberry muffins, you’ll need to make sure that you have the right kind of flour. We opted for a gluten free flour, specifically a mixture of almond flour, and oat flour.
We absolutely adore these two kinds of flours for several reasons, but the key one being that they’re incredibly filling.
Unlike regular flour, almond flour in particular, having been made from ground almonds, is incredibly dense and satisfying. This will help you to feel fuller for longer.
In addition, it’s also super easy to make these flours yourself at home. All you need is some whole oats and almonds, then simply blend them up in your processor.
A super easy ingredient that you’ll probably already have in your refrigerator. This recipe uses a total of two eggs, in order to make it as fluffy as possible. We think that two eggs just creates the perfect consistency.
Previous to this current recipe, we tried using three, but the texture just became too soggy, and not at all like the dense, hearty muffins we all know and love.
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
We always recommend purchasing organic vanilla extract. It’s always a little on the pricier side, but that’s just because it packs more flavor in each serving. The taste really comes through in these blueberry muffins.
¾ Teaspoon Of Baking Soda & ¼ Teaspoon Of Salt
Again, you’ll probably already have these ingredients lying around in your pantry.
1 Cup Of Blueberries
Of course, we couldn’t make our super delicious blueberry oat muffins without the blueberries. Whenever you’re making a blueberry muffin recipe, it’s always recommended that you use fresh ones instead of frozen.
Essentially, the fresher the blueberries that you choose, the more flavor the recipe will have in general. They’re typically far plumper and juicer.
½ Cup Of Milk
Because this recipe is completely dairy free, we haven’t opted to use cow’s milk in our recipe. Instead, you can exchange it for a plant based alternative.
The most common alternative milks on the market include oat milk, coconut milk, soya milk, and almond milk.
For this recipe we’d recommend grabbing a carton of oat milk. Any of the milks listed above will do, but oat typically has the thickest consistency, which is great for baking.
⅓ Cup Of Maple Syrup
As we mentioned above, we want to avoid using any sugar or artificial sweeteners in our blueberry muffin recipe. Therefore, we’ve opted to use maple syrup as our natural sweetener.
Maple syrup is great not only because it sweetens the muffins, but also because it adds a richness and depth of flavor to the baked goods.
1 Teaspoon Of Cinnamon
This ingredient is totally optional, and depends on whether or not you love the flavor of cinnamon. It’s one of those divisive spices that some people love and others hate.
If you’re a cinnamon lover just like us, add in a pinch of this spice for added flavor.
How To Make Your Own Almond Flour
Before we jump straight into the recipe, first, let’s take a look at how you can make your own almond flour.
Almond flour is a great alternative when it comes to creating delicious baked goods. It’s far more filling than others, leaving you feeling super satisfied.
In order to find a super simple recipe for making your own almond flour, simply take a look below. It literally only takes five minutes to make, and requires only a blender and some almonds.
- 1 and a half cups of blanched, dried almonds.
- Grab your blender, and make sure that it’s one that can get to a high speed. After you’ve done this, you can go ahead and add in your almonds. Set it on the highest setting, so that it can create a super fine powder from your dried almonds.
- Leave it on the highest setting for around 10 seconds, or until you can see that they’re finely blended.
- After you’ve blended it for 10 seconds, switch the blender off, and proceed to shake the blender to get rid of any lumps that might have accumulated.
- After you’ve done this, you can proceed to blend for a further 10 seconds.
- Repeat this process as many times as you need, until you find that all of the lumps are gone.
- Transfer to an airtight container, and store for up to one month in the cupboard.
Steps To Make The Perfect Blueberry Muffins
If you want to make the perfect blueberry muffins, we’ve compiled a step by step guide below to walk you through the process. Simply keep reading to find out some key tips and tricks to getting them just right.
Your first step is to preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. After you’ve done this, you can go ahead and bring out your muffin tin, and line it with the cases that you’ll fill the mixture with.
You can opt to skip the muffin cases if you don’t have any, but in this case, make sure that you’ve adequately greased your tray so that they don’t stick to it.
After you’ve set your oven to the correct temperature, you can go ahead and get started with the baking process.
You’ll want to go ahead and mix together your dry ingredients, including the oat flour, and almond flour, baking soda, and salt.
Next (you guessed it), you’ll need to mix together all the wet ingredients. This includes both of your eggs, the maple syrup, the alternative milk, the vanilla extract, and the olive oil.
Make sure that all of the ingredients are well combined.
After you’ve done this, place your blueberries in the same bowl as your dry ingredients. Make sure that you’ve combined all of it well. You can then go ahead and bit by bit, transfer the dry goods into the wet mixture.
You can use your hands to gently fold all of it in.
Once you’ve done this, you can put them in your muffin cases, making sure to divide the mixture evenly between each of them.
You can then go ahead and place your muffins into your oven, provided that it’s adequately preheated. Then, leave the muffins in for approximately 20 minutes.
Depending on your specific oven, they might take longer or shorter than this number, so be sure to check on them at intervals.
If you think that they might be done, simply take them out, and check with a toothpick.
Once you’re satisfied that they’re done baking, you should leave them to sit in the baking tray for 15 more minutes. This will help to solidify your muffins, and give them the delicious texture that we adore.
You can then place them on your wire rack after the 15 minutes are up. Once they’ve completely cooled, go ahead and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Some Tips For Getting Your Blueberry Oat Muffins Just Right
If you’re only just getting started out with baking, or you just want to make sure that your muffins turn out as deliciously as possible, then don’t worry, we’ve compiled some tips.
To find out how to make the very best blueberry oat muffins, simply keep reading, as we take a closer look below.
- Allow your blueberries time to defrost before baking, so that they’re as juicy as possible. You don’t want lots of solid, whole blueberries packed in your muffins.
- Make sure that before you add in your almond flour, as well as your oat, that you pack them both as tight as possible first. This will help you to achieve the perfect texture further down the line.
- Opt for fresh blueberries if possible, as these always create the juiciest, most flavorful muffins.
- Use muffin cases if you can. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than having your muffins fall apart at the last moment as they’ve stuck to the base of the tin.
- Make sure that you always add in your blueberries to the dry ingredients first. If you do this, you could see your blueberries sticking to the bottom of the muffin case. If you want, you could even put some extra oat flour on your blueberries before adding them to the dry mixture, just to soak up any moisture.
- Always opt for firmer blueberries when choosing which ones to add to your mixture. You don’t want soggy blueberries that are already falling apart.
Frequently Asked Questions
Now that we’ve taken a look at our special blueberry oat muffin recipe, and shown you how to replicate it, let’s take a closer look at some frequently asked questions.
Should I Use Frozen Or Fresh Blueberries?
This is one of the most common questions that people ask when it comes to making blueberry muffins. The honest answer is that it’s entirely up to you!
We always choose to use fresh blueberries, simply because they’re a lot fresher, and tend to give the muffins a juicier taste.
In addition to this, fresh blueberries tend to have a richer flavor in general. But don’t worry if you already have some frozen blueberries lying around that you want to use up, because these will work great too.
Bear in mind however, that frozen blueberries will tend to run when placed in muffin mixture.
So if you’re planning to use frozen blueberries, expect to have some beautiful purple muffins on your hands. In addition, make sure that you’ve let them defrost before placing them in the muffin mixture.
Can I Use A Different Flour Mixture For The Recipe?
For those of you who are wondering if you can substitute one of the flours in this recipe, the answer is, sort of.
We wouldn’t recommend substituting the almond flour, purely because it’s responsible for giving the cakes that muffin-like texture that we expect.
In addition, the almonds give the muffins a bit of added sweetness, as well as flavor. If you must substitute one of the flours, then we’d recommend changing up the oat.
If you want to substitute the oat flour, then we’d recommend using a gluten free, or whole flour instead. These will help it to achieve a similar consistency.
How Do I Store My Blueberry Oat Muffins?
When it comes to storing your freshly prepared blueberry oat muffins, we’d recommend putting them directly in a sealed container.
Of course, make sure that they’ve had time to cool down completely before you do this, or they could get super sweaty and gross.
We’d recommend waiting a full hour or two before placing them in your container. After you’ve done this, you can go ahead and leave your oat muffins there overnight.
They’ll be fine outside of the refrigerator for one day, but after this, you should make sure to transfer them into your refrigerator.
How Do I Freeze My Blueberry Oat Muffins?
When it comes to freezing your blueberry oat muffins, make sure that you follow the same steps outlined above, and leave them to cool completely first. It’s best to leave them overnight in your airtight container.
After this, you can transfer them into your freezer, and write the date so that you know when they need to be consumed. Always make sure to consume your baked blueberry muffins within 3 months of the day you froze them.
Finally, when defrosting your blueberry muffins, it’s always best to leave them to defrost at room temperature.
How Do I Stop The Blueberries From Running Into The Muffin Mixture?
As we mentioned above, it’s far more common for your blueberries to run if they’ve been in the freezer.
This is because they take on more of a soggy consistency. In order to prevent your blueberries from running, first, we’d recommend purchasing fresh blueberries.
The next step is to always make sure that you choose the firmest blueberries to put in your mixture, these will hold up the best when put in the oven.
Now that you’ve taken these steps, you should always make sure to coat your blueberries in some flour before adding them to the dry mixture.
This will allow you to soak up any additional moisture, as well as preventing them from sinking to the bottom of the cases.
Are Blueberry Muffins Good For You?
The simple answer to this question is, it depends on the nutritional content. For example, if you were to purchase a pack of blueberry muffins from your supermarket, they are most certainly not good for you.
In fact, quite the opposite. A store bought blueberry muffin can contain up to 470 calories. This is quite a lot for a relatively small breakfast. In addition, this is more calories than you’d get from a lot of sugary doughnuts.
Most of the ‘bad’ ingredients come from the sugar content, and the flour. But, with our healthy recipes (see also “3 Healthy Black Bean Nachos Recipes You’ll Love“), you can avoid these calorie dense items.
By substituting your sugar with maple syrup, you not only save on calories, but the natural ingredients are also far easier for your body to process. In addition, the almond and oat flour, also both natural, are very good for you.
What Is The Secret To Moist Muffins?
When it comes to making the moistest muffins imaginable, there are a few things that you can do to ensure this. You’ll want to make sure first of all, that you don’t mix your wet and dry ingredients first.
Instead, make sure that they’re both separate, and fully combined in different bowls. You can then go ahead and gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet.
Another great tip for making sure that your muffins are super moist, is to make sure not to overfill the muffin cases. This could result in your muffins becoming a strange texture. Instead, fill each case equally.
To sum up, making blueberry oat muffins couldn’t be easier with this amazing recipe. If you want the healthiest, freshest, most flavorful muffins in town, then you simply have to try the recipe above.
Make sure to use fresh blueberries whenever possible, as well as packing your flour tightly in order to achieve the best texture.