Health Nut Blueberry Muffins
Whole wheat flour, oats and wheat germ lend a hearty texture to these delicious muffins. An awesome healthy alternative to the usual blueberry muffin.
I'm trying to lose a little weight and trying to eat healthier and originally I stopped baking entirely because I often had to "test" some things that just weren't good for me. But I've lost about 5 punds so far and I'm trying to adjust to find a "happy medium" of the two (because I really enjoy baking). and I have to say: THESE MUFFINS ARE AWESOME! I made a couple changes around what I had in my pantry, but over all they were great. (1) I used all purpose flour entirely instead of whole wheat (2) I used brown sugar instead of white and brought it down to 1/2 cup (3) I used almonds instead of walnuts (4) I used Crystal Lite Orange Juice instead of buttermilk (5) I used egg whites instead of the whole egg (6) and I used canola oil instead of vegetable. I also added some spices like cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and alspice. best part about this recipe? I only had to "test" one because all the fiber satisfied me instantly!! I LOVE IT. I'm SOOO gonna use this recipe in the future, I'll never be tempted by a brownie
Just what I was looking for! A sweet and moist blueberry muffin without all of the guilt. I used fresh blueberries from the warehouse store. I did not have buttermilk, so I substituted half and half with a squeeze of lemon juice and lemon zest. I did not taste the banana, which I was worried about, and in fact, might try cutting the sugar back a little bit next time if both my banana and my blueberries are ripe and sweet. As an experiment, I added a spoonful of cream cheese and several raspberries to the center of a few. It was a real treat! Next time I will experiment with adding flax seed and other nuts for added texture and nutrition. Update: I could definately taste the bananas the second day and the muffins did not keep well.
Amazing! I am so impressed with this recipe. I was afraid they would come out dry and "healthy" tasting but they are really moist and flavorful. I made a few changes based on preference and what I had on hand: (1) I subbed applesauce for the bananas, flax meal for the wheat germ, and oats for the oat bran. (2) I added a little more than a 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp nutmeg. (3) I used almost 2 cups of frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries) and chopped them up a bit to make them distribute more evenly. These are SOOO yummy, I will certainly be making these again soon! Thanks for an awesome, healthy recipe!!
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