Sweet, delicious and packed with blueberries, you will never guess in a hundred years that these are healthy!
Blueberry muffins, a coffee shop favorite! I love blueberry muffins, sweet, tender and packed with blueberries. However, with one too many coffee shop experiences with dry, flavorless muffins and once even a muffin with zero blueberries, I gave up. No more shop-bought muffins, just pure homemade ones!
Ooo yeah, and did I mention, only 150 calories each.
I normally find making a muffin recipe lighter is quite scientific. Too little fat – rubbery muffin, too little sugar – bland muffin, you get the idea. So when I set out to make a tasty yet healthy muffin recipe, science was the way forward, it’s a good job I like chemistry!
To make a healthy muffin, instead of a skinny muffin, I used plenty of fiber and natural sweeteners, like honey. Some “skinny” muffin recipes rely on low-calorie sweeteners, like stevia, but I am not to keen on low calorie/artificial sweeteners.
Instead of using white flour, I used oat flour, wholewheat flour and a pinch of white flour. Oats are a fantastic way to add structure to a muffin with a small bit of gluten. Oat flour is as easy as 1-2-3! Put your oats into a food processor and blitz until finer in texture. I like my oat flour to be on the chunky side, but you can make your flour as fine as you like.
Whatever you do, don’t sift the flours! You want to keep in all of the oat pieces and wholewheat pieces in the muffins, not out!
Can you see the oat pieces!??
These muffins are sweetened with mild honey and light brown sugar, no white sugar here! I thought the honey flavor was going to be very strong but no, you can’t even taste it. It adds a sweetness which is so nice! As well as the honey, the heady amount of vanilla substitutes for the un-present sugar. Apparently, using cinnamon, vanilla, and any other spices can mimic sweetness. So, using spices is a great way to cut down on the sweet stuff!
Greek yogurt is great for healthy baking. I love to use Fage Total 0% Greek yogurt for baking as it is so thick and creamy without the large sum of calories that normal Greek yogurts have. Yogurt adds tenderness and structure to the muffins and really to any baked good. We need yogurt in this recipe as there is only one egg white in this recipe; normally, a muffin recipe called for 2 whole eggs.
150 calories for 1 muffin?! Yeah, that’s right! I don’t not calorie count in any way in my diet; I count foods that give me energy and that nourish my body. Instead of having a packet of crackers for a snack, I would have some dried fruit and nuts as they are better for my body, get it?
However, I was intrigued to find out what the calorie count was for these muffins…
If you make my Healthy Blueberry Muffins Recipe, be sure to take a photo and tag me @onlinefoodblog on Instagram or Twitter. I would love nothing more than to see your creations!
70g plain wholewheat flour Eat the muffins within 3-4 days, kept in an air-tight container at room temperature.
How do you make Healthy Blueberry Muffins
70g regular oats
30g plain white flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
50g light brown sugar
50g mild honey
100g 0% yogurt, I used Total
75ml milk, cows, soy, rice, almond etc.
1 egg white, at room temperature
3 tbsp. oil, I used rapeseed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
125g blueberries, fresh or frozen (do not thaw)
Try out our Healthy Blueberry Muffins recipe and post your results below in the comments…
70g plain wholewheat flour
Eat the muffins within 3-4 days, kept in an air-tight container at room temperature.