Healthy Blueberry Muffins
This recipe for Healthy Blueberry Muffins are delicious and nutritious! The addition of oat bran flakes gives the muffins a bit more fiber without lacking taste.
Now that my son has started to eat “real solids” and not just baby food, I have been doing my best to feed him as healthy as possible. I refuse to buy pre packaged junk for him (if I do buy pre packaged I read ingredients so I know what I’m buying) so lately I have been experimenting with a lot of baking. I recently made him Healthy Toddler Muffins, it’s a recipe has been quite popular on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen and they’re delicious. It was a relief to find out that Carter liked them so I wanted to broaden my muffin skills and came up with a recipe for healthy blueberry muffins.
Blueberries seem to be on sale every week here on the North Coast here in British Columbia, not that I’m complaining. Anytime I can get fruit for as cheap as possible, I’m laughing. I picked up a few pounds of blueberries the other day and a couple of bananas and went to work. Most blueberry muffin recipes seem to be cake like: they contain a lot of oil, sugar and unnecessary junk. All the recipes I Googled made me cringe, even the “healthy” ones. I took some of the best, mashed them together and added a few of my own touches. I’m not saying this recipe is perfectly healthy, but it’s a start. Personally, I don’t want to feel guilty for having a muffin for breakfast. Muffins shouldn’t be a dessert, especially if they’re for breakfast or a snack for a toddler.
This particular recipe is made with a mini muffin tin (makes 36), but that’s mostly because I lost my regular tins in the move. If you’re using a regular muffin tin, bake a little longer. Keep checking on them.
Healthy Blueberry Muffins
Healthy Blueberry Muffins
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup oat bran flakes
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 bananas mashed
- 1/3 cup skim milk or almond/coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup blueberries
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Whisk together the first five ingredients.
- In a larger mixing bowl (the one that you're going be using for your stand mixer) combine the applesauce and sugar. You will then add your eggs in, one at a time.
- In a small bowl mashed your bananas and add the milk and vanilla.
- At this point, while your mixer is on, you will begin to add the dry ingredients and the banana mixture a little bit at a time (alternating). Combine and fold in berries.
- Spray muffin tin with nonstick butter flavored spray.
- Bake 18-20 minutes or until fork comes out clean.
Bonus: Each mini muffin is 43 calories! Just enough to satisfy a craving and not enough to blow your whole day.
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I’m waiting for my zucchini plant to start giving me loads of yumminess to make muffins. I’ll have to try this in the meantime!
Yum! Yum! Yummy! I love that these use apple sauce and are a healthier version! Maybe I can fit them into my diet:-) Thanks for sharing!
Oh yum! I could have a couple of them with that low cal count! Thanks!
You had me at Blueberry Muffins.. healthy just makes it more of a bonus! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!
Those look so delicious, I love that it’s made with applesauce.
I love picking blueberries in the summer time. This would be the perfect use for a few cups worth. Pinning for later. Thanks!
Oh my goodness, Randa! Every time I visit your blog, I get hungry! LOL! No joke!
I love all the hidden goodness in your muffins! My son loves blueberries so I might have to whip up a batch!
It is pure brilliance to add mashed bananas! What a smart idea to making muffins healthier.
They look really yummy! Thanks for sharing!
Nothing makes me more TICKED off than when I let blueberries go bad. This is a welcome reminder. Plus I love bananas!
I hate it when anything goes bad. I have a great tip for that – short answer: have everything pre washed and eye level. I’ve been meaning on doing a post on it.
I almost didn’t make these because the prep time is 10 hours. But reading through it a couple times, I see that you probably meant to write minutes instead of hours. Phew!
AH! Thank you for pointing that out!
Any additional nutritional info would like to calculate to weight watchers points
Sorry, I’m not too sure about weight watchers points as I’ve never used that program before. I’m sure if you take the ingredients listed, convert them to points you’ll be able to get a total. Then divide it by how much it makes 🙂
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We love blueberries! I love that these are mini because I tend to over eat more than I should!
These look so delicious!! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I can’t wait to make these.
They just look so perfect! Blueberries are also on sale frequently here so they’re healthy and affordable! Thanks for the recipe.
I’m going to be improving on the recipe soon as well 🙂 It’s still a favorite around here though.
Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’ve been looking for a healthy recipe to use up my frozen blueberries. I didn’t have any applesauce at home, but couldn’t wait to make these, so I made some homemade applesauce. I just put a peeled, cored apple in the microwave with water and then added some cinnamon and nutmeg after smashing the apple. The recipe turned out so delicious! With it having bran, I didn’t expect it to be that tasty, but it was so yummy. I’ll be making this again. 5 stars!
Awesome call Amy on the quick homemade apple sauce! I would never have thought of that!
Hi there! Have you ever tried to add unflavored protein powder to this recipe? Should you reduce the flour? Will adding it mess everything up?
I haven’t tried that yet. Just add it in and experiment 🙂 I have been tempted to add my vanilla one I would just add it and if it seems to dry I would add a little more liquid.
Thank you! I’ll try that.
These were delicious! My toddler [and all other family members] loved them. He devours muffins, so I made the following substitutions to make these gluten free. Sometimes substitutions can go awry, but they turned out great so I thought I would share!
1 1/4 C spelt flour
1/2 C gluten free flour
1/4 Oat Flour
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
1/4 C Coconut sugar (no refined sugars)
1/3 C almond milk
All other ingredients as originally written. Thanks for the delicious recipe, the bananas and applesauce really make these great!
Thanks for your version Lauren 🙂
What are oat bran flakes? Is this cereal?
They’re in the baking aisle 🙂
I’m always down for blueberry muffins! This looks delicious. I can’t wait to surprise the kiddos with them. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at Merry Monday this week!