Do you have a weak spot for blueberry muffins? I have loved them for as long as I can remember but I don’t indulge in them very often.
Blueberries are healthy but the blueberry muffins found in today’s bakery cases are not! They are huge calorie and sugar bombs that my body really doesn’t appreciate. Sure, they taste good, but within an hour or two I’m shaky and ravenous. A feeling I try to avoid.
Not to mention the calories…
Did you know that muffins sold today in coffee shops, grocery stores, and vending machines are more than twice as big as those sold back in the 1950s, and are more than three times the size of one standard portion?
A little online research revealed that the blueberry muffins sold at Starbucks pack 450 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 31 grams of sugar, while those at Dunkin Donuts are even worse! That’s more than twice the calories of a glazed donut and more than the typical chocolate croissant.
That’s where healthy blueberry muffins come in. You can boost the nutrition of your blueberry muffins in lots of different ways – use wholewheat flour instead of white, decrease the sugar and fat, and add more blueberries – for starters. And by baking them in standard muffin tins, intend of the jumbo ones, you will have healthy blueberry muffins that are much closer to a realistic portion size.
Here is a great collection of healthy blueberry muffin recipes for you. My go to recipe is the first one from the folks at King Arthur Flour but I can’t wait to try all the others.
*Note – the following descriptions are quotes from the recipe sites.
1. Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins – This is the ne plus ultra of blueberry muffins, the imaginary blue ribbon winner at the state fair, the top of the blueberry muffin heap. Recipe from King Arthur Flour.
2. Healthy Blueberry Muffins – This past week, I picked up a 1/2 pint of organic blueberries from my local CO-OP just to bake muffins. My family absolutely loves blueberry muffins, so I wanted to spoil them just a bit. Instead of baking regular size muffins, I got out my fun mini-muffin pan and made a load of muffins. It made it so much easier to snack on them through out the day and we had just enough for breakfast the next morning. Recipe found at Simple Daily Recipes.
3. Healthier Blueberry Muffins – I think that sometimes muffins can be so sweet that they’re almost like a cupcake. To me, that’s fine for a snack, but I don’t usually like to eat an overly sweet breakfast. These muffins are just slightly sweetened, which really lets the flavor of the blueberries come through. Found at Sara’s Kitchen.
4. Lowfat Blueberry Bran Muffins – These muffins are just as delicious and moist as regular muffins! They’ll be gone before they have time to cool. Low-fat, healthy and yummy, imagine that.” Found at Allrecipes.
5. Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins - Cue in this blueberry oat bran muffin, which hits all four bases and, despite its good-for-you bran content, doesn’t taste like a punishment devised by some misguided flower-child baker. (But then I really like oat bran.) Recipe from Chocolate & Zucchini.
6. The Biggest Loser’s Mini Blueberry Bran Muffins – Yes, you can still have a muffin for breakfast — but it won’t be the size of a grapefruit! Savor blueberries healthy benefits in moist, delicious mini-muffins. They are loaded with fiber and freeze well too! Found at Fabulous Foods.
7. Vegan Blueberry Muffins – Here comes another amazing vegan recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking. I’m pretty sure that this is the best eggless/vegan blueberry muffin one can bake. Found at Eggless Cooking.